Baby Bits - What To Do With the BABY-O

What do you do with the Baby-O ?
Start with Art ! FIRST ART: Art Experiences For Toddlers And Twos is packed with recipes and ideas for first art experiences anyone can do at home or in groups.
Then the Games ! The Baby's Game Book reminds you of plenty of lap games to count on and bounce on.

Baby Bits - To Market To Market to Buy a Fat Pig !

Home again Home again Jiggety Jig! My favorite rhythm-and-rhyme book for little folks is Piggy In The Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz. It tells a piggy story with nursery rhyme rhythm. You can watch and listen to a claymation version of the story in the Reading Rainbow DVD Piggy In The Puddle, which includes "This House Is Made Of Mud" and the "Hippopotamus Song".

Death of a musical legend Miriam Makeba

World lost one of Africa's greatest singer and true fighter against human rights. Haven gained another messenger of peace and an ambassadress of jazz music.
The legendary South African singer Miriam Makeba died early Monday 11/09/08 of a heart attack, after collapsing on stage Sunday night in Italy. She was 76 years old and well known as “mama Africa”. Her music inspired a powerful sense of hope in all South Africans during the time of apartheid. In her amazingly impressive career and glorious achievement, "Makeba performed with musical legends from around the world — jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon — and sang for world leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela". Her sudden death “plunged South Africa into shock and mourning”. Here is Makeba's Biography, Discography and additional References God bless her soul, rest in peace!

Riding to Washington by Gwenyth Swain

A young girl stands up against racism when she insists that a clerk allows her friend Mrs. Taylor to use the Whites Only restroom, during a bus trip to participate in the civil rights March on Washington.

Kid Bits - THINK "Three Pigs"

If you like FairyTales already, try some "fractured" FairyTales. It's fun once you already know some of the original tales. Think "Classic" The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone and then try "Newer" and "Edgier" with:
The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall.
The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs by John Sczieska.
The Three Little Pigs by Steven Kellogg, and
Three Hungry Pigs And The Wolf Who Came To Dinner by Charles Santore.

Jesse Owens:Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford

Segregation, being poor, or Hitler could not stop Jesse Owens from winning four Olympic gold medals in 1936. Read about his remarkable story in Jesse Owens Fastest Man Alive by Carole Boston Weatherford. Pastel illustrations by Eric Velasquez illuminate the struggle of Jesse Owens as he runs past signs that read Colored and White in his segregated hometown and triumph when he climbs the winners stand in Berlin to accept his gold medals.

More, More, More BABY PLAYGROUPS Begin

BABY PLAYGROUPS begin next week.
Love those babies! Bring them to PlayGroup!!
Here are some lovey dovey stories to share at home.
More, More, More Said The Baby by Vera Williams.
So Much by Trish Cook.
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein.

Kid Bits - Never Cry Wolf

The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a classic tale by Aesop. A fun thing to do is read different versions. FairyTales with new twists in the story are "Fractured FairyTales" and here are a few:
Betsy Who Cried Wolf is a graduate of Sheep Herding School and takes her job very seriously.
Dog Who Cried Wolf is bored at home and wants more excitement.
Beware Of The Storybook Wolves brings in more fairytale folks.
Wolf Who Cried Boy, and Wolf! Wolf!

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris

On August 28th 1963 over 250,000 people of all races, creeds and colors joined together for a common cause, to march for freedom and jobs. This historic event is known as the March on Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s sister Christine King Farris, recounts the events of this day in March On! How my Brother Martin Changed the World, giving readers a rare glimpse into the heart and mind of one of America's most inspirational men.

Scary Bits - But not Too Scary !

October is ripe for harvesting spooky tales. For young kids, cautionary tales can work instead of "sca-a-ry" tales, since the endings come out GOOD. Try:
Precious and The Boo Hag by Patricia McKissack
The Gunniwolf by Wilhelmina Harper.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams.
... or choose books with holiday icons such as:
I Spy A Pumpkin
Five Little Pumpkins
Los Gatos Black On Halloween

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