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Thought and Deliberation Go into Each and Every Book Selection --   BEGIN WITH BOOKS (BWB) is pleased to have two new books in its rotation and on bookshelves in the month of September: Baby Builders , by Elissa Haden Guest, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata, for children turning three, and Brick by Brick , by Heidi Woodward Sheffield, for children turning four. Hundreds of potential titles are reviewed every year for inclusion in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library (DPIL).  Let's explore why these two books in particular may have been chosen. The Book Selection Process A tremendous amount of thought and deliberation goes into each and every book selection.  The Blue Ribbon Book Selection Committee , DPIL's panel of early childhood literacy experts, convenes annually to review and select books for the following program year.  This diverse group of experts is made up of  teachers, librarians, authors, and early childhood educators.  The richness of their backgrounds ensures that
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Charleston County First Steps and BEGIN WITH BOOKS

The Gold Standard in Partnership -- Since 1999,  Charleston County First Steps (CCFS)  has been helping disadvantaged children be healthier  and better prepared to start school.  They do this through improving access to quality childcare, and by supporting, educating and advocating for parents.  Their two primary programs are: The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) , a federally-funded grant program that is intended to ensure private child development centers deliver quality childcare through Early Head Start services to low-income families with children ages 6 weeks to 3 years. Parents as Teachers (PAT) , weekly home visits conducted by certified Parent Educators/Advocates to meet the needs of low-income families with children prenatal through 5 years old.      Charleston County First Steps has been a strong supporter of BEGIN WITH BOOKS (BWB) since its inception over 10 years ago.  However, with the arrival of Program Manager Lea