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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Books with Fall Covers

10 Oct

This was not an easy post to work, I first started by checking out middle grade and young adult titles with fall-looking covers, but it got too difficult, so I made my life a little easier and went with fall-themed picture books!fall covers.png

  1. Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak
  2. The  Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
  3. By the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriett Ziefert, illustrated by Mark Jones
  4. Autumn Is Here! by Heidi Pross Gray
  5. Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
  6. Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow
  7. Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, illustrated by Susan Swan
  8. Leaves by David Ezra Stein
  9. Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chad Cameron
  10. Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book


Flannel Friday: Fall Song

16 Sep


When Jbrary has a new favorite action song, I didn’t stop and pause, I just adapted it to fit what I needed most – a fall action/movement song for my storytime!  My kids have been HUGE fans of “Fruit Salad“, “Bubble Bubble Pop” and “Bananas Unite” and I can’t wait to share this new song with them too!

(I’m hoping that even though it’s a jack-o’-lantern and not a pumpkin it will still be okay holiday wise.  I don’t do a “Halloween themed” storytime, but I feel like even if you don’t participate, kids see jack-‘o-lanterns at houses in the neighborhood, at the store and around town.)

“A Yellow Squash”
Based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)

An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms in front of your body to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash

A yellow squash, a yellow squash

An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,

An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,

An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

Flannel Friday: Autumn Leaves

2 Sep


Autumn Leaves
(to the tune of: London Bridge)

Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
(arms up high like a tree then lower as song goes on )

Autumn leaves are falling down,
(lower your voice)

Down to the ground,
(squat down and continue with this finger play)

1 little leaf, 2 little leaves, 3 little leaves today.
4 little leaves, 5 little leaves, Whoo! Blow them all away!

Toddler Storytime Theme: Fun Favorites

5 Nov

15944567The kids were wired for storytime!  Because it was Election Day, the kids were out of school because some of the schools in the district act as polling places, so besides the Halloween candy, older siblings came to storytime as well and made it CRAZY!  But, the kids by and far loved reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with me and they still love 5 Little Leaves and The Acorn Song… what can I say?  The Jbrary librarians are genius!  Personally, I liked all my choices this week and especially love the Lola books because the story portrays a diverse family and the story is not actually about diversity – just another family’s day-to-day life!

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

13041615Early Literacy Tip: Does your child have difficulty sitting down with you to read a story?  Take time during meals, bath time and bedtime to show kids that reading can happen anytime, anywhere!  Or try reading while your child is playing, they may need to keep their hands busy, but they’re still listening!

Book 1: Little Mouse by Alison Murray

Transition:5 Little Leaves

Five little leaves so bright and gay,
Were dancing in a tree one day.
The wind came blowing through the town,
One little leaf came tumbling down.


Wiggles:The Acorn Song

I’m an acorn small and round
lying on the cold, cold, ground
people always step on me
that is why I’m cracked you see
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut (clack, clack)
I’m a nut, I’m a nut, I’m a nut (clack, clack)

Book 2: Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn

Transition: “Drivin’ In My Car” Ralph’s World

Book 3: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  by Bill Martin, Jr. (sung to ABC)

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

Harvest Festival

23 Oct

Tuesday evening we hosted a Harvest Festival for families and with 50 children registered, we ended up with over 70 in attendance (thank goodness we had enough supplies!) and I think everyone had a great time!  We had ten different stations for little ones and had some wonderful help from our Junior Friends (students in grades 5 – 8) to help us make sure everything ran smoothly.  I love these festival-type programs because families can do as much or as little as they want and aren’t required to stay for the entire program.  We ran the program for just an hour from 6:30 – 7:30pm and the families stayed for about 45 minutes for the most part and then took kids home to get them to bed. We also were very specific in choosing are activities, staying away from more “Halloween” activities and focusing more on fall fun!

  1. Which Squirrel Has the Nut
    1. The typical carnival game where you hide a ball or in our case, an acorn, under one of three cups and you mix them around and have the person guess where the acorn is.  I used Solo cups with a clip art picture of a squirrel glued to it.
  2. Leaf Craft
    1. This is a simple craft that requires leaves, Popsicle sticks, and googly eyes.  I was going to collect leaves outside, but we ended up just picking up some fake leaves from the dollar store.
  3. Leaf Tic-Tac-Toe
    1. Your typical game of tic-tac-toe, but instead of x’s and o’s, we used two different types of leaves and a large piece of posterboard for the tic-tac-toe board.
  4. Read Aloud
    1. We had a middle school student help us with this station and she read The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz every ten minutes throughout the hour.
  5. Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight
    1. An easy station, a rather large pumpkin and the kids can write down their guess as to how much it wears.  Our pumpkin weighed in at 7.75 lbs (but felt much heavier!)
  6. Gourd Bowling
    1. We used empty water bottles with a little rice in the bottom for the pins and those bumpy round gourds for the bowling ball.
  7. Find the pumpkin in the haystack
    1. We bought a small bale of hay from a local garden center and put in one of those big tubs and hide little toy pumpkins in the hay for the kids to find.
  8. Candy Corn Spoon Relay
    1. This event can be done in any number of ways, most of the kids just tried to scoop as much candy corn on a spoon and move it from one bowl to another bowl a few feet away during a specific amount of time.
  9. Pumpkin’ Chuckin’
    1. This was an adorable activity, but make sure you have regular size toilet paper rolls, apparently I buy the super, extra big ones because it was a lot harder to wrap them in the orange felt.
  10. Paint Your Own Pumpkin
    1. This was the only station that required anything from the families themselves.  If they wanted to participate, they had to bring a pumpkin with them, we had all the paint and brushes.
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