Sick and Sneezy Preschool Visits

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems or Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick or Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
Action Song: The Handwashing Song
Book: How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen or Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson or What a Cold Needs by Barbara Bottner
Flannel Song: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Book: Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick or Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr.
(Song: “The Sneezing Song” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song)
Dancing Song: “Coconut Soap” from Frank Leto’s Time for Music or “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Oh, What Winter Fun! Preschool Visit

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper
*Fingerplay: Snow Fell Softly
Book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Song: Silly Hat Song
Storytell: The Mitten (You can use beautiful visuals as props from Jan Brett’s website here.) (I also used Heather Forest’s musical refrain from her version on her Tales Around the Hearth cd.)
Book: Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht
Dancing Song (with bells): “Jingle Bells” from Raffi’s Christmas Album
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

*The snow fell softly all the night.
It made a blanket soft and white.
It covered houses, flowers, and ground,
But did not make a single sound!

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 or Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
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