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A large stack of books…

A large stack of books came home with me this week. Here are a few of them. More to come soon! duck dino

Picture Books

Duck, duck, dinosaur by Kallie George, illus. by  Oriol Vidal, Harper Collins

Siblings who find one another to be different will relate to this funny, bright version of the “ugly duckling” story. Dinosaurs are ever-popular, and this one will entertain your storytime crowd.

You Are One / by Sara O’Leary, illus. by Karen Klassen, Owlkids

Many different babies, who have just turned one year old, are depicted. O’Leary has a knack for capturing that one moment in a child’s life in just a few words. Parents will ooh and ahh over this one, and babies will love it too. This is baby storytime perfection.


Bringing the Outside In  by Mary Mckenna Siddals,  illus. By Patrice Barton, Random House

This simple nature poem will work well for toddler storytimes. The soft pencil sketches of a diverse group of young children help us enjoy the seasons. A gentle reminder to go outside and play, and keep playing when you come inside.


How to Grow a Friend  by Sara Gillingham,  Random House 

A lovely preschool metaphor – friendship as a garden. It must be planted, tended, nurtured. This may seem a lofty subject for a young child, but the retro-style illustrations will help young ones understand the simple concept. Easy to use in storytime, and a great choice for teaching, as well.


Daniel finds a poem by Micha Archer,   Penguin Random 

Rich collage illustrations are the perfect backdrop for the story of a young boy trying to figure out what a poem is. Animals give him an idea, and their literary responses help him “find”  a poem. Just right for storytime, and a great find for early elementary classrooms studying poetry.


For Teachers….

Ideas are all around by Phillip C. Stead, Roaring Brook Press 

Teachers looking for a book to start the writing process with their students will be happy to find this book. Take a walk on the page with Stead’s images – both in pictures and words. Help your students realize that ideas are all around, and that authors have to look to find their ideas.

Dreams of freedom: in words and pictures. – Amnesty International; Frances Lincoln

This “feast of visual stories – brave words and beautiful pictures” has something to inspire everyone. Quotes and illustrations from human rights champions and various artists make this a great browsing book. The images help make the quotes accessible to children. A wonderful choice for daily readings.

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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