Early Bit Lits

October,  2013
Issue No . 42
KDL Blue
In This Issue
Amelia Bedelia
Nursery Nook
Music Minute
Learning with Crafts
Book Review
App Review

Happy birthday, Amelia Bedelia!

Celebrate Amelia Bedelia's 50th birthday with a party featuring activities inspired by her books. Connect with Happiness with Amelia Bedelia as your guide. 


Check the online event calender for a program near you.

Nursery Nook


Five Little Fishies

Five little fishies swimming in a pool

(make swimming fish with hands)

The first one said: "This pool is cool!" (hug self as though cold)

The second one said: "This pool is deep." (hold hand above head as if in deep water)

The third one said: "I want to sleep." (make sleeping motion)

The fourth one said: "Let's dive and dip!" (make hand dive and dip)

The fifth one said: "I spy a ship!" (put hand over eyes as if searching for something)

Fisherman's boat comes, line goes KER-SPLASH! (make fishing motion)

Away the five little fishies dash! (make hands swim away)


A great counting rhyme, this lends itself well to using a flannel board or having a group of children be a fish in the rhyme as you say it. Extend the fun by making fish necklaces or headbands. Learn new vocabulary by using word bubbles for each fish as you say the rhyme.


-Trish R.

East Grand Rapids Branch

Music Minute

Singing is one of the most adaptable tools when working with young children. From memorizing the days of the week to learning a phone number, songs have the magical quality of sticking in the brains of all who happen to hear them.


Educators are making use of the power of song in developing literacy skills in the classroom. 

EBLI, or Evidenced Based Literacy Instruction, is a method being adopted by many schools. It begins with the familiar process of breaking words into syllables, and then breaks each syllable into each of its letter sounds. Parents may remember clapping out a word to find the number of syllables, but singing is also an excellent method of separating out syllables. Children will learn to identify a new syllable by the changing notes in the words.


Practice singing new words together. Stretch them out slowly to hear each letter sound. This helps children understand that words are made up of separate sounds, and that each letter helps to build a word. By introducing fun strategies at an early age, you help your child get ready for reading and for school.


-Sara M. 
Sand Lake Branch

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

Wearable Nature Collections

Fall is an excellent time to take a nature walk. Instead of bringing a basket or bag in which to collect natural objects, make a simple tape bracelet.



Wide, sticky tape such as duct tape

Found objects such as leaves, seed pods, pine needles and small stones


To Make:

After dressing for the outdoors, make a bracelet by wrapping tape loosely around a child's wrist with the sticky side facing out. Take a walk outside and look for items to stick onto the bracelet. Talk about all the interesting things found during the walk. Talking with adults helps children develop vocabulary and language skills that will help them learn to read when they begin school. 


Other Ideas: 

Make a scrapbook of found objects and label the items. Make a window hanging by taping a piece of clear contact paper to a window with the sticky side facing out. Stick found objects from outdoor walks to the contact paper.

 -Anjie G.

Walker Branch

Book Review

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and Kevin Cornell


This is not your typical counting book! It's an interactive romp through the jungle, with the monkeys eluding the audience at each turn of the page. There is indeed counting in this goofy concept book, but instead of monkeys, we count mongooses (or is it mongeese?), crocodiles, grizzly bears and even a band of hungry lumberjacks! This book is perfect for reading to a group, inviting the audience to participate in the story as it progresses. Colorful illustrations combine with some serious silliness and make this book so much fun. Repeat readings of a story are a great way to get your child ready to read, so who is ready to count some monkeys...

-Liz W.  

 Plainfield Branch

App Review

Music and action come together in the simple and entertaining app Hickory Dickory Dock by Mindshapes. As you and your child interact with the app, a catchy variation of the classic nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock introduces 12 interactive mini games, one for each hour on a clock. To begin each game, move the clock hands or tap the arrows to choose the time. Tap on the number to introduce another part of the game as you solve puzzles, pop bubbles or make music and dance! As well as being amusing and beautifully illustrated, this app helps to learn numbers, introduces the clock face and problem solving skills. Play and sing with your child as you use this free app, available for iPad and iPhone.   




-Julie R. 
Caledonia Township Branch