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December - Communication

Starting April 2021 and lasting for one year, each month the Scappoose Public Library will spotlight a new social-emotional skill for early learners. From empathy to responsibility to resiliency, we'll focus on some most important skills for your little one to practice. We'll have books to read together, activities for kids to explore, and information for parents. Thank you to the NW Early Learning Hub for a generous grant which will help fund this endeavor! December is about Communication.

December is about Communication.

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." — Mother Teresa

Books about Communication

  • Baby's First Kind Words by Hsinping Pan
  • Baby's First Words/Mis Primas Palabras by Christiane Engel
  • Duck! by Meg McKinlay
  • Gnome by Fred Blunt
  • Hannah Sparkles by Robin Mellom
  • Lacy Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne Jones
  • Listen Buddy by Helen Lester
  • Listen Like an Elephant by Kira Willey
  • Little Elephant Listens by Michael Dahl
  • Magic Little Words by Angéle Delaunois
  • Margot and the Moon Landing by A.C. Fitzpartick and Erica Medina
  • Nita's Day: More Signs for Babies and Parents by Kathy MacMillan
  • No Quiero Estar in Silencio! by Laura Ellen Anderson
  • Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
  • Quiet Please, Owen McPhee by Trudy Ludwig
  • Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
  • We Disagree by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
  • The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Words Are Not for Hurting/ Las Palabras No Son para Listimar by Elizabeth Verdick
  • Yes, I Can Listen! by Steve Metzger

Activity: Listen and Color

The image is a coloring page of a small, single-seat propeller airplane in the sky with text in a box at the bottom. The text reads as follows: Listen and Color - One person reads the directions and the other follows them! Color the sun Yellow. Color the airplane your two favorite colors. Color the clouds a light color. Color the sky Blue. Draw a bird in the sky. Write your name Below. Name:

Engage with your child about Communicating

  • Model good listening to your child by actively listening to what your child has to say. Whenever you can, give your full attention to what your child is saying. Repeat back part of what your child says to confirm your understanding. Engage your child by asking follow up questions.
  • Spending time reading with your child helps enforce strong communication skills. Books help build vocabulary, reinforce effective communication, and benefit overall language development. They can also help a child learn empathy, which is an important component of communication.
  • Be mindful when communicating with your child. Be clear about when something is a request and when something is an instruction. Use clear language for an instruction, instead of asking if a child would like to help clean up the toys, say something like "I need your help picking up the toys on the floor before we can play with other toys."

Previous Social-Emotional Learning Themes

Hours & Contact Information

52469 SE 2nd Street 
Scappoose, OR 97056

PO Box 400 
Scappoose, OR 97056

Monday            10:00-6:00
Tuesday            10:00-8:00
Wednesday    10:00-8:00
Thursday         10:00-8:00
Friday                10:00-6:00
Saturday          10:00-3:00
Sunday              Closed

Curbside pickup available.



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Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Logo of a train made out of books.

Columbia County is participating in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  Kids 0-5 years old can be signed-up to receive a FREE book every month in the mail.   The program is designed to encourage a love of reading from an early age.  

You can sign your child up for the Imagination Library by clicking the image above.