Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heartland Heroes Storytime ~ Military Heroes!

The 2015 Summer Reading Program, entitled "Every Hero Has a Story", has given Michelle and me a great opportunity to highlight the wonderful work done by many men and women in our community.  We decided to call our main storytime "Heartland Heroes Storytime" as a way to honor and feature a variety of professions that might be of interest to children.  Each week we will invite two Heartland Heroes to be our guest at Storytime, where they will answer questions from the children and chat with them informally about the work they do.

We have chosen the song "Superhero" by Go Fish, as our Heartland Heroes theme song for the summer!  Here is the YouTube link to the song.

Our storytime children are ready to teach you the actions to the song:

"I'm a superhero, flying around."

"No need to worry."

 "You're safe and sound."

"Battling evil, fighting for good."

 "I'm a superhero"

"In your neighborhood!"


Superhero, Superhero!

Superhero, Superhero, turn around.
Superhero, Superhero, touch the ground.
Superhero, Superhero, put on your suit.
Superhero, Superhero, put on your boots. 
Superhero, Superhero, jump up high!
Superhero, Superhero, fly, fly, fly!

"Superhero, Superhero, turn around!"

"Superhero, Superhero, touch the ground!"

Military Heroes

This week, our focus was on our Military Heroes.  Our guest on July 1 was TSgt Ryan Trickey, a weather forecaster with the Air Force.  Congressional candidate and retired Brigadier General Don Bacon, joined us on July 2. 

Used for Ryan Trickey's visit:

Carl's Nose by Karen Lee Schmidt

Nugget on the Flight Deck by Patricia Newman, illustrated by Aaron Zenz

Poco Loco by J.R.Krause and Maria Chua


There's a Puddle on the Ground
(tune: Farmer in the dell)

The wind is howling loud
The wind is howling loud
Swoosh ... woosh ... swoosh ... woosh
The wind is howling loud
Rain falling down - pitter ... patter
Puddle on the ground - splish ... splash

Used for Don Bacon's visit:

Alpha Bravo Charlie: The Military Alphabet by Chris Demarest

My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Kay Life


Five Little Fireworks
5 Little fireworks standing in a row
Then one little firework decides it's time to go
5...4...3...2...1... BLAST OFF!
4, 3, 2, 1
Twinkle Twinkle Fireworks
Twinkle, twinkle, fireworks,
flashing high above the earth.
All the shining sparkles say
"Happy Independence Day!"
Twinkle, twinkle, fireworks,
flashing high above the earth.

Each Heartland Heroes 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).

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