If you have visited the Children’s Department recently, you may have noticed that we have a new genre of books. We have a new and expanding collection of easy fiction and easy non-fiction books that are the world’s first audio books that live in print books. The permanently attached VOX™ Reader transforms ordinary print books into an all-in-one read-along. There is no need for computers, tablets or CDs. Children need only to push a button to listen and read. The Vox book collection is designed to capture a young child’s attention and make learning and literacy development fun. These books are recorded in English, and they may encourage a Spanish speaking child to improve in their expertise with the English language. Here are a few of our most popular selections:
One of our most popular books is Remarkably You written by Pat Zietlow Miller. This is an inspirational picture book about all of the things- little or small, loud or quiet- that make us who we are. Children are encouraged to embrace the things that make them special and unique and march to the beat of their own drum. Additionally, the book relays the message that each person’s talents are even more valuable when shared with others. The illustrator Patrice Barton does an excellent job of showing each child’s individuality and strengths.
Another very popular Vox book is the classic Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown. In a great big green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. The little bunny’s goodnight ritual is to say “goodnight” to all the things in his room- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one. Finally, he says goodnight to the stars and the air and the noises everywhere. The little bunny is finally ready to drift into a peaceful slumber. This book has long been a perfect bedtime story, and young children will enjoy looking at the pictures and listening to the soothing words.
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe and Susan Tuma is a truly fun and captivating book about what just might happen at night when the entire family is fast asleep. Have you ever wondered what the toys do at night? You might have noticed weird things happening in your house. Unexplainable messes. Food all over the kitchen floor. Who could the culprits be? Dinosaurs! Boasting bright and hilarious photographs, along with a story written from the point of view of an older, wiser sibling, Refe and Susan Tuma’s picture book documents a very messy adventure that shows just what the dinosaurs did last night.
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