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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.


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

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!

Theme-less Toddler Storytime

14 Apr


My storytimes this morning were a little crazy – the first one probably has double the people registered than my second one, but fewer people show up.  My second storytime had some walk-ins which made the group bounce off the walls a little.  You always end up with one kid who does something and before you know it a group of kids are all doing the same thing – today it was rolling across the floor.  Thankfully it only started happening at the end of storytime and our last song distracted everyone.  I will warn you if you ever do Hug Machine in storytime, I had a couple older siblings choking their baby siblings out because they were hugging so exuberantly!

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

ASL Sign: Cat (use your thumb and finger to create whiskers near your nose)

Early Literacy Tip: It’s important to expose young children to cultures from around the world.  This can be very easy to do by listening to music, reading books, finding videos online of cultural festivals and parties.

Book 1: Spicy Hot Colors/Colores Picantes by Sherry Shahan

Song: “No More Monkeys” by Asheba ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground

Book 2: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Song: “Asadoya Yunta” by Takashi Hirayasu with Chuel Yoshikawa ~ Putumayo Kids Presents: Asian Dreamland (with scarves)

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:  Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

Story Time Theme – Hugs & Kisses

13 Feb

imagesCAJXD5JLBeing that Valentine’s Day is this week, I chose a “Hugs & Kisses” theme with some of my favorite stories about love.  I’ve already posted about a couple of these books this week, so to spare you, my story time plan is below.  I also gave the kids valentines this week that were Dr. Seuss themed that I found at Wegman’s.  The kids thought it was so special to receive a valentine and the stories were incredibly cute this week!


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: 1,2,3 Good Morning
  • Yoga: Warm-up (Rock n Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, Dog)

Book 1: Won’t You Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder OR Dear Bunny by Michaela Morgan


  • Traditional: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Parachute: The Parachute Rap (Shakin’ the Chute – J CD 0502)
  • 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: I Will Kiss You (Lost & Lots & Lots) by, Stoo Hample

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional: Skinamarink
  • Parachute: Ring Around the Rosie
  • Yoga: Warrior Poses (Star Pose, Warrior II (both sides), Star Pose, Crane Pose, STOMP into Warrior I (both sides), Star Pose)

Book 3: My Heart is Like a Zoo by, Michael Hall


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: Rocketship Run (run underneath) – Laurie Berkner Band (Rocketship Run J CD0417)
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths)  Naima – Putumayo Presents Dreamland)

Early Literacy Extras:

  • Make Valentines with your child out of scrap paper, stickers, and other supplies you may have around the house.  Show your child how to spell each person’s name on the valentine, naming each letter and saying the name as you read it. Learning to read and write the words “Mom” and “Dad” will make your child feel very proud.
  • Show your child that the letter “V” as in Valentine is like a triangle. Find other things around the house that have a triangle shape.  Practice drawing a triangle and other letters with this shape such as A, M, N, and W.

 Say it in Sign Language:

I Love You = hold hand up palm facing out – middle two fingers touching your palm like a hug resting on your palm (combination of letters I, L, and Y)

 Song to Share at Home:

 You Are My Sunshine
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away!

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