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#blogbookaday: Spunky Little Monkey

11 May

Spunky Little Monkey.jpgSummary:  “Sleepy little monkey won’t get out of bed.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said:
“Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies —
Monkey needs some exercise!”

Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer — while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet — everyone will be bursting with clapping energy — and ready to start a new day!

With humor, high energy, and Bill Martin Jr’s trademark rhythm and rhyme, young readers will learn to name parts of the body. And the book makes a perfect exercise warm-up to start off a busy day of school!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A sleepy little monkey needs a little encouragement to jump out of bed, so with clapping, stomping, shaking and cheering the reader gets a chance to help the little monkey great for the day! This is an interactive, fun story that is sure to get your little one up and moving too!

Personal Reaction: A more perfect storytime book you won’t come across – this is a great read aloud full of interactive ways to keep little ones engaged in the book, especially for toddlers and preschoolers. Filled with repetition and and gross motor movements, this book hits on so many different levels, plus with an absolutely adorable little monkey and bright colors this book is so much fun!

Title: Spunky Little Monkey
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson
Illustrator: Brian Won
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 3, 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!

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Yoga

28 Apr

569757-child-medidating-pixabay.jpgProgram Name: Stretch & Stories

What: We’ve offered a number of yoga storytimes at our library and we have a number of families that really enjoy them. During this program I try to encourage a lot of participation, not just from the kids, but also from the adults whether it’s helping the children in the pose or actually participating themselves. I also like to point out the benefits of yoga for children – it’s a physical activity that is also helpful in regulating emotions and expressing oneself.

Where: Depending on the size of your class you can use a small or large meeting space. I’ve done this program with both size rooms and a smaller room can get a little tight when everyone has a yoga mat or towel, but having too much space encourages kids to run amok!

When: We like to offer yoga storytime during the winter when kids need to move around, but can’t necessarily get outside to play as often. But again, this can be offered at any time – if you’ve got outdoor space, try yoga outside on a sunny day!

Who: This program is usually geared toward preschool age kids – who really do an amazing job, but I’ve adapted it for kids through 8th grade and it is often well received.

How: I’ve written a number of posts about our yoga storytime including a post on how to get started and a number of program plans that you are welcome to use, adapt, borrow and steal!

Alternatives:

  • We’ve also paired with our local Community Center to offer a yoga class for adults as well as a chair yoga class for seniors.
  • We love trying new programs for our early literacy age kids – Parachute storytime, STEM storytime, Art Exploration and Dance Parties. Our families love our traditional storytimes, but also enjoy our other programs as well!

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Storytime

21 Apr

bookcase-books-bookshelves-159711Program Name: Storytime

What: You didn’t think I’d get through the whole alphabet without talking about storytime, did you? Storytime is the bread and butter of the children’s department of a public library and everyone’s is a little different.

Where: We have a space in the library specifically for storytime it’s a room that has stadium style seating which works really well for storytime allowing kids to be able to see over people’s heads, unfortunately with the room laid out this way, it’s difficult to do a lot of other programs because there is very little actual floor space to offer programming and no space to set up tables.

When: We offer storytimes that run for a six-week session, four times a year. We’ve always taken breaks throughout the year and it allows our storytellers time to breathe, relax and get geared up for the next session. Our patrons beg us to offer programs during the breaks between storytimes and that is the chance we get to try new ideas or stand-alone storytimes.

Who: We offer storytimes for kids from birth – 5 years old through with six storytime classes to choose from, plus a Saturday storytime option once a month as well. Our six options include Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Family and Pajama.

How: We’re lucky enough to have a number of staff members who lead storytime allowing us the opportunity to offer so many options, but this is so easily adaptable to the amount of staff and space you have in your own  library. If you’re looking for pre-made storytime plans, you’ll find many online, and in fact, you can check out my storytime plans as well!

Alternatives:

  • Yoga
  • Parachute
  • Family
  • Pajama
  • Rhymes and Songs
  • STEM (Preschool Explorers)

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

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