Cary, NC—The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood announces the topics for Lucy’s Book Club for 2010-11: Knowing my body, Knowing my feelings, and Coping with new experiences.
Launched in May 2009, Lucy’s Book Club is a free community outreach program for Wake County children from infancy to age six and their parents. Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) supports healthy social and emotional growth in young children by encouraging parents to read to them books that approach important developmental themes in a safe and reassuring way. Each list includes titles appropriate for sharing with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners plus recommended reading for parents themselves.
The theme for September through December 2010 is Knowing my body. “Healthy living begins with knowing, respecting, and caring for one’s body from the earliest years of life,” explains Jennifer Reid, a teacher in the Center’s Early Intervention Program and the chair of the LBC book selection panel. “We have chosen books that follow [children’s] development, from emerging body awareness in infancy and toddlerhood to learning to take good care of one’s body in the preschool and kindergarten years.”
Additional themes for 2010-11 include Knowing my feelings (available in January 2011) and Coping with new experiences (available in May 2011).
Suggested reading lists are developed by a panel of the Center’s mental health professionals and a Wake County librarian. These lists are printed on colorful, oversized bookmarks and are available at no cost at more than 200 locations throughout Wake County (including public libraries, preschools, child care centers, pediatricians’ offices, and bookstores) and online at www.lucysbookclub.org.
LBC is also hosting a series of free readings and activities for young children at The Commons at North Hills in Raleigh. Chef Ian Sullivan from Coquette Brasserie and NC State cheerleaders Sally Reed and Sheldron Fulcher will kick off this new program with readings from the Knowing my body reading list on Saturday, September 25, beginning at 10 a.m.
For the latest information on booklists, upcoming topics, and events, visit www.lucysbookclub.org.
The second year of Lucy’s Book Club has been funded by presenting sponsor Cargill and the Cargill Foundation and by platinum sponsors The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation and Time Warner Cable. In May 2010, LBC presented Bookmarked!, a two-week celebration of reading with children, featuring free readings by local celebrity-heroes and acclaimed children’s author Judith Viorst. The dates and featured author for Bookmarked 2011 will be announced soon.
The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood is a nationally recognized model for childhood mental health education and services. The Center is the largest and most comprehensive nonprofit focused on providing mental health services to young children and their families in the Triangle, conveniently located at 9003 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513. For more information, visit www.lucydanielscenter.org.
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