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.

Monday, October 20, 2014

MONSTER Storytime, Friday, October 24 @ 10:30

Monsters are the cookie eater in all of us. They're loveable and furry. They may be pocket sized mischief makers, or they could be the troll who lives under the bridge or under our beds. They could be us. Or they could be what we are most afraid of. When I'm telling stories to three year olds, though, monsters tend to come in bright colors, have googly eyes waving on unlikely antenna, and are sillier than they are scary.
Do it as: 1. Puppet show or 2. Audience participation

Doing Where the Wild Things Are is like coming home -- so many years of reading this book to so many different children. The children are as fascinated by the fact that I do have it memorized, but I still like to incorporate the physical book with its wonderful pictures as a jumping off into Sendak's strange world. Just did it again today. When I finished, I looked around the audience of mixed ages, from 1 to 8, and all were rapt.

I used my puppet theater and stuck my head out of the top to be the mother, while I had Max chasing a little stuffed dog around. Then he sailed off through night and day in a toy boat I had and danced around with those wild things while I recited the words of Sendak's great book melodiously.

I love doing this as a puppet show, but it is just as effective to read the book. Since so many children (and parents) know it, ASK them what happens next. Flip it. "Let's see, how does this book start off." Show the picture. "'The day Max wore---'" what is Max wearing? And made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him --Let's see, what did she call him? Petunia head? Flibbertyflabberty?" etc.
5 Little Monsters sleeping in my bed
1 crawled out from underneath the spread
I called to Mama and Mama said,
“No more monsters sleeping in the bed!”
4 Little Monsters…
Monster Mash

Monster Mash

Your child will wonder why you begin humming and singing as you flip over the horribly illustrated pages of this instant classic.

Don't Push the Button!

The ULTIMATE in interactional picture books -- push the button and the monster changes colors, goes polka dots, etc. So -- don't push the button! Oh, no! You pushed the button!
Monster Crafts

Soooo many great monster crafts, but for sheer creativity, this is my favorite!

Materials: Large and small pieces of construction paper, punched out into circles, squares, triangles, etc. Orange dots I glued googly eyes to. Glue sticks.

Intro: We talked about how many eyes and mouths and noses WE have, and where these are located. Then we looked at monsters, and noted that they could have one eyeball, or three, or have a couple all over their heads. There’s just no saying with monsters!

The kids went at it, creating monsters out of the shapes and colors they were chose, and adding eyeballs etc. The googly eyes were a hit. Some were very big and elaborate, some not, but they were all very different and craaazy.

Alternative: Use CDs. Glue two together, sandwiching some flexible twist ties between for legs and arms. Give the kids sticky circles, wiggle eyes, and foam shapes to add features and details.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Clothing Storytime, Friday, October 17 @ 10:30

When you're still putting on your superhero costume one foot at a time, getting dressed isn't all that easy. As Froggy discovers in this book, sometimes you forget a certain particularly IMPORTANT GARMENT in your ensemble. Whoopsie! And kids think this is terrifically funny. Every time. Just the mention of the word "underwear" always sends them off.

Book Character Clothes

Famous Book Characters and their Famous Clothes: My ensemble for this storytime: A backpack (Dora), a feather boa (Fancy Nancy), a striped hat (Cat in the Hat) and a beautiful red cape (Red Riding Hood). Any others on hand?

What color is everyone wearing?

Start off this storytime with a song about colors:
Who is wearing red today, red today, red today?
Who is wearing red today? Stand up and shout hooray?
And the children will be happy to put out that the red is on their pants or shoes, etc.
2014 Lineup: 
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Litwin
This Is Not My Hat by Klassen
The Hallo-wiener by Pilkey. (Didn't get to -- some wiggly newbies)
Aliens Love Underpants by Freedman
Animals Should Definitely NOT Wear Clothing by Barrett
Zorro Gets an Outfit by Goodrich
Make a Froggy Gets Dressed Flannelboard or metalboard
Kizclub Froggy Gets Dressed
I just print out the color version of these, add magnets to the back, and voila! I'm ready to tell Froggy's story on my metalboard. I'm not much of an artist, so I don't do the flannel. Another librarian friend told me that instead of magnets, she just puts double sided tape on the back of hers and uses a lap held white board. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Magnets didn't work. When you try to pick Froggy up and take him outside to play, of course his clothes all fall off! Back to flannel. I have a stash at home, time to break it out.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

Lucky Us! Another excuse to read a Pete the Cat book!

Wow, what a fantastic surprise ending to this book! After Pete the Cat loses his four groovy buttons, he still has one left -- guess which it is!

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (Caldecott Medal Book)

Caldecott Winner

I love the short, bouncy tale and the cheery pictures that go along with it. Play the youtube version on which it's based at the end.

Cut 'n' Tell

The kids are always amazed that my mother lets me handle a pair of scissors, so I love to do a cut ‘n’ tell for storytime. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat has downloadable templates of good quality onKizclub. As you can just make out in the picture, I flipped over the overcoat and pencilled in the lines of the pieces that are snipped away throughout the story. The scarf didn’t quite work — I’ll just have to sneak that in. And bring in a nice button from home!
Underwear? Being eaten?

Who knew getting dressed could be so exciting?

I Want My Hat Back

I Want My Hat Back

No argument here: Jon Klassen's books are very funny. They just strike me as a wee bit on the dark side if there are a bunch of two year olds in your storytime. Now three year olds...three year olds love the whole concept of GETTING EATEN.

This Is Not My Hat

This Is Not My Hat

Even funnier than I Want My Hat Back. The Caldecott winner. This would be my first choice of the two, if you're just choosing two, and great for a puppet show because the action is off stage.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. (Classic Board Books)

All time favorite

This funny book IS a classic, "Animals should definitely not wear clothing...because a billy goat would eat it for lunch...because it would always be wet on a walrus... so funny, from the creators of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
For Older Kids


Mary Wore Red Dress

(To the Tune of Three Blind Mice, a Song of My Composition)
Sock and shoes, sock and shoes
They're off whenever I choose
Whenever I choose (it's good to take off your socks and shoes and hurl them over your shoulder)
I don't like to wear them all night and all day
I feel very good when I throw them away
But oh well I need them to go out to play
My socks and shoes, socks and shoes.

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Underwear Gone
I love it! A flannelboard of underwear in assorted colors, sung to the tune of Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone.
TP Cuff Bracelet Craft

Materials: TP roll, washi tape, stickers, punched out shapes, tinfoil, wire or yarn for closure.  If I were doing this with older kids, I would have cut the rolls in half and dipped into my extensive collection of duck tape, beads, stick on jewels and other gizmos. But I was in a bit of a quandary with these little guys: we couldn't paint or they wouldn't be dry enough to wear. Markers would have worked. But I did like the washi tape, and cheapie FRESH foam stickers work well too. I also had them make "jewels" by pinching together bits of tinfoil -- good small motor.
The closure was a hole punch wired together with that pretty spangly star wire. Yarn would have worked too. Or paperclips.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Cat Storytime, Friday, August 23 @10:30

The Greatest Cat of All

Want a storytime that will rock and roll, that will have kids joining the chorus and moms snapping their fingers? This feline dude is tops everywhere! What's the commotion? Just listen to the youtube and get swept up in the musical action.

True story: I had a wonderful but very sensitive three year old boy who was troubled by the perceived rudeness of the other children at storytime. ("They aren't listening!") His grandmother told me he was like that about a lot of issues, very easily concerned. "He needs Pete the Cat," I said, and handed him the book. I saw her again several months later. "Sometimes we'll still say, 'Well, what would Pete the Cat say about this?'" (Answer: "It"s all good!")

Answer: IT'S ALL GOOD!


Break out a Snazaroo set of facepaint (you mean you don't HAVE one?) and paint the kids faces before story hour: black circles on the nose, white oval around lip, and black whiskers. Takes a minute to do each child.

There Are Cats in This Book

Silly and Interactive

A very interactive book -- as you turn the pages, you have to find the cats and guess what they're up to. Also try her next book, "There Are NO Cats in This Book."
The Perfect Nest

The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend. I love to read books in bad foreign accents.

Boris and the Wrong Shadow

Boris and the Wrong Shadow by Leigh Hodginson

Hoooo, I love this funny book with its hilarious illustrations. The kids took it very seriously -- "Boris asks VERY politely if Vernon took his shadow. Vernon says, "NO. Not exactly.." Boris thinks that SOMEONE is telling a tiny lie." I could see the children weighing in very heavily on that misbehaving mouse.

For Older Children
Me and My Cat by Satoshi Kitamuri is hysterical. A witch accidentally switches out a little boy for his cat, so the little boy wakes up in the wrong body and finds himself having to fend with the neighborhood cats while his cat goes to school. Illustrations are Kitamura fabulous.

Here’s how good this books is: A patron complained that her daughter would not read to herself. She loved books, but simply would not read them herself. Find out she was a cat lover, I picked this out for her. She read it that night, reread it the next morning, and from then on was an independent reader.


The Old Gray Cat is Sleeping,
(To This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes:) This is the way we like to purr/like to purr/like to purr, etc.; wash our paws; hit the ball; hiss at dogs; and then like to purr again.

Maybe:  Yarn Painting

Craft: Pom poms & yarn

I gave each child a long length of yarn (cats, yarn, right?) and some pom poms (cats, balls, right?). They used glue sticks to attach these to paper. I also gave them markers so they could add to their designs. Of course, some of the kids just enjoyed cutting the yarn up, but that was all to the good. Actually, I’ve given this to 12 year olds to do too. I might have included some newsprint words for them.

So where is the Cat in the Hat? The goal of my storytime book selection is to expose (!!!) kids to books they may never have heard, and everyone knows The Cat in the Hat!

Adorable, n'est ce pas?  I found him on Art Projects for Kids.  He's a bit too high level for my 2 & 3 year olds, but I'd love to try him out on an older bunch.  Note:  he's just a bunch of circular shapes put together! A visiting artist once pointed out how easy cats were to draw.  Their heads can just be triangles, ovals or circles, whatever your whim.  Just get in those ears and curly tails!