Today’s theme was a tasty one! All of our books and songs were about food.
OPENING SONG: If You’re Ready for a Story
BOOK: THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Perfect for this theme and this age group.
SONG: I’M A KNIFE, FORK, SPOON, SPATULA
I LOVE this song! The motions are simple but fun to do, so they work well for a variety of ages. I like to start off this song nice and slow so everyone gets the hang of it and then speed it up as we repeat it, going really fast for the last time. Doing the cha-cha-chas at top speed is pretty funny.
The minimal amount of text and large illustrations make this a good read-aloud choice for toddlers.
SONG: PATTY CAKE
An oldie but a goodie!
WHAT I DIDN’T USE: HOW DO DINOSAURS EAT THEIR FOOD?
Instead of a craft, I tossed some leftover cereal into bins and let the kids crunch and smash it with toy hammers. And that’s what we did in storytime today! If you’d like to see what we did in past weeks, click on the “What We Did in Storytime” tag.
We’re crazy for caterpillars lately! The caterpillars we’ve been raising have been getting bigger every day. If you haven’t stopped in to check them out, you’re missing out! It’s pretty fun to see them crawling around and chowing down on their food. Here are some fun books about caterpillars and butterflies to share with your little ones.
Pete the Cat and the Cool Caterpillar by James Dean
Butterfly Birthday by Harriet Ziefert
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Gotta Go, Gotta Go! by Sam Swope
In My Flower by Sara Gillingham
Life Cycle of a Butterfly by Karen Kenney
Caterpillars by Claire Llewellyn
Butterflies by Nic Bishop
Love from the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Butterflies by Thea Feldman
How a Caterpillar Grows into a Butterfly by Tanya Kant
10 Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr.
The Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville
Little Bear and the Butterflies by Susan Quinn
10 Magic Butterflies by Danica McKellar
Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
With Children’s Book Week and the 50th anniversary of Eric Carle’s classic the Very Hungry Caterpillar this year, we set up some fun activities throughout the department to celebrate.
Our lovely caterpillars are eating lots and growing bigger every day!
We have two crafts out – Build a Bug and Make a Butterfly.
We also have a Very Hungry Caterpillar book walk along the windows.
There is a sensory bin with bug hunting for the littles and plenty of Very Hungry Caterpillar props near the puppet theater for storytelling.
There is also a Feed the Caterpillar game using pom-poms and squeeze bottles.
And don’t forget to do the Very Hungry Caterpillar scavenger hunt. When you spot all the story shapes throughout the department, you win a prize!
Can you spot the warm sun here?
Next week, we will add another craft, a Very Hungry Caterpillar obstacle course, and a Very Hungry food toss!
You can tell Spring is in full force! The rain is steadily coming down almost daily. Of course, this means we have had tons of parents and teachers in asking us what books we recommend for Spring and rainy weather as they try to keep their little ones happy, taking advantage of the indoor hours together. Here are some of our favorites! What books would you add to our list?
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon
Rain! by Linda Ashman
Once Upon a Rainy Day by Edouard Manceau
Worm Weather by Jean Taft
Splish! Splash! by Josepha Sherman
Let It Rain by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle
Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin
Puddle by Hyewon Yum
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Spring is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand
Who’s Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Everything Spring by Jill Esbaum
Mud by Mary Lyn Ray
This week, in honor of Banned Books Week, we’re sharing some of our favorite banned or challenged children’s and young adult books. Check back every day for a new favorite! Want to share some of your favorites? Check out these lists and share in the comments!
Eric Carle has long been a favorite author/illustrator of mine. Famous for his artistic talents, he prepares his own colored tissue papers, then cuts or tears them into shapes to create collages to illustrate his stories. To watch a video showing this fascinating process, go here.
I have loved Draw Me a Star since the first time I read it, over 20 years ago! In this often challenged book, Carle weaves the story of a young artist who first draws a star. Then the star says to draw a sun; he draws a sun. The sun says to draw a tree; so he draws a tree. Then the tree says draw me a man and a woman; so he draws a man and a woman. This scenario keeps unfolding with each new request for a drawn object, with the artist aging as the story unfolds, until, at the end, after the moon’s request to draw a star, the artist and star travel the night sky together. Carle himself describes two inspirations for the story – his German ‘Oma’ (grandmother) used to draw a star for him while reciting a nonsense poem, and a dream he had about a shooting star landing on him!
The book is often challenged in part because of the depiction of a naked man and woman. It’s not what most parents expect to find in an Eric Carle book. Some people object to the book’s similarity to the biblical creation story. To me, this beautiful story depicts a lifetime of creating art, as the artist ages from young boy to old man. This tale of imagination and creativity may well inspire the artist in you or your child!
We’re getting ready for of the fun we have planned Children’s Book Week next week! We will be showing off our updated space, and you won’t want to miss a minute of programming. Take a gander at our calendar to see all of the activities we have happening all week! And don’t forget to vote for your favorite book in the Children’s Choice Book Awards before March 12th!