Early Bit Lits
September,  2010Issue No. 6
KDL Blue
In This Issue
Harvest Parties
Leaf Rubbing
Music Madness
Quick Bits
Book Review
Harvest Parties

Fall is here, so celebrate it with your family at a Harvest Party at the library!  We'll be providing crafts, games and fun for kids of all ages.  Your little ones can paint using vegetables, create cards and bracelets, or make their own lunch bag pumpkin to take home.  They can play games like "Ring the Pumpkin" or "Roll the Gourd."  And you can all spend time together as a family at the library!

These activities are beneficial in a number of ways, including improving your child's hand-eye coordination and small motor skills.  Beyond that, though, they're teaching something else  very important: The library is a fun place!  Having fun at the library will inspire your child to love both the library and reading, increasing his or her print motivation!  Children who love the library from a young age tend to become lifelong readers.

So check our online events calendar or call 784-2007 to find out which Harvest Party is the most convenient for you!  Spend some time bonding with your family and having bountiful fun!

Nursery Nook

The Noble Duke of York

Vestibular System Stimulation: It is important to stimulate the vestibular system, the part of the brain that handles balance and the sense of gravity. Stimulation can occur through swinging, twisting, swaying, rocking, etc. Try this rhyme:

The Noble Duke of York

Oh, the noble Duke of York, He had ten thousand men. (march in place)

He marched them up To the top of the hill, (raise arms up)

And marched them down again. (lower arms)

And when they're up, they're up. (raise arms up)

And when they're down, they're down. (lower arms)

And when they're only halfway up, (hold arms around waist)

They're neither up nor down. (raise arms up and then down)


Special Directions for Baby: Bounce your little one in your lap and lift them up and lower them down according to the rhyme.


The Kent District Library wants to help get your child ready to read and write!  In this newsletter, you will find FUN and simple activities to do with your child that will help meet that goal.  For more information on the skills your child needs before he or she learns to read, visit the Play-Grow-Read section of the KDL website.  You can also stop by any KDL branch--our youth librarians would love to share their knowledge with you! 
Learning with Crafts
Make a Fall Leaf Rubbing Book

Gathering colorful leaves with your children can be very enjoyable. The next time you gather leaves, try making a Leaf Rubbing Book! Gather a variety of different sizes and types of leaves with your child. You can use regular printer paper or get fancy with decorative or colored paper. Gather up some old crayons and tear the paper off of them. Place a leaf under a page and let your child use a crayon to rub the paper over the leaf. They will soon see a rubbing of their leaf - showing all the textures! Repeat this for several different pages using different leaves and colors. Have your child decorate the cover of his or her book and write their name if they are able. This is also a great opportunity to name the colors, read, and write the names of colors. Making a book together can be very rewarding for both you and your child. Anytime you are having fun together reading and writing builds your child's print motivation!

Music Madness! 
Halloween is coming up! Here are some sure bet CDs you can borrow from the library to play during your Halloween party or anytime you are in the mood for some spooky tunes.

Kidz Bop Halloween Party

Kids sing'n Halloween Hits

Spooky Favorites

Quick Bits...

A trip to the grocery store can be a great time to interact with your child while also building early literacy skills.  Before you go to the store, let your child watch you (or help you) write your shopping list.  When you are at the store, look at the familiar packaging of foods or brands they may recognize.  Looking at the words on the packages and matching them to the words on your list or coupons helps them feel involved in your shopping trip and can also help teach the early literacy skill of print awareness.   You can also boost a child's letter knowledge by having them search for the first letter of their name on signs or packages which is a really great way to teach beginning letters!

Book Review

ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae


Bright illustrations and amusing rhymes dominate in this great new concept book.  Each page has an animal and rhyme to match a different letter of the alphabet.  For instance, M is for Monkey..."It's great to be a monkey, swinging through the trees, And if we can't find nuts to eat, We munch on each other's fleas!"  So, there is plenty of humor for all adults too!  Each page is full of eye-popping colors and animals that your child will recognize.  Alphabet books are a great way to encourage Letter Knowledge  in young children.  Letter Knowledge is one of the six early literacy skills every child needs to become a reader.