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letter of the week

One very important early literacy skill is knowing letter-sound correspondence, or what sound each letter of the alphabet makes.  One creative way to do this is to take a suitcase, label it with a letter of the alphabet (a different letter each week), and fill it with objects that begin with that letter.  As you put the objects in the suitcase, you can talk about each one with your child, saying the name of the object and asking them if it begins with the letter of the week (in this case, the letter “T.”)  Emphasizing the first sound of the word, “t,” is helpful if your child needs that cue.  To make it more challenging, you can set out other objects that don’t start with the letter of the week and have your child identify which objects start with the letter of the week (belonging in the suitcase) and which don’t.  Throughout the week, you can ask your child to find other objects to put in the suitcase that begin with the letter of the week.  It’s helpful to review the names of the objects and the letter of the week a few times throughout the week.

The terrific book Alphablock is a perfect companion to this activity.  It’s good for young children to experience letters in different ways, using different senses, and Alphablock provides just that.  The die-cut letters in the book are fun and children can get a sense of the shape of a letter and can run their fingers along the edge of each letter.

Additional activities you can do are drawing pictures of the objects, writing the names of the objects together or creating and telling a story about the objects.  All those activities support literacy.  The possibilities are endless.  Have fun with it!

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us this set of suitcases and Alphablocks.


along a long road

If you have an eye for good design, you’ll appreciate Frank Viva’s Along a Long Road.  He uses the three primary colors along with black and white to create an intriguing and playful world.  The words are few, but the bold and modern illustrations play a huge part in the book’s narrative, capturing you and drawing you onto the rider’s road.  The bright yellow road takes the rider through countryside and towns and leaves you wondering where his next destination is.  Follow that road!


lately lily's first book

It’s no secret that we love Lately Lily, so we were thrilled to find out about Lily’s first book, Lately Lily: Adventures of a Travelling Girl by Micah Player.  Micah’s brilliant artistry and thick brushstrokes bring a lovely vintage feel to Lily’s bright and sunny world.  This book is a great introduction to “The Traveling Girl” and her curiosity and enthusiasm about the big world around her.  Lily travels near and far on an endless quest for discovery and new experiences.  We agree with Lily: “There is so much to SEE!  So much to EXPERIENCE!  So much to EXPLORE!”  You can follow Lily’s apparel line to find out “Where has Lily been, lately?"


kiki and coco in paris

Remember that time you took your favorite doll or stuffed animal with you on a trip to a faraway city?  The charming story of Kiki and Coco in Paris will remind you of those jovial times.  One of the protagonists in the story is a lovely handmade doll named Coco, made by artist Jess Brown, and the adventures (and misadventures) she and her girl Kiki have together on a trip to Paris.  Avery’s favorite part is when a dog takes Coco and breaks her arm, which is later fixed.  We loved seeing all the sights and sounds of Paris through Kiki’s eyes.  This story would be the perfect theme for a party or play date!  Fill a pretty plate with some brioche and macarons and call it an afternoon.  Extra points if you whip up a cup of Parisian chocolat chaud!

Kiki and Coco in Paris was authored by Nina Gruener, photographed by Stephanie Rausser and the doll in the story was made by Jess Brown.



I love all the wordless story books coming out these days.  Journey, a 2014 Caldecott Honor picture book, is about a girl who, with her red marker, draws a door to a secret world.  An incredible adventure unfolds throughout the story and she traverses many a land.  Avery’s favorite part: "Then it was a magical forest with lights and lanterns...”  Where do the girl and her companion red marker end up?  You’ll have to pick up Aaron Becker’s Journey and find out. :)