One of the joys of summer in West Michigan is experiencing the great outdoors. It gets dark later here on the Western edge of the Eastern time zone, but if little ones manage to stay up after dark they have a wonderful opportunity to learn about the beauty of the night sky. Talk about the concepts of day and night with your child. Observe the phases of the moon and the patterns of constellations. Can you can find the Big Dipper in the night sky? Check out a book about stars from the library such as Stars by Mary Lyn Ray and Marla Frazee or Zoo in the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations by Jacqueline Mitton. When you are finished learning about the night sky, challenge children to make their own constellations using the materials below.
glow-in-the-dark star stickers or foil star stickers
white colored pencil or white chalk
Arrange the star stickers on the black paper to form a pattern.
Use the chalk or colored pencil to connect the stars to form a constellation.
Use the marshmallows as stars and connect them together with the toothpicks to form a constellation.
Name your constellation and make up a story about how the constellation formed.
–Anjie G. at KDL’s Walker 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.
Julie and her daughter Katie are ginormous fans of KDL. The awesome pair kicked it news-style recently while at the Comstock Park Branch to proclaim their love for all things library. What’s your library story? Upload a short video of your own to our Facebook page!
The votes have been tallied and a winner has been selected for the annual Michigan Thumbs Up! Award. The winner of the 2014 Thumbs Up! Award goes to Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell! This touching coming-of-age novel features two misfit teens who develop a friendship and love despite the challenges of peer pressure and family.
This week’s Top Ten gives you a taste of KDL’s hottest books on canning and preserving. Our COOKING CAN Nonfiction section is full of wonderful resources for all experience levels. And if you’re interested in this booklist, don’t miss one of our classes on The Art and Science of Canning!
Attention KDL cardholders: Show your library card at the box office at the West Michigan Whitecaps baseball game taking place on Monday, June 30 at 12:00 PM and enjoy buy one-get one free admission on reserved seating. Katie L., our mascot, will be walking the concourse for photos with the kids and we’ll have an information table with fun stuff to share and summer reading program information. Just one more way having a KDL card is a major home run!
A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now holds Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans—especially Jews like Jacob and his family—are treated like dogs.
Ignite happiness this summer with these amazing booklists. The librarians of KDL work hard to connect young readers with the right books to ignite a love of reading that will last a lifetime. Check out these booklists for children of all ages.
Well-known author and illustrator of the Spot the Dog series Eric Hill died last week at the age of 86. Eric Hill started drawing as a teenager and went on to draw comic strips and worked as a designer. He started making up puppy stories for his young son, publishing his first Where’s Spot? book in 1980.
The series has continued to grow over the years and has been translated into 60 languages. Spot also has his own animated series.