Georgia Center for the Book Announces Annual “Books All Georgians Should Read”

The Georgia Center for the Book has selected the works of 24 prize-winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for the 2016 lists of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” The lists are compiled annually from nominations received throughout the year by the writers, educators, librarians, media representatives, and individuals who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. See the titles available at DCPL.

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Two Exciting New eBook Collections for Children Available at the Library

DeKalb County Public Library has two new online resources for children that are really fun and can help them learn to read and love books. TumbleBookLibrary and Scholastic BookFlix both engage children with animated, narrated storybooks that are streamed to your computer, tablet or smartphone. As a result, all titles in both collections are always available, with no checkouts, no downloading, no apps to install and no waits. The collections are designed for children in pre-K through fifth grade to use on their own, with minimal assistance.

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten Participants Reach Milestone

DeKalb County Public Library already has two participants in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative to reach the target goal this summer. Both Saige C. and Laurel H. love books and the library. Their parents say taking part in the 1000 Books program has been fun and has played an important role in helping their children “get ready to read” and be successful in school. Click on the links to find out more about these young book lovers and about the 1000 Books program and how your child can take part.

Library Salutes 1000 Books Participant Reaching Target Goal

Laurel H. completed 1000 Books Before Kindergarten less than a week behind Saige C., the Library’s first participant to reach the target goal. She won’t be three years old until August, and she’s already started on her next 1000 books! Laurel began the literacy initiative with the State of Georgia program in 2014, but reached the 1000 Books goal with DeKalb County Public Library in early June 2016.

Laurel’s father Todd says he and wife Gudrun began reading to Laurel when Gudrun was still pregnant and continue to read with her every day. The family visits the Embry Hills Library regularly and Todd and Gudrun say the visits are something Laurel enjoys and looks forward to. He says the benefits of encouraging Laurel to love books and the library already have been enormous. “It has really helped her development, reasoning and verbal skills,” he notes. “She can remember things, listens and comprehends well and follows directions well.”

Don’t think Laurel needs her parents to speak for her though. She will tell you herself how much she loves books. "A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein,” she says when asked about her favorite, providing the book’s title and author. Other favorites include One Love by Bob and Cedella Marley and I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont.

Library Salutes Its First 1000 Books Participant to Reach Target Goal

When 5 year old Saige C. begins kindergarten in August, her mother Triche says she already will be reading on a first grade level. That’s because Saige has been around books all her life. “I love books and I like reading them with Mommy,” she says. Saige was DeKalb County Public Library’s first participant to complete the 1000 Books program early this summer at the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams branch.

She began the program in summer 2015 at the Decatur Library, which already had information about the 1000 Books program from the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), an organization which supports the work of public libraries. GPLS was encouraging libraries to promote the 1000 Books program to patrons even before the DeKalb system officially began its own 1000 Books initiative this past spring.

Saige has hundreds of books at home and now comes to the Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library to check out even more. One of her favorite authors is Mo Willems. She loves his books featuring Pigeon and those starring friends Piggy the pig and Gerald the elephant.

“That saying, ‘Reading is Fundamental’ is true,” says Triche. “It sets your child up for success and the earlier they begin, the better.”