Roses are Red…Be My Valentine!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Roses are Red
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you!

Stories Shared:
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Fun With Hands
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Rhyme:
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Carol Hammett: Toddlers on Parade
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Frog Prince

OPENING:
Intro Music: The Renaissance Album
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me

PROGRAM:
Readers Theater: The Frog Prince adapted from the book by Susanna Davidson
Read-aloud #1: The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read-aloud #2: The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins

MOVIE:
The Tale of the Frog Prince (Faerie Tale Theater)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Paper Crowns, Coloring Sheets and Heart Suckers

Jack and Jill…I'm Sick!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.

Stories Shared:
The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
Old MacDonald
I’m a Little Teapot
Five Little Monkeys

Music:
Sharon, Lois & Bram: Mainly Mother Goose
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (The Sneezing Song)
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Rain, Rain

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Rain, Rain
Rain, rain, go away.
Come again another day.

Stories Shared:
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Rain is Falling Down
Caps, Mittens, Shoes and Socks
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Five Little Monkeys
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Music:
Sharon, Lois & Bram: Mainly Mother Goose (Rain Medley)
Raffi: Rise and Shine (Ducks Like Rain)

Diddle Diddle Dumpling…Clothes!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Diddle Diddle Dumpling
Diddle, diddle dumpling,
My son, John,
Went to bed
With his trousers on;
One shoe off
And one shoe on,
Diddle, diddle dumpling,
My son, John.

Stories Shared:
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Three Little Kittens by Lorianne Siomades

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Caps, Mittens, Shoes and Socks
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
Fun With Hands

Bonus Rhyme:
Silly Hat Song
(Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]

Music:
Music for Little People: Toddler Favorites
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Five Easy Steps for Sharing Books with Your Toddler

Today, I went over to the Burbank Adult School to talk with parents of two-year-olds. I talked with them about all the wonderful library materials and programs that are available at the library FREE of charge:) I also shared with them Five Easy Steps for Sharing Books with Your Toddler.

Five Easy Steps for Sharing Books With Your Toddler

1. Pick the best time
A time when you and your toddler are in a good mood. Snuggle up and make this a quality time to spend together.

2. Pick a special spot to read
Find a place free from distractions (such as TV, radio or computer) where you and your child can both be comfortable reading together.

3. Show your child the book
Point to the pictures and talk naturally and cheerfully. Talk and have fun. Encourage your child to interact with you and the book.

4. Watch what your child does
Let your toddler play with the book if he wants to and stop for now if he gets upset.

5. Share a book with your toddler everyday
Even just a few minutes a day is important.

Where has my little dog gone? and Birthdays!

Welcome back to storytime, everyone!!! After a couple of weeks off, Toddler Tales is “back in business”.  It’s so good to see familiar smiling faces again. This week, we did a storytime about birthdays and doggies, too. We also handed out our new Winter Rhyme sheet with new rhymes and songs for this season. I also told everyone about this new website blog where you can find out what happened at storytime every week. This will be a good resource to remember favorite songs and stories. Extra rhyme sheets and coloring sheets can always be picked up at the library. In the future, I would also like to use this website to share some early literacy tips as well as sound recordings of traditional rhymes and stories. Enjoy! I hope to see all my friends soon Friday mornings over at the Burbank Central Library…

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone
Oh where, oh where can he be
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Stories Shared:
Spot’s Birthday Party by Eric Hill
Happy Birthday, Lulu by Caroline Uff
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Old MacDonald

Bonus Rhyme:
10 candles on a birthday cake
All lit up for me.
I’ll make a wish and blow them out
Watch and you will see.
Phhhh.

Music:
Disney Mother Goose Songs and Rhymes
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Little Jack Horner and Snowmen

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie:
He put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Books Shared:
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Apples
Ten Little Fingers
If You’re Wearing Red Today

Flannel Rhymes:
Five little snowmen sitting on a hill

Cute Little Snowman
A cute little snowman,
Had a carrot nose.
Along came a rabbit,
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little rabbit,
Looking for its lunch.
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose,
Nibble, nibble, crunch!!

Music:
Christmas with the Chipmunks
Hap Palmer’s Holiday Magic (Jingle Bells)

Pat-a-Cake…and some Cookies, too!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and roll it and mark it with “B”
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

Books Shared:
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Maisy Bakes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins
The Gingerbread Man

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Ten Little Fingers
The Quiet Mouse
Animals on the Bus
Fun With Hands

Other:
Who Took the cookies from the Cookie Jar?

Music:
The Nutcracker excerpts
Hap Palmer’s Holiday Magic (Jingle Bells)

Hey Diddle Diddle!…Move that body!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat sat on the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a fun
And the dish ran away with spoon.

Books Shared:
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Cha Cha Chimps by Julie Durango
Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Tommy Thumb
Tony Chestnut
Ten in a Bed

Music:
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)
Hap Palmer’s Holiday Magic (Jingle Bells)