May 042013

“I think ideas are one of the things I do well,” says Susan Anderson-Newham, 2013 Mover & Shaker, block-play advocate, actor, writer, storyteller and, most importantly, the Pierce County Library System’s (WA) early learning supervising librarian. In this interview, Anderson-Newman talks about the importance of collaboration and a good sense of humor, why hands-on play is key to kids’ learning, her inspirations and passions, and her top picture books of all time.


Mar 162013

Pushy parents who spend a small fortune lavishing books on their young children in the hope of giving them a head start before primary school may be wasting their time and money, according to experts.

In reality, as every child knows, the business of helping pre-school children learn their first words is surprisingly simple – repetition and familiarity. A favourite book read over and over again trumps the mini-library of children’s books found in some British households. As the saying goes, less is more. =>

Jan 262011

THEIR little eyes grow wide in wonder. Their hands clutch your arm as you turn the page.

Kids love it when you read to them and it is perhaps the one time, in a day filled with selective hearing, that you have their full and undivided attention.

Experts agree reading to kids is a wonderful thing.

Children’s author and “literary ambassador” Hazel Edwards says children who have been read to have longer attention spans, more general knowledge, are more tolerant of differences and are better equipped to start school.

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