Saturday, July 4, 2015

Issun-Boshi: Little One-Inch Samauri Puppet Show

Our second week of summer reading brought us a true hero's story!

Although we were coming up on a holiday weekend we still had a decent crowd for the puppet show!  One family had seen the show at another library earlier in the day and came to see the show again! (That's saying something!!)

The kids learned a little Japanese lullaby to sing during the first "act"


The kids just laughed and laughed when the mom walks away and the baby starts crying!

Here are some (kind of dark) pictures from the show:

After the show the puppeteer "opened up" the stage so we could see "behind the scenes"!

Bugs! Storytime

I was able to present this storytime at two different libraries--one preschool storytime and my regular "all ages" storytime.  It was a fun theme!


I Love Bugs
by Emma Dodd

The Very Lazy Ladybug (pop-up edition)
by Isobel Finn and Jack Tickle

Songs/Rhymes/Flannel Board

Pretty Ladybug (Wednesday)
Ladybug has one black spot
One black spot, one black spot
Ladybug has one black spot
Pretty Ladybug!

Ladybug has two black spot
Two black spot, two black spot
Ladybug has two black spot
Pretty Ladybug!

Continue adding one spot until you have six (three on each wing).

For the preschool crowd I made sure to use math terms such as add, plus, equals.

Bugs in the Yard (Thursday--because I lost my ladybug!)
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The cricket in the leaves goes
Jump, jump, jump
Jump, jump, jump
Jump, jump, jump
The cricket in the leaves goes
Jump, jump, jump
In my backyard!

Additional verses:

Bee in the flower goes buzz, buzz, buzz

Butterfly in the yard goes flutter, flutter, flutter

Ants in the grass go march, march, march

There's a Spider on the Floor

There's a spider on the floor, on the floor
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor
Who could ask for any more
Than a spider on the floor
There's a spider on the floor, on the floor.

Knee--"Oh, how can it be? I've got a spider on my knee!"
Tummy--"Oh, it really isn't funny! I've got a spider on m tummy!"
Arm--"It doesn't mean any harm this spider on my arm!"
Face--"Oh, what a big disgrace! There's a spider on my face!"
Head--"Oh, I wish I was in bed! There;s a spider on my head!"

Floor--"Who could ask for any more than a spider on the floor!"

Play and Learn

Caterpillar Pencil

Bug Cutting Practice

Ladybug Coloring Sheet

Feelings Book [craft highlighting Social-Emotional domain]

Duplos (Thursday)

Getting Ready for Kindergarten: Physical

As part of our summer reading program for the preschool and all ages storytime the Develop Young Learners Team put together 7 weeks of special activities that highlight the six domains (+ science) of early learning (WaKids):  Physical, Social-Emotional, Language, Literacy, Cognitive,  Math (and we added science to the mix).

I developed the activity for physical domain--Animal Movement Cubes.

A child chooses six of the twelve animals to cut out and glue onto a 3x3 box.

The child rolls the dice and then moves like that animal.

Here is the take-home handout I made for parents and caregivers:

The children really seemed to enjoy making and playing with the animal cube! :)

Let's Get Moving! Storytime

Our first week of "official" summer reading storytimes!!


Get Up and Go!
by Nancy Carlson

From Head to Toe
by Eric Carle

Song/Flannel Board

Crazy Traffic Light (adapted)
[words coming soon]

Play and Learn

Make an animal movement cube (more info here)

Let's Get Moving Outside!!


Hula Hoops

Rainbow Ribbons

Sidewalk Chalk
Beanbag Toss

We had a blast playing outside!!  Thankfully it wasn't too hot and we had lots of shade!

Baby Storytime--Mommies and Babies

Summer is always an interesting time with so much going on in and out of the library!  I am trying to keep up!

Words can be found at this post

[June 26]
Clap, Clap, Clap (Welcome)
We Sing Hello
Little Bear
Here are Baby's Eyes
As I Went Walking to Town One Day
This Little Piggy
Hug, Hug, Hug (Good-bye)

[July 3]
Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
Here are Baby's Eyes
As I Went Walking to Town
Hickory Dickory Dock
Tick, Tock
Hug, Hug, Hug

Read Aloud

I Love My Baby Because...
Paullina Simons; illustrated by Cassia Thomas

[June 26, 2015]

Baby Love
by Angela DiTerlizzi; illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes

[July 3]

Shared Reading

Variety of books about mommies and babies including You Are My Baby series by Lorena Siminovich

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Knights of Veritas

Summer Reading has (finally!) started!!  Our first presenter were the Knights of Veritas!  We had a great turn out and learned a lot about knights and the Middle Ages!  

This is officially called "mail" NOT chain mail
Took two years to make this by hand!

The kids loved seeing the knight get into all his armor!

We learned about the Code of Chivalry

Courage * Courtesy * Prowess * Humility * Justice * Faith * Loyalty  Generosity *  Honor
(Makes me think of the Knights' song in Quest for Camelot!)

We also got to look at some artifacts--super cool!

The best part?  Everyone got the opportunity to put on the helmet and hold a sword!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Guessing Books

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A great way to have children participate in storytime is to read a guessing book.  If your group is large you can have children “tell their grown-up” what they think the answer is; if your groups is small you can have children call out what they think before turning the page or lifting the flap to reveal the answer.

One of my favorite books to share with children is Laura Hulbert’s Who Has These Feet? 
The children love to guess what animal has each set of feet…some are easily guessed right away; other times the feet are a little more tricky, but it makes the kids stop and think.  Sometimes I will give them additional clues to help them figure out the animal.

Other guessing books you may enjoy sharing in storytime:

Who has this tail? 
by Laura Hulbert; illustrated by Erik Brooks
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Guess what I see? 
Liesbet Slegers

I Spy [Pets; On the Farm; In the Sky; Under the Sea] 
by Edward Gibbs

The Foggy, Foggy Forest 
by Nick Sharratt

Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game 
by Mary Elting & Michael Folsom; illustrated by Jack Kent
(for older children) 

How will we get to the beach? 
by Brigitte Luciani

What other “guessing” books have you used in storytime?