Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Books for December!

This storytime was presented at the Bellevue Public Library on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

Lola Goes to Work by Marcia Goldman
This is a new book, found in our nonfiction section, that tells the true story of Lola's transformation from a puppy to a certified therapy dog!


Best Foot Forward by Ingo Arndt
Another new nonfiction selection, this book features close-ups of creatures' feet.  Can you figure out who these feet belong to??

The Little Red Hen retold by Mary Finch, illustrated by Kate Slater, narrated by Debra Messing
This book includes a CD of actress Debra Messing reading the story of The Little Red Hen.  You can listen to the story with musical accompaniment, without any music, or with sounds to indicate page turns.



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!)

Good Morning!
(tune: "Frere Jacques")

Good morning! (echo)
How are you? (echo)
I'm so glad to see you! (echo)
Wesley is too! (echo)

If You're Ready For a Story
(tune: "If You're Happy and You Know It")

If you're ready for a story, take a seat.
If you're ready for a story, take a seat.
Clap your hands and stomp your feet,
Make your hands all nice and neat.
If you're ready for a story, take a seat.

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 good bye, bye, bye!

At the end of Storytime we were greeted by Brody and Pepper, two of our Pawsitive Reading dogs who visit the library each month!  They decided to come and say "Hi!" to children and let parents know about our program in which children may practice their reading skills by spending time reading to one of the dogs!  Here are a few pictures:

Playtime Activities:
Due to a rather late start - I think everyone was caught off guard by the frost on their windshields, and the windchill that made coats, hats and mittens a necessity - many of our parents arrived late for today's storytime. 

We had planned to have some fun with our parachute but we ran out of time, 

so I promised the children we would include it in next week's activities!

Next week's theme: "Christmas With Our Friends!"

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.

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