Ages 5-11

PreK Bits - "S" is for Splendid Spring Stories

Ms. Rachel shared bunny tales from WAITING FOR SPRING STORIES by Bethany Roberts.
Bunnies are in each episode of “Spring Showers” and “The Wind And The Clothes”.
Since the book is out-of-print and no longer in our library, you would be able to request this title through MelCat loan.
Ms. Sara sang and accompanied the song “Wake Up You Sleepyheads” while Ms. Rachel led the action.
The Allard's sing this song on their CD Sing it! Say it! Stamp it! Sway it! : vol. 1.

For more spring stories try the following favorites:
AND THEN IT’S SPRING by Julie Fogliano.
WAKE UP! IT’S SPRING! by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
HOME FOR A BUNNY by Margaret Wise Brown.
JUST PLAIN FANCY by Patricia Polacco. Two young Amish girls are concerned when one of their hen eggs hatches into an extremely fancy bird.
HANK FINDS AN EGG by Rebecca Dudley. Hank finds a lost eggs and tries to return it to its home.
MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! by Candace Fleming. Ach! Rabbits in the veggie garden!!
And then of course the classic! The TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Beatrix Potter, with Peter’s sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail.

You may choose more spring stories from our public list PreK Bits – SPRING Stories for 1-6 yrs.

Bo and Co. are winners the second time around

I loved Bo at Ballard Creek last year and was excited to revisit Bo, her papas, her little brother, and the world of post-Gold Rush Alaska in Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill a few weeks ago. But I was also worried: would it live up to the wonderful nature of the first book? I'm pleased to say that it did. With a new cast of characters, an expanding worldview for Bo (she moves from a town of 200 people to 500 people, for example, and learns that there are different Native Alaskan tribes throughout the state), and the same gentle humor as the first it's a worthy follow up.

If you enjoy reading or reading aloud the episodic adventures of The Little House on the Prairie or The Birchbark House series by Louise Erdrich, you might be as charmed by Bo as I am. The book is also a fascinating, if oblique, view into the world of backcountry Alaska in the 1930s, when mail arrived via airplane and amenities available to the rest of the country hadn't caught up yet, so if you enjoy historical fiction you might enjoy Bo and Co. as well.

Boredom Busters to the Rescue!

Need something fun to do on spring break? Never fear, AADL has it covered with brand new youth nonfiction books!

Monstergami by David Mitchell gives even the most experienced origami artists a new challenge! Make the Fangster, a fierce dragon with pointy teeth; a Sky Sprite with feathered wings; or even a monster Totem with multiple stacked heads! Other new origami books include Folding Origami and Origami X: Paper Folding for Secret Agents.

Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning by Sam Carbaugh is perfect for fans of graphic novels and aspiring artists! Travel through the history of how comics started with ancient civilizations, design your own unique characters, and investigate various comic styles like manga and webcomics.

Totally Washi: More than 45 Super Cute Washi Tape Crafts for Kids by Ashley Ann Laz will inspire you to get decorating right away! Washi tape is patterned tape that is actually made of paper. Maybe you already knew that you could make beautiful cards and bracelets, but did you know that you can also make cool "feather" earrings, a color-coded keyboard, or temporary wallpaper? For more washi tape fun, check out the free Crafting with Washi Tape book from Cherry Lake Publishing!

Magic Mike's Miraculous Magic Tricks by Mike Lane will keep the boredom away this spring! Astound your friends and baffle your parents with these amazing illusions, including the Coin Flip, Floating on Air, The Chosen One, and Money Morph!

For even more spring break fun, check out all of the upcoming events for kids at AADL!

PreK Bits - "A" is for April foolishness

Ms. Rachel fooled around with foolish stories in Preschool Storytime.
MOST WONDERFUL EGG In The WORLD ...a story about three hens who argue over who is most beautiful. Since they can't settle the argument, the wise Queen must decide.
We made ourselves into chickens and danced the "Chicken Pokey" ... using chicken language!
DUCK ! RABBIT !... for those who don't know when to let go of an argument.

For more Foolishness, try the following favorites:
The TORTOISE And The HARE, a fable where humble wins. This version is illustrated by award winning Jerry Pinkney.
STREGA NONA: An Old Tale by award winning Tomie DePaola. The spaghetti wins !
The GREAT FUZZ FRENZY by award winning Janet Stevens. The Fuzz wins !
SHEEP IN WOLF'S CLOTHING by Helen Lester
CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE by Chris Van Dusen.
JUST JOKING: 300 hilarious jokes, tricky tongue twisters, and ridiculous riddles
KNOCK KNOCK! WHO's THERE?

All About That Space, No Tribbles!

Readers interested in astronauts, planets, stars, and discovery will love AADL's new youth nonfiction books on space!

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space, by Dr. Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman, will have you hooked from the first page! Professor Astro Cat and friends travel through space to discover the composition of the sun, relative sizes of the planets, and a step by step process of how the Apollo II astronauts landed on the moon! Each page is highly visual with engaging graphics and interesting facts. Did you know that the International Space Station orbits the Earth 15.7 times every day? Or that objects falling into a black hole experience spaghettification? Check out this colorful book for a wild ride and even more amazing space facts!

How to Be a Space Explorer: Your Out-of-this-World Adventure by Mark Brake makes YOU the astronaut! First, get ready for space in a gravity simulator and use light-years to discover just how far apart the planets really are. Check out all the different materials used in your space suit like nylon tricot, spandex, and mylar. Real photographs of different types of spacecraft and tips for making your own bottle rocket take you on your way! Up, up, up into space until you're touring the moon and looking for signs of life. You'll feel like you're really there with this incredibly fun and interactive book.

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson paints a beautiful picture of the life of celebrity scientist Carl Sagan! A trip to the World's Fair as a child inspired him to dream big. He spent a lot of time at the library learning about stars and one day became the astronomer and cosmologist that so many people know about today! This book is a great biography for beginning readers with stunning illustrations.

Are you like Carl Sagan and just can't get enough science? Check out AADL's other books on space and science tools!

PreK BITS – “Z” is for Zoo and zebra

Ms Rachel put Zzzzs in every story this week.

BABY BEE BIRD finally went to sleep in the zoo at night. Great ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs for everyone at the zoo!
Ms. Sara had us singing in the puddles with new boots on. You can find a recorded version by Charlotte Diamond on the CD "My Bear Gruff which AADL no longer owns. You can enjoy other songs with Charlotte on the CD TEN CARROT DIAMOND. This recording is a long-time favorite of mine to sing with children.
HOORAY For HAT! definitely had a zebra in it.

Z Is For MOOSE. Poor Moose is so upset when he does not get letter M during the alphabet sequence. Zebra the referee, helps Moose get a squeeze-in on letter "Z". AND the illustrator of this book is Paul O. Zelinsky.
ON BEYOND ZEBRA. Dr. Seuss's imaginary zoo animals "beyond zebra".....
XANDER’S PANDA PARTY
ZOOLA PALOOZA ... an all-animal concert group introduces words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings.

PreK BITS – “Y” is for YES !


Ms Rachel tried to get as many "yeses" as possible into the storytime this week..
YES DAY! … what do you call a day when every answer is yes?
Ms. Sara sang the "Uh Oh" song, from a CD recording UH OH! by Rosenshontz. It is no longer in the library collection.
Ms. Rachel sold "Five Yummy Buns From The Bakery Shoppe". Do we want one? YES we do! The one with the sugar on the top!
The GINGERBREAD GIRL … “Yes, Yes. Twist and twirl. I'm so fast I’m the Gingerbread Girl!”

For more ways to get to “Yes” try these titles:
YO! YES? … two lonely kids meet … and shyly make friends.
OLLIE’S SCHOOL DAY: a Yes and No Book
PETE The CAT And HIS FOUR GROOVY BUTTONS
SCAREDY SQUIRREL MAKES A FRIEND because … “Yes” one can overcome one’s fears.
NO DOGS ALLOWED at the restaurant… but another place says “Yes” …
NO MORE KISSES FOR BERNARD! and “Yes” to an alternative.
NO ROSES FOR HARRY … but “Yes” to black spots.
ZARAFA The GIRAFFE WHO WALKED To The KING a true story … and “Yes” she walked 400 miles!

Friday 2/27 - Last day to submit stories for the "Write On!" Short Story Contest for 3rd to 5th Grade!

Don’t worry - there’s still time! You can submit a story at the Downtown Library Youth Desk (343 S. Fifth Ave) or email it to youngwrite@aadl.org through February 27th! Check out the contest guidelines for details.

Remember, the top three stories will be chosen from each grade and every writer will receive a certificate of participation! Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held on Sunday April 19th, 2015 from 2 - 3 pm in the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room.

Still working on your story? Try some of these writing resources if you need help!

My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman. The author of the “My Weird School” series gives advice on writing, finding your big idea, and provides a checklist to help young writers develop all the important parts of their story!

Just Write: Here’s How by award winning author Walter Dean Myers. Get suggestions for story ideas, characters and plot as well as advice for dealing with helpful criticism.

826michigan
Ann Arbor’s own center for great creative writing workshops. All workshops are free, some require registration. Ages 8 to 18.

Brainfuse Writing Lab
Get live online help from writing tutors 2-11pm, seven days a week. No appointments necessary. Log in to an aadl.org online account and go to http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/studentpapers to use this service for free!

PreK Bits - "V"+ valuable = VALENTINE

Ms. Rachel and Ms. Sara began storytime with "the HELLO song" and then led the audience through an activity called “I’m Making a Blanket For Baby”.
This activity pairs songs we know ... with picture-squares we know ... and we create a "singing" quilt.
YOU’RE ALL MY FAVORITES Mama and Papa Bear declare. Baby bears worry, "We can't ALL be the best."
WHERE SHALL WE GO? by Nanadini Nayar.
Sameer is out of school for the week and packing his vacation bag. Mama guesses where they are going based on the clues going into the bag.

Time to give each other a "hugga hugga hug ... A hug and a squee-ee-eeze" and try some more valuable valentine titles:
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU? by Sam McBratney
A YOU’RE ADORABLE ... a classic alphabet "love" song, as sung on the CD SMORGASBOARD by Sharon, Lois and Bram
A BEDTIME FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker
HUG MACHINE by Scott Campbell
VALENTINE BEARS by Eve Bunting
LOVE MONSTER by Rachel Bright
TAKING CARE OF MAMA RABBIT by Anita Lobel.

"Write On!" - Let's Get Started!

Thinking about entering this year’s “Write On!” Short Story Contest for 3rd-5th grade, but not sure where to start? What are short stories supposed to be about, anyway?
Good news! That's the fun part about writing - YOU get to decide. It can be scary, funny, silly, or sad. All you need is an idea! Now... where can you find one of those?!

These short story collections should get you thinking:
Ribbiting Tales: Original Stories About Frogs
Sports Shorts: An Anthology of Short Stories
Breaking the Spell: Tales of Enchantment

For some spooky ideas, try:
That’s Ghosts for You: 13 Scary Stories
Beware! : R.L. Stine Picks His Favorite Scary Stories

To find out more about the "Write On!" Short Story Contest, check out the contest home page!

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