Storytime: Summer

Books

“Mouse’s First Summer” by Lauren Thompson
“One Hot Summer Day” by Nina crews
“Sea, Sand, Me” by Patricia Hubbell

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun (circle arms overhead)
Please shine down on me
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Hiding behind a tree (shield eyes)
These little children are asking you
To please come out so we can play with you (beckoning motion with hand)
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Gold Sun (circle arms overhead)
Please shine down on me

Going to the Pool
Tune: If you’re Happy and You Know It
To encourage families to sing along I had them say the part in italics.

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If you’re gong to the pool wear your suit, wear your suit
If you’re going to the pool wear your suit, wear your suit
If you’re going to the pool then a suit will keep you cool
If you’re going to the pool wear your suit, wear your suit

(repeat with: hat, flip flops, sunglasses)

5 Little Seashells

IMG_32115 little seashells lying on the shore (hold up 5 fingers)
Swish went the waves (move arms in wave motion)
And then there were 4
4 little seashells pretty as can be
Swish went the waves
And then there were 3
3 little seashells all pearly new
Swish went the waves
And then there were 2
2 little seashells lying in the sun
Swish went the waves
And then there was 1
1 little seashell lying all alone
I picked it up and I took it home

So Many Shells
Each child was given a different color shell, when I said their color they put their shell on the board.

There are so many shells in the hot, hot sand
What color shell is in my hand?
If you have a (color) shell, come on up and put it on the sand

 

Craft – Kite
I got this idea from Lovely Commotion, check out their blog for the full instructions. Children colored/drew on the bags, put stickers on them and then taped streamers. Once they were done the child (with the parents help) added the string. Children had a great time making these and loved twirling around the room with them.

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Book Review: The Child by Fiona Barton

“The Child” by Fiona Barton

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Summary:“As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…”

Review: This is a great psychological thriller with intriguing characters. What makes this thriller stand out is the characters. None of the characters get lost and they all have very distinct lives and personalities. You can’t help but feel like you personally know each of the women involved in this story. Although I enjoyed this book I did find it to be drawn out at times and had unnecessary plot lines (for example – we briefly hear about trouble at home for Kate but it is never expanded upon or resolved). I also was able to figure out the plot twist before it actually occurred in the book which does put a damper on the reading experience. Even though I was able to solve the mystery before the book I still really enjoyed it. I will definitely be recommending this book to my friends who enjoy a good thriller!

 

*please note that I received an advanced copy of the book from NetGalley

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Storytime: Fruits/Vegetables

Today’s storytime was all about fruits, vegetables and healthy eating. Summer is a great time to talk about nutrition because so many delicious fruits and veggies are in season. The Farmer’s Markets are just starting up and I thought this was a great way to celebrate!

Books

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?” by Jane Yolen
“Lunch” by Denise Fleming

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I’ve been looking for an excuse to use this puppet from Discount School Supplies and I must say it was such a hit! The kids absolutely loved feeding the caterpillar and then watching him turn into a butterfly. This was also a great opportunity to talk about which foods we can eat a lot of and often and which ones we should save for a special treat!

Picked a Berry (Tune: Clementine)
Picked a blueberry, picked a blueberry (picking motion)
That was growing in the sun (circle arms above head)
Then I washed it and I ate it (pretend to eat)
And I picked another one

(repeat with other berries such as strawberries, blackberries, etc)

Source: Jbrary

Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner Band
with egg shakers
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Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas (hold up 5 fingers)
In a peapod pressed (intertwine fingers)
1 grew, 2 grew and so did all the rest (raises fingers 1 by 1)
They grew and they grew and they didn’t stop (slowly bring hands apart)
They grew so fat that the peapod POPPED! (clap)

Five Ripe Berries

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The strawberry fell out and started to roll (roll arms)
It bumped the table (tap knee)
And hit my toe (tap toe)
how many berries in the bowl? (shrug)

Count down
(blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, cherry)

Fruit Kabobs

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C is for Caterpillar Craft

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Book Review: Release by Patrick Ness

“Release” by Patrick Ness

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Description: “Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.”

Review: I was so excited when I was able to get an advanced copy of “Release” and quickly read through it. Very rarely do I give half stars but this book was on the verge of being a 4 star book for me. What prevented me from giving it the full 4 stars is that the book is comprised of 2 different stories. There is the beautiful story of Adam Thorn, a character who you can’t help but fall in love with, and a strange paranormal story that left me confused more than anything.

This story really struck me. I recently was talking to an ex-moron friend about the difficult time her best friend had coming out to his religious family. It baffles and upsets me that there is still a stigma around the LGBT community. This book is very timely and is a must read for many people. Adam Thorn is such a likeable and relatable character. Patrick Ness does an amazing job of making the character so realistic. The book follows Adam for just 1 day but it is a day full of meaning for him. After I finished the book I was shocked by how many emotions I felt following just 1 day. Adam’s story is beautiful and sad all at once.

As for the odd paranormal sections… early on you learn about a girl who was murdered in the town. This girl comes back as a strange spirit queen looking for revenge. These sections did not add anything to the story for me and if anything I thought they took away from Adam’s story. I’m very curious to know why Patrick Ness felt the need to add this second story. I think the paranormal story would have been better off as a separate book.

I will definitely be recommending this book to other adults and high schoolers!

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Storytime: Art

Books:

“The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle
“I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” by Karen Beaumont
Before reading “I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More” I gave each child a clean paint brush. I instructed the child or caregiver to brush the body part mentioned. The kids got a kick out of joining in!
“Mouse Paint” by Ellen Stoll Walsh

This is the Way (Tune: Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint (stirring motion)
This is the way we stir the paint so early in the morning
This is the way we dip our brush, dip our brush, dip our brush (dipping motion)
This is the way we dip our brush so early in the morning
This is the way we paint our picture, paint our picture, paint our picture (up and down strokes)
This is the way we paint our picture so early in the morning

Five Little Paintbrushes

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Five little paintbrushes went out to paint
One painted white than ran away
The second painted red and jumped on the bed
The third painted green and fled the scene
The fourth painted black than ran around the back
The fifth painted yellow and felt so mellow
Then he invited everybody back!

Rainbow Song (Tune: Hush Little Baby)

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Rainbow purple
Rainbow blue
Rainbow green
and yellow too
Rainbow orange
Rainbow red
Rainbow shining over head

Come and count the colors with me
How many colors can you see?
(count)

I Know
First I put all of the colors up and we went over our colors again. Then I told them to close their eyes and took one away. I asked children to tell me what color was missing. To help some children I put up the rainbow to remind them of the colors.
I know the colors of the rainbow
Do you know them too?
If one color were missing
Would you know which hue?

Color Song (Tune: Knick Knack Paddy Whack)
Red, red, red touch your head
Blue, blue, blue tie your shoe
Brown, brown, brown bend and touch the ground
White, white, white take a bite
Black, black, black touch your back
Purple, purple, purple turn in a circle
Pink, pink, pink give a wink
Gray, gray, gray now shout hooray!

Craft:
Each child was given a butterfly already cut out, hole punched and tied with ribbon. The children painted 1 half of the butterfly and folded it in half to create the same pattern on the other side. This was a very simple craft to prep and the kids had so much fun painting and were amazed when they folded the butterfly.

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Baby Storytime Favorites: Lap Bounces

When I first started having babies in story time I was very intimidated. I was used to have preschoolers who would answer open-ended questions and followed along to songs. I quickly learned that for baby story time it is important to speak instructions and use a stuffed animal to demonstrate (I still feel silly doing this but parents appreciate it). The first time I tried lap bounces I tired some parents out by lifting their child so often, moving forward I inform them they they can lift their child or raise their arms.

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Here are some of my favorite lap bounces to use:

Bouncing, Bouncing
Bouncing, bouncing baby on my knee (bounce child)
Bouncing, bouncing
1, 2, 3 (lift child or raise their arms)
Clapping, clapping with baby on my knee (clap child’s hands)
Clapping, clapping
1, 2, 3
Hugging, hugging baby on my knee (hug child)
Hugging, hugging
1, 2, 3

Giddy-Up
Giddy-up, giddy-up ride to town (bounce child)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, up and down
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy-up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up (bounce child)
WHOOAH (dip child to side and dip between legs)

Grand Old Duke of York
The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce child)
He had ten thousand men
He march them up to the top of the hill (lift child or raise their arms)
And he marched them down again

And when they’re up, they’re up (lift child or raise their arms)
And when they’re down, they’re down
And when they’re only half way up
They’re neither up nor down

Icka Bicka Soda Cracker
Icka bicka soda cracker (bounce child)
Icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker
Up goes you! (life child or raise their arms)

Icka bicka soda cracker (bounce child)
Icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker
I love you (hug child)

Jack Be Nimble
I encourage parents to use their own child’s name.
Jack be nimble, jack be quick (bounce child on one knee)
Jack jumped over the candlestick (lift them to the other knee)

Mother, Father and Uncle John
Mother, father and Uncle John (bounce child)
Went to town one by one
Mother fell off (lean child to one side)
Father fell off (lean child to other side)
But Uncle John went on and on and on (bounce quickly)

Don’t miss out on Baby Storytime Favorites: Rhymes/Songs!

 

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Baby Storytime Favorites: Rhymes/Songs

When I first started having babies in story time I was very intimidated. I was used to have preschoolers who would answer open-ended questions and followed along to songs. I quickly learned that for baby story time it is important to speak instructions and use a stuffed animal to demonstrate (I still feel silly doing this but parents appreciate it).

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Here are some of my favorite songs/rhymes to use:

Baby Game:
Touch your eyes
Pat your nose
Tickle baby’s little toes
Hide your eyes
Where are you?
Baby’s playing peek-a-boo

Beehive
Here is the beehive (hold out own fist or child’s fist)
But where are the bees?  (shrug)
Hidden away where nobody sees (cover fist)
Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5… (count on fingers)
BUZZZZZZ
They’re alive! (tickle child)

Garden Snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail (place thumb on child’s arm and slowly crawl it up the arm)
Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the garden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly goes the little mouse (place finger tips on child’s arm and scurry it up the child’s arm)
Quickly, quickly, very quickly in his little house (tickle child under armpit)

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden (trace circle on baby’s palm or belly)
Little bunny goes
Hippity hop, hippity hop (hop fingers up child’s arm)
He’s gonna get your nose (gently grab child’s nose)

Where, Oh Where
Where, oh where are baby’s fingers (wiggle child’s fingers)
Where, oh where are baby’s toes (wiggle child’s feet)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton (touch child’s bellybutton)
Round and round it goes (draw a circle on child’s stomach)

Where, oh where are baby’s ears (touch child’s ears)
Where, oh where is baby’s nose (touch child’s nose)
Where, oh where is baby’s bellybutton
Round and round it goes

Next week I’ll be sharing some of my favorite lap bounces!

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Storytime: Pets

Today’s storytime was all about pets but since I have a younger crowd who mainly has cats or dogs I decided to stick to those. This was also the perfect time to bring out my new puppets from Folkmanis Puppets! I recently bought a bunch of puppets from Folkmanis Puppets and am beyond excited to use them. I especially love using them with the babies and toddlers, they get so excited to give our new storytime puppet a hug.

Yellow Labrador Puppy

Yellow Labrador Puppy  |  Folkmanis
Orange Tabby Kitten
Orange Tabby Kitten Hand Puppet  |  Folkmanis

Books

“Cookie’s Week” by Cindy Ward
“Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell
“Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd

Five Little Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left (move hand to the left)
They run to the right (move hand to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the big sunlight (hold up 5 fingers)
Along comes a dog, who’s looking for some fun (whisper, make fist with other hand)
Wooof! (have fist quickly move towards fingers)
Meow!! (hide fingers behind back)
See those five kittens run

Where is Big Cat?
(Tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Where is big cat, where is big cat? (hide thumbs behind back)
Here I am, here I am (bring thumbs out front)
How are you today cat? (wiggle 1 thumb)
Very well I thank you (wiggle other thumb)
Meow, meow, meow  (hide 1 thumb behind back)
Meow, meow, meow (hide other thumb)

B-I-N-G-O
I recently attended a storytime workshop that said talked about the importance of letter recognition. They suggested to encourage letter recognition you should take away the O first, this way the last letter remaining is B. Before we sang the song we talked about letter B and I informed parents about the importance of letter recognition.

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There was a farmer who had a dog
And Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o

(repeat until you are clapping for all of the letters)

Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

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Storytime: Dinosaurs

Books

“Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs” by Byron Barton
“Shape by Shape” by Suse MacDonald
“Ten Terrible Dinosaurs” by Paul Stickland

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs lived long ago
Some walked (stomp feet)
Some swam (pretend to swim)
Some flew you know (flap arms)
Some where big (hold hands out to the side)
Some where small (lower hands to the floor)
Some were gigantic
And very, very tall (raise hands up)

We are the Dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner
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This song has been turned into a book but unfortunately it wasn’t available in time for my program. This is such a fun song to march and roar to. I can’t wait to read the book!

Dinosaur, Dinosaur
Dinosaur, dinosaur turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur sit down please

Dotty the Dinosaur
I originally got the idea after seeing Read It Again!’s post. The great thing about Dotty the Dinosaur is that you can adjust it. I had some fruit and vegetable felt pieces on hand and made my dinosaurs to match them. The dinosaurs can be used for so many things! My co-worker used them while doing a storytime about colors.

Dotty the Dinosaur loves to eat things like peas!
That is why the color of her skin is a lovely green.

One day she sees some strawberries and apples.
She eats them all day long.
Later that day Dotty turns a bright red.

(continue with other fruits/vegetables and colors)

Dotty couldn’t decide which color she likes best.
So Dotty eats everything.
Her skin an awful mess?

No, Dotty now has dots of color everywhere.
Dotty now was different but Dotty didn’t care.

Dotty loves her new skin, she likes it a lot.
Now she is the only dinosaur with a coat of polka dots!

Source: Preschool Express

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Storytime: Fruit

Books:

“Blueberry Mouse” by Alice Low
“The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear” by Don & Audrey Wood

Picked a Berry (Tune: Clementine)
Picked a blueberry, picked a blueberry (picking motion)
That was growing in the sun (circle arms above head)
Then I washed it and I ate it (pretend to eat)
And I picked another one

(repeat with other berries such as strawberries, blackberries, etc)

Source: Jbrary

Five Red Strawberries
I love using a bear puppet to gobble the strawberries off the flannel board!

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Five red strawberries, sweet to the core
Bear came and ate one, then there were four
Four red strawberries, sitting in a tree
Bear came and ate one, then there were three
Three red strawberries, shining in the sun
Bear came and ate one, then there was one
One red strawberry, left all alone
Bear came and ate one, then there were none!

Source: Sunflower Storytime

Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner Band
Get those egg shakers out and start moving!

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The Apple Tree by Carole Peterson
I have done this song with and without the music, both work great!

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Way up high in the apple tree (point up)
1 little apple smiled at me (hold up 1 finger)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shaking motion)
Doooown came the apple (wiggle fingers down)
Mmmmm, it sure looks good!

(repeat)

2 little apples under the tree (hold up 2 fingers)
1 for you and 1 for me (point to children, then self)
2 little apples crunch, crunch, crunch (pretend to eat)
2 little apples, lets eat them for our lunch
YUM!

Five Red Apples
This flannel board is based on “Ten Red Apples” by Pat Hutchins. I have a lot of toddlers and was afraid I’d lose them if I went through the whole book so I adapted it to work for my group.

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Five red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Cow comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Moo, Moo and fiddle-dee-dee
“Cow” cries the farmer, “save one for one”

Four red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Horse comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Neigh, neigh and fiddle-dee-dee
“Horse” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

Three red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Pig comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Oink, oink and fiddle-dee-dee
“Pig” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

Two red apples hanging on a tree
Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee
Duck comes to take one
Chomp, chomp, chomp
Quack, quack and fiddle-dee-dee
“Duck” cries the farmer, “save one for me”

One red apple hanging on a tree
Farmer cries “Yippee, there’s one left for me!

Then farmer’s wife comes along…

No red apples, my oh my
No red apples to bake in a pie
Boo, hoo and fiddle-dee-dee
“Wait” cries the farmer, “another apple tree!”

Idea came from: Read It Again!

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