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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Avokiddo Emotions

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

avokiddo-emotions-icon1Have fun with your child as you talk and play when using the app Avokiddo Emotions. In this app, users can choose from three different animal characters whom they dress up, feed, make dance, sing etc. Watch how the animals react to the items when you play. Talk with your child about how they think the animal feels: are they happy, sad, mad, embarrassed? Pull down the “knob” to change the objects for over 100 different interactions. You will be laughing along with your child to this entertaining and simple app. It is available for Apple and Android devices for $2.99.   

– Julie R. at KDL’s Caledonia Township branch

 


 

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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KDL Top Ten — Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Friday, January 31st, 2014

If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world read, grab something from our sci-fi collection!  These are 10 of the most popular Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy titles at KDL this month:

Top Ten Adult Science Fiction 01-31-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Abigail”

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

AbigailAbigail by Catherine Rayner

Abigail is a giraffe who just loves counting, but becomes frustrated when the things she tries to count keeping moving away. From dots on a ladybug to stripes on a zebra, nothing stays put! Finally her animal friends come up with a solution, and they join together to count the stars in the night sky. Beautiful watercolor illustrations and the concept of counting make this a fun read. Read it together as a bedtime story or as a way to start a conversation about counting. Have your child point to the numbers on the pages as Abigail counts. What else around the house could you count together? Perhaps the illustrations will even inspire you to do some painting together, which is a great way to practice fine motor skills and gets your child ready to write!

–Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield Township branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — eAudiobooks

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Hey, listen up everybody!  These are 10 of the most checked-out eAudiobooks at KDL this month:

Top Ten eAudiobooks 01-24-2014

Find these titles and many more at KDL’s Downloadable eBook site.


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Learning with Each Step

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Learning with Each Step

Play-Grow-Read

Many people have at least one set of stairs in their home, either leading from the main floor to the second story, or leading down into the basement. Turn trips up and down the stairs into a fun learning experience for children by making simple signs for the risers on a staircase. If you don’t have a staircase in your home, try sticking these signs to the floor in a row so that children are able to step or hop from one sign to the next.

Materials

  • Thick paper / cardboard from a cereal box
  • Removable adhesive strips or painter’s tape
  • Markers

Directions

Cut the paper or cardboard into a shape that will fit onto the risers of your staircase. Write one letter on each sign with a marker to spell out a child’s name. Fix one sign to each riser with removable adhesive strips or painter’s tape so that as children ascend the staircase, they can say each letter on the riser to spell out the name.

Other Ideas

Make a sign for each riser to teach children the days of the week (one sign per day), the months of the calendar year, numbers or the letters of the alphabet.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker Branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Books on Organization

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Get organized in 2014!  For inspiration, see this week’s Top Ten list:

Top Ten Home Organize 01-17-2014


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Be Quiet, MikeThis holiday season, don’t let all the leftovers go to waste — the paper leftovers, that is. Empty boxes and paper tubes can be used to make a variety of musical instruments that will provide hours of entertainment for your child.

  • Wrap waxed paper around one end of a paper tube, secure with tape or a rubber band; poke a small hole in the center of the paper and you have an instant kazoo.
  • Rubber bands stretched around the opening of an empty tissue box become a great guitar.
  • Plastic cookie tubs and metal popcorn tins make excellent drums. Check out Be Quiet, Mike! for inspiration, then try using different kitchen utensils as drumsticks to get different sounds.
  • Metal popcorn tins are also a great for singing into!  Kids will have lots of fun playing with the echoing sounds.

Encourage your little one to hum or strum their favorite holiday tune on their homemade instruments. Or, try out one of these rockin’ rhythm children’s CDs to play along with:

Rhythms on Parade by Hap Palmer

Rockin’ Red or Groovy Green by Eric Litwin

–Sara M., Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Exercise Books

Friday, January 10th, 2014

7, 8, 9, … 10.  Whew!  Here are 10 of the most popular exercise books at KDL:

Top Ten Exercise Books 01-10-2014


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Bugs and Buttons 2

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Bugs and Buttons 2In the app Bugs and Buttons 2, cute life-like bugs, fun sound effects and music are combined with colorful, high definition graphics for a fun learning experience. The app includes 18 different games at 3 levels that engage critical thinking skills and teach counting, music memory, sorting and more! As you play you can choose your mode of play and the games will adapt to the skill level of the player. Easy-to-follow instructions lead users through games that test observation or listening skills. The arcade-like games have you racing bugs past obstacles, watching a puppet show or saving bugs from “raining” buttons. The fine motor skills used in the games can help children’s hands get ready to write. Activities like counting and matching help develop early literacy skills through talking and playing.  This well-rounded app is available for iPad and iPhone for $2.99.

– Julie R. Caledonia Township branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten — Diet Books

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Starting a new diet in 2014?  These are 10 of the most checked-out diet books at KDL right now!  If you’re looking for ideas, check out this week’s Top Ten list:

Diet Books

 


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