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  Santa Cruz Parent Santa Cruz County

May 30, 2019
A Universe of Stories

Why Do Kids Love Dr. Seuss So Much?

The Ultimate Summer Reading Lists

"It's great!" say the moms.


Fun Events!
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  A Universe of Stories

(0 A May 2019) Library_UniverseofStories.jpgIt doesn't get much better than reading and loving a story so much that you can't wait to find out what happens, and then it's so engaging and inspiring that you wish it hadn't ended so soon! Summer is a great time for many trips to the library and long reads. The kickoff for the libraries' summer "Universe of Stories" is Saturday and Sunday.

Your librarians have planned an exciting series of magical, musical, dramatical, laugh-out-loud special events for you.

Please do click on the links in the Dr. Seuss article. You will gain a deep appreciation of the benefits of sharing Dr. Seuss stories with your children.

Please share our newsletter with new friends so they won't miss a few tidbits of wisdom from our author contributors, and as always our many fun events!

Have a wonderful weekend with family and friends!  Parmalee

 

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  Why Do Kids Love Dr. Seuss So Much?

(0 A May 2019) dr-seuss.jpgHis Stories Have Staying Power

By Ellen Schmidt

Why do kids love reading Dr. Seuss books so much? Oh, let me count the ways. 1 fish, 2 fish... Yes indeed, there are many wacky reasons why children love Dr. Seuss, and in turn, so many ways that reading Dr. Seuss books are great for kids. As The Cat in The Hat would say, "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!" Let's dive in like a red fish, shall we?

Theodor Seuss Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss, became an overnight success with The Cat in The Hat, which was written in response to a LIFE magazine article in 1954 that criticized children's reading levels. According to Biography, publishers asked him to create a children's primer containing 220 vocabulary words, and the rest, shall we say, is history.

Children love the nonsensical, silly made-up names, creatures, stories, and rhyming structure within Dr. Seuss' books, and as it turns out, those rhymes are beneficial for children, too. According to Learning Lift Off, rhyming helps develop literacy, promotes language, and encourages social and emotional development. Rhymes sound even better when they are read aloud, too. Many Dr. Seuss books are available in book board format, making them the perfect size for tiny hands. And as stated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading to children from infancy promotes brain development, not to mention a lifelong love of reading. Read more at RomperRoom>>>

 

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  The Ultimate Summer Reading Lists

The ultimate summer reading list for early elementary kids

by Hillary Bird

(0 A May 2019) Book_HeartOfABoy.jpgThe Heart of a Boy, by Kate T. Parker

From the photographer and author of "Strong is the New Pretty," comes a book with interviews and photos of boys learning and growing. Perfect for both boys and girls, this book is full of photos of success and failure and how kids learn and grow together. It shows that strength isn't just about muscles.

 

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(0 A May 2019) Book_TryingToLoveMath.jpgI'm Trying to Love Math, by Bethany Barton

If parents are worried about a summer slide, fear no more, this book is here to the rescue.

First, Barton hopes to shake the fear of math, and with a little comedy, a little pizza and some ice cream, this book is worth the trick.

Written for ages 4-8, even older kids with math confusions can find the fun in numbers.

 

 

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  "It's great!" say the moms.

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100% Human Powered!

"We are the future of the American Circus, LIVE and in person," says Venardos. "We're keeping that tradition of FUN alive for a whole new generation, and pushing the boundaries of their expectations by turning 'big top circus" into an intimate, interactive, and theatrical experience. It's Circus you can feel with your heart." (Animal Free)

San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave., Santa Cruz, May 24 - June 9 Venardos Circus  ~  Tickets

 

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DeLaveaga Annual Spring Carnival
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  DeLaveaga Annual Spring Carnival
DeLaveaga Elementary School
Date: 05/31/2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Ages: All
Details: All-ages carnival will feature games, karaoke, live performances, bounce house, climbing wall, dunk tank, face painting, art auc
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 429-3807 view all details >>
     
Beatles Songs by Talented Kids
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  Beatles Songs by Talented Kids
Bobbie Hosfeldt-Ward
Date: 06/02/2019 from 5:45pm to 8:00pm
Details: Come listen and enjoy, as young vocalists sing their versions of many classic Beatles hits!
City: Felton view all details >>
     
Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival
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  Bonny Doon Art, Wine & Brew Festival
Bonny Doon Elementary School
Date: 06/01/2019 from 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Details: Help fund science and arts programs and grow the Bonny Doon School Future Fund.
City: Bonny Doon view all details >>
     
Artichoke Festival
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  Artichoke Festival
Castroville Artichoke Festival
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2)
Details: Artichokes fried, sauteed, grilled, marinated, pickled, fresh, and creamed in soup and much more!
City: Monterey Phone: 831-633-3465 view all details >>
     
Open Streets Watsonville 2019
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Open Streets SC County
Date: 06/02/2019 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Bike, dance, picnic, stroll in the street. Learn about local non-profit groups, listen to live music, and experience the joy of
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Positive Discipline for Children of All Ages
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  Positive Discipline for Children of All Ages
Positive Discipline Community Resources
Date: Every Wed (Jun 19-Jul 3) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Ages: Adults
Details: Intensive 3-week Positive Discipline Parenting Class Series for Children of All Ages
Special Instructions: No Childcare Available
City: Santa Cruz Phone: (831) 476-7284 view all details >>
     
Santa Cruz Makers' Market
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Santa Cruz Mountain Makers Market
Date: The 1st Su of every month from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Details: Over 40 local artists and crafters hosting a beautiful variety of handmade goods + Live music all day
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
A Century of the Concrete Ship
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  A Century of the Concrete Ship
State Park Seacliff
Date: 06/01/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Details: Cut a rug with dancing historical re-enactors or just enjoy the old-timey music, history talks, kids' crafts and games, environm
City: Aptos Phone: (831) 685-6444 view all details >>
     
Redwood Mountain Faire
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  Redwood Mountain Faire
Valley Women's Club
Date: Every day (Jun 1-Jun 2) at 11:00am
Ages: All
Details: Dance the day away to live music with your friends and family while enjoying tasty locally made food, cold beer, cider, and wine
Special Instructions: Parking: $5
City: Felton Phone: 831/ 335-4484 view all details >>
     
Ascendance!
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  Ascendance!
Santa Cruz Symphony
Date: Every day (Oct 11-Oct 13)
Ages: all
Details: Bates, Stravinsky & Beethoven!
Special Instructions: Free Friday Open Rehearsal
City: Aptos view all details >>
     
The Venardos Circus
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Venardos Circus
Date: Every day (May 24-Jun 9)
Details: Animal-free circus features a cast of aerialists, acrobats, comedians, jugglers, contortionists and daredevils hailing from arou
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
 Second Weekends @ Watsonville Airport
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Watsonville Municipal Airport
Date: The 2nd Sa of every month from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Details: Like old planes? Come visit us!
Special Instructions: Saturday and Sunday
City: Watsonville view all details >>
     
Lining Up Summer Reading
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CEMENT SHIP Street Fair
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Seacliff Improvement Association
Date: 06/01/2019 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Ages: all
Details: Celebrate with live music, magicians, kid-friendly activities, local vendors of crafts, history, ice cream, pizza, and food truc
City: Seacliff view all details >>
     
Lining Up Summer Reading
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The Pirates of Penzance
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UCSC Theater Arts Department
Date: Every day (May 30-Jun 2)
Ages: All
Details: UCSC singers and orchestra come together to present a fully-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance.
City: Santa Cruz view all details >>
     
Lining Up Summer Reading
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