Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baby Storyhour

I loved doing a storytime about babies for BIG KIDS like two-year-olds. And you can always throw baby animals into the mix for variety. I like Farm Animals, Watch Me Grow at 636 pets.

Game: Intro: I had a four sets of animals and their babies pinned to the clothesline. The lion was with her cub, but the others were all mixed up. I asked the kids to help me straighten them out. Is this right? Is this right?


  • Potty Time by Guida van Genechten (Yes! Everyone poops! and it's so funny!) Pause and solicit the "Do zebras have potties?" to get that "Nooo!" from the kids. They'll think it's funnier.
  • King Baby by Kate Beaton.  Must try, toooo funny. More for the moms than the kids, but they thought it was funny too.
  • The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz. Kids all sang along.
  • Royal Superbaby by O'Malley. Every year I think this bunch is going to be much too young for this story, and every year I look up from reading it to see them listening with jaws dropped.  This is a story kids really want to hear, weird though it is to us grown-ups.
  • Rock-a-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman.  A near perfect readaloud. First we sang Rockabye Baby, and the moms gave a little sigh of disapproval afterward. Then we read the book. All thoroughly enjoyed. I do love the Moon's appearance at the end.
  • Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
  • Baby Says "Moo!" by JoAnn Early Macken. I had puppets for all the animals, so I distributed them among the sitters in front.  Then as I read the book, I approached each child and interacted with them. 
  • Baby Danced the Polka BB by Karen Beaumont
  • Didn't get to: Quickie: Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. I like to remind the kids that when they were all born (Yes! They were born!), the first thing their doctors and nurses and moms and dads did was count all their fingers and toes. So how many fingers and toes do they have? They were born with then fingers and toes, and they still have that many, just like the babies in this book!
  • Hello Baby! by Mem Fox.  Animal babies
  • Mommy, Carry Me Please! by Jane Cabrera. I like this one so much because it talks about how each mom carries her baby.  "Would you like to sit in your mother's mouth?" etc.
  • Maybe: Avocado Baby by John Burningham. The Hargraves are a bunch of weaklings, and at first, their baby is too.  But the children get the idea of feeding their new baby avocado, and in no time he is moving furniture, chasing burglars, and throwing bullies in the nearest pond. For avocado eaters everywhere. Pull it out: ahhhh-voe-caaaahh-doe.
  • Ninja Baby by David Zeltser.  Shorten
  • Before You Were Big by Jennifer Davis. 
Songs Background: Any lullaby CD
  • Over in the Meadow
  • Mama's little baby loves bouncing, bouncing (to Shortnin' Bread). 2nd chorus, wiggling.
  • 5 little babies rocking in a tree
4 little babies blowing kisses at me.
3 little babies knocking at the door.
2 little babies crawling on the floor.
1 little baby playing hide and seek. Keep your eyes closed now, till I say PEEK!
  • Bringing Home a Baby Dinosaur

(sung to I'm Bringing Home a Bumblebee)
I'm bringing home a baby bumblebee
Won't my mommy be so proud of me
I'm bringing home a baby bumble bee
Whoops! It stung me!! 
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur
Won't my mommy hide behind the door?
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur
Whoa! He's heavy!
I'm bringing home a baby grizzly bear.
Won't my mommy pull out all her hair
I'm bringing home a baby grizzly bear?
I'm bringing home a baby dinosaur
Big Bear Hug!
I'm bringing home a baby kitty cat
Feeding him will make my mommy poor.
Won't my Mommy give him gentle pats.
I'm bringing home a baby kitty cat.
Ooooh, he's gone to sleep.
  • Let's make one thing perfectly clear: The babies on my Wheels on the Bus do not go waa-waa-waah. They play peekaboo. I hope yours do too.

Baby Oil Suncatcher
I know, I know, incredibly dorky, huh?  But the kids get into polka dotting, and everyone smells like baby oil instead of poster paint for a change.

Materials:  Construction paper shapes (I just cut up some scrap pieces in odd geometrics and odd colors); baby oil in VERY small cups, Q-tips, washi tape, and straws.

Washi tape made this a VERY simple craft.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Pre-K Construction Storytime, Friday, March 17


Construction Storyhour
  • With Any Luck I'll Drive a Truck by David Friend.  Great description of what trucks do AND fun readaloud. This is the perfect book to lead off this storytime.
  • Stanley the Builder by Bee. OK.  Very simple for this group, but an OK filler.
  • Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery by David Gordon.  Too cute for words! I heightened the drama on this one by saying "You're not going to like what you see on the next page!" before I turned and read about the sand castle bashing.  EVERYONE was listening by the end.
  • Digger to the Rescue by Mandy Archer. Kids appreciated the cat rescue. I shortened a bit.
  • Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman. Shorten a bit. This made a great ending to the storytime. The kids all sang along.
  • Roadwork by Sally Sutton.  I asked the kids to do the actions with me, hammer the pegs, move the earth, load the dirt, etc. I repeated the chorus, like Ping! Bang! Tap! 3 x.  Next time, I'd go even slower to get the job done! I read to the page about "Roll the tar" and then skipped to the end, "Shout hooray!"
  • The Three Little Gators by Helen Ketteman or The Three Little Rigs by David Gordon.  Any favorite 3 little piggie thing; Gators is nice and short and I love doing the Texas accent.
  • Building with Dad by Carol Nevius 
  •  Graders by Mary Lindeen.  This is a Mighty Machines book by Blastoff Readers, and it really is a great series for beginning readers -- clear photos and a little info.
  • Didn't get to: Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Rinker. 
  • Bling Blang by Woody Guthrie.
  • Let's Go to the Hardware Store by Anne Rockwell.  Excellent, informative.
  • I'm a Truck Driver by Jonathan London.
  • Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Rinker

  • Motor boat (and pick-up truck, steam engine and rocket ship)
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon (bring in a wagon!)
  • To the "Bakery Shop"
Down around the corner at the used car lot
There were 8 big trucks all ready to be bought.
Along came (child in audience), all alone,
She hopped in the backhoe and she drove home.

(Backhoe, 'dozer, loader, skid steer, digger, dump truck, grader, excavator)
This year I used a simple set of colored trucks. I counted them first, explained the set up to the kids, and they all sat in a nice semi-circle.  I called on them according to where they were sitting, looking to their parents for help with names, and that worked better than asking for raised hands, etc.

  • To "Where is Thumbkin"
Where is racing car? Where is racing car? Here I am, here I am, etc.
Where is dump truck, big van, helicopter (twirl finger!), freight train.
Go over the words first. Fun.

  • Windshield Wiper (From Best Kids Booksite)
I"m a windshield wiper, This is how I go. Back and forth in the rain and snow. Slowly! There's just a drizzle. Fast now! It's pouring! Ah, just a nice steady rain now.
BE the windshield wiper! This is an exercise in fast and slow, and the kids love its POURING AND YOU HAVE TO GO SO FAST!

  • Five Big Trucks                                                                    
Five big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only four big trucks came rolling back.
The HOOK & LADDER FIRE truck is needed at a fire!
          (Picture: The hook and ladder has stopped to put out a fire.)

Four big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only three big trucks came rolling back.
          The garbage truck needs to drop off a stinky load!
(Picture: The garbage truck has stopped to pick up garbage.)

Three big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only two big trucks came rolling back.
The tow truck has stopped to tow a car!
(Picture: The backhoe has stopped at a construction site.)

Two big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But only one big truck came rolling back.
The dump truck needs to drop off some dirt!
(Picture: The dump truck has stopped to make a drop.)

One big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Come on back!”
But no big trucks came rolling back.
          The back hoe is needed at a construction site!
(Picture: The tow truck has stopped to tow a car.)

No big trucks went out one day
Over the road and far away.
The dispatcher said, “Let’s go to the race!”
And the trucks came back from all over the place.

Sounds:  Mixer. Warning bell & then errr errr errr.
              Crane. Warning bells. motor sounds high and motor sounds low.

  • I made a cardboard box tower, from enormous to tiny, with everyone counting as we went.
  • We built a flannelboard house.  I lined up the square (house) triangle (roof) etc., and called on the children by turns to add a piece. We ended up with the tree trunk as a chimney, the fluffy green leaves as a green cloud, and a side door that was very sideways. A lot more fun!
Just get out the blocks, Duplos, and Legos and let them build.


Paint with trucks: Paints, sand, construction (ha ha!) paper.

I think the kids liked this, but what they REALLY enjoyed was the carwash we had afterward! I put a plastic tub with warm soapy water on a collapsed card table on the floor (didn't put up the legs). When they were nearing the end of their art work, I announced that we'd have a car wash, and they rushed that tub. 

And I didn't have any clean up!  Ha ha ha ha ha!

Maria figured out that you can open and then shut the door to  play peekaboo with the  girl.

Cole's sky is full of clouds and raindrops.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Princess Storyhour Friday, March 10 @ 10:30


Cape, crown, and castle!

  • Mixed Up Fairy Tales by Hilary Robinson. For a young group, pick one story from this book and tell it. THEN use this book as a review of the story. But this year the group was older, and they really appreciated the humor of: And then Goldilocks ate RED RIDING HOOD'S GRANDMOTHER?! We did a couple.
  • Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O'Malley.  This book's weird dichotomy between ultra girly Princess Tenderheart and the ultra guy Cool Motorcycle Dude, including a horrible green ogre and some innocent ponies, always hits the spot even with the youngest crew. Amazingly. Parts of this book make no sense at all, volcanoes exploding suddenly, invisible cloaks being made, but the kids listened to it all without question and loved it. "Is it scary?" Juliet asked. "Why yes, it is," I answered. She snuggled in with her grandmother and it was just scary enough. Very important: read in two voices, fake little girl and fake husky boy.
  • Part-time Princess by Deborah Underwood.  This part-time princess is GIRL BY DAY, PRINCESS BY NIGHT!  Just a "regular girl" during the day -- spelling tests, broken crayons -- at night she becomes a princess, dons a sparkling crown, drives off in a coach and deals with dragons, saving the kingdom.  A big AT LAST, for this book.
  • Snow White and the 77 Dwarfs.  Snow White happens upon a cabin inhabited with 77, not 7 dwarfs -- and the amount of work she has to do goes up by 10!  Great math intro, VERY funny, and fun, screwy pix.
  • Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox.  I love Wilcox's very funny fractured fairy tales, but puns are a little difficult for this age group. Crouch down on the ground for the prince and shout up for Rapunzel. Then stand up very tall and shout down to the prince.  Skip the silky tresses and the twine if they're as young as this batch was. But the kids were fascinated by the pictures. Remember to introduce the term "maid" when looking at the picture since it's so key to the tale.
  • Princess and the Pony by Beaton
  • Fairy Tale: Who Is It? Grindley

We stomped around the room as dragons and monsters. We stomped, then flew, then roared, then went to sleep. It was very satisfying.

First we did Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes. Then I told them to put on their superhero costumes, the crowns on their heads, the capes on their shoulders, their swords at their swords and the boots on their feet, and we sang:
Crowns & capes & swords & boots, swords & boots.
Crowns & capes & swords & boots, swords & boots.
Eyes & ears & mouth & nose, crowns & capes & swords & boots,
swords & boots. 

Song: And of course we sang a lot of other favorites.


I've made crowns in the past but remember, they all have nice ones already at home.  So this week we did freeform sculpture, and that was highly satisfying.

Materials: a roll of wallpaper, stick on jewels & flowers from Oriental Trading, some aluminum foil and a whole lot of double sided tape. I recommend trying your crown on with some tape and then stapling. 
And didn't they turn out beautiful!
Isn't Victoria beautiful!
Royal friends.

I think Sebastian's crown just suits him.
Oliver, you look great!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Pre-K Fish Storytime, Friday, February 24 @ 10:30


Pop-Up Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae. Always works. Just long enough with a shark at the end.

Animals Called Fish j597.4. I marked certain pages in this book with sticky notes, and used it to settle this question: Are you kids here fish?  Do you know how to swim? Yes. Then you might be fish. Do you eat meat and vegetables? Yes. They you might be fish. Do you have a backbone (or spine, as Ronan pointed out.) Yes, then you might be fish. Can you breathe underwater, with gills? No, you don't have gills? Well, how do you breathe? Oh, through your mouth and nose. Are you covered all over with mucus, you know, the same stuff that comes out your nose? No?  No? Hmmm, fish do.  Well, how about this: when you were a baby, were you born out of an egg your mama laid? Are there any baby pictures of you being a cute loveable egg? No? Then I guess you really aren't fish!

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. They were agog.

Bull Shark by Deborah Nuzzolo.  This was from the Pebble Plus nonfiction series, and the kids really liked the info and big photos.

PlayPass out the colored scarves and start WAVING them around.  "Aren't they like the sea? The waves on the sea?" 
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 gulls on the sea go swoop swoop swoop… (up and down)
5. The dolphins on the sea swim round and round, round and round, round and round, the dolphins on the sea swim round and round, all day long.     6. The swimmers on the sea float gently by, gently by, gently by, the swimmers on the sea float gently by, all day long (scarf on head)

The poem below works OK, but next year I would try passing out my little fish fingerpuppets (which they are all obsessed with) and then I would be the shark eating them up.  My guess is that they wouldn't want to be eaten, so I would have to rework the poem:  Four little fishes swimming out to sea, One met a shark and he swam back to Mom.
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!


Motor Boat, Row Row Row your Boat
Laurie Berkner's The Goldfish from the Laurie Berkner Band
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

Next Year: , Silly Faces Board Book, The Pout-Pout Fish by Diesen.

Swimmy by Leo Lionni.  "This is a book about a very brave little fish," I introed. Not a major hit with the kids though.   

The River by Hanako Clulow  Short and informative and very beautiful book about a fish traveling down the river to the sea.
FISH by Lian Francis Walsh   Best for early readers -- almost wordless but the tale revolves around words.
Secrets of the Seashore by Carron Brown just wasn't doable in storytime. The text is a bit too long, and the pictures too small.  I just ended up promoting it and telling the parents they could check it out and take it home with their flashlights.
Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Big Al by Yorinks

Wiggle like an Octopus by Harriet Ziefert.  Boy, the kids really knew this interaction by the end of storytime!  It was juuuussst right.

Slippery fish
Swimming in the ocean

Slippery fish
Slippery fish
Slippery fish was eaten by a...

Tuna fish
Tuna fish
Gliding in the ocean
Tuna fish
Tuna fish
Tuna fish was eaten by a...
Wriggling in the ocean
Octopus was eaten by a...
Great white shark
Great white shark
Lurking in the ocean
Great white shark
Great white shark
Great white shark was eaten by a...
Humongous whale
Humongous whale
Spouting in the ocean
Humongous whale
Humongous whale

Sequins, glitter, curly ribbon and contact paper (thanks, Monica, for cutting out all those jellyfish!) They were fun. I didn't have any curly ribbon, so we used crepe paper (cut thin wise by 1/3) and that worked even better -- attached right to the sticky contact paper, and the kids could tear whatever length they wanted v. easily.  During my into, I explained that I couldn't find my google eyes, but that was OK because I remembered that jellyfish don't have eyes! Or noses or mouths or anything like that!

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?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bear Storytime, Friday, February 17

Pooh's tales are a bit long for the average bunch of three year olds, and the Berenstains are.... well, they aren't wearing well with me. But by all means take them off the shelf and let them take a bow today.


Polar Bear's Underwear by tupera tupera.  Quite perfect.  Don't forget, mouse and polar bear voices.  And then let the kids guess a little about the underwear.  They got the rabbit's carrot underwear right. (Not all are wearing underwear yet, so I didn't belabor that point, but I did mention it.)
Play Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin.  I used the figures from kizclub and strung them up on my storytime clothesline.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach. (Actually a supercute dog ate your sandwich -- surprise ending. VERY IMPORTANT: Read the book in a gruff dog's voice.  This is so important you should put a sticky on it to remind yourself.  Remember: lying dog voice.
Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough. The rhyme in this book is so much fun it practically reads itself aloud. Boy loses teddy bear in forest; Giant bear loses giant teddy in same forest. Boy finds giant teddy and is horrified! Ted won't fit in his bed! Likewise for Bear! When they meet again, they know this much. THEY WANT THEIR OWN BEARS BACK! I made it a point to show the kids just how tiny the bear and boy were on the page -- you could hardly see them.
Bear Wants More (The Bear Books) by Karma Wilson. Have you ever heard a story about a bear that eats too much and gets stuck trying to get out of his cave? Rings a bell with me, too, but this is a cute version.
Baby Bears by Kari Schuetz.  From the Super Cute series, and these are supercute.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood, Audrey Wood. Yup, a classic.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. Maybe cut short a bit, but get interaction! I printed out the pictures from and blew them up on the computer, putting the words on the back. Then I told it with a clothesline because it's so sequential. The fun part about this book is the rhythm and then the sound effects you can add as you squerch through mud, fight your way through a snowstorm, etc. (I left out the forest.) I positioned my giant bear at the end of the clothesline so that when we got to the cave, there he was sitting with his shiny wet nose and two big goggly eyes. Then I rushed home to my story teller's chair, taking all the caves and rivers etc. off the clothesline and clutching a tiny teddy bear for safety.
Play Ten in the Bed by David Ellwand. This is a cute board book, but I always do this as a little play. I get five (not ten) teddy bears and line them up on a big pillow on a table. Then I sing the song, roll the bears over, and roll one right off the table and onto the ground. The moms quickly picked up on this and inserted a "Oh, whoopsie!" into the chorus. At the end the smallest bear nestles into the covers and says, "I'm lonely!" OR 5 fuzzy teddy bears sitting on the wall/sitting up straight and feeling pretty tall/1 fell off and that was all/now there're 4 fuzzy teddy bears sitting on the wall. 


Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain (I don't really get this song. Why does he go over the mountain? What's the point?)
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear shake your hips
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear blow a kiss.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear see my smile.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear give a hug.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear lots of love.

Relief painting  I demonstrated this (the miracle of using water to stick paper to paper) and it worked very well.  Some bears, of course, looked like they had seen action in a volcano, since I gave them yellow and red too.  But the technique worked very well.

Fuzzy polar bear ornament 

I'm a Gummy Bear!

Teddy Bear Party
Ever host a Teddy Bear Party at your library? Ask your favorite young patrons to bring in their teddy bears for a slumber party. They can pick them up the next day. Take lots of pictures of the teddy bears enjoying a tea party at your library, reading books, doing puzzles, snoozing, and have them ready to show their owners the next day. Aw, making memories.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Feelings Storytime, Friday, February 10 @ 10:30

Valentine's Day at my library is when we talk about feelings. I use it to bring up some of the many subjects that may be bothering young children. It's one of my favorites.

Prop: After the book, I drew a grid on the chalkboard and divided into four.  I drew a scared face in the 1st grid, and then showed the next book, A Good Day, and introduced it by drawing a sad face and then a happy face.
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. Short & sweet. Prop: The yellow feather!

I'm Not Scared by Jonathan Allen. This one is actually a kind of thin read aloud about fear. Pass next time.

My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
I finished  with this charmer, which was kind of perfect. The kids tried to recognize the creatures and call out their names. Some were very tough -- might want to use paperclips on some.

It's Tough to Loose Your Balloon by Krosoczka.  Pitch perfect about the good and bad of very, very, authentic kids stuff. We had a nice chat about bandaids.
Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas. Fun. 
How Kind!
Props: cup of milk (I have a plastic cup painted white on the inside -- comes in very hand), a flower, and my big golden egg with a little chick inside.  This friendly book about "paying it forward" gets my storyhour off on a cheery note.

If I Were a Lion by Sarah Weeks. Sarah Weeks writes a great readaloud, and this is no exception. The indignant child in the book is reminding her accuser that if she really were a lion she would... The repetition is charming, but to gear this one up a bit, start reading faster and faster towards the end to emphasize the humor and predictability.

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard. I was Grumpy Bird and the kids by turn to be sheep, or beaver, etc, and join me walking around the room, hopping, etc. 
(Angry face) The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robie Harris. No intro needed. I show off the cover and read the title in a hushed voice. "The Day Leo said I HATE YOU!" pronouncing each word with scandalized horror. A gasp goes up from mothers and children alike. 
Leo does in fact tell his mother he hates her and he is afterwards very, very sorry and embarrassed. His mother and he talk about this: It's OK to say you hate broccoli but not people. This is a very helpful book for kids learning to deal with and communicate their frustrations. I like the fact that Leo is a human boy with a human mom and not an animal character, and the scribbley art work adds too.

NEW MUST ADD:  Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by Michelle Nelson=Schmidt
Happy by Hout.  Just looking at this book makes me happy. Drawing fish with oil chalks on black or blue paper would be a great craft.
Finn Throws a Fit! by Elliott -- very short, funny exaggeration.
The Happiest Book Ever by Bob Shea. Features a frog and a dancing cake.

Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.  Doesn't get better than this.
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer


Godzilla Version of Skinnamarinka
Max just gave me his old Godzilla puppet, so I thought I would have some fun with it. I brought out a pretty red fairy puppet and introduced her as the Valentine fairy. "And I want you to sing Skinnamarinka, Godzilla," she announced. "No!" Godzilla roared. "Roooar!" She used her magic on him and he had to sing it in his Godzilla voice. Then she sang in her little squeaky fairy voice. It was pretty funny. 
  • Old MacDonald Felt so Glad. Ha-Ha-HA-HA-HA
And when he’s glad, he sounds like this:
With a Ha-Ha here, and a Ha-Ha there,
Here a HA, there a HA, everywhere a HA HA
Old MacDonald felt so glad, HA HA HA HA HA

Scared, Oooh! Ooooh! Oooh! Oooh!
Proud, Yay ME! Yay ME! Yay ME!
Books to try someday:
  • When Sophie Gets Angry
  • I'm Not Cute
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You
  • Pierre: A cautionary tale
  • My Many Colored Days
  • What Was I Scared Of?
  • Painting white paper doilies.
  • Squishy Potato Dudes.  Fill a balloon with playdough and seal it, then draw a face on it.  They'll stay moist and squishy for months.
  • 2015: Someone just gave me a huge box of TP rolls so we used them to stamp heart outlines.  Used lots of colors and added a bunch of embellishments too.
Best Links

Feelings Storytime Blog
Children's Librarian blogs on Feelings
American Psychological Association Magination Press
A catalog that covers a very wide range of self help books for kids, both fiction and nonfiction titles.
Heart Shaped Animal Crafts
The perfect craft to go with Michael Hall's My Heart is Like a Zoo.

What Was I Scared Of by Dr. Seuss.  Story pulled out of The Sneetches.  Memory: This scared Noah and Milo into listening.