November Family Book Review + Preparing for Kindergarten
Louisville Family Fun has been given lots of great books lately to review! This month, I will compile 3 of them for you and talk about some reading tips from Louisville Free Public Library and highlight the Kindergarten readiness information. Since the JCPS application process for kindergarteners is approaching, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of all the information that is available at www.lfpl.org! We also have a post with tips about applying to Jefferson County Public Schools. The application period for incoming students to JCPS begins Monday, November 18.
Book 1: Gorillas and More! by Karen Ingebretsen – If your child loves the Gorilla exhibit at the Louisville Zoo, he/she will really enjoy this book. It’s a nonfiction book full of facts that answers questions like how big do gorillas get, what do all apes have in common, and the differences between apes and monkeys. It’s geared toward an elementary audience but has some great photos throughout the book.
Book 2: It’s a bug’s life by Brian Johnson – Take a journey through this big world of small creatures. Call them insects or bugs, they are all fascinating in their own way. In this book, children learn about a wide variety of bugs, from six legged to eight legged, to many legged! This book also contains phenomenal photographs for your child to get up close and personal with their favorite (or not so favorite!) insects.
Book 3: Puzzle me brain twisters by Kris Vaicikonis – This is a great book for those kids who love brain teasers, word puzzles, logic challenges, and riddles. Kids will love taking their own guesses at solving these problems.
The Louisville Free Public Library has some great resources on its website and they are constantly updating it. Not only can you check out books or go to storytimes with your children, but the children’s librarians do an awesome job of educating parents about kindergarten readiness and literacy. You can find tips like suggestions of books to read to your incoming kindergartener, homework help sites for younger kids through teens, and more!
The library here in Louisville has all kinds of books on these topics just like the ones mentioned here. And you can always check your local library (if it’s Oldham or Spencer or Shelby or one in Southern Indiana!) Also, at the LouFamFun 4th birthday, we will have some of these books as giveaways for readers!!
Curl up with a good book!
By guest contributor: Erin