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#blogbookaday: I Am a Unicorn!

15 May

I Am a UnicornSummary:  “Frog truly believes he is a unicorn. He has a rainbow-colored (clip on) tail, a pretty horn (party hat), and he can fly, too (on the swings). Goat keeps telling Frog he is NOT a unicorn. But when you truly believe—POOF, sometimes magic happens.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Frog believes he’s a unicorn and spreads happiness and cheer wherever he goes, but sadly it’s all just pretend and when Goat ruins his fun, Frog becomes upset. Until… something magical happens!

Personal Reaction: This was a cute book that would be a perfect read aloud for toddler storytime – it doesn’t have too many words and some great emotion throughout to make it a very fun read aloud. Frog’s conviction that he is something different from what he actually is paired with his robust imagination is so much fun and I loved the ending! But you won’t get any spoilers here!

Title: I Am a Unicorn
Author: Michaela Schuett
Illustrator: Michaela Schuett
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: May 16, 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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#blogbookaday: Touch the Brightest Star

10 May

Touch the Brightest Star.jpgSummary:  “A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree! In this interactive bedtime story, touch, tap, blink, whisper, and more to make magic happen in the nighttime sky, from sunset to sunrise.

What happens while you’re sleeping? With lush, beautiful watercolors and cut-paper collage, Christie Matheson reveals the magic of the nighttime sky, using the same kinds of toddler-perfect interactive elements as her acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree. Wave good-bye to the sun, gently press the firefly, make a wish on a star, rub the owls on their heads, and . . . shhhh. No two readings of this book will be the same. That along with the gentle, soothing rhythm, makes Touch the Brightest Star a bedtime winner—no matter how many times you and your child read it.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Like interactive books that come before it, this story allows children to directly interact with the book including tapping, patting, pressing, blowing and more. This is a gentle story – perfect for bedtime to relax kids and get them calm before lights out and I love that you can enhance this story in so many ways as the reader – talk about nocturnal animals, what constellations are, search for moon outside your child’s window, etc. This is a quiet story that is perfect for one-on-one reading and cuddles as well as read aloud to a large group of children ready to “help” tell the story!

Personal Reaction: I absolutely loved the beautiful color palette of this story – blues, purples, pinks all the colors you see as the sun sets and then rises. I’ve had huge success with the book, Press Here by Hervé Tullet in storytime and I’m planning on using this book for a yoga storytime next week. It’s perfect length of text, interactive capability and I love the animals in the book as well – plus, with added facts about nighttime in the back, what’s not to love?

Title: Touch the Brightest Star
Author: Christie Matheson
Illustrator: Christie Matheson
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: May 26, 2015


#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!

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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