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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Moo”

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

MooMoo by David LaRochelle

Look out — cow behind the wheel! In this humorous picture book, a cow discovers the joys and dangers of driving when the farmer leaves his car unattended. The only text in the book is the word “moo,” allowing children to interpret emotion through the illustrations and by listening to your voice. In a one-on-one reading, ask your child to point to the letters in the word “moo” and ask what other words begin with “m” and “o.” In a group setting, invite the audience to “moo” with you! Talk about the sequence of events in the story and ask your child what might happen next. Reading together and talking about what you’ve read boosts comprehension 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 – 12/27/2013

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Check out all the fabulous titles available on KDL’s eBook site! To see the 10 most downloaded eBooks at KDL this month, click on the link to the Top Ten list.

Top Ten eBooks 12-27-2013


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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Cinnamon Ornaments

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Play-Grow-Read

Cinnamon Ornaments

Following a recipe and working in the kitchen making cinnamon ornaments is a fun and easy way to practice both early literacy and math skills. Even very small children can help measure and stir ingredients and knead, roll and cut dough. Hang them on your Christmas tree or in your kitchen to keep the room smelling wonderful throughout the winter season. 

Materials:

  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • 1  4oz bottle of cinnamon
  • drinking straw
  • colorful ribbon
  • paint markers (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. Children can use hands for this. Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.
  2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.)
  3. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired. This recipe makes 12-15 ornaments.

Other Ideas:

Have older children poke whole cloves into the surface of an orange to make an old fashioned pomander ball. Tie a ribbon around the orange to hang it up to dry. Hang in a closet to keep your clothes smelling fresh.

–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten – 12/13/2013

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Check out what everyone else is reading and watching! Click on the link to the KDL Top Ten List. These are 10 of the most popular items at KDL this month!

Top Ten 12-13-2013


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KDL Top Ten – 12/6/2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013

If adding those special touches during the holidays makes you merry, then you’ll love this week’s Top Ten list!  From card-making, to keepsakes, to cranberry sauce, these are 10 of the most popular books in Holiday Crafts and Cooking this season at KDL!

Top Ten Holiday 12-06-2013


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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

I Like Everything About YouMost young children love to make noise! Think of that happy smile a toddler wears when clapping loudly. Consider the remarkable energy preschoolers will put into stomping their feet or patting out a rhythm. Some of the most amazing fun can be had when children are encouraged to use their bodies to produce rhythms and music.

The recently released I Like Everything About You (Yes, I Do)! by Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble is a rousing collection of classic rhythm songs and unique body beat songs, generated by clapping, stomping and patting. After twenty years of educational outreach, concerts and workshops, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble’s first CD of children’s music is an album that the whole family will enjoy! Part drill team, part multicultural rhythm section, this energetic team combines body beats and vocals with the unique sounds of hand drums, bells, bass, banjo, voices and found sound. This CD is being labeled as one of the best albums of the year. Check it out today!

–Sara M., Sand Lake/Nelson Township branch

 


 

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KDL Top Ten – 11/29/2013

Friday, November 29th, 2013

What do Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Geronimo Stilton all have in common?  They all made this week’s Top Ten list!  These are ten of the most popular books in Juvenile Fiction right now at KDL.

Top Ten Juvenile Fiction 11-29-2013

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review — Toontastic Jr. Pirates

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Toontastic Jr. PiratesAhoy Matey! Check out Toontastic Jr. Pirates, an app that allows you to make a story that is all your own. Using various pre-created scenes, users can record their own dialogue and move characters around like puppets. For each story you choose a beginning, middle and end, add music to create tone and give the story a title and author. Deciding these components of a story will help children learn how a story works, which aids in developing reading comprehension, but making the stories is also a ton of fun! Use your imagination, silly voices and humor as you tell “what happens next” in each section. The app also has a mode called StoryShare where you can collaboratively create the story with another user and watch your creation together. Try this app for free on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Unlock all scenes for $2.99.

 –Julie R., Caledonia Township branch


 

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KDL Top Ten – 11/22/2013

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

If you’re looking for your next divine read, check out this week’s top ten list!  These are ten of the most popular Adult Inspirational Fiction titles at KDL this month.

And please recommend your favorite Inspirational book or author in the Comments section below!

Top Ten Inspirational 11-22-2013

 


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Early Lit Bits: Book Review — “Mr. Tiger Goes Wild”

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Mr. Tiger Goes WildMr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

It is author Peter Brown’s opinion that everyone should find time to go a little wild, as does Mr. Tiger in this new picture book. Bored by city life and proper manners, Tiger decides to venture out into the wilderness. Soon the other animals join him and find time to be wild, too.

While reading together one-on-one, talk about the different animals in this book and ask your child to identify them. The animals in the book also use some fabulous vocabulary as well. Talk about words that may be unfamiliar such as “peculiar” and “magnificent,” and help your child define them. Of course you’ll need to practice your very best “roars” as you read together. Talking about words and meanings helps expand your child’s vocabulary and is a great way to get ready to read!

– Liz W. at KDL’s Plainfield 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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