Monday, April 7, 2014

New Books for April!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Books:

My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker







Nighty-Night, Cooper by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger



Songs:

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)


Library News: 

We have just TWO more weeks of morning storytimes before we go on hiatus until the start of our summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, READ!"   I encourage our storytime families to continue doing many of the same things we enjoy at storytime:  read stories together, sing, pretend, say silly rhymes, play with puppets or stuffed animals, write and draw, etc.  These activities are so important for your child's physical, emotional and intellectual development.  And, perhaps just as importantly, these activities provide opportunities to hug, snuggle, and hold your little one.  What better way to say to your child: "I love you!", "I love being with you!", I think you are wonderful!"

Our Summer Library Program begins on Tuesday, May 27, with registrations beginning on Monday, May 19.




Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

Baby & Me


This Baby & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on Tuesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 3, 2014.

Book:
Rain, Rain, Go Away! by Caroline Jayne Church







Songs:

Let's Shout Hooray!
(tune: "Old MacDonald")

At storytime we have (child's name) today.
We're so glad let's shout hooray!



These Little Fingers
(tune:"The Wheels on the Bus")

These little fingers go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
These little fingers go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle,
And now they're on my...head!

There are endless possibilities when singing this song with your wee one!  For example:

Your fingers can go pat, tickle, rub, clap, wave, tap...
on your baby's feet, back, head, tummy, knees, cheeks...


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky,
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are!


Rhymes:

Dance Your Fingers Up

Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance your fingers to the side,
And dance them all around.

Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.

Since the babies had been playing with shakers and bells as they waited for storytime to begin, we adapted this song, replacing the word "fingers" with "shakers".


As I Went Walking to Town One Day
(Underlined words and syllables represent the 
stressed beats in this rhyme.)

As I went walking to town one day,
Oh, it was a sunshiny day!
As I went walking to town one day,
met a cow along the way!
And what do you think that cow did say?
Mooooo!

What other animals could you meet along the way? 
What sounds do they make?

Our activity this week was Board Books!
We enjoyed meeting new friends Allison and Layla on Tuesday!

Library News: We have just TWO weeks of Baby & Me Storytime remaining before my assistant and I go on hiatus.  Our break time will be spent preparing for our Summer Reading Program: "Fizz, Boom, READ!"  Be watching my blog, the library's website and our Facebook page for more information in the coming weeks!


Our next Baby and Me Storytime will be April 8 & 10, 2014!







Each Baby & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring is Here!

This Outreach Storytime was presented at Golden Hills Head Start classes on Monday, March 31, 2014.

Books:

Jo MacDonald Had a Garden by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant






Rabbits & Raindrops by Jim Arnosky









Songs:
I'm a Little Bunny
(tune: "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little bunny, my name is Joe.
I hop fast...and I hop slow.
Whenever I get sleepy, my ears droop low,
But after my nap, back up they go!


Rhyme:

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap!

Waving, waving, waving, waving,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.
Wave to me...I'll wave to you.

Now let's all say goodbye, bye, bye.








Each Outreach Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's Spring!!

This Outreach Storytime was presented at Welcome School on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Books:

Rabbits & Raindrops by Jim Arnosky





Jo MacDonald Had a Garden by Mary Quattlebaum, illustrated by Laura J. Bryant





Song:

I'm a Little Bunny
(tune: "I'm a Little Teapot")

I'm a little bunny, my name is Joe.
I hop fast...and I hop slow.
Whenever I get sleepy, my ears droop low,
But after my nap, back up they go!


Rhyme:

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap, clap, clap!

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap, lap, lap!

Waving, waving, waving, waving,
High up in the sky, sky, sky.
Wave to me...I'll wave to you.
Now let's all say goodbye, bye, bye.


My monthly visit to Welcome School is always highly anticipated, and this time was no exception!  The visit was full of laughter, beginning when Wesley decided to bring something hidden in his shell to Welcome School!  When he came out of my pocket I couldn't figure out why everyone was laughing so hard.  Then I looked at Wesley and instead of seeing this...





I saw what the children saw:






At the end of storytime the children taught me a song, as is our tradition.  The song didn't sound familiar although Mrs. Sloniker said I heard it while attending an OoeyGooeyLady workshop with the Welcome School staff. (I think I must have been in the ladies' room at the time!)
Here is a Youtube video of the song, "Waddaleeacha", featuring that same workshop speaker. Enjoy!

Another tradition we observe involves letting the children say goodbye to Wesley before we leave.  And I really do mean "say goodbye to Wesley"!  I rarely get an acknowledgement from children when Wesley is with me... but that's fine with me!
Children have the option of feeding Wesley imaginary food - usually something that falls into one of four broad categories: Drinks - milk and fruit juice are favorites; Fruits, Veggies and Other Healthy Stuff; Cookies, Candy and Birthday Cake (Wesley tends to have a birthday every few months!); and Main Dishes such as Pizza, Chicken Nuggets and Hamburgers!

At our visit today Wesley received many of these foods, as well as these gems!!:
"steak and milk"
"chapstick"
"smelly shoes"
"cooking spray" 

That reminds me - there is a FIFTH category: "things that Wesley should eat LATER or that need to be stored in his shell"!  Some children have figured out that, if they give Wesley a snack for later in the day or something like cooking spray, he will disappear into his shell, put the item where it belongs in his house, and POP back out again!  

Children take their play very seriously!!





Each Outreach Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bedtime Stories Night at Birchcrest Elementary!

This storytime was presented at Birchcrest Elementary School on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Books:


Press Here by HervĂ© Tullet

(Did you know there is POWER in your fingers?!  
This book demonstrated that all of our listeners have the magic touch!)



Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

(sung to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot": "It's time for little cows to rest their heads.   It's time for little cows to go to bed.  It's time for little cows to sleep so tight.  It's time for us to say...")





Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross

(Oh, no!  Hippopotamus has a spottamus on her bottomus!  What could it be??!)





Prairie Chicken Little by Jackie Mims Hopkins, illustrated by Henry Cole

(Mary McBlicken, the prairie chicken, hears "a rumblin' and a grumblin' and a tumblin'!  She knows it must be a stampede!!!  Or is it??!)



I had a tremendously good time at Birchcrest School!  It was great to see so many families reading together and sharing their love of books and great stories!


The students and adults also did an awesome job of helping me read my stories.  Their enthusiasm was contagious!

Congrats to the lucky winners of a free book from the Bellevue Public Library:
Stephanie, Nyagoa, Kaytlyn, Keldin, Kyleigh, Bianca, and Chloie!

  ~ Mrs. B.





Each Outreach Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Toddlers - Butterflies

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

Books:

Caterpillar's Wish by Mary Murphy







Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek




Songs:

Caterpillar, Caterpillar

(tune: "Frere Jacques")

Caterpillar (echo),
(wiggle one index finger to represent a caterpillar)
In my hand (echo),
Place index finger on open palm, then close palm to represent a cocoon)
Soon you'll be a butterfly (echo),
(slowly open hand)
And fly away (echo).
(take "caterpillar hand" and make flying butterfly motion)



Activities:

Children and parents had their choice of the following activities for playtime:

Hand puppets were put out so that they could be used to retell either of today's stories. We used the following puppets: Bee, Lady Bug, Caterpillar, Butterfly, and Spider.

Laminated Butterfly cards could be used to play Concentration or a simple matching game.

We also had our Zoo Photo Album available for those who wanted to take a closer look at the pictures from Buzz's trip to Henry Doorly Zoo!  Here are the photos I took when Buzz and I visited the Butterfly House:









 Our next Toddler Storytime will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.








Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Papa Bear & Me

This Papa Bear & Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Books:

Goodnight, Me by Andrew Daddo, illustrated by Emma Quay






My Grandpa by Marta Altes
 A wonderful, sweet book that focuses on a young bear who knows that grandpa "occasionally...doesn't recognize me...but my hugs can solve it."



My Dad by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Sean Julian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand






Rhyme:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, pat your knees.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down, please.

After the children did the actions to this traditional rhyme, I asked all the Papa Bears to stand up and do the rhyme with me as the children looked on.  It was great fun to get the dads involved, especially when we came to the part of the rhyme that says"...touch the ground."  There was a collective groan as the dads all reached down to the floor!

Thanks so much for joining me tonight for Storytime!  I hope to see you next month!

Our next Papa Bear and Me Storytime will be on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 7 PM!

~ Mrs. B




Each Papa Bear & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).