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#blogbookaday: Anywhere Farm

12 Feb

31159617Summary:  “For any anywhere farm, here’s all that you need: soil and sunshine, some water, a seed.
You might think a farm means fields, tractors, and a barnyard full of animals. But you can plant a farm anywhere you like! A box or a bucket, a boot or a pan almost anything can be turned into a home for green, growing things. Windows, balconies, and front steps all make wonderful spots to start. Who knows what plants you may choose to grow and who will come to see your new garden? Phyllis Root delivers a modern rhyming mantra for anyone hoping to put their green thumbs to good use, while G. Brian Karas s cheerful urban illustrations sprout from every page. After all, anywhere can be a farm all it takes is one small seed and someone to plant it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Honestly, the first thing I noticed about this book was that there was a man in a wheelchair on the front cover. That drew me to the book immediately – a different type of diversity that you don’t often see in picture books. And then I read the adorable rhyming story of planting a garden where ever you may be and absolutely loved it! Plus, it’s a great way to introduce kids to different types of vegetables – help plant your own and then we get to the eat them straight from the plant.

Personal Reaction: Every spring my parents would let my siblings and me pick out a vegetable to plant in our garden in the backyard. And it was our responsibility to help water, weed and pick the vegetables when they were ripe. My parents still have a garden every year and this past summer my two-year-old nephew started helping out in the garden too – mostly just snacking on cherry tomatoes, but I love that he gets to have the same experience we had growing up!

Title: Anywhere Farm
Author: Phyllis Root
Illustrator: G. Brian Karas
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: March 14, 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!

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Blogging A to Z: Vegetables

26 Apr

Letter V

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!

Booklist:

  1. Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre
  2. The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin
  3. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
  4. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman
  5. Carrot Soup by John Segal
  6. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
  7. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables From A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  8. Lunch by Denise Fleming

Songs & Rhymes:

Vegetables
(To the Tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb
We are pumpkins, big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.

We are string beans, green and fine…..
Growing on a vine.
We are onions, round and white….
We make soup taste right.
We are carrots, orange and long…
Help us sing our song.
We are cabbage, green or red….
See our funny head.
We are corn stalks, tall and straight….
Don’t we just taste great.

When the Pod Went Pop!
Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed,
One grew , two grew, and so did all the rest;
They grew…and grew…and did not stop,
Until one day the pod went…POP!

Making a Fruit Salad
(To the tune of Ten Little Indians)
For our last activity, I like to encourage color skills in tandem with the vocabulary from the theme. I had printed out lots of yellow bananas, purple grapes, green pears, blue blueberries, and red strawberries, and I laminated them and attached little Velcro dots to the backs. Each kiddo got three pieces of fruit, and together we put them on the felt board one type at a time. Again as per Abby the Librarian, we sang a little song as we put our fruits up on the board:

Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Add the strawberries to our fruit salad
Mmm, Mmm! It tastes so good!

Fruit Salad
Watermelon, Watermelon, (big circle with hands)
Pa-pay-a, pap-ay-a, (chop air in front of body on each syllable)
Ba-a-a-a-nana, Ba-a-a-a-nana, (swing arms down like rocking a baby)
Fruuuuit Salad, fruuuuit salad! (dance it out!)

Pomegranate, Pomegranate, Pomegranate
Tomato, tomato, tomato,
Pineapple, pineapple, pineapple
Fruit salad, fruit salad, fruit salad

Blogging From A to Z: Gardens

8 Apr

Letter GDuring 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. Counting in the Garden by Kim Parker
  2. There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden by Laurel Dee Gugler
  3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  4. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
  5. Up, Down and Around by Katherine Ayres
  6. What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
  7. Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole
  8. My Garden by Kevin Henkes

Songs & Rhymes:

There’s Something In My Garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
Ribbit – Ribbit – Ribbit
A Frog is what I found!
Ribbit-Ribbit-Ribbit

Repeat with other animals, such as a crow (caw-caw-caw), mouse (squeak-squeak-squeak), rabbit (thump-thump-thump), bird (tweet-tweet-tweet) etc.  This is especially fun if you can find stuffed animals and hide them in a box.  Let children guess what animal you have in the box based on the sound, and then ask them to make the animal sound after revealing the stuffed animal.

Big Round Sun
Big round sun in the summer sky
Hold arms in circle over head
Waved to a cloud that was passing by
Wave!
The little cloud laughed as it started to rain
Wiggle fingers downward for rain
And out came the big round sun again.
Hold up arms in circle above head again

Lunch
(flannelboard based on Lunch by Denise Fleming)

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear
One step, two step,
Tickle you under there!

Libraries: Not Just for Books

24 Mar
Living Wall at Longwood Gardens

Living Wall at Longwood Gardens

I spent the afternoon yesterday at Longwood Gardens – a beautiful space with some amazing features including North America’s largest living wall!  That got me thinking about how I could incorporate more science with a focus on planting and growing into the library.  I’d love to create an outdoor classroom space where kids could explore, but that’s not currently in the budget, but check out what this library did!

The Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero, N.Y. created a library farm, that’s right, a farm!  This area of New York is very green conscious and since 2010 when the library farm was created there are now 30 gardeners working on 50 plots of land.  Part of the land is dedicated to offering gardening space for patrons while the other half is dedicated to space for a garden that donates all food to the local food pantry.  This is a great way to teach people about healthy eating, where their food comes from, how food grows and so much more.  This is definitely something that would be really cool – especially in an area with a number of apartment complexes where people have very little space to garden.

A library is about books (and I believe always will be in some capacity), but it’s also about teaching and learning and this is such a great way for the community to come together and learn!  For more information, read “There’s No Shushing at This Library—and You’ll Want to Bring a Trowel” on takepart.

Story Time Theme: Growing a Garden

1 May

I have been very remiss in posting for the past week, but I’m back and have a great new story time theme, plus a lot of program updates from the past week.  This week we talked about growing a garden during story time and read some really fun and interactive stories.

Opening

  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Yoga: Warm-up (Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, pounce from child pose (lunge forward, Dog)

Book 1: There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden by, Laurel Dee Gugler

** This has great repetition that the kids can help with throughout!  They loved yelling “he won’t come out!”

Transition

  • Traditional: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Yoga: Sun Salutations (Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk Toward Hands, Repeat)

 Book 2: What Does Bunny See?  by, Linda Sue Park

** A great book to discuss rhyming and colors – perfect for toddlers!

 Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional: Drivin’ in My Car
  • Yoga: Integration Series (Child Pose/Seed Pose, Pat dirt, Tap fingers for rain, Rub your hands for warm sunshine, Slowly grow upwards, Count to 3 and pop up, Tree Pose (both sides), Wind whooshing sounds and move upper body)

Book 3:  Up, Down, and Around by, Katherine Ayres

  ** We had so much fun with this story because every time the story said up, we all stood up and reached up our hands, every time it said down, we’d sit down and touch the ground, and of course we went around and around too!

Closing

  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths)
    • Asian Dreamland (Putumayo Kids)
    • Namaste

I’ve got a really great group of kids (and adults) in both my traditional toddler story time and my yoga story time this session.  Next week will be our last week for this session and I’ll have a pretty long break before we start back up at the end of June.  I’m excited for the break and to get some new ideas hatching during that time and finalizing the last few details for the summer that I can’t ignore any longer now that it’s officially May!

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