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KDL Top Ten — Juvenile Audiobooks on CD

Friday, June 13th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month!  To see 10 of the most popular Juvenile Audiobooks on CD at KDL this week, click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List!

Top Ten Juvenile Audiobooks on CD 06-13-2014

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute — The Sounds of the Season

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Baby Einstein Baby BachSpring gives us gentle breezes and gusting winds. It’s a great time of the year to talk about sounds and music in nature.

Talk about the songs birds sing, and point out the way the wind blows the trees. Ask children to sway like a tree when they listen to music. Use scarves and ribbons to wave through the air like a kite in the wind.

Listen to the sound of the wind as it blows. Try to mimic the whistling sound by blowing over a bottle top. Have children try too. To improve this skill, have children practice blowing lots of bubbles.

Orchestral instruments often imitate sounds from nature in classical music. Which parts of the music sound like rain and wind? Do the bass drums sound like thunder?

Enjoy KDL’s collection of classical children’s music and talk about how weather is depicted in the music with children.

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

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Children’s Picture Books

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Summer Reading @ KDL is underway!  This week’s Top Ten shows off 10 of our most popular Children’s Picture Books:

Top Ten Children's Picture Books 06-06-2014


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — AlphaTots

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Alpha TotsThe interactive animations and engaging sound effects in AlphaTots helps children learn the alphabet and letter sounds. Users can listen to a version of the traditional alphabet song and then work on related word activities for each letter of the alphabet. Children will be entertained while learning letters and new vocabulary as they build a robot for the letter “B” or help the plants grow for the letter “G.” Talk to your child and reinforce letters and words as you play this fun and educational app together. It is available for both Apple and Android devices.

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — eAudiobooks

Friday, May 30th, 2014

June is Audiobook Month! Help us celebrate – check out eAudiobooks from KDL’s Downloadable eBook site! Here are 10 of the most popular eAudiobooks right now at KDL:

Top Ten eAudiobooks 05-30-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Some Bugs”

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Some BugsSome Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi

Bugs are hopping, gliding, swimming and hiding in this new picture book. With a bouncy rhythm and colorful illustrations, Some Bugs is sure to appeal to the junior bug hunter in your house. As you read together, pause and talk about each action word. Ask your child if he or she can curl up in a ball or flutter through the room. Have you seen bugs like this outside or at the park? Grab a magnifying glass and see what bugs you can find in the grass. This book even has a handy bug guide to help with identification. Talking and playing like bugs are both great ways to get your child ready to read!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — History Military

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

In honor of Memorial Day, this week’s Top Ten list features ten of the most popular books in our History Military section. To view these titles, click on the link to your Top Ten list.

Top Ten History Military 05-23-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Windy Weather

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

Windy WeatherPlay-Grow-Read

With the warmth of Spring comes lots of fun things to do outside with small children. Take advantage of a windy or wet day to talk about the weather. Is it windy, cloudy, sunny or wet outside? Is it warm or cool? Have fun making simple weather crafts with recycled materials from around the house. Plastic grocery bags make wonderful kites and parachutes. Empty plastic bottles can be turned into rain gauges. When the fun is done, simply toss the materials into your recycling bin.

Materials:

  • plastic grocery bags
  • plastic pop bottles
  • tape
  • string or yarn
  • permanent marker
  • scissors

Directions:

Kite

Make a simple kite by tying a piece of string to each handle of a grocery bag. Tie the two pieces of string together with a knot about 12 inches from the end of the handles. Attach a long piece of string to the point where the two strings meet. Take the kite outside on a windy day to see if you can get the kite to fly.

Parachute

Tape together the two handles of a plastic grocery bag. Use tape to secure small objects such as sticks to the joint where the two handles meet. Stand on a raised deck or playground equipment to release the parachutes so that they float to the ground. Experiment by attaching several parachutes to heavier items such as small toy cars to see if you can make them float slowly to the ground.

Rain Gauge

Cut the bottom 4 inches off a plastic pop bottle. Use a permanent marker to mark one inch increments on the side of the plastic bottle. Set the bottle in an open space with the open end pointed up.  Check the gauge the next time it rains to see how much rain has fallen.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Computer Books

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Find help for tech issues in our Computer section!  This week’s Top Ten highlights some of the most popular Computer books at KDL right now:

Top Ten Computer Books 05-16-2014

 

And if you’re looking for more tech help, check out our upcoming Speak to a Geek programs.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing SongMay is a great month to celebrate rhythm and music. Save all those left-over plastic Easter eggs and put them to good use as maracas and shaker instruments. Choose some interesting ingredients for filler, like dried rice, pasta, beans, gravel, metal pop can tabs or even sand. Fill each egg with a different substance to make a unique sound, then seal with hot glue or clear adhesive tape. For older children, try filling two eggs with each substance to create a matching game! See if your child can identify which eggs sound the same. Eggs can easily be stored in an egg carton.

Have your child copy your movements as you sing this fun shaker egg song to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down:

 

Can you shake along with me?

Can you shake your eggs with me,
Eggs with me, Eggs with me?
Can you shake your eggs with me?
It’s so easy!

Place your shaker on your knee,
On your knee, on your knee.
Place your shaker on your knee,
It’s so easy! (Add as many verses as you like, using the same pattern.)

For even more fun, try a selection of children’s music to add to your shaker egg activities:

–Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake Branch


 

Happy Mother’s Day!

This article originally appeared in our Early Lit Bits eNewsletter. Read the most recent issue online or sign up to receive this monthly update highlighting early literacy tips and resources for parents and caregivers.

 


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