Monday, July 30, 2012

A Break from Storytime

I am sad to announce that I will no longer have a story time program at my library. Due to the failure of our library funding initiative I have had to cut most programs from the library budget. I still plan on posting here and there and will update the themes with new books as they come across my desk. Keep that creativity alive for me!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Storytime: Library Time

I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel
Mr. Lobster & Mrs. Crab
Carlo Likes Reading by Jessica Sanyol
Hickory Dickory Dock
Feltboard: Book! Book! Book!
Book! by Kristine O'Connell George
Grand Old Duke of York
Listen to the beat
Balloon Float
Row Your Boat
Close Your Eyes
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Read It, Don't Eat It! by Ian Schoenherr

Feltboard: Book! Book! Book!

Based on the book:
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss

Feltboard pieces from Microsoft Clip Art

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Every Child Ready to Read

From Every Child Ready to Read®, 2nd Edition

Adapted by Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System

This handout is full of great tips to share with parents during storytime!


Feltboard: Five Little Birds

Five little birds flying around my door
The orange one flew away, and then there were four

Four little birds sitting in a tree
The purple one flew away, and then there were three

Three little birds didn't know what to do
The red one flew away, and then there were two

Two little birds sitting in the sun
The green one flew away, and then there was one

One little bird sitting all alone
She flew away, and then there were none

But later on that day.... (bring back all the birds)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Storytime: Birds

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
2 Little Blackbirds
Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
Owl Hokey Pokey
Don't Copy Me by Jonathan Allen
Feltboard: 5 Little Birds
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Tip: Singing is a great way to help children learn new words and information. Songs are a natural way to learn language.
This is the Way we Plant the Seeds
Birds by Kevin Henkes

Host puppet is Naughty Crow. He is always so fresh to the kids and tends to go after the shiny jewelry worn by moms in the group. I hope he is on his best behavior today. He will introduce the theme and will do the Owl Pokey with us and will help me do the feltboard as well. I won't make him do yoga today though ;)

Children who start kindergarten ready to learn to read have greater success throughout their school years. They are more likely to read at or above grade level by the end of 2nd grade. Children who read at or above grade level by the end of 4th grade are much more likely to graduate from high school and be successful readers and learners throughout their lives.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Storytime: How Kind! (or not so kind sometimes)

Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galloway
Mrs. Crab
Mine! by Shutta Crum
Roll Your Hands
Me Want Pet by Tammi Sauer
If Your Happy and You Know It
Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen
Where is Thumbkin?
How Kind! by Mary Murphy

I've Got a Cold

I’ve got a cold (point to yourself)
My nose can’t smell (point to your nose)
My eyes are red (point to your eyes)
I don’t feel well (hand on forehead)
So I’ll drink my juice (pretend to drink)
And go to bed… (fold hands under head)
My nose feels better (point to nose)And so does my head! (point to head)

from SurLaLune Storytime

Monday, March 5, 2012

Storytime: Dance

Hurry Up, and Slow Down by Layn Marlow
The grand Old Duke of York
Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont
Hokey Pokey dance
The Best Picnic Ever by Clare Jarrett
If Your Happy and you know it song
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andrae

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

STORYTIME: 2/14/2012 Pets

Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh
My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee
Dino Pets by Lynn Plourde
Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser
What Pet to Get by Emma Dodd

Friday, February 3, 2012

STORYTIME: 2/7/12 Dinosaurs

Brontorina by James Howe
Dinosaur, Dinosaur Turn Around
Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
Parachute Play
T is for Terrible by Peter McCarthy
The Dinosaurs
How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen

Craft: Baby Dino in it's shell

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Storytime 1/31/2012 Whooo Whooo

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Wide Eyed Owl Fingerplay
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
I'm Not Scared by Johnathan allen
Who Said Coo by Deboarah Ruddell

Horsey, Horsey

Horsey, horsey, don't you stop.
Just let your feet go clippety clop.
The tail goes swish and the wheels go 'round,
Giddy up, giddy up, we're homeward bound.

Frere Jacques

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping,
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning Bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding, ding, dong, ding ding dong.

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques,
Dormez vous? Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Ding, ding dong, ding ding, dong.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1/24/2012 Winter

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Itsy Bitsy Spider
One Mitten byKristine O'Connell George
Animal Tracks Game
Whose Footprints by Molly Coxe
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

Thursday, January 5, 2012

STORYTIME: 1/10/12 Imagine

Yes Day by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
A Delicious Cake
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli
How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Squeak-a-Lot by Mertin Waddell- Charming book. Some wonderful audience participation and the story repeats so it is great for your 2 year-olds as well as pre-school age kids.

Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun- Super cute illustrations. A lil mouse does not want to go to bed alone because he is is scared. Can he overcome is fear of sleeping alone?

Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George- I randomly found this book in the stacks and love it. Brilliant illustrations. Story of what an inside and outside mouse's life is like. I especially like it because each page spread has the inside mouse on the left and the outside mouse on the right. Great for a storytime about comparisons too.

The Doghouse by Jan Thomas- I love Jan Thomas's sense of humor. This books is interactive with the audience and creates a sense of drama and suspense not often achieved with picture books. Really funny!

Busy, Busy Mouse by Virginia Kroll- On one page is a busy family going about their day. On the opposite page is the mouse in his hole in the wall. Have the kids tell the story of what the mouse is doing after you have read about what the busy family is up to.


What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park- What a charming read. The bunny is possibly the cutest thing ever! Introduced kids to colors and kinds of flowers in the garden. An all around wonderful read aloud.

What's the Matter, Bunny Blue? by Nicola Smee- Little bunny lost their grandma. Will she find her? The refrain Boo Hoo Hoo can be fun to have the kids practice their melodrama by saying it along with you.

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems- A modern day classic about a little child who loses their favortie stuffed bunny and the angst it causes the family.

Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson- Lovely realistic painted illustrations. A very sweet story.

Oh So Tiny Bunny by David Kirk- A great use of simple metaphors for very young readers. Lovely illustrations, and a very typical plot line. Bunny is having fun but then realizes he needs a friend. Why can't these picture books let lonliness be okay? Let playing alone sometimes be nessesary?

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown- A classic but brilliant nonetheless.

Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks- Cute, fun rhyme and onomonopeia.

Ribbit Rabbit by Candace Ryan- Bunny and froggie: an unlikely friendship.

The Bunnies are not in their Beds by Marisabina Russo- Excellent bedtime story. A great refrain to have the gang join in on.

My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann- Caldecott winner. Lots of wordless pages to facilitate storytelling with the kids.

Chloe/  & Henry in Love by Peter McCarthy-