December 2017 “Hungry” First and Second Grade Visits

My second round of class visits started today. (My library visits the same classrooms for 20 minutes every other month.) It made me feel good to see the kids excited to see me again! I definitely felt welcome, and we all enjoyed the stories.

(Poetry Book Bite: “Me Stew” from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein)
Book: The Great Lollipop Caper by Dan Krall OR The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend
Story/Song: Herman the Worm
Nonfiction Book Bite: mentioned we have cookbooks at the library, showed off a few including Sandwiches! by Alison Dearing and Bob Lentz
Storytell: The Goat in the Jalapeño Patch (mostly based off of storyteller Dianne de Las Casas’ version)

Schools visited: Heritage, Laurel Hill

November 2017 “Hungry” Kindergarten Visit

Another great kindergarten visit!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen
Fingerplay: Sausages
Nonfiction Book Bite: mentioned we have cookbooks at the library, showed off a few
Book: Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
Storytell: The Little Red Hen
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup”

Schools Visited: Heritage

November 2017 “Holiday Food” Toddler Visit

It’s been a while since I’ve done a toddler-only storytime. Today, I met some new friends at a local daycare.

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Today is Monday by Eric Carle
Fingerplay: Apples
*Prop Visual: The Colors We Eat On Thanksgiving
Fingerplay: Sausages
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup”

Schools visited: Little Bear Academy

*One of my co-workers made a great visual (see photo). The turkey’s stomach circle is clear, so you can put colored sheets of paper in a pocket behind the stomach. I used small squares of different colored construction paper. On one side of the paper, I put a photo of a Thanksgiving food that was the the color of the paper. (The other side was blank, just that color.) Here are the words (food) to go with the visual:
THE COLORS I EAT ON THANKSGIVING
I eat many colors on Thanksgiving…
The turkey is… (brown)
The corn is… (yellow)
The beans are… (green)
The pumpkin pie is… (orange)
The cranberries are… (red)
The potatoes are… (brown) When I peel the potatoes and make mashed potatoes, they are… (white)
So many colors I eat on Thanksgiving!

November 2017 “Holiday Food” Pre-K Visits

Fun times with Pre-K classes today!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson or Today is Monday by Eric Carle
(Prop Visual: The Colors We Eat On Thanksgiving)
Fingerplay: Apples or Sausages
Book: 1 Big Salad by Juana Medina
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Book: Is That Wise, Pig? By Jan Thomas
Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” from Laurie Berkner’s Victor Vito

Schools visited: Horizon, Little Bear Academy

New Look!

My website misbehaved one too many times (it wasn’t letting anyone post comments!), so I decided to switch themes and change things up a bit. Hence the sudden new look. I’m liking the changes so far…

Hope everyone has a great Halloween tomorrow! 🙂

October 2017 “(Not) Scary” Kindergarten Visits

Oh man, I love reading to kindergartners! They made me feel like a superstar. They laughed at all the right places, asked me to read more (“Are you coming every day?!”), and wanted to smother me in hugs. Great audience.

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
Puppet Story: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Novelty Book: What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt
Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

Schools visited: Heritage

Storytime Music List

Hey guys! I forgot to mention that I compiled a list of the (recorded) music I’ve used at storytime. It can be found as “Storytime Music” under “Storytime Extras” in the sidebar. Or here’s the direct link! I also have several songs I haven’t yet used at storytime but hope to in the future. I haven’t added them into the list yet, but I plan on editing this list as the days go by. Here’s also an opportunity for YOU to share with me YOUR favorite songs to use at storytime. For the present, I won’t be using much music since I’m mostly going into the classrooms to share stories. But I do plan on bringing an ipod and portable speaker for my kindergarten and preschool visits (for a little dance break). Happy Storytiming!

October 2017 “Monsters” Second Grade Visits

On Friday the 13th (EEK!), I went back to school! I even got a new backpack! Well, I went back to school in the form of school visits from the library. I got to visit two FUN second grade classrooms… and I’ll be visiting more second graders (as well as other-graders) in the upcoming weeks. I’m liking this new job!

Nonfiction Book Bite: What Makes a Monster? by Jess Keating (read snippets including facts about vampire bats and cordyceps fungus)
Poetry Book Bite: Bigfoot is Missing by J. Patrick Lewis (read the back matter and poem about the chupacabra)(Skipped this for my Grade 1/2 split, read some of Monster Goose by Judy Sierra instead.)
Book: The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra by Marc Tyler Nobleman (In my Grade 1/2 split, I read Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligot instead.)
[Book Bite: Monster Goose by Judy Sierra (in two classes, I read poems from this book)]
Storytell: Now I’ve Gotcha (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Schools visited: Laurel Hill, Heritage

(**Some classes had to suffer through some corny Halloween jokes: Q: What do ghosts like to eat? A: Boo berries. Q: What’s the ghost’s favorite ride? A: A scary-go-round. Q: What’s the ghost’s second favorite ride? Q: The roller-ghoster.**)

Rake-O Family Fall Festival

Howdy, folks! Yesterday, I had a grand ole time doing mini-storytimes as part of the Rake-O Family Fall Festival at the Rakow Branch Library in Elgin. I did a mixture of cowboy, farms, animals, and fun. Yee-haw!

IN OTHER NEWS: I just started a new job over at the Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood! I’ll be focusing on outreach for PK-Grade 2 in the schools. I’m excited about this new challenge and look forward to being more active on this website.

RAKE-O FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL

BOOKS SHARED:
Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs

“FILLERS”:
Song: “Finger in the Air” from Miss Carole’s Baloney!
Song: Chicken Dance
Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Action Rhyme: Fun with Hands
Action Rhyme: Ten in a Bed
Action Rhyme: Hands Up High
Action Rhyme: Blackbirds
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Storytelling (with puppets): “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.)

Story Sparklers IV

I always look forward to performing at the Crystal Lake Lakeside Fest every year. Last Friday, I had fun sharing these stories, rhymes, and songs with families. It was also my nephew Carter’s first storytime! (And he loved it! It was so great seeing his giant grin in the audience.) I’m already excited about next year.

OPENING:

*Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Action Song: Peanut Butter and Jelly
Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (flannel pieces here)
**Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Storytelling: Bear Hunt (based on Michael Rosen’s version)
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Puppet Story: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)
Action Song: Hands Up High
***Action Song: Tommy Thumb
Storytelling: “At Midnight” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

CLOSING:

****Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*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.

**Open, Shut Them
Open, shut them,
(Open and close hands in front of you)
Open, shut them,
(Open and close hands in front of you)
Give a little clap.
(Clap hands as you say “clap”)
Open, shut them,
(Open and close hands in front of you)
Open, shut them,
(Open and close hands in front of you)
Place them in your lap.
(Fold hands in lap)
Creep them, creep them,
Creep them, creep them,
Right up to your chin.
(Fingers crawl up chest to chin)
Open wide your little mouth,
(Open mouth)
But do not let them in!
(Quickly put hands behind back)

***Tommy Thumb
(Suit actions to words.)
Tommy Thumb is up and
Tommy Thumb is down
Tommy Thumb is dancing
All around the town.
Dance him on your shoulders,
Dance him on your head,
Dance him on your knees,
Then tuck him into bed.

****We Wave Goodbye Like This (Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends. We wave goodbye like this.
(Repeat once.)