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(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books or Vin & Leo… or Funny Picture Books

28 Feb

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I get the chance to hang out with some pretty awesome kids at the library, but two of y favorites are Vin & Leo, brothers who come at least once a week to the library for storytime, play time, or to check out some new books. So, on behalf of a request for new books for them to read (they love funny books), I am devoting this (unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday to these guys… enjoy! (And apparently there are a lot of funny chicken books out there… who would have though!)

  1. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
  2. Everyone Loves Bacon by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Eric Wight
  3. Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
  4. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  5. Guess Again by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
  6. This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
  7. More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Troy Cummings
  8. Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman
  9. Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  10. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

Toddler Storytime Theme: Spring Animals

22 Jul

Toddler Storytime Theme- Spring Animals.jpgOpening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

 Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

Early Literacy Tip: “Read at least three stories a day: it may be the same story three times.  Children need to hear a thousand stories before they can begin to learn to read.  Or the same story a thousand times!” (Mem Fox’s Ten Read Aloud Commandments)

 Book 1: One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

 Transition: “Five Little Ducks”
Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck called with a
“Quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came swimming back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And the five little ducks came swimming back.

 Wiggles: “Icky Sticky Bubblegum” by Carole Peterson
Sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum
Bubble gum, bubble gum
Sticky sticky sticky bubble gum
Sticking your hands to your feet.
UN-STICK!

(repeat – fingers to knees, toe to nose, hand to someone else’s hand, foot to foot, head to the floor!)

 Book 2: Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson

 Transition: “Bunny Hop” Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Funsies

 Book 3: Chick by Ed Vere

 Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

Yoga Storytime Theme: Frogs & Toads for the Kid Lit Blog Hop

20 Jul

Yoga Storytime Theme- Frogs & Toads

Sun Salutations: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk toward Hands. (Repeat 3x)

Early Literacy Tip: Rhyming books are awesome to share with kids, especially when they can start figuring out the rhymes themselves!

Book 1: A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson

Yoga Poses: Core (Butterfly, Flower, Ball, Boat, Crab, Shark)

Wiggles:See the Little Bunny Sleeping

See the little bunnies sleeping
til it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them
with a merry tune
Oh, how still.
Are they ill?
Wake up soon!
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop

Book 2: McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger

Yoga Poses: Core (Butterfly, Flower, Ball, Boat, Crab, Shark) (repeat from above)

Book 3: Daytime Nightime by William Low

Cool Down: Easy Pose, Bumble Bee Breath, Crescent Moon, Sprinkler, Sandwich Pose, Child’s Pose, Starfish Pose/Deep Breaths (with Beanie Babies)


KLBH-Button-FINAL-386x386Today I’m participating in the Kid Lit Blog Hop hosted by Reading Authors.  “This exciting, monthly hop, is where we develop an engaged group of people who love everything that has to do with children’s literature. Everyone is welcome to join us: bloggers, authors, publicist, and publishers!”

 

Yoga Storytime Theme: Poetry

16 Jul

Yoga Storytime Theme- PoetrySun Salutations: Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra Pose, Downward Facing Dog, Walk toward Hands. (Repeat 3x)

Early Literacy Tip: April is National Poetry Month – there are some amazing picture books that are actually poems!  Don’t be afraid to introduce your little one to poetry – it can be so much fun!

Book 1: 17 Kings and 42 Elephants by Margaret Mahy

Yoga Poses: Balance (Frog, Gate, Giraffe, Flamingo, Tree, Chair)*

Wiggles:See the Little Bunny Sleeping

See the little bunnies sleeping
til it’s nearly noon
Come and let us gently wake them
with a merry tune
Oh, how still.
Are they ill?
Wake up soon!
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hop, hop, hop
Hop little bunnies,
hope, hop, hop

Book 2: In the Sea by David Elliott

Yoga Poses: Balance (Frog, Gate, Giraffe, Flamingo, Tree, Chair)*

Book 3: Me I Am! By Jack Prelutsky

Cool Down: Easy Pose, Bumble Bee Breath, Crescent Moon, Sprinkler, Sandwich Pose, Child’s Pose, Starfish Pose/Deep Breaths (with Beanie Babies)*

Additional Book Selections:

  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman
  • Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems by Paul B. Janeczko
  • Salsa by Jorge Argueta
  • Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons by Jon J. Muth
  • A Leaf Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas
  • When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
  • Step Gently Out by Helen Frost

*Yoga Poses taken from: Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children by Lisa Flynn

School Visits… Or Why I No Longer Have a Voice

25 May

School visits invariably exhaust me and crack me up!  We don’t get into the schools as often as I’d like, but we are able to see the kids for about 30 minutes in May to promote the summer’s upcoming reading program.  How do you entertain, educate and encourage 80+ kids of any given grade to sign up for summer reading?  We’ve created a somewhat foolproof trivia games that excites the kids about summer reading.  Each spring I create a PowerPoint presentation, that along with the typical here’s how you sign up, has a bunch of trivia questions for the kids.  Also, we never fail to mention that all the programs and your library card is free!  There are so many kids who don’t know this and we want as many people as possible to use our library.  Today when we asked the kids how much it costs to attend the programs this summer, we had answers ranging for “a couple bucks” to “$100.”  So it’s not only about having fun (which we love to do), it’s also about teaching the kids about the library!  I create a few different presentations – an easier version for Kindergarten – 2nd grade, a medium skill level for 3rd and 4th graders and a more difficult one for the middle school kids (5th – 8th grades).

In the assembly we select a few students to compete against each other in front of their peers.  I’m always surprised as soon as kids hear, “We need some volunteers.” Their hands are in the air!  I was one of those kids who hated being in front of people (even just answering a question or reading aloud) and these kids volunteer before they even know what they’re volunteering for.  For the little ones, we leave it here – a couple kids competing against each other.  Sometimes I have audience questions which allow the kids to yell out the answers.  But for the 3rd – 8th graders, I also throw in True/False questions for the audience.  These questions go along with the theme and are always fun.  This allows everyone to participate by standing up if they believe the statement to be true and staying seated if they believe the statement to be false.  This gets everyone moving and excited and LOUD (which usually terrifies the teachers), but I love to see the kids interacting with us.  I’d much rather it be a little too loud, than to see the kids disinterested and bored.

This year, each trivia game starts with some sports stars the kids have to name, followed by up close photographs of sports equipment the kids have to figure out.  We have a large Indian population, so I had to include cricket – which so many of the kids knew.  Plus, I included a wheelchair racing wheelchair and a picture of an athlete playing goalball (a sport for athletes with visual impairments) to talk to the kids a little bit about the Paralympics and about sports for people with disabilities.  I err on the side of too easy to make sure the kids feel accomplished, but always like to throw in a couple tricky questions to teach the kids something new.  We have just a few more school visits to go and it has been so fun to see the kids at school and makes me excited for summer reading!  What do you do when you visit the schools about summer reading?

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