March 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.
Zero to Three

Check out these great early literacy tips provided by the
Zero to Three Campaign: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.


Crafting with Paper

Creating 3-D paper sculptures is a great way to practice all the ways you can manipulate paper through folding, crumpling, cutting, rolling and punching. Get those fingers moving to support fine motor skills while playing!
And the Winners Are.....

Looking for picture books that support early literacy? Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy recently announced the 2016 CLEL Bell Award winners. The five winning books consist of one title in each of five categories. Each category represents an early literacy practice: Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking and Playing. Research has shown that engaging children in these practices builds language skills and prepares children to become successful readers.

   KDL Reads   

Kent District Library is pleased to host an evening with award-winning children's book author and illustrator Floyd Cooper to discuss the role of racial diversity in children's picture books.
Cooper will present "Windows and Mirrors: Diversity in Children's Literature" at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, April 26 at the Wyoming Branch.
This event is part of KDL Reads, a two month-long community reading event centered on the books Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper.
See for more information on events, including An Evening with Jacqueline Woodson.

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