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Archive for November, 2013

A few new

Here are a few new books that have passed by my desk recently…

Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney                              orange scarf

Little Owl’s mum makes him wear his orange scarf, which is far too orange and itchy. When he makes it disappear, mum knits him a new one that he likes much more. A “warm and witty yarn” about choice and preference. Get out the yarn stash and let kids choose the ones they love best!

Hiding Phil by Eric Barclay

How do you hide an elephant from your parents? This silly little friendship tome will delight in storytime. Play a game of hide and seek afterwards!

Baby Wants Mama by Nancy Loewen

A day in the life of baby and family, perfect pace for baby storytimes.

Planes Fly! by George Ella Lyon

Lots of new vocabulary can be found in this rhyming plane poem. Get those kids up and zooming along with you.

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Silly fun featuring a crocodile who loves watermelon– until he swallows a seed. What will happen to him? Will it grow in there? Lots of opportunity for preschool discussion in this one.

Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Steindino kiss

Little dino is born ready to stomp and chomp. Then she witnesses a kiss, and just has to try it out. She has a bit of trouble perfecting  the kiss (accidentally eating one of  her little dino pals). Finally, she gets it right.  Lively, funny, and great addition to dinosaur storytimes.

Guerrilla Storytime in Truro

At the NSLA conference in Truro we had a small Guerrilla Storytime. Only about 7 people showed up, but we shared a lot of fun ideas and had a grand time. The participants asked that I put together the ideas that were shared. Here’s what we shared!

A get up and move song? Monster Pokey! (Claws in, fangs in, horns in, tails in) , reindeer pokey (antlers, red nose, hooves, etc) Can turn just about anything into a “pokey” great way to get them  up and moving.    (In this photo, you can see the Monster Pokey in action.)     monster pokey

Bubble song that Lynn made up:  (Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques) Lynn uses this at Baby Storytime.

Bubbles, bubbles
Bubbles, bubbles
Pop, pop, pop   (snap fingers, or clap hands)
Pop, pop, pop
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles
Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles
Pop, pop, pop
Pop, pop, pop

 …and Lyn’s best Play Doh recipe:

2    cups flour
1/2  cup salt
2    pkg. kool aid (same flavour)
4    tsp. cream of tartar (optional)
2    cups water

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook over medium
heat until right consistency.  When cool enough to handle,knead into 2 balls. Store in zip lock bags in the fridge.


 Rachel shared some great ideas on saying goodbye at storytime—wave goodbye with body parts (nose, eyes, chin, knees, etc., and finally hands)


Tara does this at toddler time  – yoga-like activity:

Tall as a Tree
Tall as a tree (Stretch arms overhead)
Wide as a house (Stretch arms out to side)
Thin as a pin (Arms tight against side)
Small as a mouse (Crouch small)
*Repeat a couple of times.

Sing  “The Ants go marching”  with little laminated ants to each child. They march their ants along as you sing.

Use felt pieces or clip art for sequencing after a cumulative story – read the book, then ask them what came first? Pieces all on the board so they can choose.


The participants asked that I share the “Challenges” — so they could use them at staff meetings, so here they are:

*Show us how you’d get kids involved in this book (I had a copy of Juba This Juba That)

*How do you introduce a book?

*Show us how you transition from one activity to the next

*What’s the most fun storytime activity?

*What happens after you read a book?

*Get up and get moving! Show us how.

*How do you use puppets at storytime? (had a bag of puppets ready)

*Show us an interactive song or rhyme

*Share your favourite storytime song

*How do you get parents involved?

*Share your favourite fingerplay

*Sing! Teach us a new song!

*How do you deal with the wiggles?

*Show us how you use shakers (or scarves or ribbons)

*How do you use early literacy ideas in storytime?

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