I found this in the Flannel story drawer when we were looking for things for Gingerbread storytime. I don’t know how old it is or any source information. It’s pretty brilliant though. We have a tradition around here of taking old storytime favorites and adapting, so it’s very possible that it was a homegrown idea based on the delightful works of Mr. Bill Martin, Jr.
Since we needed two copies for Gingerbread storytime, I asked my incredibly talented co-worker, Miss Diane, to make two of them. And make them big. As you’ll see, she obliged. Better than I could ever do. Really, her details are fantastic. Silver duct tape around the ornaments. Christmas lights that are double sided. She’s a treasure. Continue reading
For the last few years, the library where I work has been involved with the local downtown association’s Thanksgiving weekend celebrations. It starts out with Gingerbread storytime at the library (that’s us), a parade down Main Street and Mrs. Claus on a firetruck (I think), a marching band, and ending with lighting the Christmas Tree.
This year we had 305 people attend Gingerbread storytime. 205 in the large meeting room and 100 in the program room. There were four of us doing storytime; two in each room. Like last year, we adapted old (and new) storytime favorites and gave them a gingery twist. (These stories are almost exclusively prop stories.) Continue reading
Have you seen the book Moo by David LaRochelle (and the brilliant pictures by Mike Wohnoutka)?
It was published by Walker Books for Young Readers in 2013. It is now my favorite story time book (tied with If You’re Happy and You Know it by David Carter).
The Story: Cow is out in the pasture when he sees Farmer put a For Sale sign on a snazzy red convertible. Cow decides to take the car for a stroll. Things happen.
Why it works: There are four words in this book: Moo. For Sale. Baa. The rest is context in conjunction with the pictures.
This storytime will look very similar to the one I did last Saturday. Same storytime week. I added one different thing…
Letter of the Day: T
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind the cranberries Miss Mouse told a joke: What kind of key do you use at Thanksgiving? a tur-key
What is hiding in the sock? a turkey
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your Lap
Book 1: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. A sweet little book.
Fingerplay: Ram Sam Sam Continue reading
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Thanksgiving food. She was behind he corn — and they found Miss Mouse right away. So we looked for the cheese, singing “The cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone. Hie Ho the Deerie Oh, the Cheese Stands alone.” Ultimately Cheesie was behind the Mashed Potatoes (duh).
Miss Mouse: told a football joke: Where do hungry football players play? The Supper Bowl
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1: Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes. A sweet little book. Continue reading
Letter of the Day: E
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Ears. She was behind Mickey Mouse Ears
What is hiding in the sock? an Elephant
fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock
Book 1: I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems. I really do think this is the best Elephant and Piggie book out there. At least it’s my favorite.
Fingerplay: An Elephant goes Like This and Like That
Flannel: An Elephant never Forgets
Book 2: Moo by David LaRochelle. If you haven’t seen this book yet, Run, don’t walk to your library’s catalog. It’s great!! Continue reading
The storytime that wasn’t. I planned this storytime. I was looking forward to it. It made me happy. Then, I fell…and so severely contused my leg I was wimpering and gasping and truly felt the kind of pain that changes your mood. It was bad. On top of it, I’m sharing my story time, doing some training with a new staff member. It’s one thing to do your own story time not feeling well, but to have to try and impart my (cough) story time wisdom with others was just too much.
Someone else did this story time, and it made me sad that I didn’t do it. So, I’m writing it down so I can do it another day.
Books: Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins
Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Birds by Kevin Henkes (I really like this book)
Seven Hungry Babies by Candice Fleming (longish)
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Round Robin by Jack Kent
House for Birdie
5 Birds on the Line
As I was preparing a bird story time for this season, I was looking through our flannel boards. I must have been in the F’s because I started saying
Five Birds on the Line
I looked for this flannel, and we didn’t have one. Huh. Here is the rest of my conversation with myself:
Five Birds on the line / Feeling very fine. One flew away, What do they say?
Hmmm, what do they say?
chirp chirp chirp chirp Continue reading
Saturday Storytime 8.3.13
Miss Mouse was wearing her pigeon dress
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind monkeys. They found her right away so we needed to look for the cheese. Instead of yelling Miss Mouse, Miss Mouse! come out come out come out… We sang “the cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, Hie Ho the deerie oh, the cheese stands alone.” Until we finally found it.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1:Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard One of my favorite titles
Song: Humpty Dumpty by Wiggleworms
Book: It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle. A newer title with just the right bit of scariness.
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies. Continue reading
This summer I had a two week storytime assignment. I was assigned a different day than I usually have, Tuesday. I tell you this, because I hope it has something to do with my story.
Last Tuesday I was excited about storytime. And by the time it ended, I thought it was a great session. We did the Cha-cha Slide. It was fun, I thought.