Kid Bits - "Family Movies"

Parents Ask ... "Is there a list of 'Family Movies' that might include my 6 year old too?" Finding a list to match your values is always a trick, but these websites might help.
Kids First: The Coalition for Quality Children's Media where you can find reviews, age levels, and subject listings.
British Film Institute offers a Top 10 and Top 50 list.
For younger children, my all-time favorites are Babe; Pollyanna; E.T.; Mary Poppins; Fly Away Home; and Jungle Book.

As Good As Anybody by Richard Michelson

The story of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Heschel’s lives intertwine in this book about two great men who fought for human rights. An excellent example of how justice is achieved through the mutual cooperation between people regardless of creed or color.

Baby Bits - YUM ! YUM !

Kitchens and Food are everyday life. Babies know food. Try these and carry-on about food!
Yum! Yum! a book of "food" Nursery Rhymes.
Check out these Song Discs and Sing along.
"Biscuits In the Oven" with Raffi in Baby Beluga
"Teddy Bears Picnic" with Kevin Roth in Unbearable Bears or
"Pat-A-Cake" with Sharon, Lois and Bram in Mainly Mother Goose

Barak Obama – Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes

Nikki Grimes paints a beautiful picture of the man who held on to his dream while finding his way in the world. This biographical portrait of Barak Obama shines the light of hope on all of us.

Baby Bits - Farms

We're doing Old MacDonald Had a Farm in PlayGroups this week. You can find the following books to carry on with the animals.
A Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker.
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins.
This is The Farmer by Nancy Tafuri.
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes.
Tractor Adventures in DVD.
Hard Hat Harry's Farm Equipment And Space Adventures in DVD.

Kid Bits - Presidential Election

Election Day is coming Tuesday November 4, 2008. Kids can experience the election process and some voting history through these books.
Vote 4 Amelia;
Duck For President;
Papa's Mark;
With Courage And Cloth: Winning The Fight For A Woman's Right To Vote;
Vote! and
The Kid Who Ran For President

Braaaiinninsss....

Fall is upon us and that means colder weather, cider mills, changing leaves, and Halloween! With the season of spooks nearing I thought it an appropriate time to warn you all about the upcoming invasion. That's right, on October 26th, 2008, Ann Arbor will be overrun by zombies!! No need to worry though as these zombies have better intentions and motives behind their staggering than the typical zombie. 10/26/08 is the 40th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead and World Zombie Day and to help celebrate people are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to the zombie walk. All donations for the Ann Arbor walk will be given to Ann Arbor’s food bank Food Gatherers.

The walk will start at Espresso Royale

You Can Do It! by Tony Dungy

Linden's whole family knows what they want to do. His brother wants to be a football player, his sisters, a doctor and a nurse, even his father loves being a scientist. Linden's toothache and encouragment from his family to dream big and have faith help him find his special dream. Tony Dungy send a positive message to children of all ages to go for your dreams.

Tractors! Pulling! Heavy! Loads!

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Tractors: we see them hard at work in the fields; we try to pass them on country highways. But how fast can they really go and how much weight can they pull while burnin' rubber?

At the Michigan Tractor Pullers Association upcoming Tractor Pull you can find out! Three classes will definitely "pull their weight"--farm stock, classic, and antique. The sport of tractor pulling has something of a long history--the first tractor pulls date from the 1860s.

If you'd like to see for yourself what these motorized beasts of burden can do, then head to the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds on Sunday, September 28. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. According to the event listing on Arbor Web, admission is free.

Baby Bits - BOXES

Pack up the babies, and grab the grandparents, 'cuz everyone comes....!! BABY PLAYGROUPS for 0-24 months begin this week. We'll do "Boxes" at Malletts Creek and Traverwood. You can check out more books with boxes as follows:
Birthday Box; Not A Box; Harry's Box; Big Brown Box. We will do Sitting In My Box during Playgroup.

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