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Picture Book Month: Dogs

11 Nov

This title is all about expression, and if you don’t use expression, this will be one of the most boring books you read… because the only word throughout the whole story is “ball.”

The adorable dog on the cover loves playing with his ball. He waits (not so patiently) for his human to wake up to play ball, he waits all day while she’s at school to come back and play ball and while he’s waiting he tries to engage the rest of his family to play with him but with very little luck.

This story is great for dog-loving families, for kids learning to read with expression and works really well as a tool to engage kids in more than just the word on the page. The pictures really tell the story! Continue reading


Picture Book Month Theme: Dogs

4 Nov


You’ll be seeing a lot of picture books on my blog throughout the month of November as we celebrate Picture Book Month.  You’ll definitely want to check out the website as picture book authors and illustrators will be posting an essay each day about the importance of picture books!  Check back daily for some great pictures surrounding a specific theme!

  1. Please Take Me for a Walk by Susan Gal
  2. Wag! by Patrick McDonnell
  3. The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
  4. One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall
  5. Dogs by Emily Gravett
  6. Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
  7. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
  8. A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
  9. Dogku by Andrew Clements
  10. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Toddler Storytime – PA’s One Book

7 Apr

ef1414c625c91793-NOSMAINPAGEToday’s focus for storytime was around the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Initiative.  “One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, and State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association and PennSERVE. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Pennsylvania’s Office of Commonwealth Libraries.”

During our six-week spring session, I have a back-to-back toddler storytime at 10:00am and 11:00am (plus a preschool storytime at 1:00pm) making for a very busy Tuesday!  My first group of kids was 13 kids plus their adults and my second group was probably about 10 kids with their adults.  It’s so nice to have a little bit of a smaller crowd – it makes it easier for me to do storytime, I don’t have to raise my voice as much, everyone can see the books and flannelboards and we had a lot of fun learning our new wiggles song – “A Ram Sam Sam.”  I ended up looking at a number of Youtube videos, all of which are a little different” and based our version heavily on Jbrary’s version of the song with just a few adjustments.

Opening: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”

Puppet Meet & Greet: Meet Woolly (monkey puppet)

ASL Sign: Dog (pat leg and snap fingers – adapted for kids “pat leg”)

Early Literacy Tip: Take home a copy of Number One Sam to share with your child. Ask open-ended questions and give your child time to answer! Reading a book again and again teaches kids how books and stories work!

Book 1: Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli

Transition: “5 Little Monkeys”

Book 2: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd (flannelboard)

Transition: “Shaky Shaky” by the Wiggles

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: Please Take Me for a Walk by Susan Gal

Closing: “Shake My Sillies Out” Puppet Show

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