Friday, November 28, 2008

Local Author Sydelle Pearl

We're proud of our local authors.
Pittsbugher Sydelle Pearl wrote Books for the World, The Story of Jella Lepman.
After World War Two, the children of Germany were cold, and homeless, and starving, but they were also hungry for books.
Sydelle Pearl's book tells the true story of how Jella Lepman, a German Jew who escaped the Nazis, brought books to the children who needed them.
"If one is to believe in peaceful coexistence, the first messangers of that peace will be these children's books," Jella explains.
Books for Children of the World brings Jella's words--and her work--to life.
Click here for your copy of Books for Children of the World.
Clilck here to visit Sydelle Pearl's webiste.

Monday, November 10, 2008


What can you do with food in the library?
You can read about it, or --

You can talk about it, or --

you can paint with it, or --

you can build with it, or --

you can arrange it, or --

you can create with it, or --

you can conserve it very carefully, or --

you can share it with friends, or --

you can savor every morsel!
What began as a simple snack to energize active children has become a highlighted activity at KinderPrep. Hence, the term, "snacktivity" (as coined by Miss Constance), is another way to engage pre-kindergartners with Pennsylvania Learning Standards. Whether they are organizing their fruit alphabetically, or identifying the food groups in this thing called a "pyramid", these children are involved in the preparation and presentation, as well as in the eating, of a simple snack.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

She Touched the World

She Touched The World: Laura Bridgman, Deaf-Blind Pioneer by local authors Sally Alexander and Robert Alexander has been selected for the New York Public Library's list: Children's Books 2008--100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.

Congratulations, Sally and Robert. Our Pittsburgh authors make us proud!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Bad hair days might require...

... a new color,

a new hat,

or just a thorough cover-up!
This past week, KinderPrep-ers tried on some different hats and wigs, did their self-portraits, and then started their autobiographies. All of these things help to develop their personal and social skills.