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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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10 Valentine’s Day Picture Books

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and to help you get into the mood I have put together my top 10 Valentine’s Day picture books and board books!

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“Valentine Surprise” by Corinne Demas
It’s only a week until Valentine’s Day, and Lily wants to make the perfect heart-shaped valentine for Mommy. But every time she cuts out a heart, it’s either too pointy, too round, or too skinny. As the days go by, Lily tries again and again, and when Valentine’s Day finally arrives, she has a heart for each day of the week! Which one will be the perfect valentine surprise for Mommy?

“Llama Llama I Love You” by Anna  Dewdney
In Llama Llama I Love You, little llama shows his friends and family how much he loves them with heart-shaped cards and lots of hugs. What could be sweeter than Llama Llama on Valentine’s Day

“Love, Ruby Valentine” by Laurie B. Friedman
After Ruby Valentine misses her favorite holiday of the year, her parrot, Lovebird, convinces her that every day is the perfect day to say “I love you.”

“Lilly’s Chocolate Heart” by Kevin Henkes
Lilly loves her chocolate heart. Will she save it? Forever and ever? What do you think?

“The Best Thing About Valentine’s” by Eleanor Hudson
Valentines, valentines, big ones and small–I love making valentines. I love it all! Ribbons, glitter, lace, and paste are all fun things to use when creating special Valentine’s Day cards. Young children will enjoy reading this sweet rhyming story, narrated by a young child who loves to make cards and give them to family, friends, and classmates. But the very best thing of all is getting your very own valentines on Valentine’s Day!

“The Biggest Valentine Ever” by Steven Kroll
When Mrs. Mousely asks her class to make valentines, Clayton and Desmond decide to make one together and give it to their teacher as a surprise. But things don’t go as planned. First Clayton puts too much glitter on the card. Then Desmond puts on too many hearts. Soon the friends are arguing and they rip the card in half. “I’m going to make my own valentine!” they both say and go home in a huff.But then Desmond and Clayton realize that by working together they can make the biggest, best valentine ever!

“Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!” by Laura Numeroff
This title follows Mouse as he makes valentines for all of his friends. Each valentine is made to represent what he loves most about each of his friends, such as Pig ‘because she’s a good dancer’ and Bunny ‘because she’s the best at hide-and-seek.'” A surprise at the end adds to the read-aloud fun!

“Love, Splat” by Rob Scotton
It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten, and Splat likes her even more than fish sticks and ice cream. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all—she always ties his tail and pokes his belly when she sees him. And then there’s Splat’s rival, Spike, who also likes Kitten. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

“Mouse’s First Valentine” by Lauren Thompson
Early one morning, Mouse follows his sister around the house. She’s making something special. It’s red and lacy and very pretty. Snip! Snip! Snip! What will it be?

“Here Comes Valentine Cat” by Deborah Underwood
Cat does NOT like Valentine’s Day. It’s much too mushy, and no way is he making anyone a valentine—especially not his new neighbor, Dog. Dog refuses to respect the fence. He keeps tossing over old bones and hitting Cat in the head! But just as Cat’s about to send Dog an angry “valentine” telling him exactly what he can do with his bones, Dog throws a ball over the fence. What is Dog playing at?

Leave a note in the comments with your favorite Valentine’s Day book!

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Storytime: Transportation

 

Drive, Drive, Drive Your Car (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Drive, drive, drive your car (steering wheel motion)
All around the town
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Up the hills and down

Turn, turn, turn the key (twist wrist)
Make the engine roar
VROOOOM
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Let’s go to the store

Press, press, press the pedal (push foot down)
Give the engine gas
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Now we’re going fast

Turn, turn, turn the wheel (steering motion)
That is how we steer
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Make a turn right here (lean to the side)

Where Are Trucks (Tune: Where is Thumbkin)
Where is pick-up truck? Where is pick-up truck? (hide thumbs behind back)
Here I am. Here I am. (bring thumbs out front)
How are you today sir? Very well, I thank you. (wiggle thumbs)
Drive away. Drive away. (hide thumbs behind back)
(repeat with other types of vehicles)
Source: Storytime Katie

Five Yellow Buses (Flannel Board)

fullsizerender-6Five yellow buses (hold up fingers)
Around the town they zoom
One makes a stop
And others go vroom
(count down)
Source: Miss Jaime’s Library Journeys

Wheels on the Bus

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Storytime: Astronauts

Opening Song
Let’s All Clap
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here, (name) is here
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here today YAY!

Book

Astronaut PiggyWiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox

Related Song/Rhyme
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon (slide hands)
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you’d like to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship (walk fingers up arm)
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF (raise arms)
Source: Jbrary

Body Recognition
This is Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big (arms out to side)
This is small, small, small (arms in)
This is short, short, short (hands near ground)
This is tall, tall, tall (raise hands)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll arms quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll arms slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head yes)
This is no, no, no (nod head no)
Source: Mel’s Desk

Book

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

I’m personally not the biggest fan of this book, or any Byron Barton book for that matter (I know, how dare I) but I decided to give it a shot. The children were fascinated by this book, they all came extra close to me to stare at the pictures. This is a book that I would refer to as “Storytime Magic,”  one of those special books that instantly grabs children’s attention and they can’t look away from.

Stand and Stretch
Bend and Stretch
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars (arms up)
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars (move arms side to side)
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky
Stand on tip-toes, oh so high! (stand on toes)
Source: Storytime Katie

Rhyme
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat gently down the river
If you see a polar bear, don’t forget to shiver

Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream!

Early Literacy Tip
We will repeat several songs and rhymes every week, not only does this help give your child a sense of structure and routine but repetition also helps children learn new things. Repetition helps them improve speed, increases their confidence and strengthens the connections in their brain that help them learn.

Related Rhyme/Movement
If You’re Going to the Moon (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
I prompted the child to give me the different articles astronauts wear
If you’re going to the moon wear your suit
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon wear your suit
…wear your boots
…wear your helmet
…wear your gloves
Source: Mel’s Desk

Nursery Rhyme
Hey Diddle Diddle (with scarves)
Hey diddle, diddle (wave scarf)
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon (bring scarf over head)
The little dog laughed to see such a sight
And the dish ran away with the spoon (hide scarf behind back)

Music CD
Rocketship Run by Laurie Berkner Band

We used ribbon wands to dance around to this song. The children had a lot of fun jumping, dancing and counting down. I had a lot of fun too… except for the fact that the song was stuck in my head for the rest of the day! It is so catchy.

Book

Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino

Flannel Board
Four Little Stars

IMG_6494Four little stars winking at me (have the children try and wink)
One shot off and then there were three
Three little stars with nothing to do
One shot off and then there were two
Two litlte stars afraid of the sun
One shot off and then there was one
One little star alone is no fun
It shot off and then there were none

Colored Stars
I had enough different colored stars for each child to have one, I would sing the song and have them place the star on the board when their color was called. All of the children at this program were new and now used to waiting to put it on the board. Their initial reaction before I gave any instructions was to put it on the board, when they did that I asked them their color and handed it back. After a week or two they will start to learn to wait their turn. This is a great activity for color recognition and waiting.

IMG_6495If you have a (color) star, a (color) star, a (color) star
If you have a (color) star, bring it to the board

 

 

 

Final Thoughts:
This was my first “twos only” program at my new job. I decided to start a storytime for age group because even though I had dictated ages for all of the children’s programs I was still receiving an overwhelming number of two year olds. My hope is that all of those two year olds will come to this special program designed just for them. I was happy to have received  4 children and I hope they will become regular little library patrons.

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Daddy & Me: Nov. 2015

Let’s All Clap
Let’s all clap cause (child’s name) is here, (name) is here
Let’s all clap cause (name) is here, (name) is here today
YAY

This is Big, Big, Big
This is big, big, big
This is small, small, small
This is short, short, short
This is tall, tall, tall
This is fast, fast, fast
This is slow, slow, slow
This is yes, yes, yes
This is no, no, no

Hands Up High (Tune: London Bridge)
First we wave our hands up high
Hands up high, hands up high
First we wave our hands up high
Then we clap them
Then we shake our hands down low
Hands down low, hands down low
Then we shake our hands down low
Then we hide them

1 Little, 2 Little
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers (wiggle fingers)
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hands
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
They wiggle and they wiggle and they wiggle all together
10 little fingers on my hands
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
They clap and they clap and they keep on clapping
10 little fingers on my hands
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fingers
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fingers
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fingers
10 little fingers on my hand

Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill

Book – We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

All the Leaves are Falling Down (Tune: London Bridge)
All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (flutter fingers down)
All the leaves are falling down, it is fall
Take a rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up (pretend to rake)
Take a rake and rake them up, it is fall
Make a pile and jump right in, jump right in, jump right in (jump)
Make a pile and jump right in, it is fall

Hickory Dickory Dock
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The mouses ran up the clock (run fingers up arm)
The clock struck one (clap once)
The mouse ran down (run fingers down arm)
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The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two (clap twice)
The mouse said, “Boo!”
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The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three (clap three times)
The mouse said, “Whee!” (raise arms)
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The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four (clap four times)
The mouse said, “No more!” (shake finger)
Hickory dickory dock

Egg Shakers

I Love Daddy (Tune: Frere Jacques)
I love daddy, I love daddy
Yes I do, yes I do
We have fun together, we have fun together
Just us two, just us two

They Read- Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.

Free Play

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How It Went: I only had one family this week, a dad with two sons. A smaller storytime crowd lets you have more one on one interaction with the children and adults but sometimes it backfires if the children are completely uninterested and if the adult isn’t participating. Luckily for me this father and his sons were awesome! The father encouraged his sons to participate and he sang along. I wish I had a bigger turn out but I’m happy to have had such an enthusiastic group.

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10 Valentine’s Day Picture Books

It’s that time of the year….

The time where you can’t walk into a store without seeing hearts, flowers and chocolate. In honor of Valentine’s Day I’ve compiled some of my favorite Valentine’s picture books, these would work great in a story time or as a gift for a special child in  your life!

Ps- if anyone would like to buy me a present I love dark chocolate!

             

             

         

  1. The Very Fairy Princess Follows Her Heart by Julie Andrews
  2. A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger
  3.   The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
  4.   The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting
  5.   Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane de Groat
  6.   Queen of Hearts by Mary Engelbreit
  7.   Snowy Valentine by David Petersen
  8.   If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant
  9.   Love, Splat by Rob Scotten
  10. Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

What are some of your favorites?

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Not Your Typical Baby Shower Books

I’m at the age (mid 20s) where it seems like everyone I know is getting married and having babies, I have lost count of how many bridal showers and baby showers I have attended in the past two years. My biggest pet peeve about baby showers, and no it is not the corny games, is that expecting mothers receive the same books over and over again. While there is nothing wrong with the tried and true, I have made it my job to purchase outside of the box. The following are the typical baby shower books given and then my list of amazing books you might not know about or wouldn’t think of, I’d love to hear your go-to baby shower book gift!









Typical Baby Shower Books
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Runaway Bunny” by Margaret Wise Brown
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
“Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr.
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney
“Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch
“The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak










Not Your Typical Baby Shower Books

“All of Baby Nose to Toes” by Victoria Adler
“Moo, Baa, La La La!” by Sandra Boynton
“Llama Llama Nighty-Night” by Anna Dewdney
“Baby Bedtime” by Mem Fox
“Time for Bed” by Mem Fox
“Kitten’s First Full Moon” by Kevin Henkes
“Kiss Good Night” by Amy Hest
“Counting Kisses” by Karen Katz
“Peek-a-Who?” by Nina Laden
“Meet Me at the Moon” by Gianna Marino
“Kiss, Kiss Good Night” by Kenn Nesbitt
“Curious George Story Book Collection” by H.A. Rey
“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker
“I Am a Bunny” by Ole Risom
“I Love You Through and Through” by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
“On the Night You Were Born” by Nancy Tillman
“Owl Babies” by Martin Waddell

UPDATE: I have discovered some more books that make great Baby Shower gifts!

“Toes, Ears, & Nose!” by Marion Dane Bauer
“Where is Baby’s Belly Button”  by Karen Katz
“All Fall Down” by Helen Oxenbury
Leslie Patricelli
“Baby Cakes” by Karma Wilson

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