Saturday, September 30, 2006

Best Picks for Storytime About Chickens

Beth, at our branch Read-a-Thon. Who says adult services librarians can't be included in all the storytime fun!

Toddler Read Alouds
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker - MY FAVORITE
Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield
Chick by Ed Vere (might want to skip the "poop" page)
Five Little Chicks by Nancy Tafuri
Here A Chick, Where A Chick? by Suse MacDonald
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
Little Red Hen by Byron Barton
Peek-A-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
This Little Chick by John Lawrence
Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson
Where, Oh Where, Is Rosie's Chick? by Pat Hutchins (2016)
Who Says Woof? by John Butler

Preschool Read Alouds
Chicken Soup by Jean Van Leeuwen
Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! by Ivor Baddiel
Dora's Chicks by Julie Sykes
First the Egg by Laura Seeger
Goodnight, Lulu by Paulette Bogan
Hoppity Skip, Little Chick by Jo Brown
Hungry Hen by Richard Waring
Little Chicken's Big Day by Kate Davis
Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza by Philemon Sturges
Peepsqueak!  by Leslie Ann Clark  ~ little chick wants to fly
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Scary Mary by Paula Bowles
Something to Crow About by Megan Halsey Lane
Tillie Lays An Egg by Terry Golson
Tippy-Toe, Chick, Go by George Shannon
Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

School Age Read Alouds
Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski
Chicken and Cat by Sara Varon
Chicken Butt! by Erica Perl
Chicken in the Kitchen by Tony Johnston
Chicken Little by Ed and Rebecca Emberley
Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato
Chicken Scratches: Poultry Poetry and Rooster Rhymes by George Shannon
Chickens to the Rescue! by John Himmelman
Cock-a-Doodle-Hooooooo! by Mick Manning
Coriander the Contrary Hen by Dori Chacanas
If A Chicken Stayed for Supper by Carrie Weston
Problem With Chickens by Bruce McMillan
Sky is Falling by Mark Teague (2015)

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Flannel story based on This Little Chick by John Lawrence
This little chick from across the way,
Went out to play with the cows one day,
And what do you think they heard him say?
"Moo! Moo!"

Repeat with horse, sheep, duck, etc.

Cluck Cluck, Red Hen
*Use a chicken puppet and two plastic eggs
**Tune of "Baa Baa, Black Sheep

Cluck, cluck, red hen, have you any eggs?
Yes, sir, yes, sir, as many as my legs: 1,2

Five Little Chicks Saying Cheep-Cheep-Cheep
Five little chicks saying, "Cheep-cheep-cheep."
Mama sent the first one off to sleep.

Five Little Chicks
The first little chick gave a squirm,
"I wish I could find a yummy worm."

The second little chick gave a shrug
"I wish I could find a crunchy bug."

The third little chick gave a squeal
"I want to have some corn for my meal"

The fourth little chick sighed with grief
"I wish I could find a fresh green leaf."

The fifth little chick gave a moan,
I’m so hungry, I could eat a stone."

"See here," said their mother, from the garden patch
"If you want something for dinner, just scratch-scratch-scratch"

Little Red Hen's Song
This is the way I plant the seed,
Plant the seed, plant the seed...
This is the way I plant the seed,
So early in the morning.

Repeat with: water the wheat, cut the wheat, go to the mill, make the dough, bake the bread and eat the bread

Additional Flannel Stories
- Based on "Big Fat Hen" by Keith Baker
- Based on "Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza" by Philemon Sturges
- Based on "Singing Chick" by Victoria Stenmark
- Based on the original script that inspired "Five Little Chicks" by Nancy Tafuri

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Best Picks for Storytime about School

Toddler Read Alouds
Babies on the Bus
by Karen Katz
Boy on the Bus by Penny Dale
Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for School? by Barney Saltzberg
Dinosaur Vs. School by Bob Shea (2014)
Here Comes a Bus by Harriet Ziefert
I'm Not Ready!  by Jonathan Allen
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin
Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
My Bus by Byron Barton (2014)
Uh-Oh by Sheilagh Noble
Wheels On the Bus by Paul Zelinsky

Preschool Read Alouds
Big Red Bus by Judy Hindley
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray (2014)
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen
I Need A Lunch Box by Jeannette Canines
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Oliver and His Alligator by Paul Schmid - Warning: A bit macabre
Preschool to the Rescue by Judy Sierra
Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort - MY FAVORITE!
We Love School by Marilyn Janovitz
Wheels On the Bus by Jane Cabrera
Who Will Go to School Today by Karl Ruhmann
What Teachers Can't Do by Douglas Wood

Kindergarten Read Alouds
Chicken Chickens Go to School by Valeri Gorbachev
Dog Days of School by Kelly DiPucchio (2014)
A Few Blocks by Cybele Young
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Will Hillenbrand
I Am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
I Know An Old Teacher by Anne Bowen
Mule School by Julia Rawlinson
On the First Day of Grade School by Emily Brenner
Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen - Reminiscient of Calvin and Hobbes
School for Bandits by Hannah Shaw
School Picture Day by Lynn Plourde
Smelly Locker by Alan Katz
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
This is the Teacher by Rhonda Greene
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Wheels On the School Bus by Mary-Alice Moore

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Wheels On the Bus
Sing the traditional verses... or try out the Wiggleworms version!

School version of "If You're Happy & You Know It"
Oh, we're riding on the bus, on the bus.
Oh, we're riding on the bus, on the bus.
Oh, we're riding on the bus,
Come and ride along with us!
Oh, we're riding on the bus, on the bus.

Repeat with: singing, clapping...

"No Fuss on the Bus" flannel /puppet story
Henrietta Hippo... (I will find and add the script)

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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Best Picks for Storytime About Fall

Fall Display

This beautiful display was created
by a talented librarian named Keisha
Jenkins at my library.

Doesn't the scarecrow's face look just
like the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz?
Toddler Read Alouds
Bear Dreams by Elisha Cooper
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Bunny's First Snowflake by Monica Wellington
Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Duck and Goose Find A Pumpkin by Tad Hills
Fall, Leaves, Fall by Zoe Hall
Last Song by James Guthrie, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson
Peek-A-Moo by Marie Cimarusti
Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga
Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovitch
That Pup!  by Lindsay Barrett George ~ story extension: hide "acorns" around room

Preschool Read Alouds
Big, Bigger, Biggest Farm by Marie Aubinais
Friend for All Seasons by Mei Matsuoka
Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Jane Cabrera
I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian (2014)
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett
Leaves by David Ezra Stein
Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler
New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek - MY FAVORITE
Ten Red Apples by Virginia Miller
Ska-tat by Kimberley Knutson
Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre and Steve Jenkins (2016)
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Kindergarten Read Alouds
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie by Alison Jackson
I Know It's Autumn by Eileen Spinelli
Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger
One More Acorn by Don Freeman
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidley

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Story To Tell With Puppets
That Pup!  by Lindsay Barrett George
Campfire Pokey Flannel
Created by Molly Kay
Five Little Apples

I know a fruit that grows on trees
And apple is its name-o
A-P-P-L-E, A-P-P-L-E,
And apples is its name-o.

Leaves version of "London Bridge is Falling Down"
Red leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down
Red leaves are falling down
Falling to the ground.

Yellow leaves are swirling down...
Brown leaves are gliding down...

All the leaves are dancing around...

Flannel based on 'Ten Red Apples' by Pat Hutchins
Ten red apples hanging on a tree – Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee!
Horse came and ate one, chomp, chomp, chomp – Neigh, neigh
“Horse,” cried the farmer, “Save some for me!”

Repeat with cow, donkey, pig, sheep, duck, cat, dog and hen....

One red apple hanging on a tree – Yippee, yippee, fiddle-dee-dee!
“Hooray!” said the farmer, “You saved one for me!”

Use puppet and props to share 'Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie'
I know an old lady who swallowed a pie,
A Thanksgiving pie that was really too dry.
Perhaps she'll die.

(Please refer to book by Alison Jackson for script)

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Sunday, September 24, 2006


Best Picks for Storytime about the Ocean and Fishing

Toddler Read Alouds: 
At the Beach by Anne Rockwell
Baby Loves Summer!  by Karen Katz
Bear and Hare Go Fishing by Emily Gravett (2017) - love this book
Ben Goes Swimming by Jan Ormerod
Big Fish, Little Fish by Ed Heck
Brownie and Pearl Take A Dip by Cynthia Rylant  ~ simple narrative for Toddlers
Fish Wish by Bob Barner
Go Fish!  by Tammi Sauer (2018) - love this book
Hooray for Fish!  by Lucy Cousins
Jack It's A Sunny Day by Rebecca Elgar
Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn (2016)
Little White Fish by Guido Van Genechten (2015) - definitely use this for Toddlers
My New Sandbox by Donna Jakob
One Sun by Bruce McMillan
Peekaboo! in the Ocean by Cocorette (2016)
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Under the Sea by Clare Lloyd (2018)
Sea, Sand, Me! by Patricia Hubbell
To the Island by Charlotte Agell
Uh-oh! by Shutta Crum (2015)
Where Is Baby's Beach Ball? by Karen Katz
Who Sees You At the Ocean? by Carla Dijs

Preschool Read Alouds:
All You Need for A Beach by Alice Shertle
George's Store at the Shore by Francine Bassede
How Will We Get to the Beach? by Brigitte Luciani
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
I Saw the Sea and the Sea Saw Me by Megan Cash
I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs = fun guessing book
Louie's Goose by H. M. Ehrlich
Little Fish, Lost by Nancy Van Laan
Ocean Parade by Patricia McCarthy
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
Rub-A-Dub Sub by Linda Ashman
Sand Castle by Brenda Yee
Six Sandy Sheep by Judith Enderle
Smiley Shark by Ruth Galloway
10 Little Hermit Crabs by Lee Fox
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell by Lucille Colandro
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck = MY PERSONAL FAVORITE

Kindergarten Read Alouds:Beach Day by Karen Roosa
Billy's Bucket by Kes Gray
Flip Flop Bop by Matt Novak
Hello Ocean by Pam Munoz Ryan
Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler
Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske (2017)
Seaweed Soup by Stuart J. Murphy
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout by Teri Sloat
Fins and Flippers, Scales and Nippers by Ann Garrett

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Translate Into Flannel Stories
10 Little Hermit Crabs by Lee Box
Moving Day by Robert Kalan

Fish Bowl
I had a bowl of water, and in it was one fish
Swimming around with a swish-swish-swish
One little fish is so much fun..
I wish I had another one!
(repeat up to five, and then say: But I don't have room for another one!)

If You're Going to the Poo1
(Tune of "Happy and You Know It")
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit,
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit,
If you’re going to the pool, then a suit will keep you cool,
If you’re going to the pool, wear your suit.

…then a  hat will keep you cool
…then flip flops will keep you cool
…then some shades will keep you cool

Ocean version of "Hokey Pokey"
You put your shark's teeth in,
You take your shark's teeth out,
You put your shark's teeth in
And you snap them all about!

(Repeat with: crab's claws, octopus arms, whale spout, etc.)

Ocean version of "Five Little Monkeys"
Five little goldfish, swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark, "You can't catch me."
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be…. CHOMP!

(Countdown until there are no goldfish left)

Ocean version of "Doo Wah Diddy"
There I was just a swimming in the sea,
Singing doo wah diddy, diddy-dum, diddy-doo
All of a sudden there's a dolphin next to me
Singing doo wah diddy, diddy-dum diddy doo...

She swam fast She swam deep
She dove deep She dove deep
She swam fast, she dove deep
Hey, this dolphin's really sweet!

Repeat with:
All of a sudden, there's a crab next to me…
Singing ooo wah diddy, diddy dum, diddy doo
He pinched soft… He pinched hard…
Really caught me off my guard.

All of a sudden, there's a whale next to me
Singing ooo wah diddy, diddy dum, diddy doo
She splashed her tail… and then she rolled…
Whales are silly, I've been told!

All of a sudden, there's an octopus on me
Singing ooo wah diddy, diddy dum, diddy doo
She squeezed hard… She squeezed tight…
Til I was swimming out of sight!

All of a sudden, there's a shark next to me
Singing ooo wah diddy, diddy dum, diddy doo
Oh no…what can I do?….
I'll swim back on shore to you! (Whew!)

Red Fish, Red Fish, What Do You See?
Red Fish, Red Fish
What do you see?
I see an Orange Fish looking at me.
(repeat with fish of other colors)

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