KDL Blog ‘Parents & Kids’ Category

A Great Read-Aloud Book

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

herecomestheeastercatLooking for a great book to read aloud to the kids?  Give Here Comes the Easter Cat, written by Deborah Underwood, a try!  It reads like an interview between yourself and a cat, who wants more than anything to be the Easter Bunny.  The cat answers the questions asked by showing pictures.  You will fall in love with this adorable book! 

 

 

 

 


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Congrats, Write Michigan Contest Winners!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

WriteMichigan-blackKent District Library, Schuler Books & Music and Herrick District Library announce the winners of the third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest. More than 700 writers from across the state entered the contest: 215 adults, 426 teens and 104 in the youth category.

Winners were chosen by public voting at www.writemichigan.org for the $250 Readers’ Choice award, and by a panel of judges for the $250 Judges’ Choice and $100 Judges’ Choice Runner-up awards. They will be honored at an awards ceremony at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult series, Something Strange and Deadly, will present the keynote and write the Foreword for the 2015 Write Michigan Anthology, to be published by Chapbook Press.

Read the winning entries here.

ADULT
Judges’ Choice Winner: Fred Thornburg, Owosso
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Kellie VanHorn, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Ed McKenna, South Lyon
Published Finalists: Kenton Smalley, Shepherd; Troy VanKoevering, Allendale

TEEN
Judges’ Choice Winner: Katrina Haaksma, Comstock Park
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Elle Waldron, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Mia Parks, Rockford
Published Finalists: Shelby Herschleb, Ada; Catherine Jordan, Grand Rapids; Ashely Nelson, Wyoming

YOUTH
Judges’ Choice Winner: Ayesha Jeddy, Grand Rapids
Judges’ Choice Runner-Up: Beckett Butler, Grand Rapids
Readers’ Choice Winner: Rachel Lee, Okemos
Published Finalists: Anika Deshpande, Grand Rapids; Graham Ezinga, Byron Center; Ana Wittung, Grand Rapids

Sponsors of the 2014–15 Write Michigan contest include Aquinas College’s Contemporary Writers Series, Meijer and mLive / The Grand Rapids Press.


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ALA 2015 Youth Media Award Winners

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

This is my favorite time of the year, at least for book award announcements!  The ALA Youth Media Award Winners were announced on Monday during the ALA conference in Chicago.  So crossoverwithout further ado, here are the winners:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

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

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

For a complete listing of all the current and past award winners visit ALA.org.

 


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Early Lit Bits: KDLville Spotlight

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

The Alto Branch is currently featuring a Science Imagination Station sponsored by Consumers Energy. Kids can experiment with building blocks, magnetic gears and child-safe mirrors. These fun activities will be sure to inspire budding scientists and engineers.


 

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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Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Has Died at 94

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Margaret-Bloy-Graham-300x225Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of Harry the Dirty Dog (written by her ex-husband Gene Zion) and many other books, died last week at the age of 94.

Harry the Dirty Dog was first published in 1956 and is still popular today.  Harry is considered the “canine Dennis the Menace.”  Although best known as an illustrator, Margaret Bloy Graham also wrote and illustrated her own books, including Be Nice to Spiders and Benjy, another dog series.

 

 

 

 


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Playing with Pinterest

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Pinterest, for the uninitiated, is like a virtual bulletin board.  When you find something online that you want to save, you can “pin” it and save it for later.  As a social media tool, it allows you to visually discover, collect, share and store pictures and websites that interest you.  Best of all, you can share your “pins” with your friends, and collect ideas from their boards.

I admit, I find myself browsing Pinterest quite often.  More than once I’ve looked up from my computer and realized that I had spent two hours staring at pins of luxurious vacation places I could never afford.  But after a while, I decided to focus on using Pinterest with a purpose–not just to plan imaginary trips.

When I started to browse with a purpose in mind, I found Pinterest helped me discover ideas for educating and entertaining my children.  Suddenly, instead of looking for faraway places to vacation, I was searching for DIY activities for my toddler.  I found a way to construct my own geoboard.  I followed a collection of great read-alouds that I knew my children would all enjoy.  There were early literacy activities to help my preschooler, and great recipes to feed my family.

DIY Geoboard

DIY Geoboard

My virtual bulletin board was growing, my kids were busy creating with shapes and colors, and dinner was in the crockpot!


Follow Kent District Library on Pinterest and engage with our community of ideas.  You’ll be amazed at what you discover.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Games and Activities

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Play-Grow-ReadSave money and stir up some fun at the same time by making your own Slimey Putty and Moon Sand with these printable craft recipe cards featured on KDL’s Play-Grow-Read site.

 


 

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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New ScienceFlix Learning Resource for Kids

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

ScienceFlixWe are pleased to offer a new online resource just for kids — ScienceFlix from children’s publisher Scholastic!

You may already be familiar with two related products from Scholastic: BookFlix, which pairs fictional video storybooks with nonfiction eBooks, and TrueFlix, which uses interactive nonfiction books to help hone literacy skills and build subject-area knowledge. ScienceFlix focuses in on engaging subject-area science, technology and engineering content for students in grades 4-9.

ScienceFlix

Each of the 30 multimedia units are aligned to science curriculum standards and feature:

  • Engaging videos to build background knowledge and introduce vocabulary
  • Articles written at three reading levels to ensure comprehension and build content knowledge
  • Project and experiment ideas
  • News stories with study guides
  • Careers section to inspire budding scientists
  • Multimedia including interactive timelines, slideshows, videos and more
  • Editorially vetted and safe links to websites on related content for further learning

There are also Teacher Resources available, such as lesson plans, project ideas, quizzes, videos and media galleries.

Try it out today!

 


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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten: Sign Up Today!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

1KB4KWe are thrilled to present 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K) at all 18 KDL branches! Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten.

Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming? We promise, it’s not as hard as you think! It’s simple, fun and we’ll help you get there!
3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

Visit your local branch to get signed up. Your kids will have a great time earning their stickers and adding their name to our Wall of Fame! They can even earn their very own canvas book bag!

Visit the 1KB4K webpage to learn more. Check out these benefits of reading to your child.

 


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Early Lit Bits: Booklists

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Cool Picture Books: Our Youth Staff Love these Books; Your Kids Will Too!

 

 


 

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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