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Baby Sign Language

Many parents teach signs to their young children before they are able to speak. If you'd like to try signing with your baby, we have materials that can help you get started. Below are some suggested books and DVDs that can be found in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Baby sign language basics: early communication for hearing babies and toddlers by Monta Z. Briant

Baby signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford

School

Enjoy some easy-to-read stories to get yourself ready to go back to school. Listed below are some of our newer arrivals. You can read them to yourself, or share with a school buddy. Happy reading!

Katie and the class pet by Fran Manushkin; illustrated by Tammie Lyon

The Smurfs: off to school! by Peyo

Class picture day by written by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Mike Gordon

Summer Bridge and Other Activities

Parents, are you looking for materials to make sure your kids don't lose important skills over the summer? Check out our books of Summer Bridge Activities for preschool through sixth grade. You can also check out the Spectrum Series for test prep that covers math, language, social studies, and science. And don't forget about the Summer Smarts series that will help your kids review what they've already learned, and get them ready for what's to come in the fall. You can find all these books in the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Readers

Keep your eyes on the New Book Shelf in the Children's Department for new readers. We have new easy-to-read arrivals for all tastes! Whether it's Elephant and Piggie, Martha Speaks, Superman, or Little Critter, you're sure to find something you love. Check out some of the new reader selections listed below.

Martha camps out by adaptation by Karen Barss; based on a TV series teleplay written by Melissa Stephenson and Raye Lankford

A green, green garden by Mercer Mayer

Make Your Own Memory In A Box

There's still plenty of space available in our Make Your Own Memory In a Box program for tweens. Fifth and sixth graders — do you like scrapbooking? Then come and decorate a box to hold a special memory, just like a scrapbook page. Bring a few photos to glue on; we will provide boxes and crafting supplies. Register online beginning July 14th
Program Date: Thursday, July 28, 10:00-10:45AM
[Photo by Carissa Rogers, used under Creative Commons License.]

Here Come The Babies

Babies, birth-18 months with caregiver, may join us for this special program focusing on books, literacy and interactive play. Register online beginning June 21.

Program Date: July 5, 10:00AM

Hello Yellow

Children, ages 3-6, with caregivers, are invited to a program where everything is yellow. We’ll make a sunny craft. Register online beginning July 16.

Program Date: July 30, 11:00AM

Fruit Fun

Children, ages 5-9, with caregiver, are welcome to this program filled with fabulous fruit-filled tales. Register online beginning June 16.

Program Date: June 30, 1:00PM

Summer Reads

It's hot outside! Kids, enjoy some books about how others beat the heat. If you want to cool off, chill out and read a book at the library — we have air conditioning! Here are some hot summery picture books and easy reader books. Keep cool, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Amanda Pig and the really hot day by Jean Van Leeuwen; pictures by Ann Schweninger

Hot dog by Molly Coxe

Clifford keeps cool by Norman Bridwell

Outdoor Games

Don't want to be cooped up in the house this summer? Play some cool outdoor games and keep boredom at bay. Need ideas to get you started? Check out the list of books below. You'll find new ideas for games along with some old familiar favorites.

Run, jump, hide, slide, splash: the 200 best outdoor games ever by Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb

Get out!: outdoor activities kids can enjoy anywhere (except indoors) by Hallie Warshaw with Jake Miller; photography by Julie Brown

Bike Month

The month of May just happens to be National Bike Month. Now that the weather's finally improving, take some time to get outside and ride your bike. Check out some bike books, too! Listed below are a few fun choices. Happy reading (and bike riding!).

Little Lizard's new bike by Melinda Melton Crow; illustrated by Andrew Rowland

Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey

International Languages For Kids

Did you know there's a section in the Children's Department just for materials in foreign languages? In our International Languages section, you'll find languages such as Spanish, French, Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, Arabic, and many more. We have materials for helping you learn another language, as well as books and DVDs for entertainment. Ask a CPL librarian to show you this great section next time you come to the library!

We Love Michigan

Children, ages 4-7, come celebrate the Mitten State with Michigan-themed stories, crafts and snacks! Register online beginning May 9.

Program Date: May 23 at 7:00PM

Healthy Eating From The Start

Do you need some inspiration for healthy baby and toddler meals? Check out Healthy Eating For Your Baby and Toddler: Delicious Recipes Right From the Start. This cookbook contains over 100 easy recipes, including recipes that are vegetarian, gluten-free, and wheat-free. Find this book in the Parenting section of the Children's Department and see how simple preparing healthy, homemade food can be.

Titanic

On April 15th, 1912, RMS Titanic sank after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Curious about the history of Titanic? Check out some nonfiction titles like the following:

882 1/2 amazing answers to your questions about the Titanic by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter

Story of the Titanic by Steve Noon; illustrated by Eric Kentley

The Titanic: an interactive history adventure by Bob Temple