Monthly Archives: October 2014

Mies VanHout

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I love this woman. And all this time I thought she was a man. Sorry Mies! Her books are so good. If I had kids, which I don’t, I would make their nursery surrounding her images.  I was at her website just to see what else she writes and I found some great questions people have asked her. For example, why fish? The books I love are all about facial expressions. Surprise. Friends. Happy. And they take place on fish. This is what she says.

There are two important reasons. A fish is in fact a face with a tail. That makes it easy to give it a feeling. A fish is also a neutral animal. You don’t associate them with feelings. That makes them very suitable. For exemple : a very angry fish is no problem . A rabbit you don’t associate with rage.

So true. Also, she sells original drawings. And baby announcements. GAH! I might have kids just for those two things.

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Storytime for Scooters: Halloween

HALLOWEEN

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

SONG

The more we get together (ASL here)

BOOK

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Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex

RHYME

Little ghost, little ghost, flying through the air

Little ghost, little ghost, you’re tickling my hair!

Little ghost, little ghost, flying way down low

Little ghost, little ghost, you’re tickling my toe!

Little ghost, little ghost, circling all around

Little ghost, little ghost, please sit down!

BOOK

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Where is Baby’s Pumpkin by Karen Katz

SONG

(Tune: I’m a little teapot)

I’m a little pumpkin orange and bright (make a circle with hands)

You’ll see me on Halloween night (touch eyes)

Carve me a face and add a light (make a circle on face)

I’ll glow and glow throughout the night (open and shut hands for blinking)

RHYME

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate

The first one said “Oh my, it’s getting late!” (tap watch)

The second one said, “There are witches in the air!”

The third one said, “But we don’t care!” (shake head)

The fourth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!” (stomp feet)

The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun.”

Then oooooo went the wind (make sound)

And out went the lights (clap hands)

And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight (roll hands)

BOOK

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I’m not Afraid of Halloween by Marion Dane Bauer

SONG

If you’re a monster and you know it clap your paws…

Wiggle your claws…

Stomp your feet…

Chomp your teeth…

Shake your tail…

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Fall #2

FALL

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

SONG

The more we get Together

(I learned the ASL to this song so I think we’re going to sing it from now on. It’s a good one.)

BOOK

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Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright

SONG

(tune: London Bridge)

Autumn leaves are falling down,

Falling down, falling down.

Autumn leaves are falling down.

We love fall!

Take a rake and pile them up,

Pile them up, pile them up.

Take a rake and pile them up,

We love fall!

Jump in them and toss them up,

Toss them up, toss them up.

Jump in them and toss them up,

We love fall!

 BOOK

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Fall is not Easy by Marty Kelley

(made this into a magnet board)

SONG

 (tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red

orange and red, orange and red

The leaves of the trees turn orange and red

All through the town.

The wind in the trees goes whoo whoo whoo…

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down…

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish…

BOOK

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Let it Fall! by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Fall

FALL

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

BOOK

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I See Fall by Charles Ghigna

SONG

 (tune of The Wheels on the Bus)

The leaves on the trees turn orange and red

orange and red, orange and red

The leaves of the trees turn orange and red

All through the town.

The wind in the trees goes whoo whoo whoo…

The leaves of the trees come tumbling down…

The leaves on the ground go swish, swish, swish…

BOOK

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Barnyard Baby by Elise Broach

SONG

Old MacDonald had a Farm

BOOK

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Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson

I passed out colorful leaves that I found and laminated so we could talk about them in comparison to this book. Laminating them made sure that I can use them for next week’s storytime & that they didn’t get crunched or eaten.

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Books about Autumn

This is a great list of books for youngsters about autumn. I’ve added a few of my favorites that weren’t on the list.

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I See Fall by Charles Ghigna shows everything you can do when the weather is getting colder. It includes Halloween & Thanksgiving which makes it multifaceted for storytime purposes.

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Fall is for Friends by Suzy Spafford is apparently a series book. I’m not familiar with the series but I thought this was a cute representation of what happens when the leaves start falling from the trees.

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Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze! by Maureen Wright is such a cute book about the wind and the leaves. Poor bear thinks his sneezes are making the leaves fall. Gives a great opportunity for kids to help make wind sounds while you read.

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National Book Award Finalists

Apparently I’m not cool enough for NPR. I haven’t read any of the books on the National Book Award shortlist. I’ve seen some (and haven’t seen others). These are the ones I would consider reading.

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All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

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I just finished this book. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because I attempted to read his other series, Pillars of the Earth, and hated it. All of it. Could not do it. So instead, I watched the mini series. Which happened to be amazing. I wanted to try this book for sure because I’m super in love with the time period right now. I finished Downton Abbey season 4 which is around the same time and even has some overlap of historical characters.

Anywayyyy, since I knew this book might be a tough start, I started listening to it first. I can always get addicted to a book faster when listening on audio. Especially if the book is 1,000 PAGES and I don’t want to carry it or hold it. Etc.  So then I started reading it on my tablet. And then I got the real book because once you’re more than half way through a 1,000 PAGE book you have to feel accomplished by opening it up. I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping I enjoy the characters of the second book just as much. Second books in a series are notorious for being horrible, in my opinion, so I’m hoping that doesn’t happen.

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