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Parachute Storytime: Hats Off!

7 Mar


I got a chance to do two parachute storytimes yesterday and it’s fun to see the kids who really love the parachute get a chance to release some energy with lots of movement. A few kids come in with much more trepidation, but most will stay and just observe. This was a stand alone storytime program, although we have offered this in a six-week session and kids will often become more comfortable after seeing the parachute week after week. My first group of kids had a lot of energy, so the books were harder to get through, but they loved the activities. My second group of kids is an integrated storytime with families as well as a small group of children from our early intervention services program from the county – this group was a little bit older and they all did an amazing job listening to not only the stories but also the directions. At the beginning of parachute storytime I teach the kids that when I say “FREEZE!” our parachute is placed on the floor (which works well for a little classroom management). Overall, the kids had a ton of fun playing with parachute, releasing some winter energy and the adults were having a great time watching their kids, taking pictures and enjoying themselves as well!


  • A Good Day for a Hat by T. Nat Fuller, illustrated by Rob Hodgson
  • You Must Bring a Hat! by Simon Philip, illustrated by Kate Hindley

Rhymes & Songs:

  • Introduction: Hello Parachute (Jbrary)Hello parachute, hello parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Oh so grand, oh so grand
    I can lift you, I can lift you (lift parachute)
    With my hands, with my hands
  • Song: “The Tempo Marches On” by Jim Gill (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee)
  • Rhyme: Grand Old Duke of York
    Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
    He had ten thousand men,
    He marched them up to the top of the hill (raise the chute)
    And he marched them down again (lower)
    And when they’re up, they’re up (raise)
    And when they’re down, they’re down (lower),
    And when they’re only half-way up, (raise half-way)
    They’re neither up nor down (raise, lower). 
  • Song: “Battu” by Angelique Kidjo (Putumayo Kids: African Playground)“Popcorn” with balls tossed on the parachute
  • Rhyme: Bananas Unite
    Bananas unite!
    Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
    Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
    Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
    Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
    Go Bananas!
  • Song: “Aves” by Guillermo Anderson (Putumayo Kids: Animal Playground)
  • Closing: Goodbye Parachute
    Goodbye parachute, goodbye parachute (gently shake parachute)
    Time to go, time to go
    I can help you, I can help you
    Parachute low, parachute low (bring the parachute to ground)

#blogbookaday: Baabwaa & Wooliam

3 Feb

34129054Summary:  “A hilarious and satisfying tale of literacy, dental hygiene, and friendship from David Elliott and Melissa Sweet that is sure to have readers in stitches from start to finish.

Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit. Wooliam is a sheep who loves to read. It sounds a bit boring, but they like it. Then, quite unexpectedly, a third sheep shows up. A funny-looking sheep who wears a tattered wool coat and has long, dreadfully decaying teeth. Wooliam, being well-read, recognizes their new acquaintance: the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing! The wolf is so flattered to discover his literary reputation precedes him that he stops trying to eat Baabwaa and Wooliam. And a discovery by the sheep turns the encounter into an unexpected friendship.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This story is too much fun! With silly text and and illustrations that completely embrace that silliness, this story will be sure to have kids doubled over in laughter. I mean, how can you not laugh with text like, “It’s the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing I’ve read about.” I love Melissa Sweet’s illustrations filled with water color and mixd media – a style that is all Melissa’s and perfect for this story of sweet little sheep looking for an adventure and getting more than they bargained for in the process!

Personal Reaction: I think my favorite part was even though the wolf and sheep became friends, the wolf still would chase after the sheep every so often. It’s so funny to read aloud and I think this will be a huge hit with kids – especially preschool and young elementary school age kids who get the humor.

Title: Baabwaa & Wooliam
Author: David Elliott
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 12, 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!

36 Titles for Babies & Toddlers: Social Justice, Equality and Diversity

17 Jan

I just recently had someone reach out to me on Facebook asking for titles for a new baby/toddler about social justice, equality, and diversity. Basically, a way to flood her child’s bookshelf with books that make them a better citizen of the world. Now, there aren’t a ton of titles for your woke toddler (or baby) for that matter, but it’s important to showcase a variety of races, cultures, religions, disabilities and more on your bookshelves because it’s likely that your child will see people that will look/dress/act/speak differently than they do and what better way to first explore the world than cuddling with your family in a safe, happy environment? And if you live in a community that is very similar, then why not teach your child to respect and accept differences in people to be educated about the world them live so that whenever they do meet someone who is different they know what to do – treat them like a human being. So check out these (few) but great titles about social justice, equality, diversity and celebrating the differences that make us all unique!

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Board Book Titles

  1. A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
  2. All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler and Hiroe Nakata
  3. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  4. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
  5. Fast and Slow by Britta Teckentrup
  6. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children
  7. More, More, More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
  8. My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett
  9. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  10. Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  11. Ten Little Fingers, Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
  12. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
  13. Tinyville Town series by Brian Biggs
  14. We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers by Julie Flett
  15. Welcome Song for Baby by Richard Van Camp
  16. Whoever You Are by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Staub

Picture Book Titles

  1. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
  2. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
  3. Come With Me by Holly McGahey, illustrated by Pascal Lemaître
  4. Families by Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly
  5. Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang
  6. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  7. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
  8. Golden Domes, Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini
  9. Green is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by John Parra
  10. Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia
  11. Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho, illustrated by Holly Meade
  12. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
  13. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
  14. Most People by Michael Leannah and Jennifer E. Morris
  15. One Family by George Shannon, illustrated by Blanca Gomez
  16. Over the Hills and Far Away edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  17. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  18. Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong, illustrated by Grace Lin
  19. Say Hello! By Rachel Isadora
  20. We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio

Jbrary – A Resource You Don’t Want To Miss

9 Dec

download.pngIf you’re a storytime librarian, a preK teacher, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent, sibling, etc., you have to take some time to explore Jbrary’s website.  Jbrary is the brain child of two children’s librarians in Vancouver, British Columbia and it’s an absolutely amazing resource filled with books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and more.  And the best part is that they film the songs for their YouTube channel, making it so easy to learn (especially for tone-deaf librarians like myself!)

My own storytime has benefited greatly from the resources I’ve found on Jbrary. If you only try one new song in the next year – my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fruit Salad (and Bananas Unite and See the Little Bunnies Sleeping and… you get the idea), basically everything I’ve tried my kids go crazy for!

And you need to stop by and see the 2016 Favorite Storytime Picture Books – all books published over the course of the past year that are tried and true books perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a larger group! What’s great is that there are books on this list for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school, so no one will feel left out! So take some time to check out this amazing resource that just might make life a little easier when planning storytime or sharing time with your favorite little ones!

Read for the Record

27 Oct

rftr2016_headerToday is Read for the Record Day, a national campaign created by Jumpstart as the world’s largest shared reading experience to promote reading to preK children and to highlight how many children are not prepared for Kindergarten when they reach  their first year of school. Last year  2.2 million children and adults from around the world shared Not Norman: A Goldfish Story written by Kelly Bennett and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones

21965059This year’s choice – The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach about a bear’s wonderful adventures, a missing sandwich and a fun twist you won’t be expecting.  Both of our storytimes today will be reading for the record and we’ll be recording our attendance on the Read for the Record Day website!  You can to, just stop by the website and register to read!  Then, take a few minutes today to snuggle with your little ones and read The Bear Ate Your Sandwich or check it out at Brightly where they created a brand-new aspect of their site – Brightly Storytime, just in time for Read for the Record! This is perfect for families who don’t have a copy of this book in their home library and it’s a great chance to share technology together as a family.  Plus, Brightly has a TON of great information about books, reading and families, so take a few minutes to see what’s new!

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