Kid Bits - Reading Levels

The more you read, the better you learn ....
The Library places colored dots to identify the earliest reading levels of books. The Ann Arbor Public Schools use alphabet letters to identify the reading levels. On the school web site is an excellent document to help parents find books for children who are learning to read Reading Levels.

Fantasy Lite

For the beginning chapter book reader who longs to enter the world of enchantment, we have many series, both old and new, with fairies, princesses, dragons and more. You will find Airy Fairy, Princess School, Rainbow Magic, Lily Quench and Dragon Slayer’s Academy, under their series names in the youth fiction area. There are plenty more where these came from. Just imagine!

Contemporary Cinderella Fairy Tale


With the help of a glass slipper, magic ring and plenty of courage, Bella battles a furious father and ancient hostilities to save her prince and kingdom. This noble read by Diane Stanley is perfect for the upper elementary fantasy crowd who loved Ella Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre,and Beauty: A Retelling Of The Story Of Beauty & The Beast.

Gold Mine for Teachers at the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History

If you are looking for fun and educational field trips for your class, check into what the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History has to offer. There are guided tours exploring how fossils form and the cultures of Native Americans indigenous to the Michigan area. The museum also has planetarium shows, with shows specific for a wide age range of students. Located on the museum website are links to teacher and student resources with scavenger hunts and crossword puzzles, as well as the schedule of current program offerings.

Attention Poke-Players

Heads up for Pokemon events this fall, including Pokemon Sunday Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the downtown library, when AADL-GT will welcome trainers to a Dual Battle Tournament. Take your Game Boy Advance and your copy of Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen, Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald -- or try our House Pokemon. Pokemon Sunday is for ages 6 and up. This Saturday, Sept. 30, a download of the scarce, legendary character Mew is planned from noon to 3 p.m. at Toys 'R Us in Ann Arbor. For downloads, stores expect players to meet requirements listed in the fourth item of Top News at the Pokemon web site.

You know they don't want to talk about it but it's just around the corner...

Whenever I think of back-to-school time, I am reminded of the Staples commercial that played several years ago. To the tune of "It's the most wonderful time of the year" it showed two children slowly walking through the aisles of the store staring at the floor with hunched shoulders. Meanwhile we see Dad joyously pushing a cart of school supplies behind them and kicking up his heels with excitement.

Going to school doesn't have to be a cause for distress. One way to help kids, especially the youngest students, get excited about school is to read stories that help them understand what to expect on their first day. For the youngest children there are stories such as Back to school is cool by Jim Jinkins, Brand-new pencils, brand-new books by Diane De Groat and Countdown to kindergarten by Alison McGhee.

For older children we have an assortment of books about middle school and high school experiences. So pick up a book and get your kids excited about Fall and going back to school!

LEGO Contest Winners!

Lego

Our 1st Annual contest was a smash success! We had close to 70 entries - from the parent/child category all the way up to high school. From a "Peace Enforcing" ship, to a replica of an ancestral castle the projects were creative, unique and awesome. Thank you to our judges - Eli Neiburger, AADL IAS Manager, Duane Collicott from Bricks for Brains and Philip Proefrock, an architect at Luckenbach Ziegelman Architects. Close to 200 people attended the event last night. The 1st Place, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention winners received Toys R Us gift certificates for $30, $20 and $10 respectively. Several of the winning projects are on display at the Downtown Youth Desk - be sure to stop by!

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Click "read more" for a list of winners.

Celebrating American Women

Friday, July 21 is the 27th anniversary of the the founding of The National Women's Hall of Fame. The hall was founded to honor women who have been the most influential in the development of the United States. Located in Seneca Falls, N.Y., "the birthplace of women's rights," the Hall of Fame stands where the first Women's Suffrage Movement Convention was held in 1848.

Some recently acquired biographies of American women are:

Mary Evans Walker:Above and Beyond by Dale L. Walker. Walker was a physician during the Civil War.

Mistress Bradstreet:The Untold Life of America's First Poet by Charlotte Gordon.

Go Berserk!

We want you and your children to "Go Berserk!" over the Sandra Boynton books we have at our libraries. Sandra Boynton writes and illustrates hilarious children's books that are enjoyed by all ages. Check out some of the great titles we have, such as ...
Hippos Go Berserk!
Moo, baa, la la la!
Opposites
Barnyard dance!
...just to name a few!

Eat Your Peas

Eat Your Peas by Kes Gray
It starts off pretty normal. You don't have to go to bed early. You don't have to take a bath. There is a point midway through this book however where the mother offers her daughter 100 desserts, 10 new bikes, 2 elephants, 3 zebras, a penguin and a chocolate factory if she will only please eat her peas. You know it is only going to get more ridiculous from there. That's the point I realized I really liked this picture book.

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