Monthly Archives: September 2013

Storytime for Scooters: Letter C

LETTER C

OPENING SONG

(see first storytime for words)

BOOK

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My Car by Byron Barton

SONG

I’m driving in my car, I’m driving in my car.

Beep beep toot toot, I’m driving in my car.

I’m driving very fast, I’m driving very fast.

Beep beep toot toot, I’m driving very fast.

I’m driving very slow, I’m driving very slow.

Beep beep toot toot, I’m driving very slow.

BOOK

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

I have the caterpillar puppet from this book so I put that out. I also have a finger puppet butterfly that I brought out at the end. If I had a smaller group I also have plastic fruits of all the fruits he eats to make it a tactile story. ALSO, I used the pop-up book for this storytime. It is an AMAZING book for babies. They loooove it.

RHYME

I made this into a peek-a-boo magnet board similar to the hedgehog one I used this summer.

Fuzzy little caterpillar crawling on the ground.

We’ve looked and looked and hunted all around!

But fuzzy little caterpillar nowhere to be found.

Is the caterpillar under the watering can? NOO!

Is he under the flower? NOO!

Is he under the leaf? YESS!

BOOK

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The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

SONG

(to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The cows on the farm go mooo, mooo, mooo

Mooo, mooo, mooo

Mooo, mooo, mooo

The cows on the farm go mooo, mooo, mooo

All night long!

The sheep on the farm go baaaah baaaaah baaah…

The pigs on the farm go oink oink oink…

CLOSING SONG

(see first storytime for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Letter B

LETTER B STORYTIME

OPENING SONG

(see first storytime for words)

RHYME

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,

Baker’s man,

Bake me a cake

As fast as you can,

Roll it and pat it,

And mark it with a “B”,

And put it in the oven

For baby and me!

BOOK

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Birds by Kevin Henkes

RHYME

(Done with two finger puppet birds. Use intonation in your voice when saying soft and loud.)

Two little dickey birds

Sitting on a cloud.

One named soft.

The other named loud.

Fly away soft.

Fly away loud.

Come back soft.

Come back loud!

BOOK

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I am a Bunny by Ole Risom

SONG

One little, two little, three little bunnies

Four little, five little, six little bunnies

Seven little, eight little, nine little bunnies

Ten little bunnies HOP!

SONG

(tune of Row, row, row your boat)

Hop, hop, hop along

Bounce on mommy’s knee

Higher, higher, higher, higher

Bunny-hop with me!

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BOOK

Where is Baby’s Beach Ball? by Karen Katz

CLOSING SONG

(see first storytime for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Letter A

LETTER A STORYTIME

OPENING SONG

(see first storytime for words)

BOOK

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The Ants Go Marching by Rookie books

RHYME

The airplane has great big wings

(stretch arms out to side)

Its propeller spins and sings

(spin hands around fast)

The airplane goes up

(lift arms up)

The airplane goes down

(bend down, lower arms)

The airplane flies high

Over the town

(“fly” all around)

BOOK

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Airplanes by Byron Barton

SONG

When the horse wakes up in the morning he always says, NEIGH!

Cow, MOO!

Donkey, HEE-HAW!

Pig, OINK!

Sheep, BAA!

Duck, QUACK!

Chicken, CLUCK!

Dog, WOOF!

Cat, MEOW!

MAGNET BOARD BOOK

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Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Ten red apples hanging on the tree

Horse came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Neigh neigh neigh.

“Horse!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Nine red apples hanging on the tree.

Cow came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Moo Moo Moo.

“Cow!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Eight red apples hanging on the tree.

Donkey came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Hee-haw hee-haw hee-haw.

“Donkey!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Seven red apples hanging on the tree.

Pig came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Oink oink oink.

“Pig!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Six red apples hanging on the tree.

Sheep came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Baa baa baa.

“Sheep!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Five red apples hanging on the tree.

Duck came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Quack quack quack.

“Duck!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Four red apples hanging on the tree.

Chicken came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Cluck cluck cluck.

“Chicken!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Three red apples hanging on the tree.

Dog came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Woof woof woof.

“Dog!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

Two red apples hanging on the tree.

Cat came and ate one,

Munch munch munch.

Meow meow meow.

“Cat!” cried the farmer.

“Save some for me!”

One red apple hanging on the tree.

 “Good!” said the farmer.

“You saved one for me!”

Munch munch munch.

CLOSING SONG

(see first storytime for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Letter D

LETTER D

OPENING SONG

We clap and sing hello.

We clap and sing hello.

With our friends at storytime, we clap and sing hello.

We stomp and sing hello…

We wave and sing hello…

BOOK

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A Number of Dinosaurs by Paul & Henrietta Stickland

SONG

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

Stomp your feet…

Flap your wings…

Give a roar…

BOOK

 I could not find a duck book that I liked enough to read so I just did the song twice instead. I did this song this summer and the kids loved it so I knew it would be a hit.

SONG

Five little ducks

Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

Mother duck said

“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”

But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks…

Three little ducks…

Two little ducks…

One little duck…

Went out one day…

But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck…

Went out one day

Over the hill and far away

The sad mother duck said

“Quack, quack, quack.”

And all of the five little ducks came back.

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BOOK

Bark George by Jules Feiffer

SONG

(done with puppets of each animal)

I went to visit the farm one day, I saw a horse along the way.

What do you think the horse did say? Neigh neigh neigh.

Cow, MOO!

Donkey, HEE-HAW!

Pig, OINK!

Sheep, BAA!

Duck, QUACK!

Chicken, CLUCK!

Dog, WOOF!

Cat, MEOW!

CLOSING SONG

Can you kick with two feet, two feet, two feet?

Can you kick with two feet? Kick (x3)

Can you nod with one head…

Can you wave with two arms…

Can you kiss with two lips…

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Alphabet Storytime

This fall I started the alphabet storytime I was talking about over the past summer. I had started this particular theme of storytime when I was a librarian in Tennessee and only got to Letter H since I moved away. So I’m glad I can start it up again. Its a little different because this storytime is for 0-3 year olds. The books are quicker and the kids are noisier but it’s going great! When I was talking to people about doing an alphabet storytime for this age group I got a lot of, “But why? Babies can’t read.” I am aware of this. However, print awareness is an important part of learning to read later. So is phonological awareness. These are the kinds of things I’m going for in alphabet storytime. I also want them to get accustomed to books & enjoy reading them. Learn how to hold them. Know that they’re awesome & that the library is a great place! You can’t start that mantra too early in life.

In order for them to learn more about books I bought a complete set of Baby ABC to read at every program. Everyone gets to hold one and read one together as our opening book. Instead of reading we more or less sing the ABCs and turn the pages. I encourage parents to come to storytime early and have an experience with their child reading the book and talking about the images represented for each letter. I also give them a coloring sheet to take home with a different object represented than the ones we talked about in storytime. This is to encourage them to continue the talk through the week with other things that start with their new letter. There is (as always) free play after this storytime to encourage kids to stay and mom’s to interact with each other (and me!).  I also added a few themes in there that aren’t letters just to acknowledge major holidays and spread out the theme until Summer Reading starts. I’ve put in a picture of our calendar at the bottom of this post.

I’m already on Letter D so this week’s posts will be a little backwards. Tomorrow I’ll post my storytime outline for Letter D and then the next few days I’ll post what I did for A-C the past couple weeks.

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Illiteracy Lives On

32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. That’s 14 percent of the total population.

21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level

19 percent of high school graduates can’t read.

Why is this important?

85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate.

Over 70 percent of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.

Visit the American Library Association to learn more about what libraries are doing – and what you can do – to promote literacy. Your contribution can be as simple as reading stories to young relatives, volunteering to read at your local school or donating your unwanted books to libraries and organizations such as Housing Works.

Check out the complete article here.

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Mind.Blown.

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THIS is ridiculous. Mind boggling. Nonsensical. That link has 40 fore-edge paintings. Which is a technique of painting on the edges of the pages of a book. The artwork can only be seen when the pages are fanned. When the book is closed, you don’t see the image because it is hidden by the gilding. Four of the 40 are located at the University of Iowa: Special Collections & Archive library. Yay Iowa. The other 35 (there’s one other from a random library) are from the Boston Public Library. Oh of course they are. Crazy Boston. I miss you.

Anyway, check them out!

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