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Posted by Mrs. T. on 02/22/12
This year marks the 200th birthday of one of the most famous writers of all times - Charles Dickens. Dickens was an ordinary person who wrote extraordinary stories. No one tells a ghost story quite like Dickens. Even though he lived in the 1800s we still love his books today. Many of his novels are for adults but some appeal to kids too. In Kids' World we have shortened versions of his works. We also have fascinating biographies of his life. Some of the books we have feature him as a character in the story. Here's a list of books written by him and about him - but there are more. Have you ever thought about becoming a writer yourself? You may want to come to our workshops for kids held at the library. They're called Kids' Ink. Please check the newsletter for future dates.
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Posted by Mizz J on 02/22/12
Years ago someone told me that one of the greatest things parents can do for their children is to raise them to be polite. He reasoned that in so doing, adults (other than their parents) would want to help them along in life.  I thought that was quite insightful. "Please" and "Thank you" go a long way to endearing a youngster to other adult "helpers." Toward that end, here is a list of materials you might find useful. Good luck, Mom and Dad!
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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 Ms. L on 02/08/12
Your favorite friends are back, brought to you by none other than Mo Willems, author of Knuffle Bunny, Leonardo the Terrible Monster, and the Cat the Cat easy-to-read series.
 
Check out Elephant and Piggie’s latest adventure in Listen To My Trumpet!
 
What’s the pigeon up to these days? Find out in The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
 
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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 Kidbrarian on 02/03/12
If you are a football fan, I think I know where you will be this Sunday night! Even if your favorite team will not by playing, you can still read about them. The series NFL Today devotes an entire volume to the history of each team while highlighting their greatest players and most exciting moments in franchise history. It could be great reading in the off season.
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Posted by Mrs. T. on 01/25/12
Two kids' audiobooks just won the Odyssey Award for being great stories to listen to. They are :
6-8th grade - Okay for Now.
3-5th grade - Young Fredle
If you own a device to download an eAudiobook you can also get these  titles on the OverDrive site from our webpage. You can get to the site directly from our catalog.
If you listen to these or read the books, please let us know how you like them!
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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 Mizz J on 01/21/12
The Chinese New Year begins on Monday, January 23.  We have plenty of materials about dragons to help you celebrate.  I wish that I had been born in a Dragon year.  Instead I am a Rooster!  I just need to remember that  each of the animals represents both good and bad character traits.  If you want an overview of the Chinese zodiac calendar read this.
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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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