Wednesday, January 19, 2011

What a Concept

Ms. Miles' Early Childhood students have created concept books for the Creative Enrichment class (ECE152), and their original works are on display in the library. Some of the topics featured in the concept books include: numbers, animals, and shapes.

What are concept books, and why they are important for young children? Concept books are designed to give information to young children about a specific subject or concept like shapes, colors, letters, and time. Reading concept books to young children teaches them about a specific subject and introduces them to new words, allowing them to develop their reading and language skills. (Vardell, 48, 239).

If you want to learn more about concept books the library has a great resource titled Children's Literature in Action by Sylvia M. Vardell; R 025.55 V291c. Here is a website that lists concept books for children. You can also visit the Lexington Public Library's site for tips on reading books with children.

Without further adieu, the library staff invites you to come and view the concept books created by students in ECE152.

Source cited: Vardell, S. (2008). Children's Literature in Action. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

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