KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

Wordless Picture Books

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

At first you might think to yourself, “What is the point of a book with no words?” But inside you’ll find stunning artwork and a story that can change with every reading.   Especially when read together with an adult, these books help to develop early literacy skills and to widen a child’s vocabulary base.

How to Read a Wordless Picture Book with Your Child 

  • Point to the pictures and objects in the story.  Pointing helps develop their understanding that words have meaning.
  • Develop new twists in the story-line to introduce new vocabulary, or topics that your child is interested in.
  • For younger children, wordless picture books help them learn the mechanics of a book.   They will master following the pictures from left to right and turning the pages long before they read a printed word.
  • Finished reading? Have your child create their own wordless picture book and tell the story aloud.

Wordless Picture Book Gems to Check Out

chalkChalk by Bill Thompson

journeyJourney by Aaron Becker

bluebirdBlueBird by Bob Staake

rainstormRainstorm by Barbara Lehman

foxesgardenFox’s Garden by Princesse Camcam

adogA Boy, A Dog, and a Frog by Mercer Mayer

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Win Tickets to Monster Jam!

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Monster Jam*** Winners have been randomly selected and emailed. If you would like to purchase tickets to Monster Jam, you can do so using this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65737/1542376

We are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Monster Jam! It’s easy to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and tell us where you find out about events that you or your family attend. These can be library events or other community programs. Please submit your comment by 9:00 AM on Monday, February 8. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Monster Jam will be playing at the Van Andel Arena March 4-6. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Friday, March 4, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 5, 2:00 PM or 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 6, 2:00 PM

Good luck!

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Visit Us at the Kids and Family Expo

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Kids Logo 2016 (640x394)

Stop by and say hi to us at the Kids and Family Expo, taking place from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 23 at the DeVos Place. It’s sure to be a great time for the whole family! Our booth will feature a KDLville interactive play space for the younger children and KDL Lab Experience for older kids. We’d love to share with you about all the exciting things taking place at KDL. Cabin fever will be here in West Michigan, and this expo will encourage you to come play and enjoy some family bonding, move with physical activities, learn and explore with creative mind activities and lead healthier lives. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children 3-15 and free for children 2 and under.

We hope to see you there!

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ALA 2016 Youth Media Award Winners

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

On Monday in Boston, the ALA announced the 2016 Youth Media Award Winners!laststoponmarketst

John Newbery Medal for the most Outstanding contribution to Children’s literature:

Winner: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
Honor Books:

findingwinnieRandolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

Winner: Finding Winnie illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Honor Books:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for bonegapyoung adults:

Winner: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Honor Books:

For a complete listing of all the awards, click here.



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Win Tickets to Disney on Ice!

Monday, January 11th, 2016

Disney on IceWe are excited to offer you the chance to win a family four-pack of ticket vouchers to Let’s Celebrate, presented by Disney on Ice! It’s easy to enter. Leave us a comment on this blog post and tell us your favorite KDL program you have attended. If you’ve never been to a KDL program, that’s OK too. Let us know of a program that KDL could offer that you would attend. Please submit your comment by 9:00 AM on Monday, January 25. Two lucky winners will be contacted by email.

Disney on Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate will be playing at the Van Andel Arena February 11-14. Vouchers can be redeemed at the box office for tickets to any of the following shows:
Thursday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Friday, February 12, 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 13, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 14, 1:00 PM or 5:00 PM

Good luck!

***Our lucky winners have been chosen and contacted! If you would like to purchase tickets, you can do so using this link: http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/65737/1349262

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Community Event: Documentary and Discussion

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Raising of AmericaAlmost half of our country’s children start kindergarten unprepared. You are invited to a community event designed to help reverse this negative trend and others. Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County will be screening the documentary The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation and facilitating a discussion on how we can help our children thrive. The event will take place from 5:45 – 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 14 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church (250 Commerce Ave. in Grand Rapids). If you would like to attend, please RSVP to 616-632-1007 or gsparents@firststepskent.org by Monday, January 11. Dinner and Childcare (for ages 1+) is provided.

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Movies Based on Children’s Books!

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Many movies will be released next year.  I especially love movies that are based on books.  Here are a few that we I am excited about!

The Jungle Book, starring Scarlett Johansson and Iris Elba, will be released on April 15, 2016.  This movie is based on The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling.

Next up is Alice Through the Looking Glass, which stars Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway.  This movie, released on May 27, 2016, is based on Lewis Carroll’s book by the same name.

Finally, The BFG, starring Rebecca Hall and Mark Rylance.  This movie is based on the book The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Wouldn’t it be fun to read (or re-read) these books and then see the movies?  Come into any of our 18 branches, and we will help you get your hands on the books!

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New Zinio Magazines Available

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015


Our Zinio digital magazine service now has even more of your favorite titles! We’ve added subscriptions to the following new magazines that you can download and enjoy for FREE on your computer or mobile device:


American Girl Magazine AppleMagazine Architectural Digest Billboard Magazine

High Five Mother Earth Living Seventeen Star Magazine

Click here to view a complete list of all titles offered through Zinio.


Happy Downloading!


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Find the Perfect Read!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

lexileOne of KDL’s top priorities is creating young readers, so we love helping kids pick the perfect title to fit their reading needs. Whether your child is reading well beyond grade level, or just discovering all the joys reading has to offer, we offer many resources to guide you in your quest for the perfect book.

From highly trained youth staff, to eye-catching displays, and colorful booklists, we work to provide personal service and recommendations within the branch. We also provide digital booklists under Recommended Reading. And our new KDL Catalog includes many tools to help you no matter where you are!

Book records now include Lexile and Accelerated Reader(AR) levels for most of our youth materials. Both Lexile and AR levels are educational tools used by teachers to make sure children are identifying books that fit their reading abilities. To see the Level for any title, simply click on the title and view the record. AR and Lexile scores will be listed in Program Information. You can search for books at specific reading levels to help your child stay on track and satisfy teacher requirements for reading.


Explore our many children’s materials and get to know our new catalog. Find the perfect resources to help your child become a successful reader at KDL!

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Holiday Break Boredom Busters

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Happy HolidaysStaying in town for holiday break? We can help keep your kids and teens happy, busy and entertained! Between Star Wars: KDL Awakens the FORCE, Ugly Sweater Cupcake Wars, KDL Lab programs and so much more, there won’t be any time for boredom. Click here for a complete list of our programs taking place December 21 – January 3.

With your bank account a bit depleted after all that holiday shopping, don’t worry about spending money keeping your kids busy… all KDL programs are free!

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