Friday, February 16, 2018

Dance Along Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum
    
 


  • Book #1 – Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh


  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Five Little Dancers (counting down rhyme I found at the Jen In the Library blog)

  • Letter of the Day - "D" is for dance


  • Activity – I Can Dance My Hands (action song to the tune of "The Farmer In the Dell" written by Carol Hopkins)
I can dance my hands, I can dance my hands, 
Dance them high, dance them low,
I can dance my hands.

I can wiggle my hands, I can wiggle my hands,
Wiggle them out, wiggle them in,
I can wiggle my hands.

(continue with more action words like clap, roll, etc.)

  
 

  • Art Experience – Crayons on a coloring sheet

Sunday, February 11, 2018

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

National Tell a Fairy Tale Day is coming up on February 25th.  Fairy tales and books go together so well and make for a simple library program.

Last year this day fell on a Saturday and we just expanded our regular Saturday Lego storytime.  It was so easy! Read a few books (more than our usual Lego storytime), do a craft, and put out the Legos.

 

Books:
Snoring Beauty by Bruce Hale, illustrated by Howard Fine
Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox, illustrated by Lydia Monks


Extra story:
"Cinderella's Rat File Folder Story" from Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan and Christin Kirker


Craft:
Create a fire breathing dragon using colorful paper cups, crepe paper, googly eyes, pompoms, glue, and color pens. The Sturdy for Common Things blog had good directions on how to make this dragon, but I found many variations on Pinterest and elsewhere.

I could easily turn this into an afterschool or evening library event. Last year, I considered this event to have a "happily ever after" ending.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Valentine Love Preschool Storytime

Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds:



  • Literacy activity flannelboard - Spelling the Word "Heart"
Hand each child a paper heart. The hearts have the letters for the word "heart" written on them. Then I write the letters on the board, one at a time, and the children bring up their hearts when their letter is written.  



  • Stand-up activity - Valentine, Valentine (action rhyme similar to the traditional "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around")
Valentine, Valentine turn around.
Valentine, Valentine touch the ground.
Valentine, Valentine blow a kiss.
Valentine, Valentine swim like a fish.
Valentine, Valentine give a hug.
Valentine, Valentine jump like a bug.
Valentine, Valentine find your feet.
Valentine, Valentine find your seat.

  • Sit down activity - Put Your Valentine On Your Nose (fingerplay written by Carol Hopkins)
Put your Valentine on your nose, on your nose
Put your Valentine on your nose, on your nose
It's a heart for love and friendship
A hug for everyone
Put your Valentine on your nose
Put your Valentine on your toes...
Put your Valentine on your head...

(repeat with more body parts)

 



  
  

  • Art experience - Use bingo dabbers and scissors to create a heart shaped Valentine card that says, "Love is easy to spot!"

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine Hearts Storytime

Storytime for 1 to 3 year olds:
  • Opening - Skinnamarink, Sticky Sticky Bubblegum

 


  • Stand-up Activity – "If You're Happy and You Know It" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  • Bridge - Open, Shut Them (fingerplay)
Open, shut them
(open and close hands)
Open, shut them
Give a little clap (clap)
Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Put them in your lap
(put hands in lap)

Creep them, creep them
Under your chin
(creep fingers up chest)
Open your mouth, but don't put them in
(do as words say)

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap
Open shut them
Open shut them
Put them in your lap 


  • Flannelboard - Eight Valentine Cards (counting  backwards story found in Artsy Toddler Storytimes by Carol Garnett Hopkins)

  • Letter of the Day - "V" for Valentine's Day


  • Activity – I Have a Little Heart (action chant I picked up someplace, I have seen different adaptations of it in many places)
I have a little heart
(hand over heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump
(pat chest with fingers)
It keeps right on beating when I jump, jump, jump
(jump)
I get a special felling when I look at you
(point to children)
It makes me want to blow a kiss or two
(blow kisses)

  • Closing - Dance with scarves using the song "Milkshake" from Songs for Wiggleworms by Old Town School of Folk Music

  

  • Art Experience – Peel and stick stickers onto paper hearts 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Favorite Books to Share with Library Field Trips and Outreach

The new year usually brings another round of field trips coming to the library and outreach adventures out to area daycare providers.  I am always looking for good books to share with the kiddos, especially ones that are not necessarily books I would use at my weekly toddler storytimes.  Here are some gems I plan to use:

  


Press Here by Hervé Tullet
The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert
Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

  


Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Charlie Chick: A Pop-Up Book by Nick Denchfield, illustrated by Ant Parker
Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Mark Fearing

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Miss Carol's Favorite Book Finds of 2017 - Non-fiction Children's Books

Every year I spend the last few weeks of the year compiling my favorite book finds of the year.  They are not always new books.  Just books I discovered for the first time and really, really liked.

CHILDREN'S NON-FICTION BOOK DISCOVERIES FOR 2017:

   


Balderdash!: JohnNewbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter Chronicles of the life of children's book pioneer John Newbery describing how he imagined books filled with stories, science and games before becoming a celebrated author and publisher, changing the literary world forever.

Caroline's Comets: ATrue Story by Emily Arnold McCully Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) was not only one of the greatest astronomers who ever lived but also the first woman to be paid for her scientific work. Together with her brother, they built the greatest telescope of their age, working tirelessly on star charts. Using their telescope, she discovered fourteen nebulae and two galaxies, was the first woman to discover a comet, and became the first woman officially employed as a scientist. The information from the Herschels' star catalogs is still used by space agencies today.

Grace Hopper : Queenof Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark Grace Hopper's passion for science and math led her to defy expectations. She joined the Navy during World War II, and wrote programs for the Mark I, one of the first computers ever built. Hopper coined the term "computer bug" and taught computers to "speak English."

 

Grandmother Fish: A Child’s First Book of Evolution by Jonathan Tweet, illustrated by Karen Lewis
Inquisitive young readers will delight in wiggling, chomping, squeaking, and hooting their way through our evolutionary family tree in this charming tale that answers one of life's biggest questions: where do we come from?

Whoosh!: LonnieJohnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate A love for rockets, robots, inventions, and a mind for creativity began early in Lonnie Johnson’s life. Growing up in a house full of brothers and sisters, persistence and a passion for problem solving became the cornerstone for a career as an engineer and his work with NASA. But it is his invention of the Super Soaker water gun that has made his most memorable splash with kids and adults.


SPECIAL VIDEO BONUS:


Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror Sixteen-year-old Haruka is on a mission to find her mirror, a precious childhood gift from her mother that mysteriously disappeared. While following a strange fox-like creature in the woods, she tumbles into a mystical world where once-cherished toys and treasures go when their owners neglect them. Join Haruka and her new friend Teo on a roller coaster ride of adventure as they contend with the island's greedy ruler, who wants the mirror for his own evil plan!

Miss Carol's Best Book Finds of 2017 -- Picture Books

Monday, January 1, 2018

Miss Carol's Favorite Book Finds of 2017 -- Middle Grade Books

Every year I spend the last few weeks of the year compiling my favorite book finds of the year.  They are not always new books.  Just books I discovered for the first time and really, really liked.

MIDDLE GRADE CHAPTER BOOK DISCOVERIES FOR 2017:

  



The Crooked Sixpence(The Uncommoners) by Jennifer Bell Ivy Sparrow and her big brother Seb discover a city beneath London where ordinary objects have magical powers.

If the Magic Fits(100 Dresses) by Susan Maupin Schmid Darling Dimple, a young orphan, discovers a closet full of magical dresses, each of which gives her the appearance of another person in the castle and that, along with her own magical abilities, helps her protect Princess Mariposa from betrayal as the castle swarms with suitors.

Mary Anning'sCuriosity by Monica Kulling A fictionalized retelling of the childhood of Mary Anning, one of the world's greatest fossilists.

  


Prisoner of Ice andSnow by Ruth Lauren When thirteen-year-old Valor is arrested, she could not be happier. Demidova's prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor's sister Sasha is already serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape ... from the inside.

Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino In twelve-year-old Giacomo's Renaissance-inspired world, art is powerful, dangerous, and outlawed. Every artist possesses a Genius, a birdlike creature that is the living embodiment of an artist's creative spirit. Those caught with one face severe punishment, so when Giacomo discovers he has a Genius, he knows he's in big trouble.

Space Case (Moon Base Alpha) by Stuart Gibbs Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, must solve the mystery behind the murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.

Miss Carol's Best Book Finds of 2017 -- Picture Books