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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”.

Plant a Kiss

8 Apr

9780061986758Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds is an adorable story about the power of love.  Little Miss plants a kiss and to her amazement it turns into something so much bigger than she ever imagined.  With very simple sentences that span pages and adorable illustrations with just the right amount of sparkle, this is sure to be a winner for parents and children to share together with plenty of kisses. 

I plan on using this cute story in my story time with a garden theme and I also plan on using it tomorrow for our little ones in our Family Place Parent Child Workshops, where kids range from 1 – 3 years old and quick books are necessary.  This is one you can’t miss – Plant a Kiss.

Check out other work by Amy Krouse Rosenthal on her website.  You can all check Peter H. Reynold’s website for his other work.

Title: Plant a Kiss
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 2012

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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