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Posted by Ms. L.. on 02/08/12
Here’s an app that will keep your child entertained, and it’s free! Check out this link to Talking Tom Cat brought to you by iTunes! He responds to touch and repeats everything your child says in a funny voice. Besides being hilarious, this app has educational benefits as well, especially for children with special needs. If your child is reluctant to talk, this app can help develop language skills by encouraging your child to speak more.
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 02/03/12
One of the simple joys of childhood is creating your own pictures.With the IPad app DoodleCast, a child can make a picture, narrate the story and upload it all on YouTube using just one finger.This app was recognized by the 2012 Kids At Play Interactive (KAPi) jurors as the best app for younger children.
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Posted by Mrs T on 01/25/12
The American Library's Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) recently announced it's Book and Media Award winners. If you're looking for quality books, audiobooks and video please take a look at their 2012 ALSC Book and Media Award Winners list. Highlights include:
John Newbery Medal  - (outstanding chldren's literature) Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Randolph Caldecott Medal  (outstanding picture book ) A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Coretta Scott King Award (recognizing An African American author and illustrator) Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
Mildred L. Batchelder Award (outstanding translation) Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak
For more information about these and other award winning children's books please call the Kids' World Desk at 847-506-2620.
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 01/14/12
If you are looking to unplug your family but need some ideas for activites, look no further than The Kids' Winter Fun Book by Claire Gillman. This book includes both outdoor and indoor activities sure to please everyone. Whether it's discovering a new winter game or decorating the house with a winter craft, this book will recharge your family relationships while the electronics are doing the same.
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Posted by Ms. L.. on 01/04/12
Want to help your young child be ready to read?  Sign up for our Ready to Read eNewsletter for tips! The Ready to Read eNewsletter, custom made by Kids’ World staff, provides information on early literacy. Sent quarterly, each issue includes booklists, program information for ages 0-6, and suggestions for reading, singing, playing, talking, and writing with your child.
To subscribe, visit and look under "Specialty Publications."
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Posted by Mizz J on 12/29/11
Here it is:  "I resolve to read aloud to my child(ren) every single day throughout 2012."  Did you ever hear of Jim Trelease? Years ago in 1979 he self-published something he called The Read-Aloud Handbook. Picked up by Penguin USA,  it was expanded and re-released in 1982 where it spent 17 weeks on the "New York Times Bestseller list."  Twenty minutes a day....that's all Jim Trelease asked from parents.  He guarantees wonderful things will come from it:  your child's enhanced vocabulary, imagination, and a tighter family bond. I heard him speak once, and he chastised Dads.  In his experience it was Moms who were eager to build this habit, but Dads--not so much.  Check out his 6th edition of the Read-Aloud Handbook today.
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Posted by Ms. L.. on 12/21/11
‘Tis the season for giving! Share a heartwarming story with your child about kindness and generosity:
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Posted by Mrs T on 12/07/11
During the holiday season you may have the opportunity to see family, friends or neighbors whose first language isn't English. If you'd like to greet them and ask them how they are in their native language, spend some time on the library's helpful learning site called Mango. To access, click on Kids, then School Help. Scroll down until you see Mango. Choose the language you're interested in and begin. Designed to help learners 3rd grade and up, this is a great way for kids to practice their phrases in a second language they're studying in school or just to surprise their grandmother by asking how she is in her native language. Come sta, Nonna? Try it out and let us know what you think. Que tengas un buen dia!
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Posted by Mizz J on 12/02/11
Winter break can feel so lon-nnnnnnn-ng, but the library will help. With every 20 minutes your grade schoolers read, they will work toward a free kids' meal coupon at Francesca's Tavola here in Arlington Heights and a brand new paperback at the finish.   This coupon is offered to ages 3 up.  For babies-35 months prizes include sticker sheet, tub toy, and a brand new book.
Register and receive your log at the Kids' World Desk starting Saturday December 17. This program goes through Sunday January 29
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Posted by Kidbrarian on 11/23/11
Do you have a young child that loves trucks? Does your daughter dream of ballerinas? Our nonfiction area is full of wonderful books for the preschool set. Containing big pictures and simple sentences, these books delight and entertain as they offer children a means to explore the world around them. Just look for the letter "E" on the spine of the book such as E/618.8/Thompson. As always, feel free to stop by our desk if you have any questions.

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