Monday, October 31, 2016

It's Picture Book Month!

I'm so excited for Picture Book Month which starts tomorrow!  This year I have selected books that go with the daily themes that have been published in the 2015 or 2016.  In my position I don't get to see all the new picture books the library orders, so this is a way for me to see some new(ish) ones that slipped under my radar.

I am excited to share some picture books this month and hope I can "stay on top" of the daily blogging!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Autumn Baby Storytime

Two weeks without baby storytime for I was really excited to be back!  One of my babies who has been coming since they were 4 months old turned 1 last week!  Always exciting to celebrate their birthdays

Hands are Clapping
Hello Song
Little Bear
When Cows Get Up in the Morning
Tiny Little Babies
The Rain is Falling Down
The Itsty Bitsy Spider
Jack and Jill

Read Aloud Book
A is for Autumn
by Robert Maass
Letters A, B, C, F, L, M, O, P, R, Y

Shared Reading
A variety of board books with photographs including:

American Babies
Cover image for American babies / [The Global Fund for Children].

Play and Learn

The itsy, bitsy spider (start down, up, down)
Went up the water spout (up, down)
Down came the rain (middle--shake)
And washed the spider out (continue to shake)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain(up, down, up)
And the itsy, bitsy spider (down, up, down)
Went up the spout again. (up, down)

After the parachute we played with a variety of toys, including bean bags.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkin Storytime

Of course we needed a pumpkin storytime (or two!)


Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins
by Dianne Ochiltree; illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Pumpkin Cat
by Anne Mortimer

Pumpkin Trouble
by Jan Thomas


ABC Welcome

5 Little Pumpkins
5 little pumpkins sitting on the gate
The 1st one said, "Oh, my! It's getting late!"
The 2nd one said, "There's a chill in the air"
The 3rd one said, "But we don't care"
The 4th one said, "I'm ready for some fun"
The 5th one said, "Let's run, run, run!"
The whooooosh went the wind
And out went the lights
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

My Hands

Play and Learn

Explore pumpkins (measure, texture, magnifying glasses)

Sensory Bin (popcorn kernels, black beads, mini pumpkins)

Pumpkin Seed Counting game

Draw a jack-o-lantern face

Wooden Beads

Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Storytime

One of my favorite times of year!


Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep
by Maureen Wright; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

I Know It's Autumn
by Eileen Spinelli; illustrated by Nancy Hayashi


ABC Welcome

Somewhere online I found a super cute action poem about leaves...but of course, I can't find it now and it was one I'd have liked to use again!

Leaves on my shoulder,
Leaves on my knee

Hop, Hop, Stop!

After our Leaves song we sorted the leaves by color and made them into a graph

Play and Learn

Autumn Leaves Q-Tip painting

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Teeth Week/Alligator Storytime

It's Teeth Week!!  So to celebrate we had stories about an animal with big, scary TEETH...alligators!  It was a super fun storytime.  I think I will take it out to my preschool this month for my outreach storytimes!

Alan's Big Scary Teeth
by Jarvis
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Snip, Snap, What's That?
By Mara Bergman; illustrated by Nick Maland
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Which animal has the biggest, scariest teeth?
Shark (4)
Lion (1)
Alligator (3)
Hippo (2)
Tiger (3)


ABC Welcome Song

5 Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Hop, Hop, Stop!

Play and Learn

We were going to do some sponge painting but another library had taken the painting we just had to color instead.

Giant Teeth and Toothbrush (kids loved brushing!)

Stuffed Animals with teeth to brush




Bean Bags

Baby Storytime x2

Last two week of Baby Storytime.  I have meeting tomorrow and we have all staff day next Friday, so two weeks without my babies. Boo!


Hands are Clapping
Hello Song
Little Bear
When Cows Get Up in the Morning
Trot, Trot to Boston
Tiny Little Babies
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Wheels on the Bus (wheels, door, horn, babies)
Hey Diddle Diddle
Two Little Hands

Read Aloud Book

Week 1
Grandpa Loves You
by Helen Foster James; illustrated by Petra Brown

Week 2
I Love My Baby Because...
by Paullina Simons; illustrated by Cassia Thomas 
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Play and Learn