Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rise and Shine Storytime

We're ready for some SUN around here!!

Millie Wants to Play!
by Janet Pedersen

Wake Up, City!
by Erica Silverman; illustrated by Laure Fournier

Wake Up, It's Spring!
by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Graph Question
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Make your bed, eat breakfast, play, get dressed

Songs/Magnet Board

ABC Welcome

Are You Sleeping?

Hello, Springtime
(tune Goodnight Ladies)

Hello blue skies, hello blue skies
Hello blue skies.  We're glad you're here today.

Green grass
Blue bird

Play and Learn

We have been instructed by our supervisor to not do arts and crafts every week (due to the prep time).  So this week I invited the children to trace a cardboard circle and create a sun.  For many this was the first time they "traced".

Balance Bears
Crazy Straws and felt circles

Friday, March 24, 2017

Lego Night

A local elementary school invited the library for their 3rd annual Dad & Sons Lego Night!  We have attended all three years, but I didn't get to go last year, so I was excited to be back!

I took 16 tubs of Legos and 4 tubs of Duplo.  Next year I will plan on taking 24 tubs of Legos and 8 Duplo!  It was a great turn out with just over 100 in attendance!

This year I made up 8 different Lego Challenges and had a few on each of the tables.  Several kids enjoyed doing the challenges!

  • Build something with a "handful" of Legos
  • Build something in less than a minute
  • Build something using only one color
  • Build something using only 2x2 bricks
  • Build something using just one hand
  • Build a bridge
  • Write your name in Lego
  • Build a tic-tac-toe game and play it with someone

Here are some photos from the event

Three challenges in one!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Baby Animal Storytime

You know how sometimes one child can change the whole feel of storytime?  Well, I had one today who would just on cooperate (with me or her parents).  It really threw the first half of storytime 'off'.  Her parents took her out half-way through...I do hope they try again another time!


Baby Swap
by Jan Ormerod; illustrated by Andrew Joyner

Animal Babies in Rain Forests (selections)
Jennifer Schofield

Look Inside a Robin's Nest
by Megan Cooley Peterson

Songs/Magnet Board

Are You Sleeping?
**the kids loved the song**

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Baby crocodile, baby crocodile?
Wake up baby crocodile
Wake up baby crocodile
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!

Continue with other baby animals:  elephant (stomp), tiger (grrrr), cheetah (run), bird (fly)

Little Bird (Magnet Game)

Little Bird, Little Bird
Come out and play!
What color nest are you in today?

Graph Question
Which baby animal is the cutest?
Penguin (5)
Monkey (3)
Chick (3)
Kitten (9)

Play and Learn

Build a Nest

I got the idea from Buggy and Buddy, but I didn't make any kind of sample, just had circles punched out for the birds and the half circle traced for them to cut out so it became more of a process art activity.  They loved the feathers!


Egg Puzzles

Baby Animal Matching Game


Grumpy Storytime

My grumpy themed storytime went over so well I decided to take it to an all ages storytime and a outreach storytimes this month.  I added some additional books to the mix.


The Very Grumpy Day
by Alison Edgson

Grumpy Pants
by Claire Messer

The Grumpy Pets
by Kristine A. Lombardi

Hooray for Hat!
by Brian Won
* The kids loved to cheer "Hooray for hat!"


If You're Ever Feeling Grumpy
(tune: Did you ever see a lassie?)

If you're ever feeling grumpy, so grumpy, so grumpy
If you're ever feeling grumpy just stomp your feet
Stomp this way and that way and this way and that way
If you're ever feeling grumpy just stomp your feet.

Jump up and down
Flap your arms
Spin around

If You're Happy and You Know It


Clap your hands, stomp your feet, shout hooray!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Celebrate Any Day at Storytime!

I got an awesome calendar for Christmas called “Every Day’s a Holiday”.  

It has been fun to explore all the weird, wacky, and unique holidays out there!  I’ve found that some of these “holidays” can easily translate into a fun, interactive storytime theme!

April 10th is Sibling Day so I’m putting together a storytime about brothers and sisters.

When was the last time you did a storytime featuring turtles?  Well, Turtle Day is May 23rd! 

There are lots of fun pirate picture books out there, so why not celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th?

Some holidays lend themselves to multiple possibilities such as Lost Sock Day on May 9th.  You could do a “Shoes and Socks” theme or a “Lost Items” theme.

And don’t forget all those yummy food “holidays”! 
January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day (Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson)

Watermelon Day is August 3rd (Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli)

Cookie Day on December 4th (Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington).

Check out this website for lots of other interesting “holidays” you could celebrate!

What days will you be celebrating in storytime this year? 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Guessing Books Storyitme

Outreach Storytime
(one class it went over really well; then next not so much)


Who Has These Feet?
by Laura Hulbert; illustrated by Erik Brooks

Guess Whose Shadow?
by Stephen R. Swinburne

I Spy in the Sky
by Edward Gibbs


I Can Walk on Two Feet

I can walk on two feet
On two feet, on two feet
I can walk on two feet
All day long.

Run, jump, tiptoe, march
Hop on one foot

My Hands

My hands upon my head I'll place
Upon my shoulders, on my face
At my waist and by my side
And then behind me they will hide
Then I will raise them way up high
And let my fingers fly, fly, fly
Then clap, clap, clap
And 1, 2, 3
Let's sit down, quietly.

Baby Storytime--Singing Books

We have done books that sing for the last several weeks.  Here is what we have done! (1 read aloud each week)


*Hands are Clapping
*Hello Song
*Little Bear
*When Cows Get Up in the Morning
*Tiny Little Babies
Jingle Bells
Where is Thumbkin?
I'm a Little Teapot
Pease Porridge Hot
Hickory Dickory Dock
Two Little Hands
One Bright Scarf

*We did these every week

Read (Sing) Aloud
(1 book each week)
The Babies on the Bus
by Karen Katz

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
(sung to: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
by Bill Martin Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Jane Cabrera

Shared Reading
A variety of board books that can be sung!  Including:

Old MacDonald
by Rosemary Wells

Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Annie Kubler

Flannel Board

I created a super simple flannel board story for the babies to go along with Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  I just cut circles out of felt for all of the the different colors in the book.  As I recite the book I put up the corresponding colored circle.  This emphasizes color names.

Play and Learn

A new thing I have introduced to the babies is the Flannel Board!  I gathered simple flannel board pieces from several of our already made flannels.  These are just one piece and have no parts (choking hazard).  Each week more and more babies give it a try!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Number Storytime

A storytime emphasizing math concepts...


Billions of Bricks:  A Counting Book about Building
by Kurt Cyrus

Ten Puppies
by Lynn Reiser
I really like this book because it shows all the combinations of making ten (10 & 0; 9 & 1 and so forth.  There are always 10 puppies)

Graph Question
How old are you?
3 years old--7
4 years old--6
5 years old--3
Another age--2

Songs/Flannel Board

Five Little Dinosaurs
(counting up)

One little dinosaur went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
He had such ENORMOUS fun
He called another dinosaur to come

Two little dinosaurs went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
They had such ENORMOUS fun
They called another dinosaur to come

Continue counting up through 5

Five little dinosaurs went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
They had such ENORMOUS fun
That they played and played until the day was done!

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
(counting down)


Play and Learn

Sensory Bin (with beans and magnet numbers to find)

Pool Noodles
(cut into fourths and side cut so they can be put on side of table)  One little boy found a new way to play with them!

Counting Cars

Button Sort

Straws and Connectors