Books with Cats to Share

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Many children are attracted to soft, fluffy things: their favourite blanket, teddy bears, daddy's jumper, touch-and-feel books, the list is endless.  They particularly like warm, soft and fluffy and this often means animals. Whether or not you have pets at home, there are plenty of books around to introduce your youngsters to the animal kingdom.  This month we have… Continue reading Books with Cats to Share

12 More Picture Books from 2016

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As promised yesterday, here are twelve more of our favourite picture books published in 2016. These are aimed at slightly older children than yesterday's selection, but every child is different. We hope you find some more of your favourites here - and maybe some ideas for books you've not yet read. All of our suggestions from yesterday and today are available to borrow from Hampshire Libraries.

12 Picture Books from 2016

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At this time of year we generally share twelve of our favourite picture books published during the last twelve months. This year has seen a bumper crop of fabulous books and it was a struggle to cut my long-list of book choices down to such a small number - so I haven't. Today we are sharing twelve picture books which are arguably for slightly younger children. Tomorrow we will offer another twelve books, this time for slightly older children. We hope you find some of your favourites here and maybe some ideas for books you've not yet read. They are all available to borrow from Hampshire Libraries.

Alphabet Books to Share from Bookstart Bear

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Small children are learning all the time - they are discovering the world around them, who is in their family and what the different bits of their own body are for. They are also learning about language and communication and picture books are a great way to help with this. Our selection of books this month are all about the alphabet - the building blocks of our written language. As young children gradually learn the letters you can ask them to spot them when you are out and about. Choose the letters they know well and ask if they can see them in street signs, when you are shopping or visiting the library. Help them learn which letters are in their own names, but make it fun. Laughter is a great aid to learning.

Counting Books to Share from Bookstart Bear

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Sharing picture books with children is a great way to introduce them to the skills, ideas and concepts they will require in later life. It's not just about words and reading. This selection of books will help your children to discover the world of numbers and counting. Once they get the idea from books, you can encourage them to start counting everywhere: in the supermarket, at the park, in the library.

(Nearly) Wordless Picture Books to Share from Bookstart Bear

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Sharing picture books with children is a wonderful way to bond, spend quiet time together and introduce your little ones to the big world beyond your arms. The stories can be funny, informative and comforting and the illustrations help guide the child through the book, encouraging them to work out the words for themselves. But what do you do when there are no words; or just one or two?

Books About Families to Share from Bookstart Bear

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For most of us, our family is the one big constant in our lives.  They provide a safe place for us to learn and grow in a loving environment.  But families come in all shapes and sizes.  Our family may be very different to those of our friends.  Even our own family doesn't always stay the same.… Continue reading Books About Families to Share from Bookstart Bear

Under the Sea – National Bookstart Week 2016

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Under the Sea is the theme for this year's National Bookstart Week. It runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June and many of our Hampshire Libraries will be running special events and activities to mark the occasion. Here are a few picture book titles you might like to share with your young children as part of the festivities.

Fairy Tales and Fables to Share from Bookstart Bear

For many of us, the stories we remember most from our childhood are fairy tales, fables and traditional stories. Those stories may vary, depending on our backgrounds and heritage, but they all play a big part in developing our imaginations and building a sense of wonder. In your local library you will find a wide variety of fairy tales. Many follow the traditional stories handed down from generation to generation. Others put a new spin on those tales, or combine them in unlikely ways. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.