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Science-Fiction and Fantasy Reads for Kindergarteners

Abby Cadabra, super speller by Joan Holub


Unicorn wings by Mallory Loehr ; illustrated by Pamela Silin-Palmer

Dragon's Easter egg hunt by adapted by Mae Marks


King Jack and the dragon by Peter Bently ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Zathura: a space adventure written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Superhero Reads for Kindergarteners

Kindergarten

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold


Eliot Jones, midnight superhero by Anne Cottringer ; illustrated by Alex T. Smith


Do super heroes have teddy bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle ; illustrated by Mike Gordon ; color by Molly Hahn

Hero dad by Melinda Hardin ; [illustrations by] Bryan Langdo

Superhero School by Aaron Reynolds ; illustrated by Andy Rash

"Clifford" author dies

CliffordNorman Bridwell, creator of the classic book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," died Friday night in Martha's Vineyard.  He was 86. The idea for Clifford began in 1962, when Bridwell considered earning extra money for his family by working as a freelance artist.The Clifford stories became a huge success, despite being rejected by a publisher 15 times. More than 126 million books were sold in 13 languages. Bridwell drew Clifford with a ballpoint pen on a pad of paper and Scholastic added the color. Check out the great Clifford books at our library.

Children's International Language Collection

The International Language Collection in the Children's Department is home to numerous books, CDs and DVDs in a variety of languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Gujarati, Japanese, Spanish, Tamil, and many more.  The collection includes fiction and nonfiction titles in single and bilingual format.  Resources also include language learning kits for those wishing to acquire a new language.  The collection is located near the picture books directly across from the early learning play area.

Realistic Fiction for Kindergarteners

Looking for something without talking animals or inanimate objects come to life? Try a few realistic fiction titles.

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems — A story for any child who has lost a beloved toy. The story continues in Knuffle Bunny, Too and Knuffle Bunny Free.

Sophie's squash by Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf  Being friends with a squash comes with some unusual problems for Sophie to overcome.

One special day by written by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Jessica Meserve — A delightful look at becoming a big brother, followed up by One Busy Day, about these same siblings a little older.

Biographies for Kindergarteners

Do you have a child in Kindergarten who loves to read about people? Use this list to find books to share, or to pique your own interest about famous people.

Mali under the night sky: a Lao story of home by Youme  An artist must leave her home because of war. 

The watcher: Jane Goodall's life with the chimps by Jeanette Winter  Find out more about this chimpanzee-loving woman. 

Leaf through a book!

A special thank-you to all the kids that participated in our "Favorite Book, Leaf Display." Kids wrote the name of a book on a colored leaf that was displayed on the wall in the children's department. We had 344 leaves on the wall representing library kids and their favorite books! Your favorite book series represented were: Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, Geronimo Stilton, and Michigan/American Chillers.

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, December 20 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs and sign language especially designed children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

This program is wheelchair accessible.

Make-And-Take: Snowpal Mason Jar Craft

Crafty kids can get in a winter groove on Tuesday, December 23, 2:00-3:00 PM by creating a Snowpal Mason Jar Decoration. Registration begins November 24.  This program is for ages 7-12.

Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can join us for a freestyle dance party for our littlest patrons. Everyone gets movin' and groovin' to some great dance tunes.

Designed for new walkers up to 5 years old to get moving with their caregivers, dancing is a great way to have some fun. 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Masterful Mysteries

Kindergarten

Where is dear dragon? by Margaret Hillert ; illustrated by David Schimmell

Daniel's mystery egg by Alma Flor Ada ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Where is the green sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale by Mo Willems

The doghouse by Jan Thomas

First Grade

Young Cam Jansen and the circus mystery by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti

Detective Dinosaur: lost and found by James Skofield ; pictures by R.W. Alley

Target Family Reading Night: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is almost here!  Kids ages 4-8 can come gobble up some fun at our Target Family Reading Night on Monday, November 24, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Stories and crafts will all be a part of the fun, as well as a special book to take home. Registration is online and begins October 27. 

Family Storytimes

Family Storytimes begin the week of November 10. These storytimes are designed for children ages 5 and under with a caregiver, and do not require registration. Please see following list for storytime locations.

Drop-in Family Storytimes, November 10-December 13:
  • Mondays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Community Room)
  • Wednesdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Community Room)
  • Thursdays 7:00-7:30 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:00-10:30 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no Family Storytime on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Also the Family Storytime on 11/20 at 7:00 PM will be held in the Community Room.

ABC Activity Time

ABC Activity Time will begin Monday, November 10. This is an informal session where parents, caregivers, children and babies meet together in a relaxed environment. This drop-in playtime includes sensory activities, puzzles, and matching games for children ages birth to 5, with caregiver. No registration required. Program takes place in the Community Room, unless otherwise noted.

ABC Activity Times, November 10-December 13:
  • Mondays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Tuesdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)
  • Tuesdays 7:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 10:30-11:00 AM
  • Thursdays 7:30-8:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Fridays 1:30-2:00 PM (Purple Room)
  • Saturdays 10:30-11:00 AM (Purple Room)

NOTE: There will be no ABC Activity Time on Thursday, November 27 or Friday, November 28. The library will be closed for Thanksgiving.
Also, the session on 11/20  at 7:30 PM will be held in the Community Room
 
  

Special Needs Storytime: Count Me In

Please join us on Saturday, November 22 at 4:00 PM in the Community Room for Count Me In. This is a sensory-friendly storytime filled with stories, songs, and sign language especially designed for children with developmental delays and disabilities. This program has been funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant.

Hummingbird Music Together

You and your child, 0-5 years old, will love singing songs and chants from around the world, including: drumming to a traditional African folksong, paddling our canoes down the river, tapping our sticks to an Irish folk tune, singing a song in Spanish and enjoying a chant about some funny animals that live in Australia. Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music program for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them. Join the staff from the Grosse Pointe Music Academy of Canton for this great program. The program will take place on Wednesday, November 4.  There will be two identical sessions, one from 10:00-10:45 AM and a repeated program rom 11:00-11:45 AM.  REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and begins on October 21. Please only register for one session.   

Saturday STEM Science Time

Mix up a little science, some technology, engineering and math and what do you get?  A fun way for families and children in grades K-4 to learn new things.  Join us as we use the scientific method to ask a question, do a little research, make a guess, do an experiment, and discuss the results.  Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration is required.


Dr. Science by J D Hancock is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Fine Art for Tweens: Sketching and Shading

Local fine artist Amarjeet Kapoor will teach how to sketch the objects placed in front of you. Next, you will learn how to shade the drawing with different blending and shading techniques. Adding shadows to an art work is an art in itself. With the help of shading, your work will be more realistic. Shading is an important part of drawing that can be used to create a strong sense of space and form and makes the object look solid and 3 dimensional.  Join us on Saturday, November 1 from 3:30-4:30 PM in the Purple Room. Registration is required and begins on October 18.    

[ARTT110 Project One Sketch by BnBGobo99 in licensed under CC by-SA 2.0]

Monster Bash Gaming

CreatureJoin us on October 30, 6:45-8:45 PM in the Community Room for monster-themed games like King of Tokyo and Godzilla Stomp.  Come in costume if you'd like, either dressed as a monster or as another character.  No registration required. For children and tweens, ages 9-12.

Photo Creature by Shawn Budemer (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)