Have you ever seen monsters as adorable as these? Meet The Worry Woos!
These monsters each have a story to tell- about loneliness, not quite fitting in, getting too frustrated when things don’t go your way, letting worry get the best of you, envy, indecision and more. Written in beautiful rhyme, these stories are powerful social-emotional skill-builders all kids can relate to and empathize with. Designed by artist and author Andi Green to help children understand and embrace their emotions, these books have received rave reviews and awards for bringing higher concepts right down to a kids level. I love watching understanding dawn on my littles’ faces as they learn the lesson right along with the WorryWoos!
We have the storybooks available for checkout, and we have kits of the monster and it’s accompanying book available in our puppet collection. We also have a parent-teacher guide for teaching social-emotional awareness in our parent-teacher collection.
We’ve gotten enthusiastic feedback from parents and teachers alike who have used these stories with great success, and we hope you and your littles will fall in love with the WorryWoos too!
And don’t forget to check our Parent-Teacher collection for these valuable companion guides by noted Dr. John Irving, a pioneer in the social-emotional learning field.
For more information on the WorryWoos, classroom and parent lesson plans and more, check out their website: www.worrywoos.com
Since we just stocked up on brand new puzzles here in the Children’s Department, I thought I would take a moment to talk about some of the benefits puzzle-play can bring your toddler. We all know kids love the challenge of fitting a shape into the correct spot, but what’s going on at a deeper developmental level?
Hand-Eye Coordination and Fine Motor Skills:
This may be an obvious one, but it’s importance can’t be overstated. Creating the connection between what the eyes see, how the brain processes it, and how the fingers and hands must move to manipulate objects develops the foundation for critical skills later on.
Trying to fit the intricacies of a puzzle together can provide a wealth of problem-solving opportunities for your toddler’s brain. Just watch your child next time as they try first one possibility, then another…that’s perseverance in action! Puzzles can also teach your child to set and achieve smaller goals in order to achieve a larger goal, such as finding and connecting all the edge pieces in order to provide the framework to complete the puzzle. Critical thinking comes into play as a child analyzes the negative space and chooses the piece that will fit. Abstract thinking develops when the child looks at the image as a whole and then tries to see what is needed to complete it.
Puzzles are more than a fun educational tool- they help your child develop foundational life skills that will serve them well as they grow. Stop by our puzzle section and see what’s new!
One of the perks of being a children’s librarian is that we sometimes, once in a while, get to meet some pretty amazing people in children’s-book land! Today I was able to join children’s book author Jill Esbaum for lunch here at the library cafe and learn a little more about her. Having read her books with my kids, and to groups of kiddos as part of our regular programming, it was so interesting to hear first-hand a little bit about how she became an author, her writing process, and just enjoy seeing her face light up as she described working with different publishers and illustrators- a special behind-the scenes glimpse at how the books my kids and I know and love were created.
Jill will be here at the library this Saturday, April 14th at 2pm at a special event celebrating her books, including her newest one, How to Grow a Dinosaur. We will have games, activities and fun crafts based on several of her books at this event for all ages.
Wondering if you’ve read any books by Jill? I bet you have, and you just may not know it! She’s written over 40 books, many of which are favorites here at the library. If you haven’t, be sure to come check these out next time you visit us! My kids absolutely LOVE Estelle Takes a Bath, and with its goofy rhyming it makes a perfect read-aloud. They were completely engrossed by Teeny Tiny Toady, and even got a little teary as the tiny toad struggled to find her bravery and get her mama out of the bucket, and cheered when she used her smarts to find a way. And of course, her work for National Geographic has been amazing!