We Are Monsters, ROAR! Preschool Visits

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Puppet Story: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)
*Fingerplay: Scary Eyes
Book: Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Action Song: Hands Up High
Book: If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
Novelty Book: What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt
Dancing Song: We Are Monsters from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Bouncy Blue
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*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.)

Creepy Cryptids First/Second Grade Visits

It’s that spooky time of year again! I prefer to do more of a “monster”-type theme than straight-up Halloween.

Book: The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! by Scott Magoon
Nonfiction Book Bites: read snippets from Monsters: Myth or Fact? by Thea Feldman, The Legend of Bigfoot by Thomas Kingsley Troupe, and What Makes a Monster? by Jess Keating
Storytell: Now I’ve Gotcha (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Schools visited: Heritage

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

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.**)

Monsters don’t scare me (again)!

Last week at pajama storytime and this week at my Randall Oaks storytime, I repeated my “Monsters don’t scare me!” storytime. I added in dancing with scarves to “Monster Mash” (from Kidz Bop: Halloween Party). It was a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Next week is our last week of the fall storytime session, and we’ll be doing a Halloween storytime. Kids are invited to preview their costumes 🙂 See you then!

Monsters don’t scare me!

As Halloween approaches, I find it fun to do a monster storytime 🙂

Next week, we’ll be reading Halloween stories at Panera. Registration starts tomorrow!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Pop-up): Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski
*Song/Fingerplay: 10 Little Monsters
Read-aloud #2: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Puppet Story: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)
Read-aloud #3: Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
**Fingerplay: Scary Eyes
Read-aloud #4: If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
***Action Rhyme: If I Were a Monster
Read-aloud #5: Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr
Song/Fingerplay: Itsy Bitsy Spider

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

*Ten Little Monsters
(Tune: “Ten Little Indians”)

One little, two little,
Three little monsters
Four little, five little,
Six little monsters
Seven little, eight little,
Nine little monsters
Ten of them can’t scare me!

Ten little, nine little,
Eight little monsters
Seven little, six little,
Five little monsters,
Four little, three little,
Two little monsters,
One of them can’t scare me!

None of them can scare me!

**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.)

***If I Were a Monster
If I were a happy monster, I’d go HA HA HA
If I were a sad monster, I’d go BOO HOO HOO
If I were an angry monster, I’d go STOMP STOMP STOMP
If I were a scared monster, I’d go AAAH! AAAH! AAAH!
But I’m not a monster! I’m (Miss Jennifer), so I’ll READ READ READ

Go Away, Monsters!

Rawr! This storytime about Monsters did not scare ME! We had a lot of fun over at BV today. I am leaving town on Friday to go to Savannah for the weekend, so Miss Cathleen will be filling in for me over at Central. See you all next week!

Stories Shared:
Little Monsters by Jan Pienkowski (pop-up)
Five Ugly Monsters by Tedd Arnold
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Silly Hat Song
Apples
Five Little Sausages
Tommy Thumb
If You’re Wearing Red Today

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
He sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Music:
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Little Miss Muffet…Monsters

After missing last week because of a vacation to Florida, Miss Jennifer is back! She even got to do some guest visits over at the Buena Vista Library on Wednesday.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
He sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Books Shared:
Maisy’s Halloween by Lucy Cousins
Five Ugly Monsters by Tedd Arnold
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

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

Music:
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Pumpkin Rhyme
Pumpkin, pumkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!