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New books for storytime

Here are a few new books that have caught my attention:

Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid – Reid’s signature clay artwork honors the beauty of a tree in this simple sing-songy verse. After reading this story, many children are going to want to draw, paint, or sculpt their own trees. Why not add writing into the mix, and have them write a word that describes their tree? If they cannot yet write, ask them for a word (vocabulary!) and write it on their artwork for them.

In the Sea by David Elliott – This is a book of tiny poems all about things in the sea. You could read the whole thing, or just pick your favs, but it would make a very nice addition to a beach or ocean themed storytime. With the rhymes and alliteration in the poems, you’ll be adding some phonemic awareness into the mix as well.

Moonlight by Helen V. Griffith – Bunny goes into his rabbit hole to sleep, and the moon comes out like butter and spreads over everything. The artwork is lovely, and the repeated idea of the moon spread like butter is reinforcing vocabulary. Great add to bedtime –or moontime—storytimes.

Silly Goose’s Big Story by Keiko Kasza – Silly Goose tells great stories, but when the animals play, Goose always gets to be the hero. Wolf takes care of that, but Goose’s storytelling skills save the day—as do Goose’s pals. A great story of friendship, and the power of storytelling. Tell a story after this, and get the kids to help you tell it! And don’t miss The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by the same author. You can’t help but love a story with baby chicks and cookies.

Otto the Book Bear by Kate Cleminson –Bear jumps out of his book and gets stuck out in the world, but the library saves him. Librarians will sigh at the sentiment in this book, and kids will enjoy the plot twist at the end. A nice little story that could be a starting point for some other bear tales.

One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer – This is a special book for big brothers and sisters. Simple similes and fun cartoon-like drawings compare a boy to jungle animals, until he becomes a big brother, when he becomes quiet and gentle. Children can help tell the story through the pictures, which are large enough for storytime sharing. Extend the story by asking children to name animals that are quiet and gentle, like the big brother.


Flannel Friday Round Up – March 16

Ok folks, here it is.. I am hosting the fantabulous Flannel Friday Round-up! There are lots of great ideas for SPRING today. I think we are all ready for some green to pop out of the ground, some sparkly rainbows, and cheeping birdies. Enjoy this amazing page full of talent!

I brought out an oldie, but goodie for today’s round-up, which you can see here.

Miss Alison is using interfacing as well. See what she’s done with piggies.

Leprechauns and shamrocks are the stars at Recipe for Reading. Katie has done up a fun puppet/prop story.

Maureen demonstrates The Quarreling Rainbow and teaches us some sign language, too!

After the rainbows have made up, they can dance! Storytime ABC’s has a not-so-flannel post to go with the Springy theme.

A new flannel board is ready for Library Quine, and I’m sure she will fill it with flannely-goodness!

Spring has sprung and the birds are in their nest! See what Miss Tara has for you!

There’s a great finger puppet tutorial and some sweet little birds at Notes from the Story Room.

If you cut yourself while making finger puppets, Seth can help you out with some band-aids. Can I just say it? YEAH! We have a guy in the house!

There are even more birds at 1234 More Storytimes. Tweet tweet!

You never know what amazingly cute thing is growing in Read, Sarah, Read’s patch of grass!

There are more things hiding in the grass over at My Storytime Life.

Speaking of looking for things, go on a Bear Hunt with Falling Flannelboards. We’re going to catch a big one……

Flannel-board babies! Katie brings us a sweet little rhyme perfect for Baby Storytimes.

There are some nattily dressed bears and a familiar song In the Children’s Room.

Sarah has a whole lot of jumping going on in this Leap Day flannel. You don’t need to wait 4 more years to use it, though!

Miss Mary Liberry has gone buggy with a great idea! This one includes science, guessing, vocabulary, and letter knowledge.

Everyone will be stuck on magnetic walls after they see this great idea by Kendra.

In need of a pirate ship? Never fear, because Andrea has a template and a couple of rhymes for you.

Perhaps your mode of transport is cars. Lisa has a few for you.

Our very own Future Librarian Superhero shares a quick and easy collage technique for making flannelboard figures.

Hungry? Get your lunch at Libraryland!

What Happens in Storytime is inspired today by owls and pigs.

And finally, here are some super-cute, not very scary monsters from Piper Loves the Library!

Wait, wait… a few last minute entries:
Storytime Katie made some finger puppets for the farm, and Cate has some uses for little robot puppets.

You made it to the end — now go out there and FLANNELIZE!

New for Storytime

Anton can do Magic by Ole Konnecke – Anton has a magic hat. A real one. I like the simple story and simple, clear illustrations in this book. It would go nicely in a hat storytime along with I want my hat back by Jon Klassen and Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats. Extend your storytime by looking for hats in the pictures and talking about different names for hats—turban, bowler, baseball cap.

And then it’s spring by Julie Folgiano – Wishing to see some green? This book is perfect for Spring or gardening storytimes. It has a gentle, soothing text, and lovely illustrations by Erin E. Stead. The illustrations will probably work best in small groups, but the book is so lovely, it needs to be shared. Lots of vocabulary opportunities here, in describing the greens and browns of Spring—why not take a walk outside to look for and describe the greens and browns around your area? (Perfect gift for the gardener in your life, too.)

The Easter Bunny’s Assistant by Jan Thomas. – Jan Thomas is one my new favourites for storytime. This book is so silly, I can’t wait to share it. Easter Bunny is getting eggs ready for the big day, and Skunk is helping. But when Skunk gets excited… well, nature takes over. Such a fun romp! Look for the letter E all through the book to extend it into the Early Literacy realm. Perhaps you could read it a second time and ask kids to shout “EEEEEE” when they see that letter?

The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett- A pig-for-princess switcheroo ends well in this fun fractured fairytale. If you have kids that will sit for a longer story, this is just the ticket. Bright illustrations will keep them looking while you read. A very silly story that has references to several well-known tales, which could be an opportunity for some puppet storytelling after the reading.

Flannel Friday: The Lady with the Alligator Purse

I’m planning a crocodilian storytime soon, and wanted a fun flannel for this one, so I chose “The Lady with the Alligator Purse”. I found an extended lyric online, so I used it for deciding which figures to make. Here’s the words that I used.

I used clip art as the pattern for my figures, and made them with the felt- fabric method. I wanted the people to be multicultural, so I made them all with a swirly olive coloured fabric that I had:

Doctor and Nurse

I also try to add print to my flannel stories, and I had 3 opportunities for this one — soap, measles, and mumps. I like that I can add some letter knowledge and new vocabulary into storytime with this simple method.

Here’s all the figures I made: Baby, bathtub, soap, doctor, nurse, 2 speech bubbles, penicillin, castor oil, pizza.

I know you are all wondering where the Lady with the Alligator Purse is! That will be me, because, yes, I do own an alligator purse (two actually, but the other one has a broken strap). I plan to act out the Lady’s parts, carrying my alligator purse, of course. Here it is:

Alligator purse

Storytime Books

Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s a few new and recommended that have crossed my path the past few weeks:

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? By Jan Thomas – The cows are jumping on Chicken’s sofa! So much fun! But Chicken does not appreciate this behavior. This silly romp through Chicken’s living room will have the kids shouting along with you. Better be ready for fun when you read this one!

Neville by Norton Juster – A boy moves to a new town, and he feels very lonely, sad, and a bit angry. His mother suggests he take a walk, so he can make friends. He walks to the end of the street and shouts Neville! , and kids come from all around to help him shout and look for Neville. The simple line and folksy feel of the illustrations really make this book come alive, and I’d put money on this one being A Caldecott contender. Great read aloud for grades P-2.

Where’s my T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont – The rhymes in this one are quite fun, but I wish I liked the illustrations better. They are watercolors with an awful lot of detail, so if you have a small group for storytime, this might be ok. Basically, a little boy has lost his favourite toy truck, and is quite grumpy about it. There’s not much story here, but I do think it would make a fun romp for storytime, because the rhymes and spelling of the word T-R-U-C-K work.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle – Fans of Eric Carle will love this simple book, and toddlers will enjoy the bright, bold pictures. Great jumping-off point for an art class or preschool craft project. Read this book, get out the paint and smocks, and go for it!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney – Pinkney’s signature watercolors beautifully illustrate this familiar song, and extend it out of the confines of a nursery rhyme. Take time to savour the pictures. This one would be just right for pajama storytime.

Batty by Sarah Dyer – Batty lives in the zoo, and all he can do is hang upside down. He visits other animals, but doesn’t quite fit in. Use this one for a preschool introduction to perspective.

New books for storytimes

Here are some new books that have crossed my path recently (all available from AVRL):

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum –by Lisa Wheeler.  Rhymes, and a fun, bouncy text with lots of animals getting stuck in gum.   Practise this one before you turn it loose on storytime, because it is certainly a tongue twister.

The Gingerbread Man loose in the School – by Laura Murray.  A funny rhyming story in which a gingerbread man gets left behind by the class that made him. Might work nicely with a Gingerbread Houses craft.

Cows to the Rescue — by John Himmelman .  It’s off to the county fair, and Farmer Greenstalk needs some help. Cows to the Rescue! Cows get the farmer and his crew out of several jams. Have all the kids MOO on the “Cows to the Rescue” pages for great rowdy fun (do a few practise MOOS first). Of course, you have to shout out “Cows to the Rescue!” in your best Superhero voice.

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit – by Catherine Rayner.   Ernest is too big for the book, but his clever friend chipmunk finds a way to fix that. With a fold-out page that shows the solution, this is a great story about cooperation and friendship. Would make a nice companion to Mo Willems’ pop-up, Big Frog can’t fit in.

Bear on Chairs – by Shirley Parenteau.  Plenty of rhymes in this story of finding a way to share. Line up some small kid chairs and put as many bears as you can get (or have) on the chairs to extend this story.

Who Has These Feet?  By Laura Hulbert – add a bit of science to storytime. Lots of funky animal feet and a one-sentence explanation of why the animal has that kind of feet. Pair with Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin, Shoe-la-la! By Karen Beaumont, and  One foot two feet : an exceptional counting book  by Peter Maloney for a foot-filled storytime!

Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg – Most of your preschoolers are not going to have a clue what a thesaurus is, but their parents will get the joke and they will learn some new vocabulary in this rollicking rhyme about a little dinosaur who has a descriptive kind of day. Brightly colored and good for sharing.

999 Tadpoles by Ken Kimura – Some exciting moments and a scary adventure for this large frog family, but all ends well as a result of teamwork. The illustrations are really fun, and I could see a frog craft easily extending this.

Flannel Friday: The Red Hen

Rebecca and Ed Emberley’s version of “The Red Hen” is the inspiration for today’s flannel. I love the crazy bright artwork and the twist of finding a recipe (rather than a kernel of wheat).  This allows us to add some PRINT AWARENESS to the story, as does the repetitive “Not I” from that lazy cat, rat, and frog. I’ve also included a few tips here for the newbie felt artists among you.

So first, here’s the pattern I made for the hen. I looked at the illustrations and hand-drew my own patterns. They are not exactly like the illustrations in the book, but heavily inspired by them.

hand-drawn pattern

Next, you can see how I cut the different elements out from the drawn pattern. I’ve made the hen from solid red felt, then I add details in other colors. Notice 3 pairs of scissors — I have my paper scissors, my big fabric scissors, and the small detail fabric scissors. In case you don’t know this already — keep your fabric scissors safe from paper. Paper will dull them, so use paper scissors on paper and your good scissors only on fabric. You might also need an iPod loaded with a good audiobook  while you are working on your felt story.

cutting out details

Next up, gluing. I use Tacky Glue (Elmer’s works well, too). I cover the piece to be glued with a good layer of glue, then press it down onto the main piece, making sure the glue gets into both pieces of felt. I have a piece of freezer paper under the main piece, glossy side up, so the glue doesn’t stick to that; you can also use wax paper. You’ll need a space for all the pieces to dry – I usually leave them on the paper overnight.

time to glue

And below are the finished pieces. I plan to make the speech bubble into a “stick puppet” — I will laminate it and put it onto a chopstick so that when the animals say, “Not I.”, the stick will appear from behind the board. I’m thinking I’ll add some bells to the stick so that I will have some sound effects for this part. So, there you have it, The Red Hen.

finished product

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