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We LOVE chatting about books, authors, illustrators. Here you'll find some of the best books we're currently reading and what we've been sharing at our storytimes.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Best Illustrated Books of 2014 from the New York Times

Don't you just love award season? Click here for a slideshow of the New York Times' Best Illustrated Books of 2014. Be sure to let us know about YOUR favorite illustrated books of 2014 in the comments.

And the winners are...

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...

We've All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin, Illustrated by Randy Cecil

Early Literacy Tip: You are your child's best resource! Your face and your voice are the most important tools for engaging baby and raising a reader.

Highlighted rhyme:

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle diddle,
I'll tickle your middle,
Then tickle all ten of your toes!
Let's reach your arms out,
Then stretch them up high,
And I'll give you a kiss on the nose!

Next we read...

Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy

Early Literacy Tip: Picture books introduce many new words to children. This book uses words like "prissy," "croaky," and "hullabaloo" that children might not otherwise hear in daily conversation.

Highlighted song:

I Went to Visit a Farm One Day

I went to visit a farm one day,
I saw a [cat] across the way,
And what do you think the [cat] did say?
[Meow, meow, meow!]

[Continue with other animals: cow, pig, sheep...]

(Credit: Mother Goose on the Loose)

Last we read...

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook, by Cathy MacLennan

Early Literacy Tip: Babies learn to talk by taking turns. When you make a sound, your baby watches your face. When s/he makes a sound, make the same sound back! This is how baby learns to talk.

Highlighted shaker song:

Shake Your Shakers (Melody: London Bridge)

Shake your shakers in the air,
Shake it here, shake it there.
Shake your shakers in the air,
Shake your shakers!

Shake them high and shake them low,
Shake them yes, shake them no!
Shake them high and shake them low,
Shake your shakers!

(Credit: Jbrary)

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at kdevoe@tcpl.org

Thursday, October 30, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme for Tuesday's Toddler Storytime was Halloween!

We read...








I'm Not Scared, by Jonathan Allen
Three Little Ghosties, by Pippa Goodhart
The Foggy, Foggy Forest, by Nick Sharratt

Highlighted song:

Kelly likes to celebrate nature during storytime whenever she can, so today she borrowed a song from Nancy Stewart called Nocturnal Animals. This is a great song that shares a lesson about how different nighttime animals live. Finger puppet friends helped with this song. You can find Nancy Stewart's original lyrics and listen to the tune here.

Nocturnal Animals

On a moonlit night when the stars are out,
There are nocturnal animals all about.
Whoo, whoo, whoo, what do I see?
A wise old owl looking at me...

Peek, peek, peek, what do I see?
A raccoon robber looking at me...

Eee, eee, eee, what do I see?
A little black bat just looking at me...

Meow, meow, meow, what do I see?
A curious kitten looking at me...

Squeak, squeak, squeak, what do I see?
A little brown mousie looking at me...

Highlighted song:

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said "Oh my, it's getting late!"
The second one said "There are witches in the air!"
The third one said "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said "I think Halloween is fun!"
Then wooooo went the wind,
And out went the lights,
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme on Saturday was Halloween!
We read...





Three Little Ghosties by Pippa Goodheart
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo
What's in the Witch's Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt

Highlighted felt board song:

Thank you to author and illustrator of Little Owl's Night, Divya Srinivasan, whose wonderful illustrations inspired our felt board props! If you haven't read the book yet, check it out, it is lovely! 

We modified this tune from Muffin Songs' "One Little Owl."

One Little Owl Said "Hoo!"

One little owl said "Hoo!"
Two little owls said "Hoo, hoo!"
Three little owls said "Hoo, hoo, hoo!"
As they sat in the old oak tree.

One little crow said "Caw!"
Two little crows said "Caw, caw!"
Three little crows said "Caw, caw, caw!"
As they flew 'round the old oak tree!

One little bat said "Eee!"
Two little bats said "Eee, eee!"
Three little bats said "Eee, eee, eee!"
As they hung in the old oak tree!

















Looking for more Halloween books? Check out some of Kelly's favorites here!

Friday, October 24, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...
 












I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak, Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Early Literacy Tip: Talking while you play with your child starts to build their understanding of the world around them! The more children know about their world, the more background knowledge they will be able to bring to the books they read.
 
Highlighted song:

Snuggle Up Together

Snuggle up together,
Baby's in your lap.
Snuggle up together,
And clap, clap, clap!
Snuggle up together,
Don't you nap!
Snuggle up together,
And clap, clap, clap!
We're working out together,
Baby don't stop.
We're working out together,
Now hop, hop, hop!

Next we read...









Number One, Tickle Your Tum, by John Prater

Early Literacy Tip: You don't need to read each word in a book. Tailor the story to what will engage your baby. Follow baby's lead and have fun!

Highlighted rhyme:

Reach for the Ceiling

Reach for the ceiling!
Touch the floor!
Clap your hands!
Let's do some more!
Touch your head,
Then your knees!
Up to your shoulders, if you please.
Reach for the ceiling!
Touch the floor!
That's all know,
There isn't any more.

Last we read...









You and Me, Baby, by Lynn Reiser & Penny Gentieu

Early Literacy Tip: Babies enjoy books with photographs. Try making your own book using family photographs!

Highlighted song:

Popcorn Kernels (Melody: Frere Jacques)

Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (Wave scarf)
In a pot! In a pot! (Ball scarf into hands)
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
Shake them, shake them, shake them,
'Til they pop! 'Til they pop! (Throw scarf)

(Credit: Jbrary)

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at kdevoe@tcpl.org

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Our theme last Saturday was Apples & Pumpkins!

We read...





Apples Here! by Will Hubbell
Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church
Patty's Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat
A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek

Highlighted felt board rhyme:

You may know the song Farmer Brown Had Five Green Apples. Well, after we read Little Apple Goat, these words seemed more fun for our counting felt board!

Apple Goat Saw Five Green Apples

Apple Goat saw five green apples hanging on a tree,
Apple Goat saw five green apples hanging on a tree,
So she plucked one apple and ate it hungrily!
Now there are four green apples a-hanging on the tree!

[Continue four, three, two, one]

Apple Goat is napping after eating so many apples!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme today was Stormy Weather!

We read...






The Big Storm: a Very Soggy Counting Book by Nancy Tafuri
Bear in Sunshine by Stella Blackstone
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw

Highlighted feltboard rhyme:

Five Little Leaves

Five little leaves so happy and free,
Hung from a branch of a maple tree.
The wind came whistling all around,
And one little leaf came tumbling down,
One little leaf came down.

[Continue: 4, 3, 2, 1]

We passed out colorful scarves and asked children to wave their scarves as we sang "the wind came whistling all around." We kept waving our scarves for this next poem...

Highlighted poem:

Fall Winds

Fall winds begin to blow...
Colored leaves fall fast and slow.
Whirling, twirling all around,
At last they touch the ground.

Looking for more books on weather? Check out some of Kelly's favorites here.


Friday, October 17, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Baby Storytime

We read...











Choo Choo, by Peter Horacek

Early Literacy Tip: Let your child see you reading! Children who see their parents reading are more likely to become readers themselves. They want to be like you!

Highlighted rhyme:

The Little Train

The little train ran up the track (Walk fingers up baby's arm)
It went toot, toot! (Gently touch baby's nose)
And then it ran back. (Walk fingers down baby's arm)

Next we read...











I Love Colors, by Margaret Miller

Early Literacy Tip: Being able to describe objects is part of narrative skills. Describing objects, people, and events helps children understand them.

Highlighted song:

Colors We Know (Melody: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)

Red and orange, green and blue,
Shiny yellow, purple too!
These are the colors that we know,
Way up high in the great rainbow!
Red and orange, green and blue,
Shiny yellow, purple too!

(Credit: Everything Preschool)

Last we read...











The Baby Goes Beep, by Rebecca O'Connell

Early Literacy Tip: Add books to every room of your house, especially your child's play area. Leave books in your car and diaper bag. Storytime can happen anywhere!

Highlighted song:

Everyone Can Shake

Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake,
And now we're at a stop!

Everyone can wave...
Everyone can tap...

(Credit: Jbrary)

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at kdevoe@tcpl.org

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cassandra's Picks

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead
E Stead

This is a very sweet and gentle read about a zookeeper whose animal friends come to take care of him when he gets sick.  The illustrations are very beautiful and intricate and so the animals’ faces are very expressive in their care, concern and delight.  It’s a heartwarming tale.

Who Made This Cake? By Chihiro Nakagawa
E Nakagawa
This is an incredible book for kids who love diggers! The very detailed drawings of the workers and diggers  making a birthday cake will invite readers to keep looking at each page to see things they didn’t notice before.  This is one you’ll read together again and again. 

Woof: A Love Story by Sarah Weeks
E Weeks

This is one book that parents and kids will be laughing out loud at together.  In a collage style, the author presents a sweet story of a dog who proclaims his love to a cat but she only hears, “Woof!” until he finds another creative way to speak.  Hilarious!

The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet
E Peet

Published in 1971, this classic still makes readers happy.  Told through very compelling rhymes, this book can be enjoyed even by young ones who generally aren’t interested in books this long.  A delightful conclusion to a story of a caboose who just doesn’t want to be who she is.




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Toddler Storytime

Our theme today was Apples & Pumpkins!

We read...







Little Apple: A Book of Thanks, by Brigitte Weninger
Pumpkin, Pumpkin, by Jean Titherington
Ten Red Apples, by Virginia Miller

Highlighted feltboard rhyme:

Three Little Pumpkins 

Three little pumpkins looking so fine,
Sat in the sun on a pumpkin vine.
Along came Raccoon, who said with a sigh,
"I'll take one home and make pumpkin pie!"

Two little pumpkins looking so fine,
Sat in the sun on a pumpkin vine.
Along came Squirrel, searching through the weeds,
She took a pumpkin home to roast the seeds!

One little pumpkin looking so fine,
Sat in the sun on a pumpkin vine.
Along came Bear Cub, who picked the last one,
He took it home for some Jack O'Lantern fun!

Looking for more on apples and pumpkins?
Check out some of Kelly's favorites here!
   
















Monday, October 13, 2014

Kelly's Picks

I Wish I Had a Pet by Maggie Rudy E Rudy
Felt mice take a look at all the different possibilities for pets. A. Dorable.  Check it out! 

Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich
E Goodrich
This is not just another dog book, this is a dog book by an author/illustrator who knows how to tickle the funny bones of grownups as well as kids! Couldn’t stop giggling….

The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Neigh! by Anne Vittur Kennedy
E Kennedy
Like onomatopoeias? (Wait…what?!) Check out this book and you’ll know just whjat I’m talking about!  Anne Vittur Kennedy uses the farm animals own words to tell the cutest darn story of what happens when the farmer is away.

Swim, Duck, Swim! by Susan Lurie with photos by Murray Head
E Lurie
The Lurie/Head team brings you the perfect combination of  sweet imagination and  gorgeous reality in this charming book about a little duckling who doesn’t seem to want to swim.  Will he ever join the other ducklings in the water? Better check it out and see…..

Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Susan Lurie with photos by Murray Head
E Lurie
...and while you’re at it, check out this one, too! Even if you think you don’t like squirrels, you can’t help but love them, seeing them through the magical lens of Murray Head.  Lurie’s adaptation of the poem, Whisky, Frisky by Alexina B. White, combined with Murray’s incredible ability to catch the essence of squirrel-ness will charm your socks off.

You Heard It at Storytime: Family Storytime

Today our theme was Welcome Fall!

We read...










The Busy Little Squirrel, by Nancy Tafuri
Sneeze, Big Bear, Sneeze, by Maureen Wright
Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk

Highlighted feltboard rhyme:

Squirrel Treats!

Down around the corner by the big oak tree,
Sat three little acorns looking so yummy!
Along came a squirrel with a big bushy tail,
He took one acorn and ran off down the trail!

[Continue: two, one]

Down around the corner by the big oak tree,
There were no little acorns left to see!
Along came a squirrel with a big bushy tail,
He said, "Rats! No more acorns!"
And ran off down the trail!
Bye squirrel!

Tip: This rhyme was modified from Down Around the Corner at the Bakery Shop. There are many ways you can tweak this rhyme to make math and science fun for your little ones. Here's another Kelly made up, based on a Farmer's Market theme:

Down Around the Corner

Down around the corner at the Farmer's Market stall,
There were 5 jars of jelly, and that is all!
Along came someone with a dollar to pay,
And they bought a jar of jelly
And they took it away!

[Continue: 4, 3, 2, 1]

Craft:

A great project for little hands!
We ended our program with paper leaf wreaths made from paper plates with the middles cut out.

We applied lots of glue stick glue, picked out pretty colored paper leaves and stuck them all around the plate.

Then we added raffia boys (stapled on for good measure!) and used a hole punch to tie some yarn on for hanging.


Looking for more fall books? Check out more of Kelly's favorite fall books here!

Friday, October 10, 2014

You Heard It at Storytime: Babies, Books & Bounce

We read...


Eat, by Roberta Grobel Intrater

Early Literacy Tip: Let children hear lots of language by talking to them constantly about the pictures in a book. Most of all: read with joy and have fun!

Highlighted Song:

Sittin' in a High Chair (Melody: Short'nin Bread)

Sittin' in a high chair,
Big chair, my chair.
Sittin' in a high chair,
Bang my spoon!
Sittin' in a high chair,
Big chair, my chair.
Sittin' in a high chair,
Feed me soon!

Next we read...


Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel

Early Literacy Tip: By mimicking animal sounds, children become more aware of the sounds around them. It also promotes the use of voice and helps to develop self-confidence. (From Mother Goose on the Loose, by Betsy Diamant-Cohen)

Highlighted Fingerplay:

Here is the Beehive

Here is the beehive (Make a fist)
Where are all the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees! (Point to fist)
Soon they come creeping out of the hive... (Count off fingers)
One, two, three, four, five!
Bzzzz....! (Tickle baby)

Last we read...
 

Peek-a-Baby by Karen Katz

Early Literacy Tip: Games like peek-a-boo help your baby learn object permanence, or, that objects she cannot see are still there.

Highlighted Song:

Peek-a-Boo

(Place a scarf or blanket over your head and play peek-a-boo!)

Peek-a-boo,

I see you!
I see you hiding there!
Peek-a-boo,
I see you!
I see you hiding there!

Credit: Mother Goose on the Loose

Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at kdevoe@tcpl.org

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Kate's Picks

Circle, Square, Moose by Kelly Bingham

Moose (of Z is for Moose fame) is back in a new book about shapes! Moose is such a great help. At least, he thinks he is. Can Zebra contain him and save the book? Will we ever learn what shape a cat's ears are? I love watching this pair tear through the pages. Read this very funny book right away!

Hug Machine, by Scott Campbell

Who doesn't love hugs? Hug your cat, hug your mom, hug a tree, hug a lamp post, hug a seal, hug a mail box... the more hugs, the merrier! This book is so sweet and so funny.

Nana in the City, by Lauren Castillo

A little boy visits his Nana in the big city. The boy worries about his Nana living in such a busy, loud, and scary place, until she helps him see that the city isn't scary, it's extraordinary! And, it's just right for her. This is a great story about overcoming one's fears and seeing the things that scare you in a new light.

The Farmer and the Clown, by Marla Frazee

A young clown arrives unexpectedly at a dreary farm on the plains. Far from home and a little scared, the clown makes a friend in the once-solitary farmer. I loved seeing this unlikely friendship unfold. A beautiful wordless picture book.