Monthly Archives: June 2016

Storytime: Birds


Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman


birdsongs by Betsy Franco & Steve Jenkins


Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousin







For “Birdsongs” we used the Kindle Fire to show the kids videos of the birds. They loved singing the actual bird and hearing the noise (much better than me trying to make bird calls!).

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill (hold up 2 thumbs)
One named Jack and one named Jill (wiggle thumbs)

Fly away Jack, fly away Jill (hide thumbs behind back)
Come back Jack, come back Jill (bring thumbs out front)

Two little blackbirds sitting on pole
One named Fast and one named Slow
Fly away Fast, fly away Slow (move thumb fast and slow)
Come back Fast, come back Slow

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and one named Loud (whisper and yell)
Fly away Quiet, fly away Loud
Come back Quiet, come back Loud

I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner Band
with egg shakers


Little Birds, Little Birds
Little birds, little birds jump up and down
Little birds, little birds don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds tiptoe to me
Little birds, little birds bend your knees
Little birds, little birds peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds fly to the leaf
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

Feathered Birds


Isn’t this flannel board amazing?!?! My wonderful co-worker made it for me, the kids were in awe and couldn’t keep their hands off it. I’m typically okay with them taking the flannel pieces off the board but I was nervous these would get ruined.

Five feathered birds sitting at the door,
One flew away and then there were four.
Four feathered birds singing in a tree,
One flew away and then there were three.
Three feathered birds looking at you,
One flew away and then there were two.
Two feathered birds sitting in the sun,
One flew away and then there was one.
One feathered bird looking like a hero,
He flew away and now there are zero.


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Storytime: Beach

Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell

Sally Goes to the Beach by Stephen Huneck

All You Need for a Beach by Alice Schertle








Guess the Theme
I’m trying a new thing to get the children excited and more interactive. I often have a quiet bunch and feel like I’m just talking at them, I to get them involved more. I thought by showing them objects, having them tell me what it is and guessing the theme might help with the shy problem. The kids were not able to guess beach but I did find out who the most interactive kids in the group are!IMG_8040

Beach Ball
A little beach ball (make circle with hands)
A bigger beach ball (expand hands)
A great big beach ball (expand hands)
I see, now let’s count them
Are you ready?
One, two, three!

The Fish in the Sea (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
with scarves
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish (wave scarf side to side)
Swish, swish, swish
Swish, swish, swish
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish
All day long
(The dolphins in the sea swim round and round)
(The sand in the sea drifts down, down, down)
(The waves on the sea go up and down)
Source: Jbrary

Five Little Ocean Friends


Five little ocean friends on the ocean floor,
The starfish walks away, now there are four.
Four little ocean friends living in the sea,
The crab slides away, now there are three.
Three little ocean friends, looking for a clue,
“Glub, glub” says the lobster, now there are two.
Two little ocean friends, not having much fun,
Off swam the seahorse, now there is one.
One little octopus sad and all alone,
Back swims the starfish, back swims the crab,
Back swims the lobster, back swims the seahorse
And they played in the sea foam, safe at home.
Source: Storytime Katie

Water, Water
Water, water everywhere (stretch arms out)
On my face and on my hair (touch face, then hair)
On my fingers, on my toes (wiggle fingers, touch toes)
Water, water on my nose (touch nose)


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Book Review: You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

You Know Me Well by David Levithan & Nina LaCour

Description: Who knows you well? Your best friend? Your boyfriend or girlfriend? A stranger you meet on a crazy night? No one, really?

Mark and Kate have sat next to each other for an entire year, but have never spoken. For whatever reason, their paths outside of class have never crossed.

That is until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.

When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other — and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.

Told in alternating points of view by Nina LaCour, the award-winning author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments, and David Levithan, the best-selling author of Every Day and co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (with Rachel Cohn) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green), You Know Me Well is a deeply honest story about navigating the joys and heartaches of first love, one truth at a time.”

Review: This is a great coming of age novel, not only for the LGBT community, but for all teens. There are love obstacles in this book (like most YA novels) but they aren’t overdone or blown out of proportion. I felt the teenage angst was appropriately portrayed. While I no longer feel it, I was able to enjoy the melodrama and it took me back to the feelings I had as a teenager. This novel poetically describes the struggles of trying to be yourself and find out who that is. The only issue I had was that at times it was hard to figure out who was speaking, I personally prefer when the character speaking is clearly stated. Don’t let the fact that this story has a LGBT element stop you from reading and recommending it, people from all walks of life can enjoy the beauty of this book! I would recommend it to adults and teens who connect with the LGBT community, who are struggling with their own identity and who enjoy realistic YA fiction.

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

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