by Greater Victoria Public Library
Source: Island Grandparent
Originally Published: August 2019
The Greater Victoria Public Library has put together activities you can undertake with your grandchild to develop your special bond and help set up the little one in your life for early-learning success.Choose from interactive activities and prompts for interesting conversations, inspired by favourite storybook characters, library resources and a thirst for knowledge. Take time to enjoy the magic of learning together.
Around Town and on the Road
Explore new neighbourhoods and visit Little Free Library boxes dotted around town (littlefreelibrary.org and victoriaplacemaking.ca/little-free-libraries). Count the books inside and talk about what you see including the design of the box and the reading material.
Pop into a library branch to pick up some great books, then head to a local park. Find a bench in a beautiful spot and read together in the great outdoors.
Attend a Baby Time, Storytime or other free program at your public library. Learn songs to sing, rhymes to perform and stories to enact together.
Set up one of GVPL’s StoryWalk® kits in the backyard. Pages from a picture book are placed around the yard in a circuit. Kids and adults go from page to page in sequence, reading the book and discussing characters, illustrations, themes and vocabulary.
Share books you remember from your childhood. Tell your grandchild why you loved each book, what you remember about it and why you wanted to share it with them.
Borrow a cookbook from the library, and let your grandchild select one of the desserts. Make the delicacy together; sit; enjoy; and repeat!
Put on your bookface! Find a book with a face on the cover, take turns holding it in front of your faces, and take silly photos.
Create a new set of illustrations for a beloved picture book.
Borrow a movie or TV show using Hoopla, a streaming service for library users. Get settled with snacks, and enjoy the show.
Explore Tumblebooks or Biblioenfants: watch picture books come to life with animation, sound effects and narration.
Dress up as characters from your grandchild’s favourite story, then read the book together in costume.
Have a conversation about which book characters your grandchild would like to spend the day with. What would they do? Where would they go? What would the characters say?
Kids Kits To Go
GVPL staff put together special kits of books so kids and families can explore a topic in depth.
• Books to Go
• Readers to Go
• Stories to Go
• Family Picks to Go
Books to Go
Is there a Lego lover in your family? How about a fairy fanatic? An adventurous astronaut? The Kids Books to Go Bags contain 10 books on one topic to immerse your child in an engaging learning experience. From dragons and dinosaurs to princesses and pirates, the mix of non-fiction and fiction titles will appeal to kids ages five to 10 years old.
Readers to Go
Readers to Go provide kids learning to read in English or French with a variety of books suited to their reading development. Each bag contains an assortment of short books with controlled vocabulary and related illustrations, plus information on how you can support children learning to read.
Stories to Go
It’s storytime in a box. GVPL’s Stories to Go boxes are a resource for families, caregivers and early childhood educators to use with young children. These theme boxes have been designed to meet a variety of interests while helping to develop early literacy skills. Kits include books, music CDs, a rhyme booklet and puppets.
Family Picks to Go
With a Family Picks to Go kit, you can dig deeper into a topic with your grandchild. Choose a light-hearted kit like camping, coding or gardening; or one for more serious times, such as coping with the death of a family member or learning about truth and reconciliation. Or, choose something in between like getting ready for kindergarten or learning about puberty. These kits are based on requests from library patrons about what they’d like to see. Each kit contains seven books, making it easy for a parent or caregiver to thoroughly explore a topic with their grandchildren.
For Greater Victoria Public Library’s complete list of 100 exceptional picture books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, visit gvpl.ca/100books.
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