The Racing to Read team is always looking for new and improved ways of serving their teachers and children. We are excited to share with you our latest addition to the van; our revamped “Teacher Resource” shelf. This shelf offers a collection of books that teachers exclusively get to check out. They range from informational picture books, that help teach a variety of early literacy topics, to topical pop-up books; that are just fun to share with children during circle time. I’m going to highlight some of our newer additions to the shelf, and what you should be on the look out for this upcoming school year.


Our new teacher resource shelf will replace the moving book shelf on the van. We want the books on the highest shelf to reinforce the notion that these specific books are for teacher checkout only; not for children to checkout and take home. We have flagged these books with a green teacher resource sticker.



One of our newest teacher resource books is titled “My Body Belongs to Me: a book about body safety” by Jill Starishevsky.“This straightforward, gentle book offers a tool parents, teachers, and counselors can use to help children feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs to Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher, or another safe adult.” – Provided by publisher. There are recommended tips for using this book with a child, in easy to follow steps located at the back of the book. This is an uncomfortable topic, but it is important that teachers are armed with appropriate resources to help them tackle challenging topics like this one.



We are excited about this new series that we are featuring for our infant and toddler teachers titled: “Touch and Explore” lift-the-flap books, by Stephanie Babin. These fun and interactive books offer teachers the opportunity to share a wide range of facts about a given topic, e.g. vehicles, safari, the ocean, dinosaurs, etc. These books are great for infant/toddler and even some three’s circle time, because they utilize the cardboard pages best suited for younger readers while also offering an added touch and feel experience.




Our goal is to offer a wide variety of books on topics that we have been asked for in years past. As new books come in we are going to be vigilant for books that are appropriate for our new teacher resource designation. However, while we are still building this collection, please feel free to reach out to us and give us topics you would like to see on the shelf. You can reach us by email: or by phone: (859)962-4062.


Written by: Teresa Curtis, outreach programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, and Pete the Cat’s #1 Fan!

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