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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Food and Thanks!

I think it's always a good time to be thankful for what we have, whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not :) Gratitude is a wonderful thing to instill in young children. You can talk about gratitude in simple terms with your child, and you can get a lot of help from books! I'll include a list of some of my favorites, most of which don't talk about the holiday - just the sentiment.
Here's what we read today:
Who's Hungry? by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt
Thank You Bees by Toni Yuly 
Aside from the cute factor ; ) the thing I love about this book is that, like Hacohen/Scharschmidt's  other book, Tuck Me In!, Who's Hungry? puts the readers in charge. The animals are hungry! Want to feed  them? Just turn the flaps! Simple, sweet and wonderful, Who's Hungry? helps to show kids, in a very small way, how to take care of someone other than themselves.
Thank You Bees is new to us at TCPL, just in time for Thanksgiving. No, it doesn't mention the holiday, but it does remind us to be grateful for the little (or not so little!) things in life: sunshine, clouds, bees, dirt, sheep...and it literally gives us the chance to say "thank you" on every other two-page spread :) We were very thankful today!
I'm thankful for some silly things, too. Like bananas.....

Bananas Unite!

We peel bananas - peel, peel bananas! (Pretend you're a banana and peel yourself!)

We chop bananas - chop, chop bananas! (Use chopping motion with hands!)

We mash bananas - mash, mash bananas! (Mash those bananas!)

We eat bananas – eat, eat bananas! (Eat them up!)

Gooooooo bananas

See the Family Storytime post for 11-18-17 for the Popcorn Scarf Song - it's a favorite! You may notice we shared a book that we read today - Who's Hungry? We also read a book I think is probably a tad too long for our younger group, but you could take it home and do very well with it as a read aloud. In November is a gorgeously illustrated tribute to what is, shall we say, possibly not everyone's favorite month? I reserve that moniker for February, myself! Happily my son was born in February, so that gives me something to be really happy about as I'm waiting for winter to wind down ; ) But, you get my drift - November is the month when we really know winter is coming! Nothing makes me feel more ready for this than Cynthia Rylant's In November. In fact, she and illustrator Jill Kastner make me positively LOVE this month ; ) Take it home and see if you get the same feeling! 
We talked a bit about food today. Bananas, popcorn, even peas...:) Try out this fingerplay at home:

5 Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed, (Make your 2 hands into fists and press them together, knuckles to knuckles & palms to palms.)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest! (Extend one finger, then the next and the next until all fingertips [and still base of palms] are touching.)
They grew and they grew and they did not stop, (Expand your palms further and further apart until...)
They grew and they grew ‘til the pea pod popped! (Open, then clap your hands!)
1   2   3   4   5 !

Time to wish all who celebrate it a Happy Thanksgiving, and for those who might not, Happy November :)
See you next time,
Miss Kelly

Feeling Thankful by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly; Photos by Shelley Rotner
All the Seasons of the Year by Deborah Lee Rose; Ills. by Kay Chorao
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson; Ills. By Jane Chapman
All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin; Ills. By Valeri Gorbachev
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Ills. By Scott Magoon
The Beastly Feast by Bruce Goldstone; Ills. By Blair Lent
Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal; Ills. By Jen Corace
I Love You, Sun I Love You, Moon by Karen Pandell; Ills. By Tomie DePaola
            Gingerbread Friends and Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
The Cajun Cornbread Boy: A Well-loved Tale Spiced Up by Dianne de Las Casas; Ills. by Marita Gentry
Ginger Bear by Mini Grey
The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray; Ills. by Mike Lowery
In November by Cynthia Rylant; Ills. byJill Kastner
Winter Lullaby by Barbara Seuling; Ills. by Greg Newbold
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson; Ills. by Marcellus Hall
Maisy Makes Gingerbread by Lucy Cousins
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan; Ills. by Susan Gaber
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson; Ills. by Marcellus Hall
Who’s Hungry? by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt
Ten Hungry Pigs by Derek Anderson
Everyone Loves Cupcake by Kelly DiPucchio; Ills. by Eric Wight
How the Queen Found the Perfect Cup of Tea by Kate Hosford; Ills. by Gabi Swiatkowska
Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
*New book: Escargot by Dashka Slater; Ills by Sydney Hanson
Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
*New book: Thank You Bees by Toni Yuly
Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne J 428.6 Browne

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Family Storytime: Thankfulness!

This is a good month in the year to celebrate a holiday that makes us count our blessings! It's a tough time for those who don't have enough to eat, good shelter or family. It can be rough weather - cold, damp, sometimes freezing - but when we stop to think about what we do have; think about the natural cycles of life; celebrate what is good in the world - it can make November a much more beautiful time and space :)
Here's what we read today:
In November by Cynthia Rylant; Ills. by Jill Kastner 
Who's Hungry? by Dean Hacohen; Ills by Sherry Scharschmidt
Only two books today! I had another one planned - check it out: Thank You Bees by Toni Yuly, a simply, awesome new addition to our collection of books about nature, gratitude, and thankfulness! But.....we were having too much fun singing about Alligator Pie and popcorn, I think! We ran out of time. 
I'm glad I put In November first because I would've hated to miss sharing it. As I told the storytime attendees today, it is the best book I know to lift one out of the late fall doldrums :) My favorite page in the book says: "In November, the smell of the food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and a pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning.....Food is better in November than any other time of the year." It cheers me and makes me think about the folks who might not have those good things in their lives. The best reason of all to share what you can, right? :)
Every time I read Who's Hungry it just makes me smile. There's just something about the illustrations, and the straightforward and hip narrative ; ) Take it home sometime!
So what songs and rhymes got us so distracted we had to skip a book? Only Alligator Pie!
Alligator Pie

Alligator Pie, Alligator Pie
If I don’t get some
I think I’m gonna die!
You can take away the grass,
You can take away the sky,
But please don’t take away my
 Alligator Pie!

If that doesn't get your tummy rumbling, how about popcorn? Our outreach Sensory Storytime kids adore this rhyme which we use scarves for:

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (Scrunch up your scarf into a ball in your hands!)

In the pot, in the pot

Shake them, shake them, (Shake them up!)

shake them, shake them!

‘Til they pop! ‘Til they pop! (Throw the scarves up in the air! Catch them and do it again!)

I think everybody liked that one today, too :) 

Happy Thanksgiving everybody! 
 Hope you have a nice holiday if you celebrate it :)
See you next time,
Miss Kelly