Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Storytime

Clearly, I am incredibly late on this post! But none-the-less, here it is!

Toddler Time:
Duck and Goose, it's Time for Christmas by Tad Hills

Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

What Am I? Christmas by Anne Margaret Lewis

The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O'Connor

What am I? Christmas by Margaret Anne Lewis

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anne Dewdney

*Ideas for this flannelboard were found at Loons and Quines and So Tomorrow. The full poem can be found at Crafty Chic Mommy.

Rudolph, Rudolph
Rudolph, Rudolph, what will you do?
You can't guide Santa's sleigh if your nose is BLUE

Rudolph, Rudolph, you're such a silly fellow
Who will know it's you if your nose is YELLOW

Rudolph, Rudolph, your way cannot be seen,
Through the wintry weather if your nose is GREEN

Rudolph, Rudolph, Santa gave a wink
But what will he say if your nose is PINK?

Rudolph, Rudolph, it's time to fly at night
But you can't get through the snow if your nose is WHITE

Rudolph, Rudolph, it's time to go to town
But you can't help Santa if your nose is BROWN

Rudolph, Rudolph, Santa has his sack
But you're not ready if your nose is BLACK

Rudolph, Rudolph, the children are in bed
And now we can get on our way because your nose is RED

5 Little Snowmen - Flannelboard (found at Nikarella's Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime)

Five little snowmen standing in a row;
Each has a hat and a big red bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day,
And one little snowman melted away.

Four little snowmen…

One little snowman standing all alone, with one red hat and one red bow, out came the sun and it stayed all day, no more little snowmen, they all melted away!

We used Hap Palmer's Holiday Magic CD.
We passed out egg shakers with Jingle Bells/ The Jingle Song and at the end we sang We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Everybody got a special little treat of a a gingerbread cookie and sticker. :)

We used Oriental Trading's Reindeer Ornaments

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby Storytime - Winter/Christmas/Snow

I was very intimated for baby storytime this morning. Last time the group was just so out of control and incredibly demanding.  I felt that I had lost control before I had started.  I had worked out a spiel I was going to use today to try to convey to the adults how important it is for them to stay focused (after all, storytime is a total of 15 minutes!) so they babies will follow their example.  I needed this to say this without sounding demeaning or calling anyone out.  Needless to say, I was incredibly nervous and my confidence had been hit hard by the last group.

Thankfully I had a much smaller group today who were attentive.  It was a huge confidence builder for me and I think that the next time I do have such a large and out of control group I will have the tools to handle it better.

Also, I must give credit to Mel from Mel's Desk.  I leaned heavily on her Baby Winter Storytime.  I needed something that someone had already used and was successful. :)

Duck and Goose, It's Time for Christmas by Tad Hills

Under My Hood, I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin

Dance Like Snowflakes
Dance like snowflakes, (to the tune of Are You Sleeping?)

Dance like snowflakes,
In the air, in the air,
Swirling, whirling snowflakes,
Swirling, whirling snowflakes,
Everywhere, everywhere.
*I passed out egg shakers for this song

Boots, Jacket, Scarf, and Hat (to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat,
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat,
In wintertime we dress like that,
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat

*I used laminated clipart for the flannelboard for this song.
Both songs are from Mel's Desk Baby Winter Storytime.

Flannelboard (found at Nikarella's Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

5 Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen standing in a row;

Each has a hat and a big red bow.
Out came the sun and it shone all day,
And one little snowman melted away.
Four little snowmen…
One little snowman standing all alone, with one red hat and one red bow, out came the sun and it stayed all day, no more little snowmen, they all melted away!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gingerbread House Storytime

Last Saturday I had a Gingerbread House storytime.  The main attraction was getting to decorate Gingerbread Houses that we have displayed in the library.  I didn't have high expectations on turnout! This was only our 2nd Saturday storytime and sometimes things take a while to catch on. 

I was pleasantly surprised with our turnout!  Apparently decorating Gingerbread is a huge draw!

I had planned on using flannelboards and even a few songs but in the end, the crowd was much older than I had anticipated. So I just stuck with a few books, after all, clearly the main draw was the houses!

I was super excited to share my all-time favorite Gingerbread book which is:
The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup

I also shared a variation of The Gingerbread Man and a Maisy book.  Because who doesn't love Maisy?
The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins

And then the main event.....

(this is what they started with)

Love the side walk and greenery.

This house has a wreath!

A good time was had by all!  And my Children's section is a little more festive thanks to these lovely houses.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Ryan Gosling Loves Librarians

This Tumblr has been making the rounds in the past 24 hours.  I loved it so much that I printed out several pictures to hang above my desk at work.  After all, don't we all need a pick-me-up once a day?  Ryan Gosling will definitely do that for me.
Hey Girl - Ryan Gosling Loves Librarians

Here are a few of my favs:

This Tumblr just made my day!  I hope it has made yours. :)

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Snow Storytime

Wow!  Today's toddler group was OUT OF CONTROL!  I imagine this will be how it will be until we get nice weather again.  Sheesh.  Raffi's Shake Your Sillies Out  may become a weekly song!

Open Shut Them -opening song
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes - just to get them up and moving.  I tell you they were crazy!
The More We Get Together - Closing Song

Books- Toddler Time
Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Mouse's First Snow by Lauren Thompson
Flannelboard Activites
I found this flannelboard from Felt Board Fingerplays by Liz and Dick Wilmes. I gave the children laminated snowflakes so they could participate as well.
Snow on my forehead,
Snow on my knee,
Snow on my glasses,
Getting hard to see.

Snow on my books, (changed to boots)
Snow on my hair,
Snow on my mittens,
Snow everywhere!

While they had their snowflakes, we sang Dance Like Snowflakes found at Mel's Desk

(tune of Are You Sleeping?)

Dance Like Snowflakes
Dance Like Snowflakes
In the air, in the air,
Swirling, whirling snowflakes
Swirling, whirling snowflakes,
Everywhere, everywhere.

Five Little Snowflakes

Five little snowflakes, dancing through the air
Higher and higher, without a single care.
Along comes a little boy who wants to run and play
A snowflakes lands upon his nose and melts away.

(I found this poem and the pattern for the snowflakes in a feltboard book at the last library I worked at.  I did not write down the title of the book.  I wish I had!  It had a great amount of resources. If I come across it again I will add it.)

My coworker has the book Preschool Patterns: Early Learning TimesaversFor the craft, I copied the snowflake pattern and had the kids color a snowflake.  We have a tree by the reference desk that we decorate every season.  Once we get some laminating sheets (which is taking FOREVER), I will laminate them and hang the snowflakes on the tree.  I'll post pictures once we get that done.

Preschool Storytime Books
Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman
The Snowmen Pop-Up Book by Carakyn Buehner and Mark Buehner
Cat and Mouse in the Snow by Tomek Bogacki

Flannelboard Activites:
The First Day of Winter by Denise Flemming

I found this flannelboard at Making Learning Fun last year.  I was looking forward to using it again.  I usually have a much smaller crowd in Preschool Storytime but go figure, today is the day that it was huge.  Anyways, I had the book on the flannelboard as I had the kiddos come and help me build the snowman.  I think it looked close to the picture!

I also passed out the snowflakes to this group and did the Snow poem and the Snowflakes are Dancing song.

Snowflakes (Same craft as the toddlers).

It was a crazy day with those kids.  Anyone else experiencing the huge amounts of energy in their storytimes?

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto - Review

As soon as I finished this Playaway I immediately got online to see if there was another book in Seth’s story. So.So.Good. I honestly loved everything about this book. The characters, the plot, the flow of the story. Seriously – all of it. I just love a good YA Realistic Fiction and if the main character has a sense of humor- Even better!

Seth is on summer vacation and just got dumped by his girlfriend, on her lunch break, at Applebee’s. While this is happening, Seth’s father walks in with a woman who is not his mother and they clearly are on a date. From this point on, Seth is not only trying to sort out his feelings for his ex, but also his feelings toward his dad and his dad’s apparent infidelity. Seth starts podcasting in order to process all of his thoughts and feelings. In the audio version, you get to hear parts of the podcast which I thoroughly enjoyed! The narrator changed his voice to his “radio voice” which was fantastic! (Seriously, this book is a must for the audio!)

Another large chunk of the story revolved around golf. I am not a golf fan, but I am a fan of Seth’s and I have to say that I actually enjoyed hearing about golf and even learning about the game. I think it added a lot to the story, especially since Seth was playing in a tournament with his father. Seth really struggled to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself when he was practicing with his dad.

Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto was a hilarious read but also sweet and tender at the same time. It was a great read (or listen)!

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Storytime- Thanksgiving Edition

Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

Gobble, Gobble
The turkey is a funny bird (use one hand with fingers spread out as feathers, use other hand in "thumbs up" in front of other hand as head)
His head goes wobble, wobble (move thumb back and forth)
He knows just one silly word -
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! (cover mouth and make a warbly gobble sound).

Five Little Turkeys (I printed off clipart turkeys, laminated them and put them on jumbo craft sticks)
Five little turkeys by the front door,
One waddled off, now there are four.
Four little turkeys out under the tree,
One waddled off, then there were three.
Three little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, now there are two.
Two little turkeys laying in the sun,
One waddled away, now there is one
One little turkey - better run away!
Soon it will be Thanksgiving Day!

Both rhymes Turkeys (taken from Totline Books 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays)

Open Shut Them (opening song)
Turkey Pokey- Lyrics found at
 More We Get Together (closing song)

Thankful Thanksgiving Turkey from Enchanted Learning

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Monsters Storytime

This storytime was from the week before Halloween.  Apparently I never posted it.
(Toddler Time)
My Mama Monster Loves Me So by Leuck and Buehner

Up Pop the Monsters 1-2-3

Glad Monster, Sad Monster

Under the Bed

There's a Monster at the End of this Book

Monster Hug

Flannel Board
Go Away Big Green Monster

If you are a Monster and you know it
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,

If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms,
If you’re a monster and you know it, then your arms
will surely show it,
If you’re a monster and you know it, wave your arms!
Additional verses: show your claws; gnash your
teeth; stomp your feet
Taken from Miami-Dade Public Library.

Monster, Monster
Monster, monster, turn around.
Monster, monster, touch the ground.
Monster, monster, reach up high.
Monster, monster, squint your eyes.
Monster, monster, show your teeth.
Monster, monster, stamp your feet.
Credit: Library Storytime Blog

Monsters Galore
Monsters galore, can you roar? (Roar.)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (Flying motions.)
Monsters galore, please shut the door. (Clap.)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (Sit/fall down.)
Credit: SurLaLune
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