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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

           

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