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#blogbookaday: When’s My Birthday?

11 Jan

13Summary:  “In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.

when’s my birthday?
where’s my birthday?
how many days until my birthday?

i’d like a pony for my birthday
and a necklace for my birthday.
i’d like a chicken for my birthday.
i’d like a ball to bounce and bounce.

i’d like a big cake on my birthday
with lots of chocolate on my birthday
and lots of candles on my birthday
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Written from a child’s impatient perspective, this adorable birthday story is one that you hear from kids all the time as they anxiously await their own special day! Julie Fogliano’s poetic verses run at a breakneck pace as questions and statements collide as the narrator gets more and more excited about her birthday. Christian Robinson’s collage style showcases candles, cake, balloons and all things birthday (including a chicken!) with a simple style that is child-like and perfect! This is the perfect title for your own soon-to-be six year old (or anyone for that matter) who can’t wait for their birthday day to come!

Personal Reaction: With my own birthday just a couple days after Christmas were always very careful to make the day special with a special out-to-eat lunch wherever I wanted to go just me and my dad, to picking my favorite food for dinner and choosing what kind of cake I wanted (in a house with three siblings – these were all really exciting choices to be able to make!) I remember even though Christmas was a big day, celebrating my birthday meant so much to me!

Title: When’s My Birthday?
Author: Julie Fogliano
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree (or non-book bookworm items)

20 Dec

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  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling
  2. 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Book of Precepts by R.J. Palacio
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  4. “When in doubt go to the library” print (Etsy.com)
  5. Library Card Tote Bag (Out of Print)
  6. Bibliophilia: 100 Literary Postcards (Obvious State)
  7. Aged Page Candle (Etsy.com)
  8. Little Free Library (Little Free Library)
  9. Girl In the Library Print (Eric Carle Museum)
  10. Anne of Green Gables scarf (Storiarts)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

Happy Birthday Tera! (The Library Turtle)

3 Jun

On Monday evening we celebrated our library turtle’s 15th birthday!  She is a staple here in our library; the kids absolutely adore her and she is very social with the children as well!  Some children just stop to say “hi,” while others show off the books they plan on checking out and still others use our turtle as a reading buddy – reading aloud to her.  And she definitely responds, she’ll swim around her tank, watch the kids as they press their faces up to her and soak up all the attention.

We decided that a birthday party was in order for one of the most beloved “staff” members of the library.  So it all began with a great scrub-down of her tank and her (which she wasn’t a fan of) and concluded with cupcakes and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday!”  We ended up with about 25 kids ranging from 2 – 8 years old and their adults.

The first thing we did was to sing the fingerplay “There Was a Little Turtle,” and did the hand motions too.  I sang it through once and then the entire group sang along with me the second time.

“There was a little turtle
who lived in a boxred-eared-slider1 June 2013a
he swam in the puddles
he climbed on the rocks
He snapped at a mosquito
He snapped at a flea
He snapped at a minnow
He snapped at me
He caught the mosquito
He caught that flea
He caught that minnow
But he didn’t catch me!”

After this, I decided to switch things up from our normal routine and we went straight over to Tera’s tank to sing “Happy Birthday.”  I put a smaller tank on a low table and let the kid sit around the table to sing.  I wasn’t sure what her reaction was going to be, but as the kids sang her head was fully out of her shell and she was looking around at everyone! (she’s a little bit of an attention hog!)  Right after singing, we invited everyone back to our programming room for a group picture and a cupcake.  We made mini-cupcakes in the shape of a turtle and the number 15 – it was pretty impressive!

Finally, after our snack the kids had the opportunity to visit turtle-themed stations:

  1. Paper Plate Turtle Craft
  2. Crawl Like a Turtle (we used our seat cushions from storytime and tried to balance them on our backs like a shell as we crawled down the book aisles.
  3. Pin the Tail on the Turtle
  4. Turtle Trivia (true and false questions)

The kids were really into all the activities, but the most popular was the craft.  The older kids loved the trivia.  I printed out ten statements about turtles, some true and others false.  The kids then were able to write their name in the “true” or “false” column they believed to be the right answer.  I also left a number of informational texts about turtles at the station if kids wanted to try finding out the answers.

Overall, we had a great time celebrating our library’s pet’s birthday!  Happy 15th Birthday Tera!

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