Growing Up Words

a blog for Benbrook kids and their parents

The Letter “G”

What a great week to read some stories about the letter “G”!


Pre-School Storytime we are reading:

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae


My Garden by Kevin Henkes


Let’s Count Goats! by Mem Fox


Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri



For Book Babies we are reading

A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis


Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox


Don’t forget to come to Art Time this Friday, October 14th at 10:30.  We are painting mini pumpkins and making leaf hedgehogs.



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The Letter “F”

Say hello to our friend the letter “F”!


This week for Book Babies we are reading:

Fire Truck by Peter Sis


Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig


For Pre-School Storytime we are reading the two above and:

Old MacDonald had a Farm by Jane Cabrera


Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood



Check out our really cute flannel board the week made by Miss Phyllis!


Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five green speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs
Four green speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were three green speckled frogs
Three green speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were two green speckled frogs
Two green speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there was one green speckled frog
One green speckled frog
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs. Yum! Yum!
He jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were no green speckled frogs

Don’t forget Nursery Rhyme Yoga this Friday at 10:30 (10/7)



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The Letter “E”

We are continuing on our alphabet journey this week with the letter “E”.



Here are the books we are reading for Book Babies:

Chew, chew, gulp! by Lauren Thompson


Big Egg by Molly Coxe


For Preschool Storytime we read the two above and added:

The Ear Book by Al Perkins


Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles


We also added a new flannel board rhyme this week

Elephants in the Bathtub

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands)

Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
They all fell in!

Our Literacy Tip of the week is:

Tell tales. Build narrative skills by gathering family members at meal times and having them tell the story of their day.


Don’t forget to come to our Curious George Party this Friday at 10:30a.m. (September 30th, 2016)




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In the Garden

Book Babies and Pre-school storytime time both have the same theme this week… In the Garden

Book Babies:

In my garden by Ward Schumaker


A Garden of opposites by Nancy Davis


Pre-School Storytime:

Planting a rainbow by Lois Ehlert


Sunflower by Miela Ford


Over in the garden by Jennifer Ward


Up, down, and around by Katherine Ayres


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Early Literacy SKills

We started a new Storytime at the Benbrook Public Library earlier this month called Book Babies which is aimed at babies aged 0 to 24 months.  It is never too early to introduce early literacy skills!!  What are these literacy skills you ask?  Here they are in no particular order; (fancy term is listed first, then what it means for you, and then how you can use it at home or car or restaurant.. the list goes on and on.)

Print motivation: Love Books- an interest in and enjoyment of books.
Make reading fun. The hardest thing for me to teach myself is that babies will grab the book and turn the page and you might not have finished the words on those pages and that is ok. Keep going with what makes them happy.  When they get older they will want to know what happens and you can finish the story from beginning to end no problem.

Vocabulary: New Words- knowing the names of things.
Don’t use small words just because they are small people. When you use a “big” word help them understand it by describing it with a “small” word.  Use the word disgusting and then say gross.

Print Awareness: Use Books- understanding that print has meaning, noticing print everywhere, and how to handle a book. Look for examples of print to show your child: signs, menus, labels, and of course books!

Narrative Skills: Tell A Story- being able to describe things and events and tell stories.    Narrate everything you do. When you cook dinner describe from beginning to end what you are doing.

Letter Knowledge: See Letters- knowing letters are different from each other, knowing their names and sounds. Learning shapes helps them get ready to recognize the different shapes of letters.

Phonological Awareness: Make Sounds- being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words  Singing songs helps to slow down words and identify individual sounds in words.

More than likely you are already doing these things at home but now you know why and have a fancy name for it. If you have any questions about any of our program please call 817-249-6632 for more information.

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Back to school

Going back to school is always a bittersweet time for me as a children’s librarian.  I am so excited for the little ones who are heading to kindergarten but I am so sad to see them go. Most of them I have seen once a week for months sometimes even years.  I know that coming to storytime has prepared them for a successful start in school but I will miss each and every smiling face. Some of them will come back for other programs or just to check out books and others do not.  I love hearing about the new things they are learning in school. It always lifts my heart when I see them browsing the chapter books because I know a whole new world has been open to them now that they can read for themselves.   Today a mom whose daughter was my very first storytime participant came in and we had a nice long chat. Her daughter will be a sophomore in high school this year and they have already started looking at colleges.  Luckily many of my former storytimers have decided to volunteer at the Library once they turned 12. It has been wonderful seeing them grow into responsible young adults. As the school year approaches I wish my storytime friends the best of luck and I hope they will remember me as fondly as I will remember them.

P.S.  I totally did NOT tear up at the reference desk writing this. Ok maybe a little bit.

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Are you ready?


Are you ready for Summer Reading 2013?  We are!  Click here to access our Summer Reading Page for all of your summer activity information.  The Benbrook Public Library offers two parts to our Summer Reading program. The first is our read for prizes.  Log on and create an account for each child (ages 18 months to 12 years of age).  Read fun books and log them in.  Once they reach certain levels you will get a notification of what prizes they qualify for.  This year we have many prize options including generous donations from Texas Roadhouse, Putt Putt Golf and Games, and The Fort Worth Cats.  The other is our fun and exciting programs we have at the Library all week long.  On Thursdays the Library hosts many amazing performers such as James Wand, Zooniveristy, and many more.  Also the Librarians are in charge of a fun hour of activities Friday mornings.  More in-depth information can be found on our website. We are so excited about Summer 2013!!

P.S. All of these things are FREE!!

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New Programs!

We are very excited to tentatively announce two new programs coming to the Benbrook Public Library in the fall. Book Babies and 1000 Books before Kindergarten.  Both are aimed at boosting those early literacy skills.  Miss Phyllis is hard at work gathering ideas and themes for Book Babies which will be a younger version of our pre-school storytime (Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:30).  1000 books before kindergarten is a do at your own pace program geared toward preparing your little one for a great start in school. 

We are also working hard on creating a suggested reading list for every age and grade level. Look for these this summer while you are reading books for the Summer Reading Program.


We will leave you with this list that we found- 100 Best Children’s Chapter Books of all time.

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We are hard at work planning for summer here at the library. The biggest news is that we are going GREEN this year and all of our program information will be available on our website. YOU can choose what you want to print out this year.  AND… you will be able to log in all of your books online, at home, in your pajamas (if you want).  All programs will start the week of June 10th.  We will post more information in the coming months. I hope you are as excited as we are!



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Dr. Seuss Birthday Party!!

It’s almost ready to go – a party to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

Crafts, snacks, and fun – it’s this Saturday from eleven until one.

From there to here, from here to there, missing this party would be unfair! 🙂


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