Friday, May 19, 2017

Food Storytime, Friday, May 26 @ 10:30

                               

Pick a Puppet -- Any Puppet

I start off with my all time favorite turtle puppet and the Vachel Lindsay poem:
I have a little turtle, he lives in a box.
He swims in the puddles, he climbs on the rocks.
He snaps at the mosquitoes, he snaps at the fleas, he snaps at the minnows,
He snaps at me!
He caught the mosquitoes, he caught the fleas, he caught those minnows,
But he didn't catch me!
While I recite I circle the room and snap and nibble at the children by turns. Change words to do with another puppet.
  • Yummy YUCKY by Leslie Patricelli. Ask the kids to rub their tummies to the yummies. Group was pretty old this year so I skipped.
  • I Really Like Slop by Mo Willems, Elephant and Piggy.  This one is short and too too funny.
  • Peanut Butter books by Terry Border. Big hit with the moms, esp. when you pause at the end and its just Peanut Butter and Meatball.  
  • Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda.  The world's shortest retelling of the 3 little pigs. I used a blow dryer for the wolf's huff & puff to kick it up a notch and all my little two year olds stopped what they were doing and listened. Then at the end, when we find out they had blown out the candles on a birthday cake, we sang happy birthday.  Fun.
  • Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog or The Duckling Gets a Cookie by the great Mo Willems. I've perfected the Pigeon Yell: it's like a regular yell, with a scrunched up face and pulled out syllables, but almost at a whisper. Works better than the extra decibels. This wasn't an enormous hit this year with the young ones.  I think they just didn't quite get it.
  • The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson. This book reads like a wonderful poem about a happy farm in a dreamlike world. Didn't quite hold this group. Not so sure about this book. Maybe it's just the farm theme.
  • Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar by Margaret Wang. Great clapping song. I had the puppets for the book and read the short one first. Then I passed out the puppets and asked the kids to do it too.  Maybe this would have worked better if I'd gotten everyone into a circle, it was pretty random. But so cute when one little voice piped up, "Not me!" I started it at 5 instead of 10, and that worked OK.  But no one caught on to saying Not You -- a little rehearsal next time.
  • Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony. This short, expressive book is written about a gorilla who seems to be just about the same age as my storytime visitors, suffering the anguish of not being able to peel her own banana. Plus, banana is one of those words that's funny all by itself.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Yolen.
  • I'm a Hungry Dinosaur by Janeen Brian.  GREAT starter, very interactional. 
  • Gingerbread Boy Loose on the Firetruck, Murray
  • I Will Chop You by Jory John.  Interactional and funny.
  • Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Scieszka. 
  • Watermelon Seed by Pizzoli (so cute!)
  • Everyone Loves BAcon by DiPucchio
  • Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Breen
  • Stanley's Diner by Bee
  • Peanut Butter books by Terry Border
  • Everyone Loves Cupcake by Kelly DiPucchio.  Too funny!
  • Nanette's Baguette by MO WILLEMS
Songs:
  • Down around the corner at the bakery shop
  • 5 Gingerbread Men
  • Peel Banana
  • Bread and Butter Hello Song
    Bread and butter, 
    Jelly and jam, 
    Let’s say hello 
    As quietly as we can. 
    Hello! (Say quietly)
    Bread and butter, 
    Jelly and jam, 
    Let’s say hello 
    As loudly
    As quickly
    As slowly
    As high
    As low as we can. 
Clapping Song
  • Mashed potatoes hot, mashed potatoes cold, mashed potatoes in the pot nine days old
  • Patty cake
  • Bread and butter, jelly & jam

M & M Game:

I made up cards with numbers 1-4 in the M & M colors, set out the dish of M & Ms, gave each child a cup, and started pulling numbers from my pack.  A 2 card meant they could pick 2 M & Ms.  I think next year I would slow it way down.  First I would spin for the numbers and then I would pick the colors. That would have given the 2 year olds a chance to catch up with the 3 year olds.

Crafts:


Shaving Cream & Corn Starch!
We made shaving cream and corn starch clay, and boy was it messy! I defied all warnings and spent a half hour cleaning up.  Which in the grand scheme of things isn't much, but I'm not sure if the moms were all that crazy about this.

Playdough!





I made a trial batch the night before, and as promised by The Imagination Tree, it was extremely easy and turned out perfectly. I brought in the dry ingredients premixed in a Tupperware so set up was very easy. Hot water from the cooler worked fine. While I let it cool off, I divided the playdough I brought in from home. We “baked” a pink cake (Milo forgot that he didn’t want pink and shouted “I love pink!”) and by great good fortune, I had exactly eight children, so we got to have a quick fraction lesson when I divided it up with a cake slice. They played with it while I kneaded the second batch, which was still nice and warm when I divided that too.

I used this recipe from The Imagination Tree, minus the glycerine. Great site; lots of comments from readers. I did not add fancy ingredients like unsweetened Koolaid and lavendar extracts. I’m saving that for the Master Chef Playdough Challenge. This is a site that doesn't require cream of tartar: How-to-Make-Playdough-Without-Cream-of-Tartar/


Fruit Loop Necklaces!






Why do I love making froot loop necklaces so much? 
Because they're tropically lovely AND so delicious?






Friday, May 12, 2017

Rain Storytime, Wednesday, May 19 @ 10:30 am


Props: rainstick, dry ice, umbrella
Plays
Move Over, Rover by Karen Beaumont. I do this as a puppet show, Substitute if you don't have all the animals. All the big animal puppets ended up lined up on the puppet theater until the last (skunk? mouse?) shoved them off with a great show of strength.
Cauldron:  We're gonna taaaake an apple, what color do you see? etc.

Books: 
Where Does Kitty Go in the Rain by Harriet Ziefert.   There's a nice rhymy text on each page, but it's balanced with some excellent info. I don't just read it right through though.  I had the puppets and asked the kids (there were older ones) who would like the rain, starting with the kitty.
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems. Gerald in operatic voice, Piggy's a squeaker. Encourage the kids to do the movements. Big hit!
Rain by Stoljic.  Always a good book.
Duckie's Rainbow by Barry.  I intro'ed it by telling them how smart they were, I bet they already knew their colors.  As I turned each page, I paused for them to shout out the color of the page. And they obliged.
Ducks Like to Swim by Agnes Verboven. Mother Duck quacks for rain and all the barnyard animals helpfully join in.  All that neighing and mooing is great for storytime. 

Puddle by Hyewon Yum.  Short, fun.

Elmer to the Rescue! The rainbow has turned gray! Elmer has to fix it by lending it some of his beautiful patches.
The Rain is a Pain by Rob Scotton. ER. Lot's of rhyme as well as Splat the Cat disaster. OK.
Rain Makes Applesauce by Julian Scheer. Nonsense verse. Request.

Song

Songs

Rain on the green grass, rain on the trees.
Rain on the rooftop BUT NOT ON ME!

Eensie Weensie Spider

The Rain (to Frere Jacques)
I hear thunder, (stomp floor)
I hear thunder,
Hear it CRASH. Hear it CRASH.
But I don't fear the thunder
I know it's only thunder
CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH CRASH

(Flutter with fingers)
I hear raindrops, I hear raindrops.
Pitter pat, Pitter pat
Will it rain for hours?
I know it's good for flowers
But I'd like to play, not stay in all day
Ah, I think it just stopped!





Rainbow Stew trick revisited
(The old version never worked for me and my prop set and I couldn't figure out why. But when I did it BACKWARDS, it worked great! 1.  Show the kids the cauldron (that you've put the paper rainbow in and hold it upside to show that it's empty.  It's not empty -- you're holding the rainbow in place with your magic wand.  2) Pick up the 1st piece of fruit, an apple, and start chanting in a hip-hop rhythm. Hold it up and ask the kids what color do they see? for audience participation. Plop it right in -- it makes a nice noise. 3) When you've finished all the fruit, stir it around, and ask if anyone knows a magic word.  Get them to shout it out, use your magic wand and pull out that rainbow downloaded from Google image!




We’re gonna taaaake an apple, what color do you see?
You see the prettiest RED there ever could be!
We’re gonna put it in the pot
And stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!

We’re gonna taaaake an orange, what color do you see?
You see the prettiest orange there ever could be!
We’re gonna put it in the pot
And stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!

We’re gonna taaaake a lemon, what color do you see?
You see the prettiest yellow there ever could be!
We’re gonna put it in the pot
And stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!

We’re gonna taaaake a pear, what color do you see?
You see the prettiest green there ever could be!
We’re gonna put it in the pot
And stir it, stir it, stir it a lot!

We’re gonna taaaake some grapes, what color do you see?
You see the prettiest purple there ever could be!
We’re gonna put them in the pot
And stir them, stir them, stir them a lot!

Red and orange, yellow and green
Blue and purple colors are seen!
Put them together; what will they be?
(Ask for a magic word and wave your wand!)

The prettiest RAINBOW you ever did see!


Craft Not themed, but such fun: poster paint on wax paper via lids. The advanced kids got a quick lesson in polka dot making using the other end of the paintbrush. My favorite was one very young two who said his was an aquarium; he had added a large sprig of seaweed in one corner.



Coffee filter umbrellas from Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles  Very pretty.

Fans: Prepare: Paper plates folded in half. 1. Children decorate one side of plate: stickers, crayons, etc. 2. Attach crepe paper strips with gluesticks. 3. Fold up and add handle, just a spring clothespin with a big sticker decorating it. You don’t really need to staple them shut — in fact, if the kids were older, I would have told them they could put their secret documents there. Then they had to learn how to work a fan — I didn’t realize there’s a wrist motion to it that takes a little practice. So there’s a lot to learn from this simple little craft.

Next year: same paper plate, no stickers. We haven’t used crayons in ages, so we decorated with them and added a lot of crepe paper fringe. Instead of clothespins, I cut a small hole at center, and after the kids finished decorating and gluing crepe paper, they added (the moms added) the craft sticks and taped them down. Then they were stapled shut.
Elmer: Book tie -in. Give the kids a black and white Elmer and have them fill in with colored squares.



Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Storyhour, Friday, May12 @ 10:30








This week is all about our brilliant storyhour partners – you moms!  
Thank you for wanting the best for your kids every day. 
Thank you for bringing your wonderful children to storyhour. 
Please enjoy an imaginary flower from     Ms. Travis.  


Books


  • I love Mom with the very hungry caterpillar by Carle. Ronin introduced the book and the storytime with some observations on whether or not caterpillars have moms.
  • Dinosaur versus Mom by Shea.  I know other librarians love these, and you do get to make a lot of noise and roar, but not really my favorite. 
  • Do Like a Duck Does!  by Judy Hindley.  I picked this because it's about a savvy mom who can tell her duckling offspring from a fox, and puts the fibbing fox through some painful tests involving mud and eating bugs and swimming.  A nice little tale.
  • Bread and Honey by Frank Asch.  Thanks, Molly, for locating for me the wonderful book which gave rise to the Monkey Face story.  This is the source of the little monkey whose picture of his mom changes comically on the way home. I drew it on the whiteboard this year, and it went well. 
  • Over in the Meadow.  You get numbers, critters, and an assortment of verbs. I did this as a clothesline, but I didn't quite hit the right chord.
  • Pouch by David Stein.  I had a kangaroo & joey puppet and we acted out the book, with bee, bunny & bird.  I gave the other puppets to some parents to work.  Ordinarily I would have chosen kids, but this solution was very stress free and I will definitely do it again this way. Take your time with this. Note each time the kangaroo takes more steps: boingy boingy boingy. 
  • Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Stein.  Another fun one -- Mama Squirrel and her many ch-ch ch-ch's.  The moms were great about ch-ch ch-ch'ing with me, and going shoo.  Strangely enough, even the little tiny ones liked this one, maybe the most.
  • Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse. I had the big book and spent a lot of time introducing the setting, which is very important for the children to understand the choice of the different animals and the way the characters are dressed. 
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino. I love books with strong ending rhymes, and I always pause at the end of the sentence to try to get the kids to guess them. Kids should shout out in storytime. But they don't. Don't think this really works for a very young group.
  • My Mom by Anthony Browne. Simple bright pictures matched up to simple action oriented text make this one my first choice for mom's storytime. Calls for dancing, roaring like a lion and painting.  Don't forget your plant.
  • 15 things NOT to do with a Grandma, by Margaret McAllister.  Funny!
Songs


  • Mama's Little Baby loves bouncing, bouncing
  • Skinnamarinka
Do NOT try to sing this song.  "Line it" with the kids.  You say "over on the beach" and they say it back. You say "big mama turtle" and get them to say how many turtles.
  • Over on the beach in the sand and the sun
    Lived a big mama turtle and her little turtle one
    Dig said the mama
    I dig, said the one
    And they swam all day in the sand and the sun.
    Over on the beach where the waves lap so blue
    Lived a mama seagull and her seagulls two
    Squawk! Said the mama
    We squawk! Said the two
    And they squawked all day where the waves lap so blue.
    Over on the beach near the tall palm tree
    Lived a little sandcrab
    And her baby sandcrabs three
    Crawl! Said the sandcrab! We crawl said the three
    And they crawled all day by the tall palm tree.
    Over on the beach on the sand by the shore
    Lived a mama pelican
    And her pelicans four
    Swoop! Said the mama. We swoop! said the four.
    And they swooped all day on the sand by the shore.
    Over in the water where the dolphins like to dive
    Lived a big mama fish and her baby fish five.
    Swim! Said the mama.
    We swim! Said the five. So they swam all day where the dolphins like to dive.
Craft
Mother's Day Bookmark
Materials: Cardstock and an assortment of glitter, punched hearts, markers, scissors, etc.  KISS



Mothers's Day Banner

Materials:  wallpaper, yarn




They made a card and decorated a bookmark as a gift their mothers.  I had punched out hearts of different color which they COULD have assembled as flowers with a center but they mostly just stuck hearts all over their cards and did likewise with the bookmarks.  They were happy as long as they had a gluestick in their hands. 





     

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Shape Storytime, Friday, May 5 @ 10:30


    Books:

    • Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald.  A bit like Big Green Monster, i.e., aDORable.  But don't forget to hide the cover!!! And don't forget the intro: this is a guessing game, and it's being read by the brachiosaurus, so be a brachiosaurus! Deep voice.  I made the kids really work at naming the shapes, and they liked that.
    • Triangle by Mac Barnett. Triangle goes off to play a sneaky trick on his friend Square, hissing like a snake to scare him.  Congrats, Mac Barnett, on still owning a two-year-old self. Perfect for this group. 
    • Let's Play by Herve Tullet.  Let's see -- a big yellow pom pom and a piece of string?  They really liked this, it was so interactive.  We did it without the pom pom, having the kids do as much pointing and counting as possible.
    • Nuts Keep Rolling by Eric Litwin.  Maybe this book isn't a conceptual perfect fit for Shapes, but it was such a charmer and the kids loved the rhythm and rhyme of it.  
    • Ticklemonster by Manceau. I neglected to set up my flannelboard so just read the book, and I think I liked that a lot better.  I could tickle the page of the book and the brilliant colors on the pages almost but not quite got the point of making something new out of shapes across. 
    • Brown Rabbit's Shape Book by Alan Baker.  This is a book which uses solid geometry -- the green cubical box, the white cylinder inside, etc.  And I so love blowing up those balloons and letting them go in the audience. I thought maybe these two and three year olds would be over it, but they certainly were not.  I pulled it out a bit: "Right now this balloon doesn't have much of a shape.  What shape do you think it will have?" Brianna said "Blow air in it!" and another little one said, "A circle!" I said, "She has a theory that it will be a theory, so let's test her theory with Brianna's experiment and blow air in it." Much shrieking and hollering.
    • Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh.  Could there be any book that lends itself more to a flannelboard? So charming.
    • Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  This is really a book about friendship, but the shapes are really cute. The moms really liked it -- for the moms.
    • Robot Zombie Frankenstein by Annette Simon. Kinda complex shapes.
    • Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming.  Again, where are my flannels! 
    • Perfect Square by Michael Hall.  There's a lot of learning going on in this book. You've got the days of the week; the colors on each page, and the shapes, which are not really geometric except for the perfect square.  Get the kids to tell you the colors of the pages as you flip.
    • The Wing on a Flea by Emberley.
    Game: 

    Used the toys -- the square bean bags, the oval shaker eggs, the round pom poms and balls, and talked colors and shapes while passing them out. This was fun, but next year I might make this into a real game: pass out the shapes and telling the kids (and their moms), to keep them secret. Put the box in the middle of the room and roll call the shapes: yellow square beanbag! and the kids (and their moms) throw them in. ???

    Crafts:


    Shape collages, of course!

    I raided the office supplies and found these cool multicolored squares, post it notes, and black dots. I added some googly eyes and washi tape, and it was another fun, creative session.  Maybe I should have punched out some more circles though.



    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Manners Storytime, Friday, April 29 @ 10:30 AM



    I begin  by explaining that there are different kinds of manners for different kinds of places. (Playgrounds vs. Libraries) Then I talk about the manners people should be using in storytime. Now's your chance to eyeball offenders and get down and dirty, as well as reminding moms you need them too. Good manners means making other people feel good, and when people talk when you're reading a story, it hurts your feelings. You think they don't like it. Rub it in. 

    Plays
    We always sing our hello song, but there are so many ways to say hello.  In some countries, you always bow.  Here, we sometimes slap hands, but I like fist bump. 
    Books
    Excuse Me by Karen Katz. "I read this to the babies this week, and they didn't know ANY of the answers. Show me how many answers you know." They weren't 100% sure, so we repeated the EXCUSE ME! I'M SORRY! etc. in chorus.
    That's Mine!  by Zeveren
    The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems. Read in two voices, and I look up in duckling's voice to emphasize his smallness.
    Hello, Hello! e Miriam Schlein. Very nice about how animals greet one another.
    Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins.  THE BEST!!! The cakes: tiny nasty little 
    voices. The cyclopes: deep voices. The kids were kind of amazed by the weirdness of this book.
    Thank you, Octopus by Darren Farrell. Love it.  Not sure about the voices. Note: my two year olds drew a blank on the egg salad in the bath.  Try tuna salad or hummus.
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
    How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen.
    Mind your Monsters  by Bailey  Say please!

    No One Told the Aardvark by Deborah Eaton.  Good for higher level readers, compares human rules to animal ways.
    Mind Your Manners. B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra.  A bit long for a very young crowd, great for 3s and 4s.  "Sip your tea and never slurp" song goes with the "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" tune.
    Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony.  How do you get a donut? You ask nicely. Strange ending though.
    Thank You, Octopus by Darren Farrell.
    Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis. Can't wait to read this one aloud.
    Science:  Animal Talk by Etta Kaner (j591.59), pg. 22. The meaning of different animal faces, showing your teeth, eyes closed, etc.

    Songs

    3 nice mice, 3 nice mice, see how nice they are, see how nice they are.
    They're always polite when they nibble their cheese.
    They never forget to say thankyou and please.
    They always remember to cover their sneeze.
    Achoo! Achoo! Achoo!
    They're 3 nice mice.

    5 little ducks ran in the parking lot
    1 fell down and he went plop
    Mama called the Big Duck and the Big Duck got hot!
    No more ducks running in the parking lot! etc.



    Craft:


    We just did a generic: scribbling with large crayons on heavy paper and then watercoloring on top.
























    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    Earth Day Storyhour, Garden Storyhour, Friday, April 21 at 10:30

    What is more magical than planting a seed?


    Books
    • 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. So delightful a read.
    • Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  Soooo interactional.  Tap the magic tree, turn the page, and see how your tapping made the leaves grow, the flowers blossom, leaves change.  A beautiful book, perfect for a small storytime. I used it as the conclusion. I had a small, and very young, group, and it worked very well. This year I had a large active group (12), and inviting 12 two-year-olds to tap a book on each page just doesn't work. I tried telling them to tap the air, but those who knew this book all wanted to touch.  Maybe skip for a big group.
    • The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli.  Plant a seed, yes, but what happens when you accidentally SWALLOW one? Before I read I reminded the kids that some watermelon does have seeds (!!!) And when I got on the page with the piece of watermelon, I made a point of noticing the little black seed. Get ready to burp.
    • 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!"
    • Grow Flowers Grow! by Lisa Bruce. (Originally Fran's Flower.) Intro: "This girl makes some mistakes. Let's see what she's doing wrong!"
    • 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 you 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 else...it's as if she's been on Pinterest for the 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.
    • Dig In! by Mary Peterson. Short and very sweet. 
    • Penguin and Pinecone by Yoon.  A friendship story!
    Songs
    • Over in the Meadow
    Craft
    Cupcake Flowers 

    I succumbed to making flowers out of cupcakes, and it worked out OK. It's not the cheapest craft around; cupcake liners really do cost money, so unless you've picked up a couple on sale, this craft may not be that worthwhile. Also, the crafts on pinterest look adorable but they've used beaucoup high price liners. I got some pastel ones and they were so blah I spraypainted them with leftover spray paint. I wasn't sure about this craft but it did accomodate the skill sets of 2 - 5 year olds. Gluing was all the kids HAD to do, but they could also cut the edges of the flowers, cut the yarn, draw, and crumple tissue paper for the centers.  

    Shape Collage
    This year a volunteer punched out some shapes, like hearts and circles and cut rectangles. I showed them how to make flowers and butterflies from hearts. I gave them a pile of shapes and had them play with them on the paper (and also cut them up) before I handed out the paste.


    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.

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    Pre-K Rabbit Storytime, Friday, April 14 @ 10:30

    We'll be searching for eggs in the library again this year, so bring your baskets!  You know what I love best about Easter? When all my alumnae come to visit me on their spring break and I get to see how  SMART and GROWN UP everyone is.


    2016: This year's Easter Storytime was THE BEST!!!  We had so much fun, and I got to see so many old friends. Eggs were hidden, eggs were found, balloons were blown up.  It was great.

    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!

    Books:


    • Across the Stream BIG BOOK.  
    • Too Many Bunnies by Matt Novak. I had so much fun with this goofy old favorite! I had five little beanie baby rabbits and two strawberry boxes.  All five bunnies were crammed into one of the boxes and the other was empty.  During the book, the bunnies move back and forth between the holes, and I act it out with the bunnies.  
    • Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman.  This is actually a pretty complicated story and a little weird too.  It needs a bit of a set up.  It's about being eaten up, which is always a fave, but it needs a bit of an explanation. Emphasize the chorus, "He's going to eat us up!"
    • 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. I just introduced the famous rabbits, Peter Rabbit and Max and Ruby, today.
    • Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes.  You deserve all those Caldecotts. This was a great wrap up tale at the end of story time.
    • Lion vs. Rabbit by Alex Latimer. The pictures are very busy, and they may have missed the humor. 
    • The Easter Bunny that Overslept by Priscilla & Otto Friedrich
    • Daley B. by Jon Blake. This funky old book deals with a very confused bunny who doesn't know what the heck he is, where he should live, or just what being a rabbit is supposed to be all about.
    Songs:
    • "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. 
    Craft


    Shaker Eggs

    After years of careful research, I've finally discovered the easy (and only) way to make homemade shaker eggs.  Run the strips of duck tape lengthwise. Then and only then will the eggs not snap open under the baby's determined grips.


    Rabbit Mobiles

    Have them decorate white paper bags with markers, stamps, stickers, cutting around the edges, etc. These will be the bags for their Easter Eggs. While they do this, you can hide the eggs.  Really, four is plenty per child. A Hershey's Kiss, a butterscotch, and a mini.
    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.