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Welcome to Wild About Reading!

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, April 28, 2017

Baby Storytime

We had a big crowd for our last baby storytime of the winter/spring session! 

First we read...

Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands by Kristy Dempsey

...and then did this little fingerplay and song to celebrate our hands and fingers:

Marching Fingers from Storytime Secrets

Up the hill, down the hill,
Marching they will go.
When they're up, they're high.
When they're down, they're low.
Ten little fingers marching in a row.

I Can from the King County Library System
Tune: Wheels on the Bus

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

Repeat with: wave, wave, wave ; stretch up so high; shake, shake, shake

Next we read...

Who Can Jump? by Sebastien Braun

...and some puppets joined us for a jumping version of "Did You Ever See" sung to the tune of "The More We Get Together" adapted from Miss Katie

Last we read...

Gotta Go, Buffalo : A Silly Book of Fun Goodbyes by Kevin & Haily Meyers

We learned the baby sign for "go" this week and then sang two little goodbye songs:

With My Little Hands from Storytime Katie

We Wave Goodbye from Storytime Secrets
Tune: The Farmer in the Dell

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this. 

We send a kiss like this.
We send a kiss like this.
We send a kiss to all our friends.
We send a kiss like this.

We’ll see you here in June.
We’ll see you here in June.
I’ll miss you but we’ll be back soon.
We’ll see you here in June.

Baby Storytime returns on Friday, June 16th.  See you soon!  Playtime will continue on Fridays at 11 during our storytime break. Check out our programming page for more information here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: DIA! Last of Session, and The Week of the Young Child!

Happy DIA! Short for Children's Day, Book Day or El día de los niños, El día de los libros, you can read more about it here at Pat Mora's website. DIA is a great tool for helping us find ways to bring cultures together to celebrate children and reading! We also celebrated the Week of the Young Child with guest Amanda from Child Development Council. So much to celebrate!
I love sharing multicultural books with children, and especially, bringing them to life with puppets and songs. Today I had lots of help from my diehard colleagues & puppeteers extraordinaire, Kate and Cassie ; ) as well as Lucia, our wonderful parent volunteer, and guest Amanda who was wonderful with our felt board. Thanks to all of you for your kind and generous support of our DIA celebration!
We read a lot of books today, and learned some new words in Spanish! In order of appearance:
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal; Ills. by Jess Golden
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort; Ills. by G. Brian Karas
Mis Colores by Rebecca Emberly
Mis Numeros by Rebecca Emberly
Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo!" by Ellen Slusky Weinstein; Ills. by Kenneth Andersson

Wow! That is a lot of books! Our toddlers and preschoolers seemed to enjoy each one, especially the ones with puppets ; ) Although, I was pleased to see so many folks take part in The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk as I sang it! We were rolling wheels, jumping on and off the tuk tuk, ching-chinging our rupees and "bobbling" among other movements! On the inner book flap, Simon & Schuster says the Tuk Tuk is a taxi in India. Wikipedia says it is the name of an automated rickshaw in Thailand. In India they are also called "auto rickshaws." They are also known as "baby taxis" in Bangladesh! You can learn so much from books!

We stayed with that prevailing melody when we read Lenny Hort's, The Seals on the Bus, a big storytime favorite of mine ever since I discovered it, probably 8 years ago now. Of course, it's perfect with puppets! This book isn't directly related to multiculturalism, but in it's own way, expresses diversity, and does it with great humor :)

Lucia read us Mis Colores & Mis Numeros, and guided us through the Spanish words while Amanda manned the felt board. See and Say language felt boards are so much fun - especially with the wonderful books by Rebecca Emberley! Take a look:
Here it is in front of our World Languages collection!
Can you find something that is rojo, or red? Can you find the number 3, or tres? Find some other colors and numbers, or colores and numeros, on the felt board! (BTW, where is that black crow?! It blends right in, doesn't it? Hint: look for the tiny dot - that is it's eye!)

Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo!" is also a favorite of mine for puppet theater. (I think Kate did a wonderful job with all the animals noises, don't you? Kero! Kero! Or, Ribbit! Ribbit! in English...)

Speaking of wonderful jobs with puppets, I got big-time support from Skunk and Raccoon, (aka Cassie ; ) as I sang the song by Cheryl Miller Thurston called "Yes!", based on the tune The Happy Farmer by Schumann. I lost my place for a moment (or 2, or 3!! Aaah!) but Skunk and Raccoon kept the piece rolling! You rock, Cassie! Find this positively, hilarious song  (sorry! Can't help myself...) in Singuini: Noodling Around with Silly Songs by Heather Stenner. It might help your little nay-sayer get right with the program some grumpy day ; )

I know there were some sad faces when I said this was the last of the session for Toddler and Preschool Storytime. I'm always sad for the break, too! BUT, it gives me time and space to dream up new programs for your kids, so bear with us as we get ready for Summer Reading Program '17 and all the fun programs ahead, OK? We'll have Tuesday storytimes back in June at 11:30 with Stories in the Park.

Meanwhile, check out one of our new Storytime Kits in the backpacks by the first Youth Services entrance. They've been so popular you may have to place a hold on one, so if they're not there, come on up to the desk and ask - we'll get you set up for your own storytime fun at home!

Finally, we'll have our Last of Session/DIA Family Storytime this weekend at 11:00 with even more fun books, puppets, & songs. We'll also have a peace flags project and assorted snacks with flavors from other cultures, so come on over to the library this Saturday! And don't forget to come and say "Hi!' when you visit the library. We miss you, too, when our storytimes are in hiatus for a month!
See you next time!
Miss Kelly

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Family Storytime: Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Of course we all hear that we should think of every day as Earth Day, and I agree. But it can't hurt to reinforce the important things once in a while, and that's what we're doing today. We read a few of my favorite earth-themed books:
Over in a River by Marianne Collins Berkes; Ills. by Jill Dubin
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder; Ills. by Ashley Wolff
Tweedle Dee Dee by Charlotte Voake
YES! We got through 4 books today! (Mostly because I forgot to bring the puppets I needed out for a certain song....oops! So I had a little extra time to fill!) but what a lovely group we had. Everybody listened so well! And participated! It was especially grand to not be the only one to pretend I was a tree when we sang/read Tweedle Dee Dee ; ) You guys were wonderful!
SO - 10 Things We can Do - One of the best books about "being green" for young children that I know of. I like the cut away, shaped pages, and the narrative is concise and helpful for answering questions. It doesn't have to be Earth Day to start conversations on conserving resources and recycling, right? I attended the March for Science after storytime today and got a fresh reminder of why we need to teach our kids about the environment. It's so important!
Over in a River is another great book in a series of environmental books by Marianne Collins Berkes based on the traditional tune "Over in a Meadow." We explored many different animals that you might find in a river. Check out some of her other books for your young environmentalist :)
I like to use Each Living Thing for Earth Day and Thankfulness days, and any time I want to highlight what is beautiful about the animal kingdom, and our part in protecting it. Take it home some time! We have so many great books about different aspects of our world to help our children grow up to be respectful of animals and the environment.
Tweedle Dee Dee is just a great book about trees, also based on a traditional tune, which is big fun to move to. Voake has put the melody in the back of the book for us, and her winsome illustrations always make me smile. As I mentioned before, we had a great group of kids today who moved right along with our songs and rhymes and books today! It was fun!
Here's one of the songs we sang - an adapted version of Whole World. Seemed like a great song to sing after we read 10 Things...

 Whole World
(Ode to Earth Day!)

We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole, wide world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands
We’ve got the whole world in our hands

We’ve got our friends and our families
We’ve got the oceans and the land
We’ve got the animals and the plants
We’ve got the earth and all her people
Since I forgot the puppets for that one song, I'll share our felt board instead. You know this one!
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
5 green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum! Yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Now there are four green speckled frogs!
Glub, glub.
4 green and speckled frogs…
3 green and speckled frogs…
2 green and speckled frogs…
             1 green and speckled frog…
Now there are no green speckled frogs!

With that I think I'll leave you with one last reminder: Next week is our last of session Family Storytime and it will be a special one. (But don't worry, we'll be back on June 24th with Summer Family Storytime :) So next Saturday we'll be celebrating DIA which is short for Children's Day/Book Day or El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros. We'll have multicultural songs, books, felt boards and PUPPETS! And a lovely peace flag craft. AND lots of snacks popular in other countries! I can't wait!
 I hope to see you there,
Miss Kelly

Friday, April 21, 2017

Baby Storytime

We had quite a crowd this morning!  It was great to see you all!

Today we started with a little book about bugs....

Hello, Garden Bugs by Julissa Mora

....and we shared this little song and a fingerplay:

Caterpillar, Caterpillar from Mel's Desk
Tune: Are You Sleeping?

Caterpillar, caterpillar
In the tree, in the tree
First you wiggle this way
Then you wiggle that way
Look at me, look at me

Here Is the Beehive from Jbrary

Here is the beehive but where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees
Watch and you'll see them come out of the hive
1, 2, 3, 4, 5... They're alive!

We then learned the baby sign for the word "bug".  It's a funny one!

Next we read...

I Love My Mommy by Sebastien Braun

...and some puppet friends joined us for the springtime song Little Ducks from Storytime Katie

Last we read...

Reach by Elizabeth Verdick

...and got our hands and arms moving with these two tunes:

Yankee Doodle Exercises

Arms up high above the head,
Arms down low beside you.
Arms up high above the head,
Smile and brush noses

Yankee Doodle keep it up,
Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Arms up high above the head,
Smile and brush noses!

Hands Up High from from Miss Katie's Storytime Wiki
Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Early Literacy Tip

Children learn by doing! Choose books you can act out to help baby learn the meaning of the words. (They’re also just plain fun.)

Next week will be out last storytime for this session!  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Toddler & Preschool Storytime: Earth Day Week!

Yay for Earth Day! Yay for the earth! We had a fun storytime today, learning about different aspects of our earth: the ocean & ocean creatures, the woods & walking with respect ; ) frogs, bees...and it all starts with books!
Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler 
I Love You, Sun I Love You, Moon Karen Pandell; Ills. by Tomie DePaola
You can take almost any of Jennifer Ward's books off the shelf and learn about something to do with nature. And they are always illustrated beautifully by a variety of illustrators. I can't recommend her highly enough for sharing appreciation of the earth with your kids. Somewhere in the Ocean is no exception. Plus, it's a book you can sing!
I have to admit, I use I Love You, Sun, I Love You, Moon almost every year at Earth Day Storytime for the toddlers and preschoolers. It's just the epitome of lovely simplicity and I like to sing it with a little tune, and have the families repeat each page back. Today I didn't sing it because I had such a dry throat this morning I sounded awful! But you can sing it, or say it, whatever you like! Just read it!

After reading Somewhere in the Ocean, of course we had to sing a song about ocean animals!
The Animals In the Sea
(Sing to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus!)
 The whales in the sea go spout, spout, spout,
spout, spout, spout,
spout, spout, spout,
The whales in the sea go spout, spout, spout,
All through the day!

The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch

The octopus in the sea goes wiggle, wiggle, wiggle

The dolphins in the sea go leap, leap, leap

The child in the sea goes swim, swim, swim

 Can you think of any other animals you might find in the ocean? How about woodland animals? When you walk in the woods, do you really walk, or do you sometimes get very excited? It's OK to get excited in the woods! But remember, you might not see too many animals if you get too excited :)

A cautionary tale from Rob Reid:

We’re Taking a Walk in the Woods!  
By Rob Reid (with a little tweaking by Kelly!) (Sing to the tune of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow)

We’re taking a walk in the woods
We’re taking a walk in the woods
We’re taking a walk in the woods
On this gorgeous day.

We’re hopping around in the woods…
We’re doing a dance in the woods…
We’re running around in the woods…

We’re taking a walk in the woods…….on this gorgeous day!

Well, we used up some of the paper scraps I promised you last week! But there is still plenty for Family Storytime this weekend. The Earth Day books turned out so nice! (And remember, when you're done with them, you can recycle them!) 

Just a note: next week will be our last Toddler & Preschool Storytime before we take our own spring break ; ) (It's not really a break, we're keeping busy planning for summer programs!) But we don't want to miss you, so come in and play in our play area, check out some books and say "Hi!" when you do! We will also keep the Thaler Howell room open for Toddler and Baby Playtime, an unstructured paly time for you and your kids to come and socialize.
We will start up on Tuesdays again in June with our Stories in the Park series. More on that later! But there is one more to go before the break, so I hope to see you then!
See you next time,
Miss Kelly