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Library Lion

Library-Lion

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how. Michelle Knudsen's disarming story, illustrated by the matchless Kevin Hawkes in an expressive timeless style, will win over even the most ardent of rule keepers.

Raising Readers Five Stories for Maine Children

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(Distributed by Raising Readers at the 5 year visit through April 2010)
An anthology of five picture books by authors and illustrators that create books in Maine: 'Love and Kisses' by Sarah Wilson and illustrated by Melissa Sweet; 'Not Norman' by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones; 'Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp' by Carol Diggory Shields and illustrated by Scott Nash; 'On the Farm' by David Elliott and illustrated by Holly Meade; 'Library Lion' by Michelle Knudsen and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.

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10 Ways to Explore A Raising Readers Book

Raising Readers is excited to partner with the Maine State Library to bring you “10 Ways to Explore this Book” for a number of Raising Readers picture books. To download the printable book activity, click the link below to take you to the corresponding Raising Readers’ book profile. Then, click the red button that says […]

Read Aloud Tips for Parents with Kindergarteners

The start of Kindergarten is an exciting step for children and families. Here are some tips for continued success with reading aloud at home as your child enters formal schooling: First of all, even though your child is busy reading and learning at school all day, having a special adult read aloud at home is […]

2017 Raising Readers Annual Report

Dear Friend of Raising Readers: On behalf of Raising Readers, I’m excited to share with you the 2017 Raising Readers Annual Report. With help from 1,200 healthcare providers at 358 participating sites, the program delivered 162,000 high-quality, developmentally appropriate books to 68,000 Maine babies and children. In addition to getting so many books into the homes and hands of […]

Why Do Doctors Give Raising Readers Books at Well-Child Visits?

So often, we’re asked “Why do doctors give Raising Readers’ books at well-child visits?” The short answer: reading aloud to babies and children is one of the most important acts a parent or caregiver can do to promote brain development. And, a prescription to read reminds parents that the special time spent reading together helps […]

Building Brains by Making Connections

Connecting You to Your Child and Connecting Your Child to Good Books and the World Around Us by Susan Bennett-Armistead, Ph.D. and Gabriel Civiello, M.D. (excerpted from ‘Building Brains by Making Connections,’ published in Parent & Family, March 2, 2016) “Read to your child 20 minutes a day!” “1000 books before kindergarten!” “Start them off […]

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