Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21--Cats and Dogs

Here's one of my favorite dog books to share with children

Always in Trouble
by Corinne Demas; illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

And a favorite cat book...

Kitten's First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 20--Babies

A fun book about babies to share with preschoolers and early elementary aged children...

Baby Brains: The Smartest Baby in the Whole World
by Simon James

A great book about babies for parents to share with their little ones...

Ten Little Finger and Ten Little Toes
by Mem Fox; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Outreach Storytimes for November

I saw a lot of wonderful children at my outreach storytimes this month!  There was a wide range of ages, so I used a variety of books that best meet their needs.

I read three of the following books to each group...

Bear Says Thanks  by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

This is the Turkey  by Abby Levine; illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye

Albuquerque Turkey  adapted by B. G. Ford; illustrated by Lucinda McQueen

Thanks for Thanksgiving  by Julie Markes; illustrated by Doris Barrette

I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Pie  by Alison Jackson; illustrated by Judith Byron Schachner

Turkeys on the Farm  by Mari C. Schuh

Thank You, Thanksgiving  by David Milgrim

Five Silly Turkeys  by Salina Yoon

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano; illustrated by Lee Harper
(only read this one was a bit over the heads of the preschool children I visited...but a super cute book for older kids)

And sang 2 or 3 of these songs...

Thanksgiving Dinner
(Sung to: "Frere Jacques")

We eat turkey, we eat turkey.
Oh, so good. Oh, so good.
Always on Thanksgiving, always on Thanksgiving
Yum-yum-yum! Yum,-yum-yum!

Other verses:
Mashed potatoes
Homemade biscuits
Turkey dressing
Pumpkin Pie

Run Turkeys!
(Sung to: 1 little, 2 little, 3 little Indians)

1 little, 2 little, 3 little turkeys
4 little, 5 little, 6 little turkeys
7 little, 8 little, 9 little turkeys
10 little tur-r-keys!

Run, run, run little turkeys
Run, run, run little turkeys
Run, run, run little turkeys

Thanksgiving’s almost here!

Hello Mr. Turkey
(Sung to: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)
With a gobble, gobble, gobble (hand under chin, wiggle fingers)
And a wobble, wobble, wobble (shake body)
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you? (clap, clap)

Five Nervous Turkeys   My personal favorites!!
(Sung to: My Bonnie)

5 (4, 3, 2, 1) turkeys were getting quite nervous.
Thanksgiving Day soon would be back.
So one turkey put on a duck suit,
And now he says, “Gobble, gobble, quack!”

Baby Storytime--Animals!

Here is just a quick post about our Baby Storytime from last week.  We had a smaller crowd than usual--probably because of the cold.  We have just one week left in our "fall series".  I almost forgot to teach the parents the following rhyme!  We'll repeat it for a few weeks.  Thankfully it is a very easy rhyme!  (See a October 24 post for our other songs, rhymes and chants!)

In the Morning
(chant and gentle bounce)

When cows get up in the morning
They always say "Good Day"
When cows get up in the morning
They always say "Good Day"
"Moo, moo, moo" that's how they say good day
"Moo, moo, moo" that how they say good day.

We also did dog "woof" and cat "meow"

Read Aloud Book

Kiss, Kiss Good Night by Kenn Nesbitt; illustrated by Rebecca Elliott

Shared Reading

Variety of board books about animals, including:

What do you say  Mandy Stanley

Slide and Find Animals

November 19--Birds

Another tough one for me...I couldn't think of one off the top of my head.  But after one Google search for "bird books for preschoolers" I hit my head thinking, "Duh! I love this book! Why didn't I think of it on my own?"  This another one of those books that I read and read and reread to my daughters.  The reassurance that mom always comes back is sweetly told in the book about three owl babies!

Owl Babies
by Martin Waddell; illustrated by Patrick Benson

Food and Forests and Cows! Oh, My!

Yes, I am very behind with my Picture Book Month here are three in one!  And all of the themes I had a ready favorite!


Bunny Cakes
by Rosemary Wells
I read this book over and over and over again to my daughter.  She loved it!  We had the best time "acting" this book out.  I'm glad I still love it after all those readings!


Foggy, Foggy Forest
by Nick Sharratt
A fun book that uses your imagination!  I love the vellum pages!


The Cow that Laid an Egg
by Andy Cutbill; illustrated by Russell Ayto
A silly story about a cow that thought she laid an egg.  The chick sure showed the chickens at the end who real mother was!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Family Construction Zone

Saturday we launched a new program at the library.  Five different kinds of blocks were purchased and families had the opportunity to visit each block station to do some building.  This was an ideal time for parents/caregivers to interact and talk with their child(ren)...and even throw in some science and math vocabulary!

Each station had a board that named the blocks and gave adults ideas about questions to ask the child while they played and built.  Each also had a list of science and math terms you could use.

The Five Stations

Architectural Blocks

 Unit Cubes

Unit Blocks

 Foam Blocks

 Jumbo Foam Blocks

We didn't get nearly as many families as we had anticipated or hoped...but those that come had a great time and we will definitely be doing the program again!