Thursday, November 20, 2014

Make New Friends preschool storytime plan


I was a little sad that I planned this storytime but ended up not being able to do it, since I came down with a virus that made me lose my voice.  Hopefully I'll be able to use the plan sometime in the future.  It's always fun to Make New Friends.



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bunny Hope Preschool Storytime plan

We had a hopping good time with the Bunny Hop themed storytime.






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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mom's the Word Preschool Storytime Plan


Mom's the Word for this preschool storytime!



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Saturday, November 08, 2014

By the Pond preschool storytime plan

For this storytime we visited our friends By the Pond.




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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

October Reads

I was back in the reading mood in October, having read 89 books.  As usual, the titles in bold are the ones I rated with five stars on my Goodreads.com account.



October reads (89)

This Magic Moment by Virna DePaul
Unraveled by Courtney Milan
Brand-New Baby Blues by Kathi Appelt
Unclaimed by Courtney Milan
Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
Anna's Heaven by Stian Hole
Pirate Alphabet by Eve Bunting
Unlocked by Courtney Milan
Unveiled by Courtney Milan
The Soda Bottle School by Suzanne Buckingham Slade
Catch That Cookie! by Hallie Durand
Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan
A Night at the Zoo by Kathy Caple
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox
Mr. Frank by Irene Luxbacher
The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing
The Mayflower by Mark Greenwood
I'm Gonna Climb a Mountain in My Patent Leather Shoes by Marilyn Singer
While You Were Napping by Jenny Offill
And Then Comes Christmas by Tom Brenner
Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan
The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan
Tiny Goes Back to School by Cari Meister
Little Owl's Day by Divya Srinivasan
Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch
Sugar White Snow and Evergreens: A Winter Wonderland of Color by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
Huff and Puff and the New Train by Tish Rabe
More and More by Emma Dodd
Always by Emma Dodd
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Milo and Millie by Jedda Robaard
Sebastian and the Balloon by Philip C. Stead
Let's Paint! by Gabriel Alborozo
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman
At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman,
Little Boo by Stephen Wunderli,
Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon
Monster Party! by Annie Bach
Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals
The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan
The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan
Sorry I Pooped in Your Shoe: (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Doggie) by Jeremy Greenberg
May I Bring A Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers
The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan 
The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure by Oliver Jeffers
Tuck-in Time by Carole Gerber
The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd
Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Night Parade by Lily Roscoe
The Whispering Town by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren
Lord John and the Succubus by Diana Gabaldon
Finding It by Cora Carmack
With this Kiss by Victoria Lynne
Colors versus Shapes by Mike Boldt
I Am a Witch's Cat by Harriet Muncaster
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos
Faking It by Cora Carmack
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A Fish Named Glub by Dan Bar-el
I Know a Bear by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
Very Little Red Riding Hood by Teresa Heapy
Telephone by Mac Barnett
As An Oak Tree Grows by G Brian Karas
Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham
Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
I'm Brave! by Kate McMullan
On My Way to School by Sarah Maizes
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker
Fall Leaves by Loretta Holland
Whose Hat is That? by Anita Bijsterbosch
Goodnight Football by Michael Dahl
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Losing It by Cora Carmack
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince
The Best Chef in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
There's a Fly Guy in My Soup by Tedd Arnold
National Geographic Readers: Seed to Plant by Kristin Baird Rattini
Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me by C.M. Rubin
Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Elliott
Dixie Wants an Allergy by Tori Corn
Ben & Zip: Two Short Friends by Joanne Linden
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
Bats in the Band by Brian Lies
My Bibi Always Remembers by Toni Buzzeo
Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Monday, November 03, 2014

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Making Story Soup

One of the joys of being a youth librarian is visiting schools.  I have a couple of chants that I have used with larger groups of kids that have worked well. One is Making Story Soup

Making Story Soup is an interactive chant I learned at a workshop years ago.  If you have a pot large enough to hide the book inside, that will add to the fun.  If not, hide the book under your chair or behind the pot you are using.  A large Halloween cauldron works well, too.  The audience can be encouraged to chant along with the repeated refrain.  You can also make it interactive by passing out the ingredients to the children for them to bring when that particular ingredient is mentioned.

You can use toy or plastic veggies for the chant, but if you don't have any at hand, you can print out this PDF.  It also include the words for the chant.

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Making Story Soup


Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
First we need some…Water

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Peppers

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Onions

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Chilies

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Beets

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Garlic

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Carrots

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Tomatoes

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Eggplants

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…String beans

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Peas

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Potatoes

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Paper

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Letters

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Next we need some…Words

Story soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!
Now we need some…Crayons

Story Soup, Story Soup.
I can’t wait for some Story soup!

Wait!  What’s this in my Story Soup?

It’s a BOOK!





Thursday, October 30, 2014

Colorful Days preschool storytime plan

In the spring we had a preschool storytime all about colors and the Colorful Days all around us.  



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

101 Reasons to Read

As I was going through my folder on my work's shared drive, I came across this document.  I'm sure I copied it from a website or poster or something like that, but I have no idea where it originated. Regardless, it's too good to not share.


101 Reasons to Read
  1. It's fun 
  2. You'll know more 
  3. You'll learn about yourself
  4. You'll learn about the world 
  5. You'll understand people better 
  6. It will help you grow 
  7. You'll be inspired
  8. It keeps you out of trouble 
  9. You'll forget your worries
  10. It makes time fly by 
  11. You can do it anywhere
  12. You can do it anytime 
  13. You can do it in any weather
  14. You'll impress your parents and friends
  15. You'll make your teachers proud 
  16. It will help you do well in school 
  17. It doesn't cost much
  18. It doesn't require batteries 
  19. It puts the universe at your fingertips
  20. It doesn't need electricity 
  21. There are no commercials 
  22. It reduces stress 
  23. It's a quiet activity
  24. You'll learn other points of view 
  25. You can live many lives 
  26. You can see through someone else's eyes
  27. It's the cheapest way to travel the world
  28. It can make you laugh 
  29. It can make you cry
  30. It can scare your pants off
  31. It can make you think 
  32. It can take you places you never dreamed of
  33. You can have the adventure of your lifetime
  34. You can learn how to do something new
  35. It improves your communication skills 
  36. You can learn how things work 
  37. It helps you find solutions to any problem
  38. You can experience the past
  39. You can dream about the future 
  40. You can explore new horizons 
  41. It inspires life-long learning
  42. You'll be great at trivia games 
  43. Once you start you won't want to stop
  44. It can change your life 
  45. It can give you great quotes or jokes to share 
  46. You can experience things you would never do 
  47. You won't have to judge a book by its cover 
  48. You can learn how to be better at anything 
  49. It will increase your vocabulary 
  50. It sparks your imagination
  51. You can learn how to make something new
  52. You'll be a better writer
  53. It's your link to the rest of the world 
  54. You'll always have something to look forward to 
  55. You'll meet interesting characters 
  56. You can do it by yourself 
  57. You can do it with your family 
  58. It makes you smarter 
  59. You'll always have something to talk about
  60. It's always in style 
  61. It's a good way to challenge yourself 
  62. It builds your self-esteem 
  63. You can discover new heroes 
  64. You can keep up with the latest news 
  65. You can relive exciting adventures 
  66. You're more likely to be successful in life 
  67. It stimulates creativity
  68. It helps you relax 
  69. It improves your concentration 
  70. It increases your attention span 
  71. It's a great escape 
  72. It's energizing 
  73. Books are full of surprises 
  74. Information is power 
  75. It's a rewarding habit 
  76. It expands your mind 
  77. Your resources will be limitless 
  78. It will make you more interesting 
  79. You can learn why things are the way they are 
  80. You'll never outgrow it 
  81. It exercises your brain 
  82. You don't need any special equipment 
  83. You'll learn proper grammar
  84. It will help you with spelling 
  85. You'll find out what's so great about classic literature 
  86. There's something in it for everyone
  87. It's a never-ending resource 
  88. It can make you a better person
  89. You'll set a good example 
  90. It's contagious
  91. It satisfies curiosity 
  92. You can explore great minds
  93. You'll find out why libraries are such cool places 
  94. There is magic in words 
  95. It's great entertainment
  96. It can bring people closer together 
  97. Your mind won't go to waste
  98. You'll learn why the pen is mightier than the sword 
  99. The book is always better than the movie 
  100. A wealth of material awaits you
  101. BOOKS ARE FRIENDS FOR LIFE!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Terrific Tunes preschool storytime

It's been some time since I've shared a preschool storytime plan.  Here's one from this summer!

Terrific Tunes 


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