January 2016
Welcome to KDL's early literacy newsletter!

Click on the links below for fun early literacy activities 
that help kids get ready to read.

View and print our Early Literacy Calendar.
See the schedule of programs for families and young children and storytimes.
Find the KDL branch nearest you.
Read 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten    

Does reading 1,000 books seem totally overwhelming?
We promise, it's not as hard as you think!

3 books a day for 1 year = 1,095 books
1 book a day for 3 years = 1,095 books

Every child in your family can participate, from infant up to Kindergarten.
Visit your local branch to get signed up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Your kids will have a great time earning their stickers and adding their name to
our Wall of Fame and can even earn their very own canvas book bag!
Sing a Song

Looking for free ways to add singing and music to your child's day?
Check out Sing with Our Kids, created by the Mercer Island Pilot project.
Full of free resources and project ideas, it will have you
and your little ones singing and dancing every day!

Outstanding Picture Book

 The American Library Association recently announced the youth media award winners for 2016. This year, the winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is a picture book! Written by Matt de la Peņa and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Last Stop on Market Street depicts the story of a young boy who rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. 

Play Grow Read!   

 Need a 2016 Calendar? Print off KDL's free Early Literacy Calendar for a year of fun and simply early literacy activities that you can do at home.