(New) Book Love

I am sad to say that we are taking a indefinite break from our Panera Milk and Cookies storytime 🙁 To celebrate our last day (Feb. 17) and our happy run there, I shared some of my favorite new picture books (published within the last couple of years). This went really well! I especially liked acting out MOO!

Panera Families: Please join me over at Randall Oaks for our drop-in storytime Monday mornings at 10:30. Our next session runs March 3 to April 11 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Story/Song: Herman the Worm
Read-aloud #2: How to Hide a Lion by Helen Stephens
Action Song: Silly Hat Song
Read-aloud #3: Ding Dong Gorilla! by Michelle Robinson
Fingerplay: Five Fat Sausages
Read-aloud #4: Moo! by David LaRochelle
Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (Flannel pieces here.)
Read-aloud #5: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean

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

Story Love II

And, here is the “Story Love” storytime I did for my regular storytimes (with some of the same elements as my “Story Love” storytime for my older group)…

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Story Cards): A Sleepy Story by Elisabeth Burrowes
Song/Fingerplay/Finger puppets: Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #2: The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
Song (with flannels and finger puppets): Animals on the Bus
Read Aloud #3: I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel
Song/Fingerplay/Props: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read Aloud #4: Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea (While the kids enjoyed this book, the participatory “roaring” got a little out of hand for me… and the illustrations didn’t totally lend themselves to this setting. I saw a librarian do this as a prop story… I might try that next time instead.)
*Flannel: Here is an Animal (Animal Feelings)
Read Aloud #5: Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr
(“Dancing” Song: “Dancing Scarf Blues” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet)

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

*Here is an Animal (Animal Feelings) (with corresponding flannel pieces and kids mimicking the emotions)
Here is a mouse who’s happy
Here is a bear who sighs
Here is a turkey who’s sleepy
Here is a lion who cries
Here is a rabbit who’s angry
Here is a horse who’s sad
Here is a beaver who’s noisy
And here is an elephant who’s glad

Story Love I

Ack! I am behind in blog posts! I guess that’s what happens when you’re in the midst of preparing for and starting SUMMER READING!

Last month, I did a couple of Books/Reading/Story Love storytimes. The following is one I did for my ESL family literacy group. The kids range from pre-K to age 8, so that can be challenging to prepare for!

Hope that everyone is having a happy summer so far and is enjoying a good book!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Wolf! by Becky Bloom
Flannel/Storytelling: The Three Little Pigs
Read-aloud #2: Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr
Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me (from Pete Seeger: American folk, game & activity songs for children)
Read Aloud #3: The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
Storytelling: “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.)
“Dancing” Song: “Dancing Scarf Blues” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet

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

Mother Goose Loves Books and Rhymes!

HONK! HONK! We had a very special visitor today. Mama Goose flew to the south to hear some of her favorite rhymes at storytime. There are lots of Mother Goose books in the 398.8 section in the children’s library. We love books!

Nursery Rhymes of the Week:
We did a million gazillion nursery rhymes this week in honor of Mother Goose. Okay, maybe not that many.
Little Miss Muffet
Humpty Dumpty
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Jack and Jill
Jack Be Nimble
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hey Diddle Diddle

(Links to the text of these rhymes can be found at this website.)
(Flannel figures for the rhymes can be purchased here.)

Stories Shared:
I Like Books by Anthony Browne
Book! by Kristine O’Connell George

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Stretching Fun
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Ten in the Bed
Tony Chestnut

Music:
Re-Bop Records: Bouncin’ with Mother Goose
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

NEW Storytime Resources Page

Hello Everybody, How Do You Do?

I just finished writing a new page for my blog. Under Pages, you’ll find “Storytime Resources”. Here, I share my favorite books and websites that I use for storytime planning including resources on program planning, puppets, flannels, props, nursery rhyme coloring sheets, Mother Goose, music, storytelling and early literacy. Throughout the years, I’ve received many questions from parents, teachers and fellow librarians about where I purchase my “toys”, how I get my ideas, and where one can find out more about early language development. Hopefully, this new page will help answer some questions and also inspire more fun with language. Storytime is a wonderful way to help get young children excited about books, reading and learning…not to mention it’s a lot of fun! I am sure that I will continue to update this Resources page as new resources come to my attention.