August 2017
  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 2017 Early Literacy Calendar.
See the schedule of  programs for families with children and storytimes.
Find the KDL branch nearest you.
Early Literacy Practice: Talking 
  Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima 

Little Kelp always thought he was a narwhal, until a current takes him to land and he sees that maybe he belongs with the unicorns instead. This picture book is full of rich vocabulary that may be unfamiliar to your child. Use the illustrations to talk about what is happening and figure out where Little Kelp should live.
Pick one of the new words you read in this book, such as "anxious" or "delicacies" and try to think of similar words to use in a sentence. Can you and your child draw a picture to show the meaning? Using new words, finding new meanings and putting names to feelings all help your child get ready to read!

Early Literacy Practice: Writing 

Noodle your way through ABC Pasta: An Entertaining Alphabet by Juana Medina! In a delicious twist, you and your child can learn the alphabet and the many kinds of pasta in this culinary circus! Medina's artwork is clever and creative; it will surely leave you hungry for more ABCs (and for some pasta).

String pasta, such as penne, on string or pipe cleaners. You can make bracelets, necklaces or just have fun getting the pasta on the string. Stringing objects like pasta onto string builds up the coordination and motor skills your child will need for writing.
Early Literacy Practice: Reading 
This endearing picture book follows a little boy searching everywhere for his missing teddy bear. It features a great surprise ending. Have children help the little boy spot his teddy bear! 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around 
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoe
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear that will do
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear climb the stairs
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn out the light
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say good night. 
Early Literacy Practice: Playing     
When the temperature rises outside, water play is a refreshing and entertaining way for children to learn about the world around them. Try some of these simple activities to promote creativity and fine motor skills :
  •  Create window art with water, paint brushes and foam shapes.
  •  Make an under the water sea bin with boats, rocks, plastic fish and other found materials.
  •  Set up an outdoor coffee shop with plastic cups, sand, water and soap.
  •  Paint the world with just a bucket of water and paint brushes.
After water play winds down, cozy up together for a great summer read about a boy overcoming his fears in the book Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall.

Early Literacy Practice: Singing   
We're back to school before you know it! What better way to start out the school year than with a groovy twist on a favorite song? Pete the Cat The Wheels on the Bus will have you rocking out on the way to school!  

This Wheels on the Bus app by Duck Duck Moose is fantastic for little fingers. Kids can sing along with this award-winning app as they drive the bus, wipe the windshield, bake a cake with the cook and find all of the fun hidden interactions.