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Starting kindergarten is a major developmental milestone for children and their parents. During spring, many elementary schools host "Kindergarten Round-Up” sessions to help families prepare for this exciting event. Here are some picture books you and your child can read together that deal with the excitement, worries and routine of kindergarten.
Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Amy Wummer
The pirate of kindergarten by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn; illustrations by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak
Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein
The night before kindergarten by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Julie Durrell
How do dinosaurs go to school? by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Mark Teague
Tell no one [sound recording] by Harlan Coben
Prey [sound recording] by Michael Crichton
Crisis [sound recording] by Robin Cook
Also try the titles listed on the Cozy Mystery Authors audiobooks blog post.
The week-by-week vegetable gardener's handbook by Ron Kujawski and Jennifer Kujawski — When you're growing vegetables in a variable climate like Michigan's, it can be hard to know exactly when things should be happening and what to plant when. This book outlines those timelines in detail for a variety of vegetables. It also includes many tips and bits of information that any veg gardener will find useful.
It's been reported that workplace incivility is on the rise, causing stress in many workers' lives. If you're trying to find positive solutions to this problem, these books may be for you.
The ape in the corner office: understanding the workplace beast in all of us by Richard Conniff
Knitting block by block by Nicky Epstein — It is amazing how many projects can be constructed by using blocks. In this book, renowned knitter and designer Nicky Epstein shows 150 different blocks you can use to create sweaters, afghans, bags, scarves, and a bunch of other items. She includes so many different techniques in these blocks that even experienced knitters may learn some new ones.
The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian is about a road trip. An elderly married couple from the Detroit area decide to take their RV on a nostalgic ride along Route 66 to Disneyland for one last vacation to remember and relive the past. It's not so much about the destination, as it is getting there. So take a journey with us and be a tourist on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Purple Room.
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 signing: how to talk with your baby in American sign language by Andrea Fixell and Ted Stafford