Parent’s Corner: Get Them Writing

May is Short Story Month – a time to celebrate the short story and hone those writing skills. This isn’t just for adults! Many children love listening to stories, and writing their own is the next step in the process. AADL has books on helping children with their writing, and some are located on the Parent Shelf.

The Parent Shelf is located in the downtown youth area, and on this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including autism, and everything from language to potty training to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.” Here are a few to jumpstart writing success:

* Your child's writing life: how to inspire confidence, creativity, and skill at every age

* 1001 writing projects for students: a paragraph a day plan for writing success

* Beyond bedtime stories: a parent's guide to promoting reading, writing, and other literacy skills from birth to 5

* Ways of writing with young kids : teaching creativity and conventions unconventionally

Speaking of short stories, congratulations to the winners of AADL's 2014 Teen Short Story Contest and good luck to those 3rd-5th graders who entered the Short Story Challenge this year!

Jumbled Fairytales for Young Readers

This is a darling series for beginning readers! There are several books in the series and they are all jumbled fairytales!

In Rapunzel and the Billy Goats you’ve got the troll climbing up Rapunzel’s hair. And in Cinderella and the Beanstalk you’ve got Jack driving Cinderella in the pumpkin-turned-stagecoach and her ugly stepsisters are climbing up the beanstalk!

They are funny and a great way to explore a variety of fairytales. It’s also fun for readers to figure out which parts of the story came from what fairytale. Check out these mixed-up titles:

Three Pigs and a Gingerbread Man
Beauty and the Pea
Goldilocks and the Wolf
The Elves and the Emperor
Hansel, Gretel, and the Ugly Duckling
Snow White and the Enormous Turnip

And for a quick list see here.

Socktastic stories!

This week Ms. Amanda featured stories about socks at preschool storytime! Socks?! Yep, socks. And we brought out Pete the Cat’s white shoes, too. We listened to some fun stories. Here are some titles to settle your socks into:

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? Duck cannot find them! Where are they? Does Fox know? A super fun rhyming story.

New Socks Author Bob Shea writes some funny picture books. The book features the coolest pair of orange socks that just might change your world.

Lizette’s Green Sock Here we have a duck that’s so excited about her green sock, until she learns that socks come in pairs and she gets made fun of.

Duck Sock Hop Who knows what will happen when ducks pull socks from a box. Duck sock hop comes once a week – get ready to rock with your sock!

Sally and the Purple Socks Sally gets a pair of fabulous purple socks in the mail. But when they get wet something odd starts to happen, and it’s quite a silly thing!

For more sock stories check out this book list.

MI Bridges Navigation Workshop

Anyone engaged in social service work with families will benefit from attending the April 23 free workshop at Washtenaw ISD, Vogel C, 1819 South Wagner, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, 9:00 am – noon. MI Bridges Navigation Collaborative Learning Opportunity is developed and maintained by the MI Department of Human Services and allows households to apply for food, medical, child care, cash, energy, and non energy assistance, in addition to checking the status of benefits and reporting household changes. This session provides participants an overview of the MI Bridges system and hands on opportunity to use MI Bridges with sample cases. It is recommended for outreach workers, case managers, program coordinators, family support parents, service coordinators; anyone working with families should attend. To register call 1-800-292-7851 x472. For directions only call 734-994-8100.

Parent’s Corner: Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month, which highlights the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. “The US recognizes April has a special opportunity to educate the public and autism and issues within the autism community.” A potential resource to educate on this subject is in books found on the Parent Shelf.

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including autism, and everything from language to potty training to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.” Here are a few to start with more information regarding children with autism:

*Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know
*Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew
*1001 great ideas for teaching & raising children with autism or Asperger's

AADL has many books in the collection on this topic – see here for more.

Sign Language for Infants and Toddlers

Saturday March 29 | 11:00 am to 11:45 am | Malletts Creek Branch
Event is intended for hearing babies ages 6 months - 2 years and their families (No older siblings, please)

Kathy Brady, Certified Instructor at Signing Smart in Ann Arbor, will be teaching families how to incorporate American Sign Language (ASL) into daily interactions with hearing infants and toddlers, ages 6 months to 2 years. ASL is commonly and successfully used to help babies speak their mind and better communicate their needs and wants. Kathy will teach common, everyday ASL signs through songs and play, making signing easy, fun, and successful!

Staci Bockmann, Founder Of Learning Outside the Lines, Discusses Technology To Support Learning

Wednesday May 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Staci Bockmann, an advocate for children with special needs and the Founder of Learning Outside the Lines, presents an information session on how to use your iPad and computer for academics.

This session, co-sponsored the Washtenaw County CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) Parent Group, will focus on:

Finding and downloading digital books using the ‘Bookshare’ online library.
Using text-to-speech and word prediction software to support written expression.
Creating word banks to help with writing assignments.
Using electronic text readers with built-in comprehension tools.
Creating graphic organizers using various iPad apps and software supports.
Using your iPad to help you study for tests.Making sense of social studies and science content.

Staci has first-hand experience with school districts on both sides of the table, as a parent and as an advocate. Through her company – Learning Outside the Lines (www.LearningOutsideTheLines.com) – she guides parents through the Individualized Education Program process.

Staci also provides academic technology consulting and training for students, parents, and professionals. She is the co-founder of MyGreatKid.com, a blog resource for families with special needs kids

Secret Pizza Party

Remember how funny and adorable and hilarious Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri is? Well, they’ve got another picture book out, made just for you fans of silly!

Secret Pizza Party features a raccoon that LOVES pizza. “Pizza smell” gives him the “happy screams.” But the poor raccoon in this book is always being chased off by someone with a broom. All he wants in life is some pizza! Eventually a plan is hatched for a secret pizza party. One that involves avoiding the broom factory and the raccoon-sniffing broom-bots. Will this raccoon ever get some pizza?! Read the book and find out.

You might also want to read Dragons Love Tacos, if you haven’t already. And for more funny picture books check out this nice list we've created!

Parent’s Corner: Behavior Management

With parenthood comes a child that is a unique individual with their own way of behaving and viewing the world. One may ask: Is my child supposed to be behaving this way? They are out of control, what can I do? Why won’t my willful child listen to me? Why do they behave fine at home but act out in public? Maybe there are no correct answers to these questions, but boy do they get asked.

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including behavior and everything from language to potty training to safety to bullying. These books are available for checkout and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf.”

The Parent Shelf has an assortment of books on the topic of child behavior. Here are a few to think about:

* Calm mama, happy baby: the simple, intuitive way to tame tears, improve sleep, and help your family thrive

* You can't make me (but I can be persuaded) : strategies for bringing out the best in your strong-willed child

* No more meltdowns : positive strategies for managing and preventing out-of-control behavior

The Bear’s Song

The Bear’s Song is a charming picture book written and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud. The beautiful, large and detailed illustrations help tell the story of a bear and his cub. Little Bear darts off after a bee, because honey is where the bees are! Papa Bear is left to run after Little Bear. He searches for him in the forest, in the big, busy city, and eventually an opera house—where things get a little silly for Papa Bear.

It is a darling story that is great for lap reading. Kids will enjoy searching for Little Bear and the bee on each of the pages as the story unfolds.

Highly acclaimed, the book has been on many top lists, including New York Times Notable Children's Books of 2013 and Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2013, which both feature some amazing children’s books!

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