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Play With Stickers & Learn Cool Facts with Sticky Facts (What Will You Find?)

11 Jan

sticky factsIf you’re looking for something really interactive and interesting to give to your favorite 6-10 year old, look no further that Workman Publishing’s new series – Sticky Facts: What Will You Find? With three titles already available and more on the way, these are great nonfiction titles that really get kids involved in their reading!

Workman Publishing sent me the first three titles to review and I must say, I was having an awesome time learning really cool facts and could totally see some of the kids I know really gravitating towards these activity books.

The basic concept is pretty easy:


Read a question, then peel the sticker to reveal the answer.


Sticker and draw on the activity pages to make them your own!


Once all the stickers have been peeled, remove the backing to uncover even more fun facts!

What I really liked about these books was that it was both a way for kids to learn new facts about the world around, but it also reinforced the ideas they already had by allowing kids to draw and add stickers to pages that had basic prompts to interact with. Placing stickers onto the same sticker-shaped-space on a page is great for really little kids, but these titles allow kids to interact more with the variety of stickers, the facts that go allow with them and by allowing them to create their own narrative for each prompt.

I loved the activity book about animals – no matter how many animal facts I learn, I always like learning more! The construction book would be great for a rough and tumble kid who might not be the biggest fan of reading – with lots of great tools and trades and bright construction-orange pages you can’t go wrong. As for the book about New York City – the perfect way to introduce a city before visiting – with landmarks, museums, food and more, this would make a perfect sightseeing guide for kids!

These are awesome titles published by Workman Publishing and would make great gifts for kids from age 6-10, but I really think the 6-8 year old crowd would be absolutely perfect! If you’re looking to buy these titles check out Indiebound which will connect you with local independent bookstores in your area. Otherwise, you can find it at other major book retailers.



Blogging From A to Z: Construction Vehicles

4 Apr

Letter C

During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge.  My theme for the month is Storytime Plans From A to Z.  Each plan will have eight stories as well as four songs, fingerplays or rhymes to match the theme!  As you can see, I’ll try and attribute where I found all of this fun (and often you can find it in multiple places).  My goal is to make storytime planning a little easier on myself in the future and to make storytime planning for other librarians easy as well!

Book List:

  1. Go!  Go!  Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
  2. Machines at Work by Byron Barton
  3. Dig, Dogs, Dig! by James Horvath
  4. Good Morning, Digger! by Anne Rockwell
  5. Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
  6. Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
  7. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  8. Mighty Dads by Joan Holub

Songs & Rhymes:

Construction Worker Song
This is the way we pound the nails, pound the nails, pounds the nails
This is the way we pound the nails so early in the morning.

This is the way we saw the wood, saw the wood, saw the wood.
This is the way we saw the wood so early in the morning.

Stack the bricks…
Stir the paint…
Paint the wall…

Scoop and Dump
Scoop! Goes ditch digger in the dirt (Bend low, raise arms high)
Scoop! Goes ditch digger in the dirt
Scoop! Goes ditch digger in the dirt
Scoop up all the dirt!

Reach up high with the crane (Cup hand, hold high)
Reach up high with the crane
Reach up high with the crane
Hold the dirt up high!

Dump the dirt into the truck (Reach high, drop hands to knees)
Dump the dirt into the truck
Dump the dirt into the truck
Haul it all away!

Five Little Nails
Five little nails, standing straight and steady.
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam Bam Bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.

Bumpity Bumpity
Bumpity, bumpity goes the dump truck
Bumpity, bumpity goes the dump truck
Bumpity, bumpity goes the dump truck
Dump out the load.



Parachute Storytime Theme: Construction

13 Oct

18377674I had a great sized crowd for my parachute storytime on Monday. The kids were really attentive to the stories and pointed out little details that I hadn’t even noticed.  They definitely loved the construction theme and really enjoyed yelling out the colors in It’s an Orange Aardvark.  And as for the parachute play, the kids had such a great time shaking the parachute and even when we tried something new, walking in a circle holding the parachute the kids had a lot of fun!

Opening: “Shake Your Body Down” The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band – Laurie Berkner Band

Early Literacy Tip: Don’t forget – don’t replace difficult words in the stories you read!  Use those rich vocabulary words and explain what it means to your child.

Book 1: Dig, Dogs, Dig by James Horvath

Transition: “ABC” Jackson 5 (popcorn)

Book 2: Digger Dog by William Bee

Transition: “Spin Again” Jim Gill Sings Do Re Moe on his Toe Leg Knee – Jim Gill (spin around in a circle holding the parachute, stop and shake slow up and down)

Book 3: It’s an Orange Aardvark by Michael Hall

Closing: “Dance ‘Til I Drop” Just Say Hi – Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Preschool Parachute Storytime

25 Feb

ql-123_1zMy preschool parachute storytime has 25 children registered with four on the waiting list and this is my third week in storytime… with only 5-8 kids.  I have no idea where everyone else is?!?!?!  The kids that did show up had a lot of fun with our construction themed storytime and parachute activities.  I tried something new with creating the “mushroom” effect using the parachute and it kind of worked, but the kids had a lot of fun trying.  This group is really great at listening to directions and even knows to stop shaking the parachute when I yell “freeze!”    Overall, I think the kids liked Go! Go! Go! Stop! the best and in the middle of the book I even had an older sibling ask “Where is the yellow one?” which I thought was awesome!  We’ve got two more storytime weeks to go and I’m hoping for a little bit of a larger crowd, but it is nice to see some families that I don’t normally see at storytime during this day and time.  I know the kids are getting something out of it and they’re having fun too, so I can’t ask for too much more!

Opening: “Freeze” by Michael Plunkett ~ Shakin’ the Chute

ASL Sign: More (use two flat “o” hands tap together in front of you)

Early Literacy Tip: Create your own digging opportunities at home using sand, flour, dirt, the laundry… whatever you’ve got!

Book 1: Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Parachute Play: Popcorn (“Battú” by Angélique Kidjo ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)

Wiggles:Bananas Unite

Book 2: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Parachute Play: Mushroom ~ lift parachute high and crawl underneath pulling the parachute around you (“Animal Crackers” by Wee Hairy Beasties ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground)

Book 3: Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Closing: “Shaky Shaky” by The Wiggles ~ Yummy Yummy

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

12 Sep

Are you looking for a new title to read all about construction trucks?  Well, here it is!  Goodnight, Goodnight Consturciton Site written by Sherri Duskey Rinker with illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld is a great bedtime story for your little guy (or girl) who loves construction equipment.  As the sun goes down, the reader sees each truck finish up one more task and then they’re off to bed.  I really liked how each truck was named in the story and it showed what kind of work the truck does and then there’s a repetitive line that all little boys and girls will like to help with, “shhh… goodnight, (insert truck name here), goodnight.”

I love the illustrations in this book too!  The trucks have great expressions and as each one falls asleep you’ll find blankies, teddy bears, stars, and the moon on each page.  Tom Lichtenheld is one of my favorite illustrators right now with other books to his credit including, Duck! Rabbit!, E-mergency!, and Shark vs. Train.  He creates such wonderful anthropomorphic illustrations that beg you to take a closer look!

For all little ones who love to learn about construction trucks – this is a must read!

Title: Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Author: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: 2011

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