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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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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Stories in the Park Last One - Animals, Animals!

Thanks to all the stalwart souls who came out for our last Stories in the Park for what turned out to be the chilliest S in the P yet! We kept moving and had a lot of fun with the theme "Animals, Animals" - one of my favorites for sure. Here are the books:
Feathers and Hair: What Animals Wear by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Jing Jing Tsong
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Animal Opposites by Petr Horacek
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (Our Office Ref Big Book version)
Anything by Jennifer Ward is gold by me. I'm a big fan of reading books about nature and Ward is one of the queens of the factual picture book genre. So when we got our copy of Feathers and Hair: What Animals Wear I was ready to build a storytime around it! There are so many fun fingerplays, songs and games about animals - it is a super fun theme :)

But let's talk silly. Froodle is certainly one of the silliest books I know. There's always someone in the audience that can't stop giggling when this book is read aloud. Now, it doesn't happen to everyone, but some of us just can't keep it in. This is an awesome book for sharing with your slightly older child who is practicing sounding out letters. Not only will they be forced to create words that don't exist in the English language, they will be in hysterics while doing it. And you will know they aren't reading from memory ; ) Sort of a giggle-puss litmus test for reading ability ; )

Animal Opposites is another great book by Petr Horacek. That's right: Petr. Animal Opposites is a fun, guess-the-animals, lift-the-flap book especially for animal lovers. Horacek has written many charming picture books, check some out next time you're at the library!

I love our big book version of Where's Spot. Everybody in the room, (or in the park, as it may be,) can actually see where Spot isn't. But just where is he?? If you missed storytime, you'll just have to take it out and see!
Do your kids need some exercise? Can you hop? We did today! Even if you can't hop, maybe you can wiggle your fingers or toes and nod your head to a fun chant! We got hopping and waddling and flying and swimming with this good old poem:

Animals
 Can you hop like a rabbit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you walk like a duck?
Can you run like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit like a Buddha?
As still as this?

See how fast you can go!

AND we hopped some more when we sang Old MacDonald had a Farm, but there were only bunnies at this farm ; ) And they kept on coming! I like to do a felt board with this one...

Old MacDonald Had Some Bunnies!
 
Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee-i, ee-i, oh!
And on that farm he had a bunny!
Ee-i, ee-i, oh!
With a hop, hop here,
And a hop, hop there!
Here a hop, there a hop,
Everywhere a hop-hop!
Old MacDonald had a farm –
Ee-i, ee-i, oh!

Old MacDonald had a farm,
Ee-i, ee-i, oh!
And on that farm he had another bunny!
Ee-i, ee-i, oh!
With a hop, hop here,

And a hop, hop there!

Here a hop, there a hop,

Everywhere a hop-hop!

Old MacDonald had a farm –

Ee-i, ee-i, oh!


Old MacDonald had a farm,

Ee-i, ee-i, oh!

And on that farm he had another bunny!
Ee-i, ee-i, oh!



(Continue until everyone is hopping or wriggling around like bunnies!)(It might take a while...but it's so worth it ;)

 
Lots of animal fun at our last Stories in the Park for the season! Remember, even though our regular storytimes take a hiatus in September, there's still LOTS going on at the library. Plus, we love to see you! So come on in to the library, grab some good books, get some good recs, and tell us about your day!
HAPPY AUTUMN, EVERYONE!
See you around,
Miss Kelly

Some silly (and not so silly) animal books to check out:

             If You’re Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre; Ills. Jackie Urbanovic

            My Beak, Your Beak by Melanie Walsh

            Feathers and Hair: What Animals Wear by Jennifer Ward, Ills. by Jing Jing Tsong

            Animal Opposites: A Pop-Up Book by Peter Horacek

            For Pete’s Sake by Ellen Stoll Walsh

            Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox; Ills. by Jan Thomas

            Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox; Ills. by Judy Horacek

Quiet Night by Marilyn Singer; Ills. by John Manders

Wild About Us! by Karen Beaumont; Ills. by Janet Stevens

Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
            The Sky Is Falling! by Mark Teague              

Little Snappers Snip-Snap Pop-Up Fun by Jonathan Litton (board book)

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman; Ills. by Zachariah O’Hora

Whoops! by Suzi Moore; Ills. by Russell Ayto

New book: Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnoski & Kate Harvey McGee

New book: Feathers and Hair by Jennifer Ward; Ills. by Jing Jing Tsong

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

This is a Serious Book by Jodie Parachini; Ills. by Daniel Riely

Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Six Dinner Sid by Inga Moore

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre; Ills. by Steve Jenkins

Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop based on a poem by Alexina B. White w/new verses by Susan Lurie; photos by Murray Head

The Bear Went Over the Mountain as told and illustrated by Iza Trapani     

And so many more!

 

Nonfiction:

Curious Critters series by David FitzSimmons

Animal Antics by Daniel Gilpin

           

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Family Storytime - Last One for the Season!

I totally forgot to remind folks last week that this Summer Family Storytime was going to be the last one for the season! We had a very small, but really engaged group for our last one, and I'm sorry to have missed so many of our other regulars. Never fear though, we start up with our regular Family Storytime on October 7th, and I hope everybody will be back, and bring friends :)

I thought it would be fun to share what we did today for those who were out and about on this gorgeous, second to last Saturday of unofficial Summer!! (Trust me, no one blames you ; ) I know summer doesn't officially end until September 22nd, but when school starts and folks get busy again, that feels like summer's end to me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the autumn, however, so I'm not sad! But so I don't miss you all too much - please still come visit us on Saturday mornings! We'll try to do a craft together, find some great books on your favorite subject, or just say "Hi" and "How ya doin'?" ; )
Here's what we read:
Deep Sea Dive by Salina Yoon
Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone; Ills. by Clare Beaton
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck; Ills. by Kyle M. Stone
I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs 
And here's my lowdown on the books and authors:
Salina Yoon is a wonderful author of books about real things for very young children. Simple, rhyming text accompanied by clear, bright illustrations (and flaps!) make Deep Sea Dive a perfect fit for your little ocean explorer. 

Did I say how much I love Secret Seahorse and other books by the Blackstone/Beaton duo at our program today? Another great rhyming book with illustrations that are handmade from felt. I like to point out to kids that there are many ways to illustrate a book! This method of illustration always seems to inspire me to create felt boards :) 

I Love My Pirate Papa is also a favorite of mine. I like how it shows the "nice" side of people who some might find a bit scary :) The illustrations are hilarious, so if you weren't at the park, (or couldn't see real well...it happens!) please take this book out and let the humor lighten up your day. Aaaarrr!

As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with Edward Gibbs' I Spy series. Gentle illustrations with peekaboo holes, paired with questions and hints about what might be behind those holes, get your little ones thinking about the possibilities! I Spy Under the Sea is perfect for learning about ocean animals.

We learned a cool fingerplay today! It's an old one, and not super easy, but definitely fun! Let's see if I can explain....

Here is the Sea


Here is the sea, the wavy sea, (left hand flat in front of you, making waves!)

Here is a boat and here is me.  (Right hand palm towards you above the left hand, bobbing, then stick your thumb up for "me")

All of the Fishes way down below, (Wiggle the fingers of your left hand!)

Wiggle their tails and away they go! (And send them on their way!)
 

I saw one boy way in the back rubbing his tummy and patting his head at the same time - yeah - it's kind of like that!
What did we sing today??

Fish!

There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea...

What color fishy do you see?

Blue, blue this ones's blue,

This little fishy is blue!

Red, red

Yellow, yellow
 (Etc., until you sing about all the colors of fish you can think of and create :) I made a felt board for this with simple felt fish shapes. This song is a perfect lesson on colors. You can also make it a simple arts and crafts project by drawing and cutting out your fishes from colored paper and laying them on blue paper. There are so many ways to modify this project! To use more fine motor skills, try coloring white paper first, then cutting out the fish shapes. Ask your child which paper should we cut the purple fish out of? Which the orange? Let's make a rainbow fish! What colors might we use for that?


Well, Ahoy, Mateys! Remember, next week will be the last Stories in the Park for this summer! (Oh, squiggle me octopus arms!!!) But don't worry, we start up with Toddler and Preschool Storytime in the beginning of October

Remember, don't be strangers! Come and visit us at the library!

See you at the library,
Miss Kelly
And here's a booklist of awesome books about the ocean: 
 
Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta; Ills. by David Biedrzycki

            Into the A, B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose, Ills. by Steve Jenkins

            Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus by Julie Markes; Ills. by Maggie Smith
            I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and
I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This is the Sea that Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin; Ills. by Don Dyen
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck
            Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring, Ills. by Laurie Allen Klein
            Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle
            Pop-up Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae, Ills. by David Wojtowycz
Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward and T.J. Marsh, Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler
            Sail Away, Little Boat by Janet Buell, Ills. by Jui Ashida
Sail Away by Florence McNeil, Ills. by David McPhail
On the Move Boats by Paul Stickland
Turtle Bay by Saviour Pirotta, Ills. by Nilesh Mistry
Scuba Bunnies by Christine Loomis; Ills. by Ora Eitan
            I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs
            In the Sea by David Elliott, Ills. by Holly Meade
            Giant Pop-out Ocean a FLLS resource book
            The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; Ills. by Dan Hanna
Breathe by Scott Magoon
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson; Ills. by Alex Scheffler
            Wow! Ocean by Robert Neubecker
            Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone; Ills. by Clare Beaton 
There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea adapted by Jessica law; Ills. by Jill McDonald
Curious Critters Marine by David FitzSimmons – use cushion sea star poem for fingerplay!
Little White Fish by Guido Van Genechten – great for toddlers & maybe S in the P – big bright illustrations!
Deep Sea Dive: Lift the Flap Adventures by Salina Yoon
Boats Speeding! Sailing!Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell; Ills. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stories in the Park: Ahoy!

I LOVE the ocean! I always try to do an ocean-themed storytime in the park this time of year. Sometimes people go on vacations to the ocean in the summer, so it's fun to get some early-literacy, seaside fun in while we're at the park! Here's what we read:
Deep Sea Dive by Salina Yoon
Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone; Ills. by Clare Beaton
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck; Ills. by Kyle M. Stone
I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs 
Salina Yoon is a wonderful author of books about real things for very young children. Simple, rhyming text accompanied by clear, bright illustrations (and flaps!) make Deep Sea Dive a perfect fit for your little ocean explorer. 

Did I say how much I love Secret Seahorse and other books by the Blackstone/Beaton duo at our program today? Another great rhyming book with illustrations that are handmade from felt. I like to point out to kids that there are many ways to illustrate a book! This method of illustration always seems to inspire me to create felt boards :) 

I Love My Pirate Papa is also a favorite of mine. I like how it shows the "nice" side of people who some might find a bit scary :) The illustrations are hilarious, so if you weren't at the park, (or couldn't see real well...it happens!) please take this book out and let the humor lighten up your day. Aaaarrr!

As far as I'm concerned, you can't go wrong with Edward Gibbs' I Spy series. Gentle illustrations with peekaboo holes, paired with questions and hints about what might be behind those holes, get your little ones thinking about the possibilities! I Spy Under the Sea is perfect for learning about ocean animals.

We learned a cool fingerplay today! It's an old one, and not super easy, but definitely fun! Let's see if I can explain....

Here is the Sea


Here is the sea, the wavy sea, (left hand flat in front of you, making waves!)

Here is a boat and here is me.  (Right hand palm towards you above the left hand, bobbing, then stick your thumb up for "me")

All of the Fishes way down below, (Wiggle the fingers of your left hand!)

Wiggle their tails and away they go! (And send them on their way!)
 

I saw one boy way in the back rubbing his tummy and patting his head at the same time - yeah - it's kind of like that!
What did we sing today??

Fish!

There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea...

What color fishy do you see?

Blue, blue this ones's blue,

This little fishy is blue!

Red, red

Yellow, yellow
 (Etc., until you sing about all the colors of fish you can think of and create :) I made a felt board for this with simple felt fish shapes. This song is a perfect lesson on colors. You can also make it a simple arts and crafts project by drawing and cutting out your fishes from colored paper and laying them on blue paper. There are so many ways to modify this project! To use more fine motor skills, try coloring white paper first, then cutting out the fish shapes. Ask your child which paper should we cut the purple fish out of? Which the orange? Let's make a rainbow fish! What colors might we use for that?


Well, Ahoy, Mateys! Remember, next week will be the last Stories in the Park for this summer! (Oh, squiggle me octopus arms!!!) But don't worry, we start up with Toddler and Preschool Storytime in the beginning of October

Don't be strangers! Come and visit us at the library!

See you next time,
Miss Kelly
Here's the booklist! 
 
Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta; Ills. by David Biedrzycki

            Into the A, B, Sea by Deborah Lee Rose, Ills. by Steve Jenkins
            Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus by Julie Markes; Ills. by Maggie Smith
            I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean and
I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
This is the Sea that Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin; Ills. by Don Dyen
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins
I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck
            Where Should Turtle Be? by Susan Ring, Ills. by Laurie Allen Klein
            Mr. Seahorse by Eric Carle
            Pop-up Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae, Ills. by David Wojtowycz
Somewhere in the Ocean by Jennifer Ward and T.J. Marsh, Ills. by Kenneth J. Spengler
            Sail Away, Little Boat by Janet Buell, Ills. by Jui Ashida
Sail Away by Florence McNeil, Ills. by David McPhail
On the Move Boats by Paul Stickland
Turtle Bay by Saviour Pirotta, Ills. by Nilesh Mistry
Scuba Bunnies by Christine Loomis; Ills. by Ora Eitan
            I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs
            In the Sea by David Elliott, Ills. by Holly Meade
            Giant Pop-out Ocean a FLLS resource book
            The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; Ills. by Dan Hanna
Breathe by Scott Magoon
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson; Ills. by Alex Scheffler
            Wow! Ocean by Robert Neubecker
            Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone; Ills. by Clare Beaton 
There’s a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea adapted by Jessica law; Ills. by Jill McDonald
Curious Critters Marine by David FitzSimmons – use cushion sea star poem for fingerplay!
Little White Fish by Guido Van Genechten – great for toddlers & maybe S in the P – big bright illustrations!
Deep Sea Dive: Lift the Flap Adventures by Salina Yoon
Boats Speeding! Sailing!Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell; Ills. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy