Eight Tips for Helping Young Readers Bloom

Spring is here, so many people are planning and prepping to work in their gardens. In many places, spring flowers are already blooming or daffodils and other spring bulbs are poking up out of the warming soil. Given the right conditions and care, gardens can be thriving, vibrant places full of life. And the same is true for young readers! So, to celebrate spring and gardens and reading, here are ten tips to help your young readers bloom and thrive, along with some garden photos for some garden inspiration. 1. Just like flowers, budding readers blossom in their own time. Encourage them, but let them grow at their own pace. 2. Gardens need the right nutrients to grow, and this can vary depending on the plant. The same is true for young readers. Fertilize young readers minds with consistent, nutrient-rich mind food. In other words, offer a variety of books! But remember, not all growing readers will respond to the same books the same way.  Cone flowers and black-eyed Susans in Rebecca'

Story Time Idea: HAWK RISING


Amazing Animals week continues with a story time idea for Hawk Rising by Maria Gianferrri, illustrated by Brian Floca. This lyrical picture book tells the story of a father hawk hunting to feed his family, as a curious child watches with fascination. Enjoy the story, talk about the birds you've seen in your neighborhood, then enjoy some "hunting" of your own. 

Other books for bird lovers: Whoo-ku Haiku: A Great Horned Owl Story, also by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Jonathan Voss and The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.