Cary, NC—The Lucy Daniels Center for Early Childhood announces its third Lucy’s Book Club topic, “Imagine that!”  The list of 10 recommended books for children and one for parents were chosen by a panel of Lucy Daniels Center educators and Wake County librarians for their excellence in supporting young children’s developing imaginations.

Research shows that the capacity to imagine is a necessary component for the development of higher thinking and problem solving. Books chosen by the panel such as Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis and It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw, inspire children’s creative thinking and encourage looking at everyday surroundings from different perspectives. With an imaginative mind, the possibilities are endless. Children will enjoy reading these books again and again.

The Lucy’s Book Club (LBC) is a free, community outreach program for Wake County children ages birth to six and their parents. LBC is designed to support healthy social and emotional growth for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. All books chosen for the bookmark/booklist are readily available in Wake County libraries, bookstores, and online.

Three of the titles are also available in Spanish.

Bookmark displays with free, oversized bookmarks listing the current book selections can be found in more than 200 locations including Wake County libraries, preschools, childcare centers, pediatricians’ offices, and bookstores, or downloaded online from www.lucysbookclub.org. Parents can visit the website, funded by the Cisco Foundation, to sign their children up for free book club membership, receive a bimonthly blog, and access a myriad of additional resources supporting each Lucy’s Book Club topic. 

The Lucy’ s Book Club is funded by several foundation and corporate partners including the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation, the Cisco Foundation, Time Warner Cable, and the Target Foundation. “Reading and being read to are extremely critical factors in developing creativity and imagination, as well as healthy social and emotional skills in children,” noted CCUF President/CEO John Slack. “We are glad the Lucy Daniels Center is there for children and credit unions are able to help.”

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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 exclusively 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