I’ll never forget the day I got my first library card. I was just learning to read and was amazed to find out that with my library card I could bring home all the books I wanted for free. That moment marked the beginning of my love affair with books. It continues to this day.
That’s why I’m thrilled that this month is National School Library Month, a celebration of the essential role that school library programs play in a student’s education. Librarians organize community events introducing parents, students, and the public to all the resources the library has to offer, including books, eBooks, recorded books, databases, and more.
With National School Library Month in mind, now is a great time to visit the Sparky School House website, NFPA’s interactive site that features a free storybook app–Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, and free e-book–Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts. Sparky’s Birthday Surprise is a highly engaging interactive storybook app for children 3 to 7. Firefighting Heroes and Science Facts is written for ages 7 to 10. It addresses Common Core standards for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science and also includes fully aligned curriculum materials for teachers.
Both the e-book and app are designed to teach kids about the importance of fire safety in a fun and engaging way.