Before you rush to teach your child letters and words, have you ever thought about using a wordless book to help teach your preschooler how to read?
Wordless books are a great way for a child to develop language skills by allowing them to talk about the pictures in the book. They also help children make the connection that pictures and illustrations can provide clues to the narrative in the story.
“Driving the King” by Ravi Howard
c.2015, HarperCollins, $25.99, 336 pages
Genealogy, the investigation of family histories or the creation of records of descent for people, families, or groups, is one of America’s most popular hobbies and an area of study that has been featured in television programs and facilitated in recent decades through websites and subscription services with all types of digitized records.
The library system has many resources, in a variety of formats, to help people hone their research skills, look for clues to their families’ pasts and discover local history. The “HeritageQuest Online” database contains six collections of materials that can be used from home or within library buildings. Navigation is straightforward; census images are clear and can be enhanced for easier viewing. Each collection has to be searched independently and has its own quirks, but numerous help screens provide guidance.
“Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” by Judy Melinek, M.D. and T.J. Mitchell
c.2014, Scribner, $25.00, 258 pages
AUSTIN — Charles M. Blow’s memoir has drawn a lot of attention from the author’s exploration of his bisexuality. That’s certainly a crucial part of his story, but what really jumps off the page are Blow’s photographic recollections of growing up poor in the small town of Gibsland, La., conflicted about his place in the world as a young black man.
Details, from the drunken woman who died in a ditch after a diabetic seizure to the abandoned house across the street where Blow sought solitude, come back to vivid life in “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27).
“Democracy’s Defender: The Life of L.M. Birkhead” by Jim Grebe; Lulu Publishing Services (178 pages, $19.99)
The U.S. Senate censured Joseph McCarthy on Dec. 2, 1954, for behavior “contrary to senatorial traditions.”
“While Beauty Slept” by Elizabeth Blackwell, c.2014, Berkeley Trade, $16.00, 464 pages
As fans know, Phyllis Dorothy James, life peer baroness of Holland Park, also known as the award winning mystery writer, P.D. James, died in November at the age of 94.
Since her 1962 title “Cover Her Face” introduced the introspective poet detective, Adam Dalgliesh, James has set the bar for British police procedurals with intricately woven plots rife with simmering characters. She set each story up with care in an enclosed sodality — a specialized clinic, a publishing house, a small museum — which included victim(s) and suspects. By the time Inspector Dalgliesh showed up, we had a pretty good idea of the hostilities and loyalties of the group, but were always stuck with the resolution of the murder.
“The Silent Sister” by Diane Chamberlain
c.2014, St. Martin’s Press
A free event to recruit volunteers to build Kenosha's Dream Playground drew hundreds of supporters Sunday.
Kenosha police are seeking two men who allegedly robbed a cab driver in the 4800 block of 13th Court Saturday night.
Quick action by a Illinois woman helped stop a bus that had crashed after its driver collapsed Saturday night in Bristol.
When it comes to college, now is the time to start planning.
KENOSHA — An event to educate people about health coverage options will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Ave.
Nearly 30 years ago, the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department purchased its first mobile command emergency response vehicle after a single-engine plane crashed near Highway E and Interstate 94, scattering $100,000 throughout a farm field.
Linda Vogelman is assistant director for independent living services for Society’s Assets, where she helps those in need with assistive living technology.
Nearly every elementary school in Kenosha Unified School District has fewer students this school year as declining birth rates lead to fewer kids in the classroom.
Each Monday, the Kenosha News takes a look at the life of a Kenosha County resident who recently died. We share with you, through the memories of family and friends, a life remembered.
Speaking in Kenosha Saturday, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., reflected on one of the most memorable days of his life.
A driver who reportedly fell asleep at the wheel was taken to a hospital after the car he was driving crashed about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
Jo Wynn had volunteers coming out of the woodwork Saturday morning.
Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to reject the proposed Kenosha casino may have come down to analysis of dueling threats.
What now becomes of Dairyland Greyhound Park?
In a state where the partisan divide has developed into something resembling trench warfare, the reaction to Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to reject the Kenosha casino produced something rare — bipartisan agreement.
KENOSHA — “Classical Sundays at the Library” begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave.
Here is a sampling of the local and area leaders reaction to Friday’s decision by Gov. Scott Walker to deny the Menominee-Hard Rock Kenosha casino project.