What We Did in Storytime

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OPENING SONG: If You’re Ready for a Story 

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BOOK: WINTER IS HERE by KEVIN HENKES

I absolutely love this book and its springtime companion When Spring Comes. While winter is my least favorite season, the text does describe all of the good aspects of it and the illustrations are stunning.

SONG: FIVE LITTLE SNOWMEN

A wintertime counting fingerplay.

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BOOK: UP, UP, UP, DOWN! by KIMBERLY GEE

A sweet opposites book about all the contradictions in a baby’s life (I particularly like the “hurry, hurry, hurry…slow down!” page where the dad rushes the baby out the door and baby takes off!)

SONG: ZOOM, ZOOM, ZOOM

Zoom, zoom, zoom We’re going to the moon.
 Zoom, zoom, zoom We’re going to the moon.
 If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!

WHAT I DIDN’T USE: 

SAFFY AND OLLIE

THIS IS BIG, BIG, BIG

Instead of a typical take-home craft, today I covered the table in butcher paper and drew different shapes for the kids to cover with stickers. This is a super simple activity you can also do at home that helps develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and pincer muscles. You can also use it to work on learning colors, letters, numbers, their name – all kinds of possibilities!

Before…

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and after!

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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. Be sure to check back next week to see what Miss Marta did!

Miss Jessica

What We Did in Storytime: 9/16

What did we do today? Well, we read some books, sang some songs, and played with toys!

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OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

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BOOK: SAY HELLO LIKE THIS

I like the bright, cheerful illustrations and the different animal sounds.

SONG: I KNOW A CHICKEN

Can’t go wrong with Laurie Berkner!

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BOOK: A PARADE OF ELEPHANTS

The simple text and illustrations make this a good choice for baby storytime.

SONG: 10 LITTLE FINGERS

I like that this song can easily be adapted for kids on the older or younger end of our birth to age 3 age range. Older kiddos can work on those fine motor skills and hold up each finger while we count, while grownups for littler littles can count on their fingers for them.

 

For our craft today we made our own elephants to join the parade! I printed off some elephant outlines and we decorated them with paper squares, crayons, and tissue paper. 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. Be sure to check back next week to see what Miss Marta did!

 

Miss Jessica

Books for the Birds!

Looking for great stories that drop fact crumbs to get your kiddo thinking and talking about the different birds they may be hearing, seeing or even just thinking about this spring?  Look no further!  Your list has arrived…

 

Hooray for Birds!

by Lucy Cousins

 

Peck! Peck! Peck! 

by Lucy Cousins

 

I Hatched!

by Jill Esbaum

 

Birds

by Kevin Henkes

 

Why Should I Walk? I Can Fly!

by Ann Ingalls

 

George Flies South

by Simon James

 

Hook

by Ed Young

Miss Marta

5 on Friday: Spring Picture Books

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It’s finally starting to feel like spring! Winter seemed to drag on forever this year, so I am especially glad to see plants start poking their heads out and feel some warmer weather. In honor of that, I chose my 5 favorite picture books about spring for this month’s 5 on Friday.

 

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And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

Fogliano won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award for New Writer and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Nominee for Picture Book Honor Book awards for this sweet story about a boy and his dog planting a garden. They both wait…and wait…and wait some more for the garden to grow.

 

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When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes

Henkes is a bestselling author for a reason, but what really makes this book a standout to me are Laura Dronzek’s beautiful illustrations. No one knows how to capture the wonder of a season the way she does.

 

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Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson

Fletcher the fox mistakes the falling blossoms as snow and rushes to warn his friends that they have returned from their migrations or woken from hibernation too soon. I really enjoy the Fletcher books and I think kids will too.

 

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Wake Up, it’s Spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst

One day, the sun whispers to the earth, “Wake up, it’s spring!” And the earth tells the worm, who tells the seed, and so on until everyone is awake and cheering for springtime. The simple, playful text makes this great for read-alouds.

 

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Abracadabra, it’s Spring! by Anne Sibley O’Brien

As you might be able to guess from the title, this charming picture book focuses on the magic of winter transforming into spring. Some of the magic words are a bit of a stretch – I’ve never heard anyone say “Alizebu!” before – but the fold-out pages showing the change to a new season are lovely.

And that’s all for this month! Be sure to check back in May, same bat time, same bat channel for the next 5 on Friday.

Miss Jessica

 

Top 10 of 2018: #2

Christina

Thank You, Omu!

by Oge Mora

Omu is cooking a thick red stew on the top floor of her apartment building.  As it cooks, the smell brings people from the street to her door.  She shares her stew with each person until it is all gone.  This book reads like a folktale complete with a wonderful ending.  The visually attractive collage pictures help to tell the story of sharing and community.

Sarah

No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by Kathleen Krull

This short biography tells of Ruth’s determination to become the person she wanted to be and to help others achieve fairness in their lives. She grew up in a time that women were told to hide their intellect and were expected to marry, have children and take care of the home. At the time there were few opportunities for women to have careers. She wanted more for herself and others. The book gives a time line of her life, career, challenges and accomplishments.

Jessica

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein 

by Lynn Fulton

A lightly fictionalized version of Mary Shelley’s creation of Frankenstein.  The spooky and atmospheric art is perfect for the story of the invention of science fiction!

Tess

A Parade of Elephants

by Kevin Henkes

“Hooray! The elephants are here.  Get ready!”

This one is destined to be a bedtime storytime favorite!  Lots of concepts like counting, shapes, opposites, and directions all in a short, simple, beautiful book.

Marta

Smiley: A Journey of Love

by Joanne George

This book was one that warmed my heart and was a feel good book that stuck with me all year.  It tells the true story of Smiley, a golden retriever who was born with no eyes.  Smiley was born in a puppy mill and rescued by the book’s author who knew exactly what help Smiley needed to live his best life as a one-of-a-kind therapy dog.  Real pictures of Smiley and his family are throughout the book.  Every elementary-aged kiddo I recommended this to fell in love with Smiley and his story.

 

Top 10 of 2018: #4

 

 

Christina

The Day You Begin 

by Jacqueline Woodson

Beautifully written and illustrated, this picture book gives courage to every child who feels alone, that there is no one quite like them.  The book acknowledges that it is not easy being different but to take courage, reach out and share your story.  You will being to find others who are a little like you in different ways.  It is a powerful and reassuring book about diversity and becoming accepted.

 

Sarah

Elmore

by Holly Hobbie

Elmore is a lonely porcupine looking for friends and he is having no luck because he is prickly. In this very short book Elmore find friends by giving of himself and helping others.

 

Jessica

Winter is Here

by Kevin Henkes

Another winner from the dream team Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek.  Henkes’ text discusses life during the wintertime – the mittens and zippers and scarves and zippers and coats and OH NO PLEASE NOT MORE ZIPPERS – and Dronzek’s illustrations bring color and beauty to an often drab season.  If you’re like me and have always hated winter, this book might just change your mind.

Tess

Magnificent Birds 

by Narisa Togo

This book is gorgeous and educational.  The author has studied both ecology and printmaking, and she has combined her knowledge and talent here beautifully.  Great book for kids who love facts and those who enjoy perusing bird and animal books for the pictures.

Marta

Chomp Goes the Alligator

by Matthew Van Fleet

This laugh-out-loud board book was one of my favorite storytime reads this year for our birth to two year group.  I actually read this gem the first time on a day when school was out and I had older siblings in the room and it had all of us laughing. Entertaining that many age groups with a single story is not easy so that made it an instant winner for me.  I was easily able to make this story interactive by adding actions to the Alligator’s chomping as he eats many of his friends in the swamp (but don’t worry, everyone is safe and sound in the end).  The early literacy side of me loves this book because there are so many things that make it educational in that sneaky the-kids-won’t-even-know way.  Opportunities to identify animals, colors, rhyming and predicting, practice counting and even motor skills since this book does have a flap that allows your alligator to chomp just to name a few.  For people leery of board books that have moving parts, this book is super sturdy and will provide you and your favorite kiddos many happy reads and stand the test of time.

Autumn Picture Books

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It’s officially fall! Fall is the perfect season for snuggling up with your little one and reading a book together. Here are 10 seasonal reads to get you started.

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