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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Zoom, Zoom, Baby!”

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Zoom, Zoom, Baby!Zoom, Zoom, Baby!

Karen Katz has done it again! She has written another thoroughly enjoyable board book, Zoom, Zoom Baby! Lift the flap to see if baby is in the boat, or the bus. Where is baby? Your toddler will love peeking to see if baby is riding the train or flying the plane. Where is baby? Check out this book and find out!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch


 

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KDL Top Ten — Sports Outdoor

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Go hiking, paddling and camping with this week’s Top Ten.  These are 10 of the most popular titles in our Sports Outdoor collection.  And if you’re looking for more open-air fun, try our Experience Summer Online: Get Outside and Play challenges!

Top Ten Sports Outdoor 07-25-2014

 


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Fireworks Monoprints

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Fireworks MonoprintsPlay-Grow-Read

Part of the fun of July is staying up late to see the fireworks. Remember the fun of July 4th with this simple craft using pipe cleaners and paint to create fantastic bursts of color. While you paint, talk about the sights and sounds your family experienced during fireworks displays. Older children may also enjoy watching this video about the science of fireworks.

Materials

  • Large fuzzy pipe cleaners
  • Paper suitable for tempera paint
  • Several contrasting colors of tempera paint
  • Scissors

Directions

  1. Take 4 large pipe cleaners. Fold them in half and twist to form a handle.
  2. Fan them out to create a starburst “brush.”
  3. Dip into one color of paint and make a print by placing the pipe cleaner starburst on the paper.
  4. Now print over the first image using a second color.
  5. Do 2 to 3 layers on each image to create multiple lines and colors.
  6. Add glitter if you wish.

–Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch


 

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Top Ten — eBooks

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Pack light for your next vacation, and still bring along a ton of reading material! Check out a virtual suitcase full of books from KDL’s eBook site.  And to see what others are downloading, take a look at this week’s Top Ten list.  These are the 10 most popular eBooks at KDL right now:

Top Ten eBooks 07-18-2014

For help getting started, visit our eBooks & Downloads Help and FAQs page.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Down by the BaySummer is here and it’s time to move music outdoors! Explore the wonderful world around you and find music everywhere. Find a cool spot under a shady tree and listen to the wind blow through the leaves, the birds singing or the sounds of traffic. Do rhythm activities by tapping sticks on fences, garbage cans or sandbox toys. See if children can follow your lead when you count out a rhythm. Call and response songs are a great way to stimulate imagination and practice working with patterns. Try a few rounds of “Down By the Bay,” changing up the rhyme at the end to create silly and entertaining lyrics.  Children repeat each line until the final rhyme.

“Down by the bay (repeat)
Where the watermelons grow (repeat)
Back to my home (repeat)
I dare not go (repeat)
For if I do (repeat)
My mother will say (repeat)
Did you ever see a duck driving a truck
Down by the bay?”

Alternate the underlined words with other rhyming pairs such as a dog chasing a frog or a moose sipping some juice. Use the sights and sounds around you to make up the next line. Challenge your child to come up with sillier or more difficult rhymes. Having fun with words and sounds through singing is a great way to add to your child’s vocabulary and get them ready for reading.

–Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Grilling

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Top Ten Cooking Grill 07-11-2014

This week’s Top Ten is good enough to eat! Savor 10 of the most popular books in our COOKING GRILL nonfiction section.


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Mother Goose on the Loose

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Mother Goose on the LooseWith the Mother Goose on the Loose app users can interact with and listen to classic nursery rhymes and songs. Mother Goose nursery rhymes are a great way to help kids learn to rhyme (a skill that is needed for learning to read). This app can help add even more fun to traditional rhymes. The simple and colorful format engages kids and lets them move the pieces around on a virtual flannel board. Listen to the rhyme or song, play with the “flannel” pieces and tap the sound effect buttons along to the beat of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack and Jill and more! Sing and play with your child as you listen to this free app available from the Apple app store.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch 

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Freegal Downloads

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Top Ten Freegal Downloads 07-05-2014Liberate some new tunes for your holiday weekend playlist using KDL’s Freegal Music site. Download DRM-free MP3 files for millions of songs (KDL cardholders get 3 free per week!). And while you’re visiting, check out “My Library Top 10.”

For help getting started, visit our eBooks & Downloads Help and FAQs page.

Rock on!

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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Go! Go! Go! Stop!”

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Go Go Go StopGo! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

When Little Green rolls into town and says his first word, “go,” the construction site really gets moving! What happens when all the vehicles go, go, go at the same time? Who will say a word to slow things down? This bright and cheerful picture book shows the power of a single word and illustrates what it means to work cooperatively. Point to and name the letters in the words “go” and “stop” as they are repeated in the story, and ask your child to do the same. What would happen if vehicles on the street didn’t obey these signals? Play a game of “Stop and Go” together outside and take turns being the “traffic signal.” Talking and playing both build vocabulary and are great ways to get your child ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Fiction

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten looks at the 10 most popular books in our Juvenile Fiction collection! Did any of your favorite books or characters make the list? If so, which ones are the best and why? If not, what books do you think other kids will love?

KDL Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 06-27-2014

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