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Top Ten Tuesday: Picture Book Love

13 Feb

Here’s a list of picture books that focus on love – perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any day you want to spread some love)!

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  1. Love by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Loren Long

  2. That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Teagan White

  3. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

  4. No Matter What by Emma Dodd

  5. Little You by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by Julie Flett

  6. One Love by Cedella Marley and Bob Marley

  7. Someday by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

  8. The I LOVE YOU Book by Todd Parr

  9. Besos for Baby: A Little Book of Kisses by Jen Arena, illustrated by Blanca Gomez

  10. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld


TTT-Big2Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

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Blogging From A to Z: Hugs

9 Apr

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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. Hug by Jez Alborough
  2. Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
  3. Won’t Yoy Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder
  4. Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid
  5. Hug Hug by Lorie Ann Grover
  6. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
  7. Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz
  8. The Perfect Hug by J.M. Walsh

Songs & Rhymes:

Everybody Knows I Love My Toes
Everybody knows I love my toes.
Everybody knows I love my toes.
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows, and my nose.
But everybody knows I love my toes.

Other verses: chin and shin, lips and hips, eye and thigh, and any other rhyming body parts!

Different Kinds of Kisses
Grandma kisses
grab cheeks and squeeze
Fish kisses
purse lips and move them
Movie star kisses
blow big ones
Rabbit kisses
wiggle nose
Dog kisses
stick out your tongue and lick

Skinnamarink
Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

I love you in the morning,
And in the afternoon
I love you in the evening,
Underneath the moon…

Skinnamarinky dinky dink
Skinnamarinky do,
I love you!

Ten Little Hearts
One little, two little, three little hearts,
Four little, five little, six little hearts,
Seven little, eight little, nine little hearts,
Ten hearts say “I love you”.

National Hug Day

21 Jan

National Hug Day

  1. Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
  2. Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid
  3. Hug by Patrick McDonnell
  4. Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
  5. Hug by Jez Alborough
  6. The Perfect Hug by Joanna Walsh
  7. Won’t You Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder
  8. Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack
  9. Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz (also Mommy Hugs)
  10. Hug Hug! by Lorie Ann Grover

These are just a few of the hundreds of picture books about sharing a hug, but I thought it most appropriate to share them with you today, since it’s National Hug Day!  One of my favorites is Won’t You Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder and illustrated by Melissa Sweet – great rhyming couplets with cute little animals sharing hugs all around!

An interesting note, research has shown that hugging for 20 seconds releases Oxytocin in your body lowering stress levels and giving you a boost in positive emotions! I feel like 20 seconds is a really long time for a hug, but I might just have to try it today!

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