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App Promotion
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A new partnership

We’re partnering with @MWFBaz! Make Way for Books is a nonprofit in Southern AZ that promotes early literacy by providing young children with the opportunity to fall in love with books and reading. We’ll be using their app at our library! #makewayforbooksapp#raisingreaders

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App features

The #makewayforbooksapp has tons of features to share with our library patrons. Activities, videos, and most importantly, Read Now books in both English and Spanish that you can read anywhere at any time. #raisingreaders#bilingualbooks

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The Learning Journal

One of the things that our library community loves most about the #makewayforbooksapp is the Learning Journal feature. Keep track of finished books and new vocab words in English or Spanish! #raisingreaders#bilingualbooks

Read Now Book Descriptions
The Girl in the Tree

The Girl in the Tree
When his forest is demolished, a lonely Oak tree finds a friend in a small brave girl with a large heart. The important messages, compelling characters, and unique perspective of this story will have you and your child reading it over and over again. You can read the extraordinary tale The Girl in the Tree by Courtney Gallant, Rosa Meronek, and Katelyn Wildman right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Please, Don't Give Me a Hug!

Please, Don’t Give Me a Hug!
How do you and your child show affection? A high five? A coochie-coo? Read along as Judi Moreillon expresses the significance of asking for consent and respecting other people’s boundaries. The important message and adorable watercolor illustrations by Tucson artist Nikki Brzescinski make this story one to treasure. You can read Please, Don’t Give Me a Hug right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

The Clever Mouse

The Clever Mouse
Award-winning Arizona author Marianne Mitchell tells the captivating story of Rico and Rocco, the exploring mice. One night, a big house cat captures Rocco. Will the clever Rico be able to rescue his brother? The fun illustrations and adventurous story will have you wanting to share this book with your child time and time again. You can read The Clever Mouse right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

All Kinds of Kisses

All Kinds of Kisses
Tucson author TJ Marsh’s adorable book about kisses is sure to bring a smile to you and your child’s faces. What kinds of kisses do you like? Tickly eyelash butterfly kisses? Wet and slobbery puppy dog kisses? You can read All Kinds of Kisses right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

The Boring Box

The Boring Box
It’s just a normal, old box… Or is it? You and your child will love using sensory clues (seeing, touching, and listening) to uncover the secret hidden inside the boring box. Tucson writer Fernando González and Frankfurt illustrator Ellen Wagner create a fun mystery with lively illustrations that will have you and your child taking turns guessing what could possibly be in the box. You can read The Boring Box right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Mary Had a Little Lamp
Local Tucson author Suzannah Herron puts a fun twist on a classic tale. Mary loves her pet, but it’s not a lamb. It’s a small LED lamp that follows her around! The playful rhyming language and expressive artwork make this a wonderful story for you to share with your child again and again. You can read Mary Had a Little Lamp right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

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Mariah Papaya
What is your least favorite food? Mariah’s least favorite food is fruit. Bananas! Grapes! Apples! She just doesn’t like fruit at all! Until one day she finds something unique in the refrigerator—could it be the perfect fruit for her? Find out by reading Mariah Papaya on the #makewayforbooksapp #raisingreaders

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Small Robot Makes a Friend

Small Robot Makes a Friend
How do you make new friends? Small robot is having trouble making friends so she decides to build one out of scraps, but her new friend isn’t what she expected. Award-winning author Jennifer J. Stewart tells the adorable and silly story of what it means to be a good friend. You can read Small Robot Makes a Friend right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Can I Have a Hug?

Can I Have a Hug?
Sabina is nervous about the dark desert night. She knows a hug will make her feel better but for some reason no one will give her one. You and your child will love to read the heartwarming story, Can I Have a Hug? by Danae Pineda right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

The Cutest Baby in the Desert

The Cutest Baby in the Desert
Every parent thinks that their child is the cutest, especially the desert animals in this captivating story. Which desert baby do you think is the cutest? With adorable illustrations from local Tucson artist Lindsey Duel and a heartwarming tale by Tucson author Autumn Ruhe, this story will be sure to delight both you and your child. You can read The Cutest Baby in the Desert right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Invisible Hudson

Invisible Hudson
He moves around the house and never leaves a trace, but who is Invisible Hudson? You’ll be turning the pages with anticipation while you and your child have fun guessing who Hudson could be. You can read Invisible Hudson by local Tucson author Julia Shelton right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Bedward

Bedward
Bedward is a fine bed - or at least he thinks so - but then why doesn’t anyone want him? Bedward is an emotional tale by Adam Rex featuring the colorfully expressive art of Meg Hellwig that will have you talking to your child about why you shouldn’t judge a bed by its covers. You can read Bedward right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Pickle and Polo
Pickle is a puffin. Polo is a polar bear. They both wish that they could be like the other. You will want to read this book about finding the confidence to be who you are with your child again and again. You can read Pickle and Polo by Alessandra de Zubeldia, Noor Elqaq, Samantha Marks and Avery Romano right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Not So Big, Not So Bad Wulf

Not So Big, Not So Bad Wulf
You may have heard the story of the Big Bad Wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, but you have never heard the story of his son, Wulf. Wulf is not good at sprinting, lurking or creeping like the other wolves, but he does enjoy flowers. Will Wulf be able to find a friend despite his lack of typical wolf-like qualities? You can read Not So Big, Not So Bad Wulf by Nicole Spivey, Breanna Tsingine, and Onna Begay right now for free on the Make Way For Books App!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

If You Read To Me

If You Read To Me
Do you like being read to or reading to others? This sweet story by award-winning author Marianne Mitchell expresses the importance of sharing stories out loud. You and your child will enjoy looking at the beautiful images of artist Adela Antoinette as you read this story to each other. You can read If You Read To Me right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

The Tiny Messenger
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The Tiny Messenger
Hummingbirds have a very special job. They bring thoughts and wishes across large distances. Based on a Mayan legend, this story combines the words of Marianne Mitchell and Fernando González with the beautiful artwork of Rachel Wehr to create an unforgettable story. You can read The Tiny Messenger with your child right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp
#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

Desert Train
Do you and your child love making sounds? Coyote and his friends do, too. You’ll want to join in as local Tucson author Autumn Ruhe brings the animals of the desert to life with fun noises. You can read Desert Train right now on the Make Way For Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
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#raisingreaders
#concuentoscrecemos

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Mildred and Dilred
Sometimes the best way to stop being bored is to tell each other stories, but it’s only fun if the stories are fun. Autumn and Sara ask their grandpa to tell them a story but they’re not impressed. So they decide to tell a story of their own! Read Mildred and Dilred on the #makewayforbooksapp to find out what happens. #raisingreaders

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Five Plump Peas
Learn to count! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! But we won’t stop there, there’s more plump peas to count. Check out Five Plump Peas on the #makewayforbooks app #raisingreaders

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Out of this World
Have you ever wanted to travel to outer space? Now you can! Join Terra and Al as they explore the solar system. Don’t worry, we’ll all be back in time for dinner. Read Out of this World on the #makewayforbooksapp #raisingreaders

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Fruit Salad
Get ready to prepare a tasty fruit salad full of all your favorite fruits! Apples! Bananas! Grapes! Kiwis! Mangos! There’s something yummy for everyone to enjoy. Check out Fruit Salad, written by Gaye Gronlund, on the #makewayforbooksapp #raisingreaders

 
 
Activity Descriptions

Infants

Playing with Scarves

Scarves up!
Did you know that scarves can be used for more than just keeping warm? They can also be an amazing and safe way to bond with your Infant. You can put a clean scarf on your child’s head, use it to play peek-a-boo, and let them practice using their senses by looking, touching and maybe even tasting it. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Los Pollitos
“Los Pollitos” is a traditional Latin American song that you will enjoy singing with your child. When you sing and dance together you are helping your child to develop important literacy, language, social-emotional, and motor skills. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Read Now With Your Infant
Early literacy is so important in building up your child’s brain and making sure that they feel comfortable and confident when starting school for the first time. The continuously expanding Make Way for Books App features many Read Now books that you can share with your child for free. Find out great tips for how you can read these books to your child in a way that gets them excited for reading. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App on Google Play and the App Store!

Cuddle and Read
Early literacy skills are important for your child’s future. Cuddle up with your Infant and read to them. Let them have fun pointing at the pictures and practice holding the book. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App on Google Play and the App Store!

Baby Bath Time Conversation

Baby Bath Time Conversation
Talking with your baby, even if they can’t respond yet, is one of the most important things that you can do to help develop their language skills. One of the best times to have a conversation with them is during a bath because there are so many potential topics. You can talk to them about what is happening or about their favorite bath toy. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App on Google Play and the App Store!

Mirror Exploration

Mirror Exploration
Hold up a mirror and point out the different features of your child, such as their rosy cheeks and beautiful smile. Doing activities like this with your child not only boosts their self-esteem, but also helps them learn about their body. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App on Google Play and the App Store!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Singing and dancing with your child establishes an important bond between you, and music is also extremely important as it introduces your child to new sounds and word meanings. The repetitive structure of lyrics, rhythms, and movements help to foster important comprehension skills. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App on Google Play and the App Store!
 

Mystery Bag

Mystery Bag
There are so many inexpensive ways to bond with your child. Try filling a bag with various safe items from around the house like fabrics, toys and books. Have your child grab items out from the bag and describe what they grabbed. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App on Google Play and the App Store!

Toddlers

Scarves up

Scarves Up!
Since scarves are safe and light they are an excellent resource for playing with your child. Scarves fall slowly so let your child try catching them. This will help them improve their hand-eye coordination. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Dress Up Time
Dressing up in various costumes and old clothes helps to build the bond you have with your child. It also encourages their imagination and comprehension of the world around them to talk about what they have decided to dress up as. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Splashing Around

Splashing Around
Supervise your child while they play in a small pool or tub. Let them fill various containers and talk to them about what they are seeing, hearing, and feeling. Doing activities like this with your child helps them to learn about the world around them. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Book Nook
Create an area for your child’s books. You can have them decorate a personalized box to keep them in. Encourage them to explore the different books that they have to inspire their interest in reading. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Mirror Time
Let your toddler explore their face in the mirror and talk to them about the different parts of their face. This helps build their emotional vocabulary, which is being able to understand emotions. Check out the activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Adventures at the Library
Your local library is a fun and free resource where you can check out several picture books at a time, take free community classes, and attend storytime readings. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Book Magic

Book Magic
Sing along to this cute song about the importance of books with your child and the Make Way For Books team. Singing and dancing with your child help to build long lasting bonds and help them expand their vocabulary and motor skills. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Sing With Your Toddler
Singing with your child helps build their awareness that language is made up of rhythms and patterns. That understanding will be a valuable asset in the continued growth of their vocabulary, plus it’s fun! Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!

Preschoolers

Make a Hot Dog Book

Make a Hot Dog Book
Spark your child’s interest in reading, writing, and books by making a hot dog book with them. This strengthens your child’s storytelling and writing skills by letting them write and illustrate their own story. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Use New Words
Support your child’s vocabulary development by introducing, incorporating, and being aware of the new words you as a parent are using. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store! 
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Sing the ABC's

Sing the ABC’s
Teach your child the alphabet by singing it with them. There are many creative ways to sing the song with your child. Check them and more out now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store! 
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Follow the Leader
Play Follow the Leader with your child! Practicing different movements in different directions helps your child develop their directionality, which is movement in connection with space. This is significant when learning how to read, write letters, and do math. Check out the activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store! 
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Baking Soda Eggs
Introduce your child to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts from the chemical reactions involved in making baking soda eggs with them. Check out the directions, ingredients, and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store! 
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Feelings Cube
Make a feelings cube with your child! This activity helps build your child’s emotional vocabulary, which is connecting words and their meaning to how your child feels. Emotional vocabulary helps children start to understand and communicate their own feelings, understand others, and develop empathy. Check out the directions and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store! 
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Adventures at the Park
By running, jumping, and climbing, children are preparing their brains for all kinds of learning--even reading! Join us on our recent Adventure at the Park to find out more about how learning happens whenever you go. Check the video and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Old MacDonald
Sing “Old MacDonald” with your child! This activity brings your child’s attention to the different sounds animals make. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Bedtime Reading Routine
Establish a bedtime routine with your child by snuggling up and reading a book together. Routines help your child learn self control, reduce power struggles, and feel secure. Check out the activity tips and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

Juanito

Juanito
Singing and dancing are learning! When you and your child dance together to the Spanish song “Juanito,” they are able to explore the different body parts. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos

If You’re Happy and You Know It
By singing and dancing to “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with your child you are able to guide them into exploring their emotions. Check out this activity and more now on the Make Way for Books App for free on Google Play and the App Store!
#makewayforbooksapp #booksbuildbrains #concuentosrecemos