Storyhour Fridays @ 10:30, ages 2-5.
PLUS join us Friday afternoons. Dog Bookbuddies will join us Fridays @ 3:00. For early readers and dog lovers. So stop by after school on Friday to pick up your books and movies, read to a cute pooch, and build something with Legos or K'Nex.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pre-K Rabbit Storytime

Eve, Ms. Travis Floppybunny, and Sara in her beautiful pink dress. 
I was late for storyhour so I rushed in garbed in white plush but without my bunny ears. I was carrying my bag with all my hats, and after I apologized, I started trying them on.  "Is this the right hat?" I asked, and pulled on my witch's hat.  "Nooooo!"  I went through a Cat in the Hat hat (NOOOOH!), a pirate hat (NOOOOOO!), and a crown (NOOOOO!) before I pulled on my ears.  Ham I am!

  • Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes.  You deserve all those Caldecotts.
  • Bunnies by Colleen Sexton.
  • Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer.  
  • The Easter Bunny that Overslept by Priscilla & Otto Friedrich.
  • Too Many Bunnies by Matt Novak.
  • Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman.  My new favorite: great pix, rhyming text, funny story.
  • Fierce Bad Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Don't forget to bring some wrapping bubbles to stomp on for the boom of the hunter's gun.
  • "Little Bunny Foo Foo." 
  • "This is the Way We Shake Our Eggs," to the tune of "This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes" and we shook our dollar-store-plastic-eggs-filled-with-lentils-and-taped-shut way up high, way down low, very fast and then oh-so-sloooooow. 
  • "The Bunny Pokey" -- you put your ears, your nose, your tail & your paws in.  At this time I swept away by the whole Easter Bunny spirit. After all, I was the one with the ears. I was the one with a bushy tail.  I felt myself becoming larger then life -- like Kevin Henkes' Little White Rabbit. I was full of myself indeed.
  • "Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose/ Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose/ Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose/ and he flicked it till it flew away...& then ear, paw, tail, etc. (Thanks Miss Mary Liberry!), starring Peter Rabbit and the Fly. 
A very simple rabbit mobile made of cardstock w/a few stickers.  How I yearn for a diecut at egg time! But Michelle, my obliging teen volunteer, hardly complained at all about cutting out all those bunny rabbits and some eggs.  I gave some visiting four year olds scissors and crayons too, but I kept it simple for the young ones.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pre-K Funny Storytime, Friday, March 27 @ 10:30

Well, I know we're usually p-r-e-t-t-y darn funny at storytime, but this week we're going to be just plain silly. We'll do everything backwards; sing the goodbye song for hello, wear our clown wigs.


  • Intro: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas.  Good for audience participation. Remember to brush up on your chicken dance.
  • The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak.  All about the voice.  I bet the babies would love this one too.
  • The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Latimer.  This kid has it tough.  When they ask him what happened to the last piece of cake and he explains that a ninja (or an alligator or an alien) entered the house and took it, they punish him! He solves his problem by inviting the visiting miscreants to a party at his house.
  • Didn't Get To: Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton.  As dad and his son tour the museum, the dad ticking off all the attributes and long names of the dinosaurs, the kid's getting tickled by triceratops etc.  Are the dinosaurs dead, dad? Of course! But....what's T-Rex doing?  The author works everything off the letter D, so as you read the short text, plunk down on the D sound for extra ridiculousness.
  • That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems.  Although let's get real, ANY Pigeon book is really funny.
  • Chicken Butt by Erica Perl.

  • If you're silly and you know it stick out your tongue.
    If you're silly and you know it stick out your tongue.
    If you're silly and you know then your face will surely show it.
    If you're silly and you know it stick out your tongue.
       Pat your head,
            Rub your tummy
            Do all three
  • Chicken Nuggets Hot, Chicken Nuggets Cold
  • 5 Little Ninjas Fighting with Each Other, One Kicks Super Fast and Turns to Peanut Butter
  • The Banana Song:  (First you peel, peel, peel peel banana, etc.)
Slime recipe.  I mixed up and premeasured cups of the glue/water mix. Each kid got one and a spoon and was told to start stirring a bit. Then I went around and added the food coloring color of their choice -- no, they could not do it themselves!  and told them to keep stirring.  Then I went around and added the borax "potion" solution, and told them to watch for the magic.  I guess I'm not much of a scientist -- it's magic, not polymers, to me.  The kids loved this and I think the parents loved it even more.  

Next year I think I'll remember to save the reverse of the shelf paper we use to cover books, so that after the kids mix the stuff up, they can dump it out and play with it on a smooth surface.  Slime sets better as it works.  Even more fun. I might even give them little creatures to embed in the slime.  

Pre-K Friends Storytime

Children learn so much from their friends, how to play, how to speak, even how to be human. At the same time, two year olds can't Twitter or Facebook. They are dependent on us to make their playdates, and I am happy to say, they quite often come to my library to meet other two year olds!

Quiz your storytime visitors with a flannelboard mix of which famous friend goes with whom:  Elephant & Piggy, Pooh and Piglet, Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat, Dora and Diego.

  • Any Elephant and Piggie book by Mo Willems
  • Do You Want To Be My Friend? by Eric Carle. Nobody wants to be friends with the mouse! Not the horse, not the crocodile, not the lion...until he finds another mouse.  Great readaloud -- all those animals!
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead.  This Caldecott winner is the charming tale of a living zookeeper who takes sick one day and has to stay home. Do the animals miss him? No, they go to visit him.  
  • The Adventures of Beekle.  Another Caldecott winner -- very sweet -- about an imaginary friend.  This may take some explaining for two year olds.
  • Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira.  The paranoid frog population is suspicious of the new pond occupant -- a croaking pig.  What can he mean by it? Maybe not much. Maybe he just wants to be friends!
  • Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich.  All the books in this series deal with the sometimes difficult friendship between two very doggy dogs. Wonderful illustrations.
  • A Splendid Friend Indeed by Suzanne Bloom.  Even good friends can be annoying sometimes.  But if you try hard enough, you can find something to do that you both like.  (Like reading a book!)


Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-K Egg Storyhour, Duck Storyhour and Chicken Storyhour, Friday, March 20 @ 10:30

Oooh, ducks & chickens & geese -- & foxes! We read some great tales and painted eggs. How could storytime be better?

  • Intro: Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg. (Big Book -- good for audience interaction)
  • Gripping Tale: Chicken Little by Rebecca Emberly. Great retelling, funny, colorful illustrations.
  • The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend.  Kids always are amazed when I use my my bad French, Spanish and Western accents on this one.
  • Classic: Little White Duck by Walt Whippo 
  • Margaret Wise Brown classic: The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown.  AND I have a golden egg, a bunny, and a chicken puppet! All the grandmas go ahhhh when they see this one.

5 pretty Easter eggs, that’s what they are.
Mother ate the blue one, now there are 4.
Now 4 little Easter eggs, that’s what you see.
Daddy ate the pink one, now there are 3.
3 little Easter eggs looking at you.
Sister ate the yellow one, now there are 2.
2 little Easter eggs, we’re almost done!
Brother ate the purple one, now there’s only 1.
One little Easter egg, that’s all, just one.
I ate that last one, and now there are none.
I substituted the children's names for Mother, Daddy, etc., and even the shyest (Logan!) pretended to gobble them my plastic eggs.

The bus today in Wheels on the Bus was full of ducks, chickens and geese.

This is the Way we Shake our Eggs to the tune of "This is the Way we Wash our Hands". We shook shaker eggs way down low, way up high, really fast and really slooow.

Five Little Ducks that I once knew. Metalboard.

(preceded with short speech abt holding hands in parking lot!)
Five Little Ducks run in the parking lot
1 fell down and he went plop
Momma called the Big Duck and the Big Duck got hot.
Always hold hands in the parking lot!

Printable Easter Egg Coloring Pages
We don't do enough just plain coloring: Printable Easter Eggs

Tinfoil Painting
Eggs painted on tinfoil. Children mixed up baby food jar lids filled with white paint and colored, and I explained what pastel meant. (A little bit of clear dishwashing liquid was used to make the paint stick to the tinfoil.) They painted with q-tips. I showed them how to make polka dots, stripes, and zigzags.
This year I tried just giving them my usual palette of colors and the pastel experiment was lost in the color mixing experiment.  The little lids definitely are the only way to go.

They mostly experimented!  But the pastels worked together beautifully. The eggs should be big enough so they can really experiment.  Although painting on foil is fun, I'm not sure this is the best medium for this -- can't do anything interesting or 3D with it.

Pre-K Fish Storytime, Friday, March 13 @ 10:30


Intro: Pop-Up Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
Gripping Tale: The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Geist.  Props: three fish fingerpuppets and shark puppet. Easy to act this out with little fish fingerpuppets right on top of the pages of the book.
Good Story: Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  "This is a book about a very brave little fish," I introed. Not a major hit with the kids though.   
Science Bonus: Bull Shark by Deborah Nuzzolo.  This was from the Pebble Plus nonfiction series, and the kids really liked the info and big photos.
Next Year: Silly Faces Board Book, The Pout-Pout Fish by Diesen.


Laurie Berkner's The Goldfish from the Laurie Berkner Band

Four little fishes swimming out to sea,
One met a shark!...
And then there were three.
Three little fishes wondering what to do,
One hid in a great big shell…
And then there were two.
Two little fishes looking for some fun,
One chased after a wave…
And that left one.
One little fish with all his friends gone,
Went back home to find his mum…
And that left none!

(Sung to the melody of Wheels on the Bus.)
1. The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down all day long.
2. The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap..
3. The fish in the sea go swish swish swish..
4. The boats in the sea go toot toot toot...
5. The gulls on the sea go swoop swoop swoop…
6. The babies on the sea go splash splash splash..
7. The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down all day long.

1 2 3 4 5
Once I caught a fish alive
6 7 8 9 10
Then I let him go again
Why did I let him go?
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
My little finger on the right


My wonderful teen volunteer made a bunch of these paintbrushes for me: TP rolls with bubble wrap taped to the end.  I gave the kids a pallette of blues and greens and they bubbled up some beautiful seascapes, with the addition of green tissue paper they tore into strips for seaweed and stickers.

Pretty cute, huh?

Friday, March 6, 2015

Pre-K Firefighter Storytime

Know a  Firefighter?
Children have been known to hide from firefighters in burning houses because the appearance of the firefighters in all their gear can be so scary.  Invite a firefighter to your storytime and ask them to put on their gear while the kids watch.  I bet they'd even read them a book.

Intro: The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck by Laura Murray. Wow, what a great resource!  A book which deals with all the details of firelife THROUGH THE EYES OF A GINGERBREAD MAN!  And in rhyme! Firetruck books can get pretty repetitive.  This one is welcome fun.
Gripping Tale:  Clifford and the Firefighters by Norman Bridwell.  Clifford just happens to be visiting the fire station and just happens to make a mess of the "stop, Drop and Roll" drill when the fire alarm just happens to go off and he just happens to get to go help at a fire. 
Science and Math:  Firefighters by Patricia Hubbell.  Cover more than just the glory of the hook and ladder truck; the paramedics are key too.
Classic:  Curious George and the Firefighters by Rey.  Curious George is useless as always when it's time to do something important BUT he does keep the ball rolling -- literally.  While the firefighters work to put out the blazes, he cheers up the frightened children with his juggling act.  Some books should deal with the reality of how scary a real fire is, and what to do when you are sdared.
Finale: Fire in the Forest, a Lego Book. I know, how dorky can you get.  But this book brings up a)non-emergency fire calls (it was just a campfire) and b)forest fires, which you have to fight with special planes! Even more great firefighting equipment!

Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck

Fireman flannelboard


Blow Art/Spit Art
This is a great art activity for firefighter storytime because a) it is totally fun and b) it really relates to fire! I picked fire colors, red, yellow, orange (and a little blue), and blew them around on the page with a straw.  Ha, ha.

1. I used poster paint diluted by about half.
2. I showed the kids how to use a plastic teaspoons to put half a spoon of paint in the middle of the paper.
3. The straws with spoons on the end didn't work as well -- I snipped off the ends.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pre-K Earth Day Storyhour, Garden Storyhour

What is more magical than planting a seed?

  • Great Intro: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  Soooo interactional.  Tap the magic tree, turn the page, and see howyour tapping made the leaves grow, the flowers blossom, leaves change.  A beautiful book, perfect for any storytime.
  • Great Intro: Maisy's Nature Walk by Lucy Cousins. A really cute lift-the-flap. Very perishable, however; don't leave in circulation.
  • Good Story: My Garden by Kevin Henkes.  Henkes once again speaks truly to how we all feel -- we all want jellybean bushes and chocolate rabbits in our gardens, and to be able to plant seashells if we want to grow seashells.
  • Classic: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. The moms and dads all oohed and ahhed in helpful horror as the Mom and Dad and Brother said, "It won't grow!"
  • Good Story: Searcher and the Old Tree by David McPhail. What do trees do for us?  In a clear, compelling (love weather sound effects) tale, McPhail shows how trees protect us.
  • Good Stories:  Nibbles: A Green Tale and Nibbles: Another Green Tale by Charlotte Middleton.  This book really has everything -- good art, a cute guinea pig, and everything yo need to know about seeds and gardening.
  • Longer Tale: Pinkalicious GOES GREEN in Emeraldalicious! "I was strolling in the park...suddenly I tripped on a rock and fell, breaking my tiara and wand."  Pinkie's recycling is like nothing's as if she's been on Pinterest for hte last six months. She creates thrones, castles and a boat mobile out of the garbage she finds strewn over her favorite picnic site.  Long for the little guys, but chop it up and add a recycling craft and it's a winner.
  • Longer Tale: Rotten Island by William Steig. "This book is about MONSTERS," I said, and the children clung to each other in mock terror.  I did abbreviate the text, but the kids enjoyed this great story.  Just last week one of my storyhour kids gave me a  big pink daisy, and I pulled that out as The Flower.
  • I Went to the Bay by Ruth Miller. This short, rhyming tale perfectly describes Florida wildlife.
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr.  I dunno, I like to get my message across with a little more liveliness than Parr uses.
  • Over in the Meadow
Crafts based on A Seed Was Planted by Toulla Palazeti

We did this last summer with begonias.  Buy a big, beautiful plant, and then just divide it up into cuttings so that each child can have a new plant.  This works very well with the young ones with no attention spans.