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Early Lit Bits: Learning with Crafts — Leafy Hedgehog

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Leafy Hedgehog

A crisp fall morning is a great time to enjoy a walk together. All kinds of interesting natural items fall to the ground in autumn. Talk about textures in nature with your child. Can you find leaves that are rough, wrinkly or spiky? Take a walk outside and collect a few interesting leaves to use to make a hedgehog craft.

Materials

  • Paper plates
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Dried leaves

Directions

  1. Fold the plate in half
  2. Trim to match the profile of a hedgehog
  3. Add eyes, ears, nose and a smile with markers
  4. Fringe the curve of the plate with scissors OR
  5. Attach dry leaves to the curve with glue

Learn more about hedgehogs in the Homework Help section of KDL’s website. Then curl up together and read The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle in which a little girl searching for her lost handkerchief visits a very peculiar little hedgehog.

— Dana D. at KDL’s Kentwood (Richard L. Root) 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 – Spanish Books for Kids

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!  This week’s Top Ten list highlights 10 of the most popular Spanish titles for kids this month at KDL!

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Chapter Books With Boy Appeal

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Check out one of these new chapter books for middle grade readers.  The stories are unique and guy approved!

 

cross

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

A basketball story written in verse, The Crossover deals with the family and school life of a 14-year-old boy, as well as the pressure on the court when your dad is an ex-pro.

 

luck

The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham

Mysterious creatures appear in a small town, wreaking havoc on the citizens and forcing everyone to defend themselves.  Can one 11-year-old hold the key to saving life as they know it?

 

night

Knightley & Son by Rohan Gavin

One book is causing its readers to commit crimes and see visions.  A father and son detective team needs to find answers, and uncovers an entire crime organization in the process.

 

safe

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth

In a bleak, dystopian world, one boy is offered a hopeful future in an institution for children.  He quickly realizes the sinister side of this place, yet escape seems impossible.

 

 

 


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Books to Get You Singing Together

Monday, September 15th, 2014

If you have an amazing voice — or even if you don’t! — these books will get everyone singing together.  What a great way to keep young readers active and connected to the story.  From oldies but goodies, like Over in the Meadow, to the new and groovy Pete the Cat, everyone is sure to be entertained.

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Early Lit Bits: Music Minute – Transition Through Song

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Transitioning from one activity to the next can be difficult for young children. Music is an excellent way to make these transitions easier. Singing the same song for a regularly repeated activity helps children know what’s expected of them and what’s coming next.

Singing a short song during every diaper change helps babies understand that this “down time” is temporary and will be over when the song ends. It’s a great way to prevent wiggles and frustration at the changing table.

Singing a clean-up song while putting away signals to children that play time is over, and that they are expected to pick up toys. Songs can ease many transitions such as saying goodbye to family after a vacation visit or getting ready to send older siblings off to school.

Check out some of the circle time songs available at the library such as Ready, Set, Move by Greg & Steve or Rockin’ Red by Eric Litwin.

Try singing the following song on the way to school or library programs:

Off to Class We Go
(Sung to the tune of “A-Hunting We Will Go”)

Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We’ll sing some songs and read along,
With everyone we know.
Off to class we go,
It’s off to class we go,
We learn our ABCs and more,
With everyone we know.

Try adapting this song to different activities such as “off to work we go” or “off to sleep we go” “…sing a song and read along, because I love you so.”

— Sara M. at KDL’s Sand Lake/Nelson 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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Thank You for Your Generosity!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

During the month of August, over 2,000 school items were collected at KDL branches for School Supply Santa. Thank you so much for your generosity during this most recent KDL Gives Back initiative! Local children were able to head back to school with all the items they need to succeed, thanks to your support!

“I want to thank KDL for promoting, supporting and collecting school supplies,” said Denise Kooiker, who runs School Supply Santa. “They played such a huge role in the program this year!”

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KDL Top Ten — Easy Readers

Friday, September 12th, 2014

This week’s Top Ten list features 10 of the most popular Easy Readers at KDL right now. Stop in and grab entertaining books for your beginning reader today!

KDL Top Ten Easy Readers 9-12-2014


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New Fall Books for Kids

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

dog and bear

Dog and Bear: Tricks and Treats by Laura Vaccaro Seeger has three short, funny Halloween themed stories about friends Dog and Bear.

 

katy duck

In Katy Duck’s Happy Halloween by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Katy Duck is perfectly happy with her dancing unicorn costume until she sees Alice’s shimmering glimmering mermaid costume. Happily, all ends well as they skip off to trick-or-treat together.

 

dog days of school

Kelly DiPucchio has an amusing new book, Dog Days of School, in which young Charlie gets his wish to trade places with his dog Norman. Waking up in Norman’s bed, he is happy to sleep in, stare out the window for hours, and meet other dogs. Soon, however, he finds that being sent to the doghouse isn’t very fun.

 

winter is coming

Winter is Coming by Tony Johnston is a lovely, quiet story about a small girl who observes and sketches various animals getting ready for the coming of winter.

 

Ask your branch’s youth librarian for these stories or other new fall and Halloween books for kids.

 


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Celebrate the Season with Fall Programs

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Kent District Library is celebrating the fall season with a couple of programs that are sure to get the entire family into the spirit of autumn.  We hope you will join us for some fall fun!

Fall Mixed Up
Leaves float up and squirrels fly south! Celebrate this topsy-turvy season with zany stories, songs and activities centered around the book Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka. For ages 6 and younger.

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch
Saturday, September 27, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Saturday, September 27, 1:30 PM – Sand Lake/Nelson Township Branch
Sunday, September 28, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM – Grandville Branch
Tuesday, October 7, 1:00 PM – Byron Township Branch
Monday, October 13, 9:45 AM, 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM – Plainfield Township Branch
Wednesday, October 15, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 16, 9:45 AM – Plainfield Township Branch
Thursday, October 23, 10:00 AM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Monday, October 27, 9:45 and 10:30 AM – Walker Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 10:00 AM – Alpine Township Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Wednesday, November 5, 10:00 AM – Tyrone Township Branch
Monday, November 10, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Tuesday, November 11, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, November 12, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch

 

Awesome Autumn Adventure
Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games and bountiful farmyard fun! Please bring your own pumpkin. For all ages.

Wednesday, October 15, 10:00 AM – Walker Branch
Saturday, October 18, 10:30 AM – Gaines Township Branch
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM – Krause Memorial (Rockford) Branch
Thursday, October 23, 6:30 PM – Caledonia Township Branch
Saturday, October 25, 10:30 AM – Alto Branch
Saturday, October 25, 2:00 PM – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch
Sunday, October 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids Branch
Monday, October 27, 6:30 PM – Byron Township Branch
Tuesday, October 28, 6:30 PM – Comstock Park Branch
Wednesday, October 29, 10:30 AM – Comstock Park Branch
Thursday, October 30, 10:00 AM – Englehardt (Lowell) Branch

 

Branch locations can be found here.

 


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Early Lit Bits: App Review – Beck and Bo

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Have fun and explore while playing Beck and Bo. This attractive and well-designed app will stimulate your child’s creativity and logic skills.  Drag-and-drop items as you build a scene and move the characters “Beck” and “Bo” around on their different adventures. When all items are correctly placed, players are rewarded with a virtual “album” where they can hear and see the names of the objects in the scenes. This app is not only fun to play, but also helps teach cause and effect, association skills and creative thinking. Play together as you explore the ocean, go to the store, travel on a safari and more! This app is available for both 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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