Snow Day First Grade Visit

Winter is here, and Snow Days are sure to come…

Picture Book: Straight to the Pole by Kevin O’Malley
Discussion: If school was closed for a Snow Day, what would you do?
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Snow Play by Birgitta Ralston and The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
Picture Book: Pizza-Pie Snowman by Valeri Gorbachev
Picture Book: Red and Lulu by Matt Traveres (also printed out and showed pictures of current 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree)

Birdie Second Grade Visits

Turkeys weren’t the only birds featured in this visit! Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving next week 🙂

Poem: “Leftovers” from It’s Thanksgiving! by Jack Prelutsky
Fiction Book: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Fiction Book Bite: read parts of Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? by Jon Agee and the rest of the coop (various illustrators)
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from DK Smithsonian’s Everything You Need to Know About Birds, Click with Your Chick by Giene Keyes (chickens can learn tricks!), and National Geographic Kids Ultimate Explorer: Birds by Julie Beer*
Storytell: “Chickens!” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

*from which I got the joke: What kind of key doesn’t open a door? A turkey!

Thanksgiving First Grade Visit

Picture Book: The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Food Faces by Rudi Sodamin, Baby Food by Saxton Freymann, Zombie-Gut Chili and Other Horrifying Dinners by Ali Vega, and Cool Thanksgiving Dinner by Lisa Wagner
Picture Book: Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Crazy Soup Preschool Visits

I sure do love some soup when the weather gets chilly. And it’s been pretty chilly here in Chicagoland! Luckily, I can warm up by jumping around and acting silly with preschoolers 🙂 We we especially enjoyed A Soup Opera!

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Book: A Soup Opera by Jim Gill
*Flannel Song: Stir the Soup
Book: Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas
Dancing Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” from Laurie Berkner’s Victor Vito
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Stir, Stir, Stir the Soup (from the fantastic website Jen in the Library. Lots of good soup storytime suggestions–and other themes as well!)
(To tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Stir, stir, stir the soup
Stir it all day long.
Add some (insert food name here),
Take a taste (slurrrp!)
Soup will make us strong. (flex arm)

 

Zombies and… Veggies? Second Grade Visits

Another fun visit!

Fiction Book: Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan and Jorge Lacera
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Zombie-Gut Chili and Other Horrifying Dinners by Ali Vega, How to Carve Freakishly Cool Pumpkins by Sarah L. Schuette, and What Makes a Monster? by Jess Keating (zombie ant fungus!); also said we have books about zombies at the library and showed the cover of The Legend of the Zombie by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Storytell: Now I’ve Gotcha (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Fall Fun Preschool Visits

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
Rhyme: Apples
Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri or Aw, Nuts! by Rob McClurkan
(Rhyme: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
*Flannel: 5 Little Acorns
(Book: Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein or Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor or Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell)
(**Fingerplay: Scary Eyes)
(***Flannel/Rhyme: Pumpkin Pie)
Dancing Song: Hip Hop Body Rock” (with shakers) from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

**Scary Eyes
See my big and scary eyes? (Form circles around eyes with fingers.)
Get ready for a big surprise. (Cover face with hands.)
Boo! (Uncover face peek-a-boo style.)

***Pumpkin Pie
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
A witch flew by…
“Ahhahahahaha, I’m going to make you into pumpkin pie!”
Four little pumpkins… (and so on)

Fiction and Nonfiction Second Grade Visits

School visits have started up again! I’m behind in posting, but I had had fun at Laurel Hill last month 🙂

Fiction Book: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from National Geographic Kids’ Weird but True! #5, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!: Out of this World Edition 2018, and National Geographic Kids’ Real or Fake?
Storytell: Book Book Book (This is a well-loved librarian anecdote about a chicken that comes into the library. One version, “The Well-Read Frog” can be found in Margaret Read MacDonald’s Three Minute Tales.) (After I told this story, I took a vote on whether my story was fiction or nonfiction.)

Summer School Books and Fun

Here are the other books and fillers I presented for this year’s Summer School class visits to the library. Unlike my “Carnivores” theme, I didn’t do the same materials or order for each group; I played around quite a bit, picking and choosing at whim. I did loose “food” and “mail” themes, but I wasn’t strict about staying on-theme. I got to try out books I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, so that was extra fun!

Books I may have shared:
Peter Spit a Seed at Sue by Jackie French Koller
Maria the Matador by Anne Lambelet
How to Feed Your Parents by Ryan Miller
Food Faces by Rudi Sodamin
Delivery Bear by Laura Gehl
It Came in the Mail by Ben Clanton

Fillers I may have used:
Boom Chicka Boom
Herman the Worm
Boo Baby stories (learned from storyteller Priscilla Howe)
Book Book Book (This is a well-loved librarian anecdote about a chicken that comes into the library. One version, “The Well-Read Frog” can be found in Margaret Read MacDonald’s Three Minute Tales.)
various Mad Libs

Summer Carnivores

I’ve been keeping busy this summer! One of my fun duties has been to share stories with local U-46 Summer School students visiting the library. For my last presentation, I wore a “scary” wolf hat and did a “carnivores” theme. It was a hit!

Picture Book: Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds
Nonfiction Book: “Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark” from Who Would Win: Battle Royale by Jerry Pallotta
Chapter Book Booktalk: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
Picture Book: Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas! by Aaron Blabey
Storytelling: The Gunniwolf

I did the same presentation for SEVEN school groups! (I was pretty tuckered out when I left work on Friday!) I’ll be sharing some of the materials I used for previous weeks; but for those presentations, I didn’t always do the same exact thing/order for each group.

Hope everyone is having a FANTASTIC summer! 🙂

Story Sparklers VI

I hope that everyone had a fantastic 4th of July!

Once again, I had the honor of presenting at Crystal Lake’s annual Lakeside Festival. This was my SIXTH year bringing storytime to the fest. I had a great turnout and a really fun audience–including “kids” I used to babysit for… and THEIR KIDS! Wow, I’m getting old 😉

OPENING:
*Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud (Big Book): King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
Flannel: Five Elephants in the Bathtub
Action Song: We Wiggle and Wiggle and Stop
Flannel Story: Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley
Action Song: Tommy Thumb
Puppet Story: The Napping House from the book by Audrey Wood (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
Rhyme (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
**Fingerplay: Rain Is Falling Down
Storytelling: Now I’ve Gotcha (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)
Action Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)

CLOSING:
***Closing Rhyme: Thank You

*If You Want to Hear a Story (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story,
if you want to hear a story,
if you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
Other verses:
“nod your head,”
“rub your tummy,”
“sit real still,” etc.

**Rain Is Falling Down
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)
Rain is falling down,
(Raise hands up high and flutter fingers down)
Splash!
(Slap the floor)
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
(Quietly. Flutter fingers delicately.)
Rain is falling down,
(Flutter fingers down.)
Splash!
(Slap floor with gusto)

***Thank You
My hands say thank you
With a clap, clap, clap
Clap hands
My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap
Tap feet
Clap, clap, clap.
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap hands, then tap feet
Turn myself around and bow,
Thank you!
Turn around, bow, then smile