Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), focuses on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Founded in 1971, the Week of the Young Child is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.

Each day during the week of April 16th a new learning topic is highlighted. Share these books and introduce your child to new activities while focusing on a different theme.

Music Monday

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active!

Groovy Joe

Groovy Joe is a guitar-strumming dog who has found himself with some delicious ice cream. So delicious that he has to sing, "Love my doggy ice cream! Love my doggy ice cream!" But his crooning draws the attention of a little dinosaur, a big dinosaur, and a huge dinosaur.

Goodnight Songs

A collection of twelve lullabies, illustrated by contemporary, award-winning artists including Jonathan Bean, Sophie Blackall, Renata Liwska, and Dan Yaccarino.

Tasty Tuesday

Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more.

Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum!

Llama Llama and his Mama are in the kitchen whipping up some delicious treats! Join in the fun by reading along with this super-sweet story and scratching and sniffing the fun scents on each spread, like pickles and ice cream sundaes.

End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad

Count from one to ten, exploring a variety of colorful fruits as kids learn to prepare a healthy treat for friends and family to share.

Work Together Wednesday

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills.

Build, Dogs, Build

The doggy construction crew returns for an ambitious development project involving the demolition of an old building and the construction of a new high rise with a shiny pet-house apartment on top.

Block City

A child creates a world of his own which has mountains and sea, a city and ships, all from toy blocks.

Artsy Thursday

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands.

Mix It Up!

Using no special effects other than the reader's imagination, simple directions lead the reader to experiment with mixing and changing colors on the printed page.

Blue Chicken

An enterprising chicken attempts to help an artist paint the barnyard and accidentally turns the whole picture blue.

Family Friday

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners.

I've Loved You Since Forever

Lyrical text and illustrations of baby animals and their mothers show the love of a parent.

The Family Book

An all-inclusive look at a diverse array of families, the book's simple statements of tolerance and love are accompanied by Parr's equally simple, bright-hued illustrations bordered by a thick black line.

Join St. Louis Public Library this week and every week to celebrate young children and strengthen early childhood literacy. The Library offers the following programs for our youngest patrons:

Tech for Tots- A toddler friendly tech program where families with young kids 0-5 years old can go on learning adventures with child friendly robots. Children will learn important skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and persistence all while coding. Check out the events page for the dates and times at a branch near you! 

Baby Bookworms- A short storytime for children under 18 months, the program includes short books, rhymes, songs, and movement. Pre-reading skills, fine motors skills, and gross motors activities are all part of this stimulating program for wiggly listeners.

Toddler Time and Preschool Storytime- These programs for families feature longer books which are accompanied by a variety of activities, including puppetry, songs, and flannel boards, followed by a simple craft. Afterward, enjoy playtime with blocks, puzzles, LEGOs, and more.

My First Library Card- Children under the age of 6 will be issued My 1st Library Card, which limits checkout to juvenile books only. Children over the age of 6 may be granted full or limited access to library collections and to internet use, depending on parent/guardian choice.

Be sure to follow @SLPLYouth on Twitter and Facebook for news about events and programs, book lists, and information on available resources. 

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