Early Bit Lits
October,  2011Issue No . 18
KDL Blue
In This Issue
Harvest Parties
Nursery Nook
Learning with Crafts
Book Review
KDLville Play Spaces

Harvest Parties

Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, pumpkin decorating, games, and plenty of bountiful fun! These parties introduce and reinforce the basic Early Literacy practices of Playing, Talking and Writing. We will supply decorating materials but please bring your own pumpkin.

Nursery Nook

I Bounce You

I bounce you here,

I bounce you there,

I bounce you,

Bounce you, everywhere.

I tickle you here,

I tickle you there,

I tickle you,

Tickle you, everywhere.

I hug you here,

I hug you there,

I hug you, hug you, everywhere.


Directions: Follow along with the rhyme/chant and bounce, tickle and hug baby.


Beat Experience: Bouncing baby while singing or chanting provides an opportunity for baby to hear and feel the beat as well as the meter. The ability to keep a steady beat helps in using scissors, bouncing a ball, and even walking with self confidence.


The Kent District Library is here to provide you and your child with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life. KDL's Early Lit Bits newsletter is full of FUN and simple activities that will help foster that growth.  For more information regarding 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 in order to speak with one of our helpful youth librarians. We hope to see you soon!

Learning with Crafts

Make a Tissue Box Puppet Theater


Playing, talking, and acting out stories with small children is a great way to help them develop the skills they will need in order to read later on. Here's a fun and inexpensive craft that you can make at home to help foster pre-reading skills.

You will need:

  • a rectangular tissue box
  • a craft knife or scissors (adults only)
  • old magazines, greeting cards, or dry food boxes
  • craft sticks
  • tape

To Make: 1)Carefully remove any plastic from around the oval tissue opening. 2) Turn the box on its side and cut out one of the long sides of the tissue box. 3) Hold the box so that the cut-out side faces down to the floor and the oval tissue opening faces toward the audience. 


You now have your own puppet stage! Try making simple puppets by taping pictures cut from old magazines, greeting cards, or cereal boxes to craft sticks and have fun acting out your favorite story or nursery rhyme.

Book Review

 I Love to Sing by Anna Walker


Ollie, a young Zebra, loves to sing!  From morning to evening, Ollie finds reasons to express himself in song.  The soft watercolor illustrations make for an engaging picture book.  Ollie sings in the park, the tub, and in bed.  This book, with Walker's minimal rhyming text, makes for great one-on-one sharing.  Singing and rhyming are vital to a child's early literacy development.  Singing encourages vocabulary development and phonological awareness.  Young children naturally respond to fun songs and rhymes.  This book is a great way to encourage that response.

I Love to Sing

KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

The East Grand Rapids branch proudly houses one of the original KDLville spaces.  Opened in the fall of 2010, it is still going strong today!  Dramatic play, such as doll houses and dress-up, is an important component of KDLville spaces as this type of play can help develop language and social skills. 


The kids at EGR are particularly fond of the KDLville tree that they all helped bring to life by making colorful leaves at the Writing Center!



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