Early Bit Lits
June,  2012Issue No . 26
KDL Blue
In This Issue
Summer Reading @ KDL
Nursery Nook
Music Minute
Learning with Crafts
Book Review
KDLville Play Spaces

Summer Reading @ KDL

Dream Big this summer! Stop by your local branch and sign up for a summer of reading, programs and prizes! With separate programs for babies, kids, teens and adults, the whole family can get in on the fun.


Check the online event calendar for dates and times of all our FREE programs this summer.

Nursery Nook

Three Little Hot Dogs

Three little hot dogs frying in a pan.

The grease got hot and one went, "BAM!"

Two little hot dogs frying in a pan.

The grease got hot and one went, "BAM!"

One little hot dog frying in a pan.

The grease got hot and one went, "BAM!"

No little hot dogs frying in a pan.

The grease got hot and the pan went, "BAM!"



Make 3 fingers with one hand and put it in the palm of the other hand.  As you say the first two lines, flip the three fingers back and forth, slapping them on the palm of the other hand.  On "BAM!"  clap your hands together. 

Then make TWO fingers (for two little hotdogs...) and continue as above, until you get to "no little hotdogs" and you make a fist to slap in the palm of the other hand.

This helps develop fine motor and counting skills.

Music Minute

 The book Shape Song Swingalong by SteveSongs uses a catchy song to introduce the concept that you can draw anything with four basic shapes.  As you read the book, listen to the song on the included enhanced CD.  You can also follow up by watching the video animation.  This interactive title is a great way to get your youngster excited about singing and reading.


Shape Song Swingalong 


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 to speak with one of our helpful youth librarians. We hope to see you soon!

Learning with Crafts

Ice Cream Game

Summer is just around the corner and it will once again be ice cream season. Once you've polished off the last delicious scoop from the bucket in your freezer you can make this fun early literacy game with the left over packaging.



Ping-Pong Balls

Permanent marker (adults only)

Clean, empty ice cream bucket

Ice cream scoop

Plastic bowls


To Make:

Write letters (or numbers, shapes, or words) on the Ping-Pong balls with the marker

Put the Ping-Pong balls in the empty bucket


To Use:

Have your child use the ice cream scoop to "dip" a Ping-Pong ball from the bucket.

If your child can identify what is on the ball, then they can put the ball in their bowl. If they cannot, the ball goes back into the bucket and they can try again.

Keep scooping until all of the Ping-Pong balls have been scooped from the bucket.

(If you have more than one child, have children take turns scooping balls from the bucket.)


Other Ideas:

Visit an ice cream stand with your child and talk about the different flavors and colors of the ice cream. Look up a simple recipe for homemade ice cream on the internet and try making your own at home with your child.


(From Making Toys for Preschool Children by Linda G. Miller and Mary Jo Gibbs) 

Book Review

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons By Eric Litwin


Pete the Cat is back, singing not about shoes this time, but his groovy buttons!  As Pete makes his way to the beach, he loses buttons one by one, using subtraction to keep track of how many are left.  Finally, he realizes he has one button he can never lose.  It's his belly button!  This book is perfect for reading aloud to a crowd, inviting the audience to sing along and use their math skills to count the buttons.  In a one-on-one setting, encourage your child to point to the buttons and name their colors as you read together.  The audio version of the book is also free to download, and is read by the author, Mr. Eric.  Sing along with your child as Pete encounters life's obstacles with an easygoing attitude.  Singing is an excellent way to slow down the story and make the words easier to understand.  Singing is also a fun way to get your child ready to read!


Pete the Cat 

KDLville Early Literacy Play Spaces

The Kentwood branch of Kent District Library opened their KLDville space last November to the delight of many young children and their caregivers.  The space contains a custom designed airplane by the Burgeon Group which has interactive panels for babies and toddlers.  There is also a much loved Imagination Station with a new theme every three months.  


The rest of the KDLville space is dedicated to  the fostering of Early Literacy in young children.  Kentwood has four themes:  Transportation, ABC, Construction, and Animals.  Every three months a new theme is introduced to the space.  All the toys and activities bought for each theme are carefully chosen to encourage one or more of the Early Literacy Practices (Singing, Playing, Talking, Reading, and Writing).  The large magnet wall is a gathering place for children to engage in side by side creativity with magnets.  The current theme is ABC with an emphasis on letter recognition and fun with words.


Since the KDLville space opened last year, Kentwood has experienced an increase in families coming to the library specifically to play in this dedicated space.  Young children have  been creating, singing, using their imagination, and making new friends.  It is such a joy to see the library become a fun and exciting destination for families.


Magnet Wall