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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

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