Friday, April 24, 2015

24-hour Read-A-Thon!



It’s almost time for the Dewey’s 24-hour Read-a-thon!  I’m so excited to participate – finally – in one.  I’ve told my husband several times over the past few weeks that I plan to read all day this upcoming Saturday.  There is a pile of books – chapter books for children, teen, and adults, and graphic novels – waiting for me to break into them once I wake on tomorrow morning.  I also have several books downloaded on my iPad’s Kindle app and two different audiobooks I’ve been working on (one on the iPhone and one on CD in the van). 

I will be following my progress through my Instagram account.  Sometime soon I will post a recap here. 



Saturday, April 04, 2015

Zoo to You Preschool Storytime Plan

Animal themed storytimes are always fun.  This was true for a recent one I presented called Zoo to You.  The kids enjoyed acting like various animals one might see in a zoo, and we all had fun singing zoo themed songs.

For the craft we made monkey masks.  I found the masks here (click for link) and copied them on cardstock.  The children colored their masks, cut them out, and glued them on an extra large craft stick.   

Here is my storytime plan (click for link). Please note, to view the files, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here).

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March 2015 Reads

How is it already April?  This year seems to be flying by.

I managed to read twenty books in March.  I'm currently ahead of my revised goal of 250 books this year.  Several books I read - including one that I started and finished last night - are fairly quick, mostly mindless reads.  Sometimes that just what the mind craves.

Here are the books I read in March.  As usual, the titles that are in bold print are ones that I rated with five starts on my Goodreads account.. This month there are only two titles.  Both are ones I read via audiobook.  


Taking Chase by Lauren Dane
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper       
Giving Chase by Lauren Dane
Once and Again by Lauren Dane
Peek-a-Zoo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
¡Marimba! Animales from A to Z by Pat Mora
Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Pickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Angels of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
Demons of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My Five Senses Big Book by Aliki
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Saga, Volume 4 (Saga #19-24) by Brian K. Vaughan
I Work at a Public Library: A Collection of Crazy Stories from the Stacks by Gina Sheridan
A Snicker of Magic
by Natalie Lloyd
UnSouled (Unwind, #3)by Neal Shusterman
Witches of Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Storyteller's Choice preschool storytime plan

Every few months my staff and I meet to choose themes for upcoming storytimes.  Usually we have little issue deciding on a theme for each week.  Those rare occasions when we aren't able to think of a great theme (that hasn't been used within the past year), we end up going with Storyteller's Choice (also called Storyteller's Favorites). Sometimes I use the same basic plan from a previous storytime, just changing the stories (click here for another Storyteller's Choice storytime).

This past week was one of those times.  The hardest part is deciding which stories to share!  The second hardest?  Deciding on a craft to go with the program.

Click here to download the Storyteller's Choice preschool storytime plan as a PDF.  Please note, to view the files, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here).

Thursday, March 19, 2015

I < 3 You Preschool Storytime Plan

Because another staff member and I take turns with presenting preschool storytime at her branch, I don't always get to do the Valentine's Day theme. This year I did.  What fun!
Click the link for the I < 3 Valentine's Day theme.
To view the files, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here).

As I've mentioned recently, I have a Cricut Explore cutting machine.  I love using it for a variety of crafts - including for materials to use at work.  For the Valentine's Day preschool storytime craft I made bees and hearts on my Circut. I assembled the bees before the program, as we can have as many as 24 children - many younger three-year-olds.  I also wrote "mine." on all of the hearts.  Everyone enjoyed this easy and adorable craft.



Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Over the Rainbow Preschool Storytime Plan


As a general theme for St. Patrick's Day, we decided to go Over the Rainbow.  I incorporated a holiday themed book into my storytime plan (There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Clover! by Lucille Colandro), but mostly focused on colorful stories and rhymes. 


To download and view the full preschool storytime plan, click here. Please note, to view the files, you will need a version of Adobe Acrobat Reader (get it free here).

Our craft was a fairly simple one.  Using a lovely sky blue colored paper, I copied this rainbow (click here for pdf) that I made a few years ago. The kids could then glue torn pieces of colored paper onto the appropriate bands.  The kids ha a lot of fun with it and several of the adults were thrilled that I incorporated the appropriate number of bands and included indigo.
The finished product.  I made some extras and put them out as a Make-and-Take.


Saturday, March 14, 2015

February 2015 Reads

So far this month I have been slacking with my reading!  In my defense, I had company for 10 days, and didn't spend nearly as much time reading or listening to audiobooks as I normally do.

February was an OK month for reading.  I managed to finish 26 titles, including a few award winners/honors.  As usual, if the title is in bold that means I rated it five stars on my Goodreads account.

Here are the titles I read in February:


Firebird by Misty Copeland
Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell
At Last by Barbara Bretton
Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase
The Spanish Doctor's Love-Child by Kate Hardy
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Click, Clack, Peep! by Doreen Cronin
Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock
Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr
A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig
A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel
Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page by Cynthia Rylant
Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw    
Saga, Volume 3 Brian K. Vaughan

Thursday, March 12, 2015

ECRR2 - Reading

Every Child Ready to Read 2 (ECRR2) is an early literacy guideline/parent education initiative developed by the Public Library Association (PLA) and Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) - divisions of the American Library Association.  It was originally released in 2004 and revised a few years later (hence the 2). There are five skills emphasized in ECRR2: Play, Sing, Write, Talk, Read.

This is the fifth and last in a series of posts about ECRR2, focusing on the five practices.  

The Importance of Reading in Early Literacy Skills

This might seem to be a given.  In order to have strong literacy skills, one must be able to read.  The single most effective way to help your child become a proficient reader is to take the time to read together.  With shared reading, your child's vocabulary will increase as she will hear many new words. 

It is important to read together every day.  Ideally you will do this 15-20 minutes, but if your child is a wiggle worm don't fret!  Reading only a few minutes here and there is also helpful.

Remember, books help to teach new words.  By using less common words - ones that aren't often heard in everyday conversations - books increase vocabulary.  For example, a picture book may say that a character snoozed or dozed, but in a regular conversation we may say that someone slept or napped.  As you and your child share books, talk about what the words mean.  This will help her understand how to use the new words.

As always, have fun. If you and your child both enjoy the activity, it will benefit not only her literacy skills, but also your time spent together.