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Picture Book Month: Carpool Book Club

If you just tuned in from Carpool Book Club, Episode Two, here’s the promised list of books we discussed. If you missed Carpool Book Club, quick, go watch the latest episode RIGHT HERE. I promise, I will give you the booklist, but first, a little about Carpool Book Club. The idea came about after an hour-long drive with a friend who loves picture books as much as I do. We spent the whole drive talking about books. And we thought it would be fun to turn that concept into a video. A img_5590year later, we’ve started to try it out — so far it has been Jai Soloy and myself, Angela Reynolds. But we hope to have guests in the future, and we hope to talk about all sorts of books. We are still working out technical and sound issues, but we are having fun with it.

The books! (if I have previously blogged about these, links go there – if not, links go to our library catalogue).

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

 

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

 

There’s a Part Two of this episode in the wings. Let us know in the comments if you want to see it!

StoryWalks & StoryMobs – taking Early Literacy beyond the library walls

Storywalk 003As part of the ALA session, Early Literacy beyond the Library, I am talking about our success with StoryWalks and StoryMobs. This blog post has the links to all the info I referenced in the session, plus a link to the Wiki for our session. Most of your questions about creating a StoryWalk or hosting a StoryMob, will be found on these links.  Here we go!

ALSC blog post about StoryWalk HERE

StoryWalk permissions and history: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk

StoryWalk easy version blog post on Valley Storytime

StoryWalk Video: Live action video  and photos

StoryWalk blog post from Curious City

StoryMobs website: http://storymobs.ca/               pp storymob 019

ALSC blog post about Green Eggs & Ham StoryMob

StoryMob Video: Live action Green Eggs & Ham

Still photos Wild Things

Pumpkin People StoryMob (photos)

StoryMob on ValleyStorytime blog

 

Summer reading!

Summer is upon us, and we’ve got a whole gang of new books to keep you reading. Try these for summer storytimes.

grasshopperGrasshopper & the Ants – by Jerry Pinkney. (Little Brown)
Aesop’s fables for a new generation come to life with Jerry Pinkney’s fabulous illustrations. This one has lilting storytelling to accompany the lush pictures. The illustration is very detailed and busy, so this one might work best with smaller groups. But don’t miss it—the beauty of the watercolors is a WOW!

Tommy Can’t Stop by Tim Federle, illus by Mark Fearing. (Disney Hyperion)
Tommy is a bundle of energy and his family is plum tuckered from dealing with him. When he goes to dance class, his energy is funneled into creativity. Share this to let the bounciest kids see that they can find their niche.

Troto amd the Trucks by Uri Shulevitz  (Margaret Ferguson Books, FSG)
Little Troto the car is made fun of by the Big Trucks until he wins the race. Big on lesson, but still a fun little romp with vehicles to add to your next transportation storytime.

Bear Counts by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman  (Margaret K. McElderry/ S&S)
If you need to add some numbers to storytime, Bear can help. This a a fun little counting book that includes rhymes, new vocabulary, and of course, interactive counting.

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah O’Hora  (Dial Booksmomo)
Momo is a flying squirrel and his cousins (regular squirrels) can’t wait to see him do it. Fly, that is. Momo has his own ideas about things, though. For example, his idea of a Super Hero is “The Muffin Man”. This is a fun book about being true to yourself, with really fun illustrations. Have kids draw their own version of a Super Hero after sharing this book.

In by Nikki McClure  (Abrams Appleseed)
Exploring the concepts of in & out, McClure’s lovely papercuts follow a child who wants to be in, and then out, and then in. A quiet addition to storytime. Perhaps for an exploration of books with black and white illustrations? Opposites?

Bears Don’t Read by Emma Chichester Clark  (Harper Collins)
Everyone knows bears don’t read. Except, of course, Bear. A young girl wants to learn to read, too, so she & bear work out a compromise. A fun addition to storytimes where kids can sit for a longer story. Bear’s expressive eyes help carry the story right along.

Sea & Rex by Molly Idle  (Viking/Penguin)
Molly Idle’s familiarly shaped humans go to the beach with s couple of dinosaurs. This sunny, friendly story will make a fine addition to your summer storytimes.

you nestYou Nest Here with Me by Jane Yolen Illus by Melissa Sweet  (Boyds Mills Press)
A new Melissa Sweet book is always cause to celebrate, in my book. And this sweet little poem featuring all sorts of birds fits Sweet’s style perfectly. The book is charming, the illustrations are lovely, and the words work just right for storytime. Would also be a lovely gift for a new baby.

Counting Chickens by Polly Alakija  (Frances Lincoln)
Tobi’s hen lays eggs, and sits on her nest. Meanwhile, all the other kids in the village get to see their dogs have puppies, goats have kids, etc. In the end, the chicks hatch, and Tobi ends up with a whole flock of birds. Count them at storytime! (there are 50).

One Family by George one fmailyShannon, illus. Buy Blanca Gomez   (Frances Foster Books, FSG)
This is a lovely counting book about all sorts of families. The text, while simple, includes rhymes, good vocabulary, and a very nice message about how we can be different and yet the same. The families are diverse in many ways, reinforced by the retro-feeling illustrations. Lovely addition to storytime, or any time.

Duck’s Vacation by Gilad Soffer   (Feiwel & Friends)
Duck has gone to a nice, quiet island to rest and relax. At the turn of the page (which Duck begs the reader not to do), the peace and quiet is destroyed. Each page turn makes matters worse, until a band of pirates show up and Duck leaves the book. A fun summer romp.

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo and Flo! By Laurel Molk   (Viking)
Five little mice tie a string around the toe of several different animals. The boys don’t want Flo to play along. But of course, she saves the day. Fun rhymes and illustrations.

Worm Races at Storytime

Our Wolfville branch does a Spring storytime each year featuring Worm Races. I asked them to do a write up about it, so here’s a guest post from Emily Leeson at our Wolfvlle branch:

frog craft

frog craft

Spring has finally sprung here in the Annapolis Valley! While the weather outside may still be unpredictable, it’s still the perfect time to bring a bit of spring into the library. The crew at the Wolfville Memorial Library recently welcomed the season with their fifth annual worm races during the monthly special Springtime Storytime held the last Tuesday of the month. This year, the theme had special significance as the library has also taken on a new gardening project. Through the generous support of the TD Friends of the Environment Fund, the Wolfville Memorial Library is now the proud site of a brand new pollinator-friendly garden. Throughout the summer, the aptly-named Pollinator Project will involve activities for all ages will be centered around the creation and management of this special garden.

The Springtime storytime is set for ages 3-5 years with their caretakers on hand. A good crowd gathered this year as the annual event is anticipated by many. Stories and songs set the tone for the Springtime festivities. These included:

Wiggle Waggle by Caroline Arnold, Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum, and Bob and Otto by Robert Bruel. For even more wormy ideas, check our WORMS Pinterest board!

May the best worm win

May the best worm win

Alice set up the worms races by placing down a tarp marked with an inner and outer circle. The worms were placed in the inner circle, lightly sprayed with water to get them going and the crowd cheered as they inched their way towards the outer circle. The first one to pass was crowned the winner. After several heats, an overall winner was established and the entire crew sang, ‘You are the Champion’ (with a few wormy-words changed to fit the day) in his/her honour.

You are the Champion
(Wormy Mercury version)

You wiggled along
You won the race
Segments that pulled
Put you in first place

Back to the dirt
No hook for you
You squiggled and squirmed
And squirmed and squiggled
And you came through

Crawl on and on and on and on
You are the champion my friend
And you’ll keep on squirming ‘til the end
You are the champion
You are the champion
No time for fishing
‘Cause you are the champion of the worms

A simple snack was offered: Goldfish crackers acting as tadpole for the theme. A frog-themed craft was available and the storytime finished up with children planting seeds to be later transferred into the library gardens.

Blog break

Happy New Year! I will be taking a Blog Break for this year– 2014 is my year to serve on the Caldecott Committee, and I will be very busy with that. This is a self-induced Blog Break, as I am trying to find a few things that I can NOT do this year in order to free up some time for reading, reading, reading, and looking at a whole lot of art.  I am really looking forward to being busy with books!

I may do occasional posts, but will Tweet them if they happen.   Have a lovely year, folks, and come back and see me in 2015!

Summer holiday

…taking a break here at Valley Storytime! Summer is so busy with the Summer Reading Club and more. We’ll be back in September with some great books for you to enjoy. For now,  have a fun summer and read lots of great books!

To tide you over,  my favourite YA book this summer is CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth E. Wein,  and the picture book that I have most enjoyed sharing  is The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald. Best audio? The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, with Enchanted by Alathea Kontis coming in a close second.

Have a great summer!