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Henrico County Library
Here it is – the key to the castle. Your public library is just waiting for you to explore its treasures. Old favorites like Curious George and Where the Wild Things Are sit there on the shelf with new friends you have yet to meet. And, they are all FREE! Really, it would be rude not to take the county up on its generous offer to share all of these books with you.

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Reading Rockets
Reading Rockets is the result of a partnership between WETA, the public television and radio station in Washington DC, and the U.S. Department of Education. It offers information on how children learn to read and how adults can help. It is filled with scholarly research on literacy, as well as practical tips for families.

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Madame Esme
Esme Raji Codell is the author of several terrific books for older children, including a favorite of mine titled Sahara Special. She also wrote a book for parents called How To Get Your Child To Love Reading. It is a huge, thick book full of terrific book suggestions, written in Esme’s own humor-filled style. Check out her website for a taste of Madame Esme, and then splurge and get a copy of her book.

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Jim Trelease
Jim Trelease has launched a one man crusade to teach adults the value of reading aloud to children, and he is passionate on the subject. His book, The Read Aloud Handbook, is now in its sixth edition, and is the definitive source for information on reading aloud. It also contains a comprehensive bibliography of suggested read-alouds for children from infancy through adolescence.

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This site is the only commercial site on the list, but Chinaberry is near and dear to my heart. I started ordering books from the Chinaberry catalog when my elder daughter was not yet 2 years old, and she is now a high school freshman. And, most of those books are still living on shelves in my house, and they make frequent trips to Canterbury. Chinaberry is like having your own personal children’s bookseller who culls through all of the garbage that gets published and pulls out the gems just for you. It costs a little more than ordering from Amazon, but I believe we have to support these types of businesses.

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The Library uses a lot of “stuff,” so we are always looking for donations of materials. Here are some items we can always use:

  • Books for the Collection – At Canterbury, we are fortunate to have a solid collection of books. But, we are always happy to accept more books into the family. So, we are happy to give your gently used books a good home.
  • Masterpiece art – The Library can always use note cards, post cards, calendars, posters, stickers, and prints depicting masterpiece art.
  • Stock photo books – These are a dying breed in the field of graphic design, but they are a gold mine for the author table. They are books containing small pictures that can be used in advertising. We cut them up and the children glue them into the books they make at the author table.
  • Calendars – Don’t throw it away! If it has great pictures – especially fine art or photographs – we can use it in the library. We especially love those appointment calendars that have dozens of pictures in them.
  • Note cards, invitations, stationary – It is always more fun to practice writing on fancy paper.
  • Glue sticks – We go through these like water!
  • Copy paper – This paper becomes the inside of the blank books the children use at the author table.
  • 12 x 12 Scrapbook paper and photo paper – For our bulletin board and scrapbook.
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