Early Bit Lits
January, 2012Issue No . 21
KDL Blue
In This Issue
Teddy Bear Clinic
Nursery Nook
Learning with Crafts
Book Review
KDLville Play Spaces

Teddy Bear Clinic

Kids will have the opportunity to become little doctors and nurses at the Teddy Bear Clinic program taking place at several KDL branches this winter. Who are the patients? The kids' favorite stuffed animal, of course! Kids of all ages can bring their teddy bear to the library for a checkup. They will have the opportunity to weigh and measure the patient, examine them, bandage them and more! This program is presented in partnership with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.


Check the online event calendar for dates and times. 

Nursery Nook

Leg Over Leg

Leg over leg
As the dog goes to Dover
When he comes to a wall
Jump! He goes over.

Directions: Have baby sitting in your lap. (if baby is tiny have them on their back on a blanket or using a boppy pillow) Criss-cross baby's legs as you say the rhyme. Flip baby up as much as they like on the last line. (if baby is tiny- gently lift their legs and bottom up while making eye contact and smiling)

Cross Lateral Movement: Doing arm and leg movements that cross over from one side of the body to the other (cross lateral movements) can have a dramatic affect on learning. Since the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, the two sides of the brain are forced to communicate when the legs and arms cross over. Exercise that crosses the midline helps develop the corpus colossum, the connection between the two hemispheres of baby's brain for learning to read. Thus the cross-lateral exercise that accompanies this song is actually critical to baby's future ability to read.


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

Glove and Plate Puppets

 Here's a way to use up leftover paper plates from the holiday season and odd mittens or gloves that have lost their mates. You can skip the paper plate if you wish and glue eyes and decorations directly onto a glove or mitten. (Gloves make excellent bug puppets!) Talking, singing, and acting out stories with children are great ways to help them get ready to read. 



Gloves or mittens

Glue (super tacky glue is best)

Sturdy paper plates

Art supplies


To Make

Glue a glove onto the back of each sturdy plate.

Use art supplies to decorate the paper plates to make people faces or fantasy creatures.

To Use

Children place a hand inside the glove or mitten and manipulate the puppet to act out a favorite story or song.


from Making Toys for Preschool Children by Linda Miller and Mary Jo Gibbs:  Gryphon house Inc. 2002

Book Review

Dot by Patricia Intriago


"Dot here, dot there.  Lots of dots everywhere!"  This new concept book will certainly be a hit and perhaps inspire your little artist to create her own book of dots.  The text is spare and the dots are vivid, changing color to represent stop and go, or hiding behind a square to represent shyness.  In a one-on-one setting, point to the words as you read them and ask your child why the pictures reflect the words.  Why do you think these dots are "light?"  They look like bubbles!  Showing the relationships between words and pictures is one way to get your child ready to read.  Because the pictures in the book are large and bright, this book would also work well in a group setting, inviting children to guess what the dots represent without even seeing the words.  Reading this together may also spark conversation about opposites, a fun concept to discuss with pre-readers.  Playing word games in which your child guesses the opposites of familiar words is another wonderful way to get ready to read!  




KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

The Cascade branch has gone to the zoo with its KDLville space.  Children are able to care for the various stuffed animals in the zoo and use pictures to figure out what animal eats what food from the zoo kitchen. 


Our animals are some of the best cared for animals around, and enjoyed by all ages!


Cascade KDLville


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