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Picture Book Month: Dogs

11 Nov

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This title is all about expression, and if you don’t use expression, this will be one of the most boring books you read… because the only word throughout the whole story is “ball.”

The adorable dog on the cover loves playing with his ball. He waits (not so patiently) for his human to wake up to play ball, he waits all day while she’s at school to come back and play ball and while he’s waiting he tries to engage the rest of his family to play with him but with very little luck.

This story is great for dog-loving families, for kids learning to read with expression and works really well as a tool to engage kids in more than just the word on the page. The pictures really tell the story! Continue reading

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Picture Book Month Theme: Dogs

4 Nov

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You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Please Take Me for a Walk by Susan Gal
  2. Wag! by Patrick McDonnell
  3. The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
  4. One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall
  5. Dogs by Emily Gravett
  6. Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
  7. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  8. A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
  9. Dogku by Andrew Clements
  10. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Preschool Storytime – PA’s One Book

8 Apr

ef1414c625c91793-NOSMAINPAGELike my toddler storytime yesterday morning, this week we presented Pennsylvania’s One Book, Every Young Child choice for 2015.  But, unlike the toddler storytime, I also added a number of different elements to really connect with these older children.  I’ve been doing a toddler storytime for the past seven years and working with preschoolers is a real treat.  That’s not to say that I don’t adore my little ones, but I love being able to pick out stories that have more of a plot, the kids are much more interactive as far as answering questions, and my activities will be more likely to change because I know that preschoolers like familiar things, but also enjoy exploring new things too!  It is my hope (if I buckle down and practice some more!) that I can debut my ukulele this session!

Overall, my storytime was pretty good yesterday afternoon.  It was a fairly small group of kids, I ended up with about 12, but it was nice to be able to interact with both them and their adults.  Now that I have seen the group, I know that I’ll want to make things very interactive, with lots of fun music and instruments to keep the kids engaged.  I think the kids will definitely like my book choices for this session – mainly just really great books, some weeks we’ll have themes, while other weeks the theme will be “Fun Stories to Share Together.”

Opening: “Hello Hello” by Mose Se Sengo “Fan Fan,” Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground (with shaker eggs)

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

ASL Sign: Dog (pat leg and snap fingers – adapted for kids “pat leg”)

Early Literacy Tip: Take home a copy of Number One Sam to share with your child. Ask open-ended questions and give your child time to answer! Reading a book again and again teaches kids how books and stories work!

Book 1: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Transition: “Rockin’ Robin” with rhythm sticks

Book 2: Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Transition: “Bluegrass Jamboree” – Hap Palmer, So Big

Wiggles: A Ram Sam Sam

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam (pat lap once, clap twice)
Guli guli guli guli and a ram sam sam (x2) (roll hands, pat lap, clap twice)
A-ra-vi! A-ra-vi! (Skin-a-marink movement)
Guli guli guli guli and a ram sam sam (x2) (roll hands, pat lap, clap twice)

Book 3: Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

Closing: “Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” – Hap Palmer, So Big

Toddler Storytime – PA’s One Book

7 Apr

ef1414c625c91793-NOSMAINPAGEToday’s focus for storytime was around the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Initiative.  “One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, and State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association and PennSERVE. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Pennsylvania’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.”

During our six-week spring session, I have a back-to-back toddler storytime at 10:00am and 11:00am (plus a preschool storytime at 1:00pm) making for a very busy Tuesday!  My first group of kids was 13 kids plus their adults and my second group was probably about 10 kids with their adults.  It’s so nice to have a little bit of a smaller crowd – it makes it easier for me to do storytime, I don’t have to raise my voice as much, everyone can see the books and flannelboards and we had a lot of fun learning our new wiggles song – “A Ram Sam Sam.”  I ended up looking at a number of Youtube videos, all of which are a little different” and based our version heavily on Jbrary’s version of the song with just a few adjustments.

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

ASL Sign: Dog (pat leg and snap fingers – adapted for kids “pat leg”)

Early Literacy Tip: Take home a copy of Number One Sam to share with your child. Ask open-ended questions and give your child time to answer! Reading a book again and again teaches kids how books and stories work!

Book 1: Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

Transition: “5 Little Monkeys”

Book 2: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd (flannelboard)

Transition: “Shaky Shaky” by the Wiggles

Wiggles: A Ram Sam Sam

A ram sam sam, a ram sam sam (pat lap once, clap twice)
Guli guli guli guli and a ram sam sam (x2) (roll hands, pat lap, clap twice)
A-ra-vi! A-ra-vi! (Skin-a-marink movement)
Guli guli guli guli and a ram sam sam (x2) (roll hands, pat lap, clap twice)

Book 3: Please Take Me for a Walk by Susan Gal

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

Book Review – Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog

27 Jan

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum is about an unlikely hero that I had never heard about until reading this informational text.  This orphan dog found himself in good company during basic training on Yale’s campus in 1917.  Did he want to be a soldier?  Maybe, maybe not.  But he definitely learned what bugle call was for mealtime and ended up learning much more besides.  He could march, salute, and learned how to tell military uniforms apart.

After being smuggled onto a ship headed for France, Stubby not only became a mascot of sorts for the 102nd Infantry, but also saved lives – warning the men before gas attacks, artillery attacks, and capturing at least one German soldier.

I couldn't resist - my own pup with Sergeant Stubby!

I couldn’t resist – my own pup with Sergeant Stubby!

The story itself is perfect for a dog lover or lover of history and although stories and accounts of Stubby’s life can vary depending on the individual, he was an extremely important member of the 102nd Infantry as well as a best friend to human companion, J. Robert Conroy.  Throughout the story, pictures and illustrations show Stubby in action, in uniform, and during relaxation.  This is a must-read story (and perfect for the Summer Reading theme this year – Every Hero Has a Story!)

Title: Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog
Author: Ann Bausum
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: 2014
Page Number: 72 pgs.

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