Thursday, January 25, 2018

Coming Soon: Successful Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

This blog has been very quiet since my last story time post over the summer, but I have still been quite busy. Now that it's finished and edited, I am pleased to announce that, this Spring, my second book, Summer Reading Programs for All Ages: A Practical Guide for Librarians, will be out from Rowman & Littlefield. This time, the focus is on summer reading programs, not just for kids, but for teens and adults as well. Details are available on the publisher's website, and you can also add the book on Goodreads.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Preschool Story Time, 6/14/17


The story time I performed on June 14th was my last one for the foreseeable future! With baby #3 due to arrive in mid-October, I won't be available to volunteer at the church anymore, and with my oldest already starting to read, I'm going to be shifting gears away from public story time and more toward our own homeschool. Since I won't be blogging here much, if you are interested in the musings of a homeschooling Catholic mom,  you are welcome to follow me over at Read-at-Home Mom.

Book: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
I would never read this to a large group, but for our small intimate setting, it was perfect. My three-year-old loves this book, and I think she enjoyed sharing it with her friends. I was impressed by how much captivated the toddlers were - quieter books do sometimes work with 18-month-olds.

Song: Sunny Day

Rhyme: Blue is the Lake

Book: Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
The rhythm of this book, the popular subject matter, and the brightly colored illustrations make it ideal for story time. It went over really well.

Songs with Shakers:



Book: Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek
The surprise pop-up at the end of this book is always a hit - especially with families who have never seen it before.

Song: Fly Like a Butterfly
I kept the Butterfly Butterfly book open to the last page and moved its wings a bit as we sang this song.

Song: Butterfly Gals

Book: Sleepy Oh So Sleepy by Denise Fleming

Song: Moon Moon Moon

Song: Mr. Sun

Song: Chickadee 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Preschool Story Time, 6/7/17



Book: Some Birds by Matt Spink
I have to admit that I hated the preachy "birds should be free" message at the end of this book, but I also thought it would be a crowd pleaser and I was not wrong. I also liked the eye-catching artwork, even if Birds by Kevin Henkes is an overall better choice.

Song: The Little Bird
I did this song without the ukulele, and had the kids do very simple motions. I think I still prefer it with the uke, but it went fine.

Rhyme: Two Little Black Birds

Book: Flamingos Fly by Douglas Florian
I chose this board book because my group is small, the pictures were bright, and the text invites lots of movement. Unfortunately, the movement aspect didn't really catch on, except with my own kids.

Song: Way Up in the Sky

Song: Mr. Sun

Book: Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer
This is a story about a grumpy penguin who washes his grumpiness away in the bath. It was probably the most forgettable book of the session, and the least truly bird-related story.

Song: Head and Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Song: Put Your Hands Up High

Book: Quack and Count by Keith Baker
I lost a couple of the toddlers (including my own) during this book, but the preschool-age kids did seem to enjoy it.

Song: Five Little Ducks

Song: Chickadee

Friday, July 7, 2017

August Story Time Themes


These story times themes for August are a mixed bag of my favorites that didn't quite fit in other months.



Berries


Suggested Books:
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Blackberry Ramble by Thacher Hurd 
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

Extension Activities



Australia



Suggested Books:
  • Hunwick's Egg by Mem Fox
  • Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? by John Butler 
  • Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields
  • Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes 


Extension Activities


Bedtime


Suggested Books:
  • The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo
  • Feet Go to Sleep by Barbara Bottner 
  • Tiger Can't Sleep by S.J. Fore
  • Tell Me About Your Day Today by Mem Fox
  • Little Donkey Close Your Eyes by Margaret Wise Brown

Extension Activities
  • Goodnight
  • Monkeys on the Bed
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star



Water


Suggested Books: 
  • All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon
  • Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
  • Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins 
  • Better Not Get Wet, Jesse Bear by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Row Row Row Your Boat by Iza Trapani

Extension Activities
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