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Picture Book 10 for 10 – Sing Along

10 Aug

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There’s nothing as exciting as singing along to a picture book and gaining everyone’s attention – kids love music and song (regardless of how horribly you sing!) and if want to try to get attention in storytime, at home or while babysitting, try singing along instead of just reading – you’ll be amazed! I loved to sing along to books in storytime, it holds its own special power and really engages kids with the book. Here are ten titles that I’ve sang, chanted and loved – enjoy!

  1. If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition by James Warhola
  2. Ten in the Bed by John Butler
  3. Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
  4. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow
  5. Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
  6. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
  7. The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort, illustrated by C. Brian Karas
  8. There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora
  9. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
  10. Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, illustrated Ho Boek Lee

pb 10 for 10 015Check out all the amazing lists coming out for this awesome event, Picture Books 10 for 10, hosted by Reflect & Refine and Enjoy and Embrace Learning.

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Picture Book Month Theme: Music

14 Nov

musicYou’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. One Love by Cecelia Marley & Bob Marley
  2. M Is for Music by Kathleen Krull
  3. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
  4. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  5. If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera
  6. Cow In the Kitchen by June Crebbin
  7. Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson
  8. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
  9. Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
  10. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss

Blogging A to Z: Sing-a-long Books

22 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!

Booklist:

  1. One is a Drummer by Roseanne Thong
  2. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
  3. Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
  4. Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin
  5. Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
  6. There Was a Tree by Rachel Isadora
  7. Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  8. The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hortgoodrea

Songs & Rhymes:
Five Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)

(count up from 1-5)
Five elephants in the bathtub
Going for a swim
Knock, knock (clap twice)
Splash, splash (slap knees twice)
It all fell in! (knock the felt pieces down)

Are We There, Yeti?

The Hokey Pokey
You put your right foot in
You put your right foot out
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

You put your left foot in
You put your left foot out
You put your left foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Well, you knock, knock, knock and I say, “Come in.”
You open the door and you take a big spin. Slap your heels and you slap your knees.
Why don’t you do the Head and Shoulders with me?

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. And eyes and ears and mouth and nose, head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Second verse is the same as the first.
Well, you knock, knock, knock and I say, “Come in.”
You open the door and you take a big spin. Slap your heels and you slap your knees.
Why don’t you do the Head and Shoulders with me?

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. And eyes and ears and mouth and nose, head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet. Neck elbows, hips and feet. And thighs and rears and lips and teeth, neck, elbows lips and teeth, lips and teeth.
One more time!

Well, you knock, knock, knock and I say, “Come in.” You open the door and you take a big spin.
Slap your heels and you slap your knees. Why don’t you do the Neck and Elbows with me.

Neck, elbows, hips and feet, hips and feet. Neck elbows, hips and feet. And thighs and rears and lips and teeth, neck, elbows lips and teeth, lips and teeth.

Neck, elbows, hips and feet (hips and feet). Neck, elbows, hips and feet (hips and feet). Neck, elbows, hips and feet (hips and feet).

Blogging A to Z: Nursery Rhymes

16 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. Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
  2. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales by Mary Ann Hoberman
  3. This Little Piggy by Tim Harrington
  4. Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela N. Dominguez
  5. 1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
  6. Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker
  7. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  8. Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera

Songs & Rhymes: 

There a number of places to search for nursery rhymes, each with its own variation on the popular nursery rhymes:

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes.com

Little Baby Bum

Songs for Teaching

Enchanted Learning

 

 

 

 

Must Listen: Emily Arrow ~ Storytime Singalong

30 Mar

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I’ve mentioned Emily Arrow before on my blog, but that was before I got a copy of her Storytime Singalong, Vol. 1 CD.  This CD is absolutely pure gold for storytimes and families!  Emily has done a few of her own songs, but what I absolutely am in awe of is her ability to take an already awesome picture book and make a song about it too!  Check out Emily’s website and her YouTube channel to see some of the cute music videos.

I sent a copy of the CD to a friend with an almost- 5 year old and a 2 year old and they haven’t stopped listening to it, in fact, they are now singing the songs a capella together as a family in the grocery store.  As my friend put it, “It’s a welcome change to the Frozen soundtrack that I’ve listened to for so long.”  And when I asked her almost 5-year old what her favorite song was, she replied without hesitation, “Number 5” (which is based on the book, Are We There, Yeti? by Aslyn Anstee).

So whether you’re a librarian looking for great new music for storytime (I just used Emily’s Max the Brave song for storytime this week) or a family looking for ways to have fun and get moving together, please check out Emily Arrow, because the CD case says “Vol. 1” and I’d love, love, love to see a “Vol. 2.”

 

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