With all of today’s modern technology, video images, and online educational tools, is there still room in early childhood for nursery rhymes, poems, fingerplays, and songs? Is there still room for Mother Goose? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” In fact, modern research into early brain development is validating what parents have known for years. To quote Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen, an expert in early childhood development, “children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment”, a perfect description of a parent (or caregiver!) and child cozily sharing a wonderful Mother Goose book together.
Numerous libraries are discovering that for young children “a love for learning through nursery rhyme activities and music…will insure their success throughout their school experiences.” In fact, Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore has pioneered a program that incorporates these discoveries and is featured in an article entitled “Mother Goose on the Loose: Applying Brain Research to Early Childhood Programs in the Public Library“.
So here are some of Kitsap Regional Library’s wonderful Mother Goose collections for you to share with your favorite young child!
For more than seventy-five years The Real Mother Goose has been delighting millions of children, and today the magic is as strong as ever. Heralded as the “standard” Mother Goose by parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians, this wonderful book with Blanche Fisher Wright’s lively, colorful pictures makes an enchanting introduction for the very young.
From world-renowned folk artist Will Moses comes one of the most original and enchanting Mother Goose books ever. Featuring over sixty of childhood’s best-loved nursery rhymes, in Where’s Waldo-like fashion, children can search magical full-spreads of Will’s unmistakable paintings to find their favorite characters.
Knopf is proud to reissue the complete and unabridged Arnold Lobel-illustrated treasury of Mother Goose rhymes, originally published in 1986 as The Random House Book of Mother Goose and unavailable for several years. Reviewers were unanimous in their acclaim of a collection “brimming over with energy…distinguished by abundant humor and a rich variety of moods and styles” (School Library Journal, starred review). The beloved creator of the Frog and Toad books included 306 nursery rhymes–several hundred more than any other quality edition of Mother Goose–and “all are illustrated in a cornucopia of drawings which demonstrates the range of [his] technique and imagination” (Kirkus Reviews).
To a small child, words are magical. And the most magical of all are the beloved, venerable words of Mother Goose. Now folklorist Iona Opie has gathered more than sixty treasured rhymes in their most perfect, honest form. From “Hey Diddle, Diddle” and “Pat-a-Cake” to “Little Jack Horner” and “Pussycat, Pussycat,” these are familiar verses that have been passed from parent to child for generations; these are the rhymes that are every child’s birthright. With watercolors by Rosemary Wells that may prove equally enduring, My Very First Mother Goose captures the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose. Parents and children will find themselves exploring this volume together, savoring delightful details and funny surprises on every page. This is a book that promises hours of quiet smiles and merry grins for readers of all ages. (Random House, Inc.)