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Picture Books and Young Children: Exploring Learning Opportunities with Patricia Hart


Parents, grandparents and caregivers of young children have an opportunity to gain useful insights into how they can use picture books to enhance their child’s learning. Local children’s literature expert Dr. Patricia Hart shares her expertise during Preschool Storytime at the Miami Township Branch of the Dayton Metro Library on Wednesday, March 7, 10:45 a.m. Children can enjoy the storytime while their caregivers meet with Dr. Hart.

Dr. Hart will explain how picture books can boost vocabulary skills and enhance school and learning readiness in young children. She will discuss the importance of choosing quality children’s literature, and using Children’s Librarians as advisors. She’ll also share video clips and a bibliographic list of quality books with participants.

“Over four years, as we filmed different families for our online course on the value of reading to young children, we observed many strategies for building vocabulary in children,” says Dr. Hart. “We have outlined some of the strategies, matching them with appropriate books for the various ages.”

For example, to expose preschoolers to new vocabulary, Dr. Hart suggests a book called Some Smug Slug by Pamela Edwards, illustrated by Henry Cole, about a slug’s journey up a “steep surface,” finally reaching the “summit” only to discover what he’s been climbing. 

“This book is an excellent introduction to the literary technique of alliteration, with Edwards writing a humorous story with most of the words beginning with the letter S,” says Dr. Hart. “The preschooler will be introduced to many new vocabulary words, while enjoying the story of the ‘smug slug.’”

Dr. Hart is a Professor Emerita with 45 years’ experience in Education. She has taught children's literature courses in higher education for many years, and has a certification in early childhood Montessori. She partnered with her husband, an educational video producer, to create an online course on children’s literature.

Her presentation is free and open to the public at the Miami Township Branch Library, 2718 Lyons Road. For more information, visit or call 937.463.2665.


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