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Maddie on Things

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Let me tell you about this adorable book, Maddie on Things. The dog’s name is Maddie. And she stands on things. That’s it. It’s a book of photographs of this adorable dog that stands on the most ridiculous things. I heard about it on a blog I read, Iowa Girl Eats. Which is an amazing food blog btw. Her son, who is 3(?) looks at the pictures and cracks up. It would be the best book for kids. Such a great conversation starter.Questions you could ask include…

What is Maddie standing on? Could you do that? (probably not the best question for dangerous photos, because there are some)

Is that silly? Why do you think she did that?

Is she hungry?

Is she a farmer? What kind of animals live on a farm?

IT IS THE CUTEST! Check it out asap. My favorite photo is below. I may or may not have previously stuck my dog in the fridge just like this..

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2016 Reading Challenge: a book about a road trip

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Books I Love: Storytime

So I’m finishing my Books I Love series of posts with storytime picks. I love storytime. I am possessive about my storytimes. I want them to all be cohesive and connected so the kids have a routine. But alas, when you work with other people that does not happen. It’s unfortunate. So I just have to stick with things I can control, like my awesome book choices! These are books I love to read all the time for any reason I can think of.

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My Garden by Kevin Henkes. I’m not one of those people who loves Kevin Henkes. I think he does a great job but this is actually the only book of his that I’ve read more than once and adore. He did win the Caldecott for Kitten’s First Moon but.. I don’t love it. BUT My Garden, I love it. You could read it for so many reasons. Moms, gardens, flowers, fruit, responsibility, growing things, humor! Forever and ever, amen.

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Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root. This book is so adorable. It has tons of baby animals with a non-gender specific baby at the end. Great for baby storytime. It rhymes and has animal sounds. It is just the best.

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Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler. I love both of these books, also for baby storytime. They talk about body parts, in case you couldn’t tell. Ten Little Fingers & Toes has great diversity and talks about different babies born in different parts of the world. And All of Baby talks about different ways you can use all your body parts. Both are so cute and encourage parents and children to participate in storytime by identifying their body parts together. FIND YOUR TOES!

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Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood. Sometimes I forget about this awesome book. Great for colors and animal storytimes. It could also be for seasons or flowers or whatever else the owl sees. Also has some nontraditional colors like pink and gold.

I could go on forever and ever. Don’t forget to check out my other Books I Love posts. Adult, YA, Kids Fiction & Kids Picture Books.

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The Boston Globe: Picture book Picks

Every Monday the Boston Globe** does Picture Book Picks and lists some of the best picture books being published. We, at my new library, order them. Some of the new ones just came in from the PBP a few weeks ago so I thought I’d tell you about them since they were pretty cute.

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Orion and the Dark written & illustrated by Emma Tarlett

Orion is afraid of the dark. He’s done everything he can think of to avoid this fear (i.e. eating lots of carrots to improve his night vision, dressing like an owl since they’re awake during darkness & seem to like it, painting his room with glow-in-the-dark paint…) but nothing seems to work. Then one night the Dark comes to him, says hello and invites him on an adventure to investigate whether or not the Dark is scary. They go see what the sounds are that seem scary but aren’t. They go into the sky where there is no light and Orion realizes the Dark can be fun. How he gets to this realization I’m not sure. And I also think that if reading this to a child who is genuinely afraid of the dark you may not alleviate their fear. Unless the Dark comes to visit them also, these are not practical things you could put in to practice to show them the dark is not scary. However, it’s still a cute story and the illustrations are great. Best for a one-on-one reading due to the small vignettes (like what he tries in order to avoid his fear).

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Marilyn’s Monster written by Michelle Knudsen illustrated by Matt Phelan

Michelle Knudsen is the author of the ever popular Library Lion. Matt Phelan is the illustrator (and writer in the case of these ->) of many wonderful books including Bluffton and Around the World, both of which I’ve read but apparently never reviewed. Ugh! He makes beautiful pictures so the combination of these two people has made a wonderful book about a girl named Marilyn who lives in a world where every child has their own monster. Oh what a world. Marilyn does not have her monster yet. The monster is meant to arrive when you least expect it, on the playground, in school or anywhere you could imagine. But hers never comes. She’s tired of seeing all her friends with their monsters and decides to take matters into her own hands and go looking for her monster. “That’s not the way it works,” says her brother. “Maybe my monster is different,” she responds. And so her monster is and there’s nothing wrong with being different! Cute cute book. Would definitely work for story time or group readings along with one-on-ones.

**The woman doing these reviews is Nicole Lamy. There is nothing of note in her Boston Globe description that includes Children’s services.

 

 

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Mother Goose on the Loose Kit

This is what you need to have a successful Mother Goose on the Loose. I am leaving my current library to go to another and will need to make up another MGOL kit so I’m making a list of what I have and what I need.

Carpet square set. These aren’t super necessary but they’re nice to have. MGOL encourages you to make the room into a semi circle to it’s easy to step around to pass out instruments, you can see all the kids faces and walk around without having to worry about stepping on fingers or toes. These squares make that layout easily apparent. It also gives you something to reference when you say, find your carpet letter! in order to make everyone sit back down.

Stuffed farm animal set. I got mine from Demco I think however when I just went to look they only sold them individually. Annoying.

Hand bell set. These are expensive, but worth it. When I bought them they were $3.36 not $8 something so maybe wait it out and check the price every once in awhile. If you have a small group of kids that you can talk to and stretch the program length a bit they are great conversation pieces. You can ask what animal is on their bell. What color it is. Have the kids whose animals are the same sing the song with you. Etc.

Colorful scarf set. I’ve heard that there are better ones than these that don’t fray on the edges as much but I’ve been fine with these. They’re reasonably priced and do the job.

You can do it without these next things, but I find them to be useful and the kids love them.

Spider puppet. Similar to this one but I know that I didn’t get it on Amazon.

Five Little Monkeys set. This is adorable and the kids love it. They always want to put the monkeys on their fingers during free play afterwards.

These are the toys I currently have for the kids to use in free play. I always buy the same toys (from Walmart) and I always try and get two of each of the popular ones so there’s an easy way to stop fighting during a time when someone doesn’t want to share. I attached links when possible. Toy phone (2), toy camera (2), wooden blocks, toy piano (not electronic), interlocking beads, toy cars (6), wooden puzzles (as many as I can afford), mystery shape bucket, stackable rings, plastic ball (I have this but don’t think I’ll buy it again).

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Storytime for Scooters: Valentine’s Day

VALENTINE’S DAY

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

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The More we get Together (with ASL)

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Love is You & Me by Monica Sheehan

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I Love You, You Love Me (with some ASL)

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Where is Baby’s Valentine? by Karen Katz

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Head Shoulders Knees & Toes

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Tuck-in Time by Carole Gerber

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Concepts

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

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The More we get Together (with ASL)

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Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt

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Head Shoulders Knees & Toes

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Hokey Pokey (by request)

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From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

I have a 25 book set of this particular title so we all got to turn the pages and read it together.

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Big Bug by Henry Cole

The concept of this book is way above my kids heads but we liked spreading our arms big and making our fingers together to show small. It also transitioned into Old MacDonald really well since it takes place on a farm.

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Old MacDonald

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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Storytime for Scooters: Bathtime

Oh my gosh the holidays are insane. Here’s my last storytime since I haven’t been around since we had two weeks off of programs.

OPENING SONG

(see week one for words)

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The More we get Together (with ASL)

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Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator

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Head shoulders knees and toes

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(tune Wheels on the Bus)

The hands on your arms go clap clap clap

The feet on your legs go stomp stomp stomp

The fingers on your hands go open and shut

The toes on your feet go wiggle wiggle wiggle

The eyes on your face go blink blink blink

The nose on your face goes sniff sniff sniff

The mouth on your face blows a kiss blows a kiss blows a kiss

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Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau

SCARVES

This is the way we wash our face…

CLOSING SONG

(see week one for words)

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