"A library book, I imagine, is a happy book." Cornelia Funke

"Everything puts me in mind of a story." Ben Franklin

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Toes and Feet Storytime

Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert, Illus. by Erik Brooks
(Let's Read About Our Bodies) Feet by Cynthia Klingel and Robert B. Noyed (non-fiction)
Hello Toes! Hello Feet! by Ann Whitford Paul, Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott
Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner
I Feel a Foot! by Maranke Rinck & Martin van der Linden
One is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: a Counting by Feet Book by April Pulley Sayre & Jeff Sayre, Illus. by Randy Cecil
Tippy-Toe Chick, Go! by George Shannon, Illus. by Laura Dronzek
New Socks by Bob Shea
Piggies by Audrey Wood& Don Wood (fingers & toes)

We'll be singing "Everybody Knows That I Love My Toes." Here is an example of the song that I found on Youtube:

We'll also try:

This Old Man (Feet version)

This old man, he has feet,
See him walking down the street,
With a tippy-tap, tippy-tap, watch him go,
Sometimes fast and some…times…slow.

Repeat with:
See him dancing down the street...
See him skipping down the street...
See him marching down the street...

from the trusty Storytime Source Page. I love this site!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Storytime Down Under: Australian Animals

Possum Magic by Mem Fox, Illus. by Julie Vivas
The Adventures of Little Wombat by Charles Fuge, including:
Sometimes I Like To Curl Up In a Ball
Found You, Little Wombat
Swim, Little Wombat, Swim!
Where To, Little Wombat?
Yes We Can! by Sam McBratney, Illus. by Charles Fuge (Kangaroo)
The Biggest Frog in Australia by Susan L. Roth
Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields, Illus. by Sophie Blackall
Pouch! by David Ezra Stein (Kangaroo)
The Trouble with Cauliflower by Jane Sutton, Illus. by Jim Harris (Koala)
Snap! by Marcia Vaughan, Illus by Sascha Hutchinson
Bobbie Dazzler by Margaret Wild and Janine Dawson (Wallaby)

I started out this Storytime by showing the kids a simple map of the world and then pointed out North America and Australia. We also looked at photos of wombats, wallabies, kookaburras and Australian possums. I referred back to these pictures when the animals turned up in the stories.

We did an action rhyme (source unknown) in the same way, first viewing each animal and talking about how they move:

Here is Australia

Here's the emu straight and tall,
Nodding his head above us all.
(Raise one arm, fingers down for head)
Here's the long snake on the ground,
Wriggling upon the stone he found.
(Wiggle hand & arm)
Here's the echidna prickly and small,
Rolling herself into a ball.
(Curl body and squat)
Here's the kangaroo jumping around,
covering yards with every bound.
Here is Australia far away,
That's where our stories come from today.

Cuddly Koalas (Tune is Frere Jacque)

 Cuddly Koalas, Cuddly Koalas (Make ears on top of your head)
Possums too, Possums too ((hands around eyes as a circle)
Wallabies and Wombats, Wallabies and Wombats (right hand to left shoulder then left hand to right shoulder)
Kangaroos, kangaroos (Hands in front like a kangaroo)

From Childfun

Kookaburra Song

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Merry, merry king of the bush is he
Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra!
Gay your life must be

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Eating all the gum drops he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
Leave some there for me

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree
Counting all the monkeys he can see
Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra!
That's not a monkey that's me

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Bathtime Storytime

Books to Choose From:

Huggly Takes a Bath by Tedd Arnold
Catch That Baby by Nancy Coffelt, Illus. by Scott Nash
Rubber Duck by Dana Meachen Rau, Illus. by Patrick Giouard
Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Isidre Mones
Pirates Don't Take Baths by John Segal
The Sea Serpent and Me by Dashka Slater, Illus. by Catia Chien


Sing "Rubber Ducky" song from Sesame Street

"Scrub a Dub-Dub" Song (sung to "Mulberry Bush")

This is the way we scrub our hands,
scrub our hands,
scrub our hands,
This is the way we scrub our hands,
So early in the morning.

(Repeat with faces, hair, elbows, tummys, knees, toes, etc.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Love and Kisses Storytime

Book choices:

The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop, Illus. by Gwen Millward
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
Hug Time by Patrick McDonnell
The I Love You Book by Todd Parr
The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh & Judi Abbot
Love Waves by Rosemary Wells
Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson, Illus. by Melissa Sweet
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

The Love Bug

It begins with a grin (Smile broadly)
It turns to a giggle (Both hands on mouth and giggle)
You start to laugh (Throw head back and laugh out loud)
Your legs start to wiggle (Put feet in the air and shake)
You look all around for someone to hug
What can you do? (Shrug shoulders)
You've caught the Love Bug (Hug self)

(Sorry, I don't know where I got this!)

Different Kinds of Kisses

Grandma kisses
(grab cheeks and squeeze)
Fish kisses
(purse lips and move them)
Movie star kisses
(blow big ones)
Rabbit kisses
(wiggle nose)
Dog kisses
(stick out your tongue and lick)

from Sur La Lune Storytime

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A very NOISY Storytime (or two)

Book possibilities ( Lots of great choices here. I may do a two week noisy theme so I can showcase these books):

The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice by Kristen Balouch
Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun
Fiddle-I-Fee by Santiago Cohen
Dog's Noisy Day by Emma Dodd
Shout! Shout It Out! by Denise Fleming
Boom, Boom Go Away! by Laura Geringer, Illus. by Bagram Ibatouline
The Squeaky Door retold by Margaret Read MacDonald, Illus. by Mary Newell DePalma
Achoo! Bang! Crash! The Noisy Alphabet by Ross MacDonald
The Noisy Farm by Marni McGee, Illus. by Leonie Shearing
Crash Bang Donkey! by Jill Newton
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade & Jon Buller
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
Noisy Barn by Harriet Ziefert & Simms Taback

We sang "Fiddle-I-Fee."

If you don't know the tune, here is a darling Youtube video of it . This is not from our library. See what a great job these kids did:

We also sang:

If you're ____ and you know it make some noise
If you're ____ and you know it make some noise
If you're ____ and you know it, then your noise will surely show it,
If you're ____ and you know it make some noise

We used Tarzan, a fire truck, a thunderstorm, a train, an alarm clock,etc.