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Early Literacy

Early literacy is what children know about communication, language—verbal and non-verbal—reading and writing before they can actually read and write.

Reading Tip

Reading aloud and interacting with children can develop the skills needed to help them become successful readers. The library is a wonderful place to discover new books that children will enjoy! Make regular visits part of your normal routine.

Owls: Books

Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl explores the forest at daytime after being woken up by a noisy squirrel.

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
While his mother is away finding food, a newborn owl falls out of his nest and anxiously tries to find her, receiving help from various forest animals.

Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl enjoys a lovely night in the forest visiting his friend the raccoon, listening to the frogs croak and the crickets chirp, and watching the fog that hovers overhead.

Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney
Little Owl loves many things. But he does not love his new scarf so he tries to lose his new scarf. Too bad Mommy is so good at finding it.

Owls by Gail Gibbons
Explore the mysterious world and workings of owls in this nonfiction picture book that depicts numerous species of owls.

Owls! by Laurence Pringle
Explores the life of the elusive night creature, the owl, found on every continent except Antarctica.

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

Snowy Owls by Ruth Owen
Describes the physical characteristics, natural habitat, and life cycle of the snowy owl, a bird of prey of the far north.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat by Edward Lear
On a sea voyage, the owl and the pussycat decide to marry as soon as they can find a ring.

Twilight Hunt by Narelle Oliver
Owl is on a hunt but the twilight’s background creates a mysterious world where creatures appear and disappear.

White Owl, Barn Owl by Nicola Davies
A young girl and her grandfather look for a barn owl night after night. Will a distinctive heart-shaped face appear at the window?


December 2017

Owls: Rhymes and Songs

Little Owl
(Tune: “This Old Man”)
Little Owl, in the tree,
He is winking down at me.
With a wink, wink, wink, wink,
All through the night,
Little Owl is quite a sight!

Little Owl, in the tree,
He is hooting down at me.
With a hoot, hoot, hoot, hoot,
All through the night,
Little Owl is quite a sight!

Late at Night
(Tune: “Frere Jacques”)
Late at night,
Late at night,

Who, who, who,
Who, who, who.

I can hear the owls call
Way up in the trees so tall,

Who, who, who,
Who, who, who!

If You Want to be an Owl
(Tune:  “If You’re Happy And You Know It”)
If you want to be an owl, shout – Who! Who!
If you want to be an owl, shout – Who! Who!
Then you get to sleep all day
And at night you get to fly and play.
If you want to be an owl, shout – Who! Who!

Woodland Friends
HOOT, HOOT went the little brown owl one day,
HOOT, HOOT went the little brown owl,
HOOT, HOOT went the little brown owl one day,
And they all went hoot, hoot, hoot.

BUUUUUT ….

We know owls go
La di da di da,
La di da di da,
La di da di da.
They don’t go hoot, hoot, hoot.

JUMP, JUMP went the little brown squirrel one day
JUMP, JUMP went the little brown squirrel
JUMP, JUMP went the little brown squirrel one day
And they all went jump, jump, jump,

BUUUUUT ….

We know squirrels go
Rub bu du bu duh,
Rub bu du bu duh,
Rub bu du bu duh.
They don’t go jump jump, jump

Owl in the Oak Tree
(Tune: “Skip to My Lou”)
Owl in the oak tree – big and strong.
Owl in the oak tree – sings his song.
Owl in the oak tree – all night long.
“Who, who, who” – come sing along.

 

“Who, who, who” – me and you.
“Who, who, who” – what will we do?
“Who, who, who” – all night through.
Singing our song – who, who, who!

Over in the Meadow
Over in the meadow,
In a hole in a tree,
Lived an old mother owl,
And her little owls three.
"Tu-whoo," said the mother,
"Tu-whoo," said the three,
So they tu-whoo-ed all day,
In a whole in a tree.

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