Picture Book Presentation

8 11 2016

Today I had the opportunity to talk about picture books with area teachers during their inservice day. I really enjoyed pulling the presentation together, and I hope the presentation was beneficial for them, too!

For anyone interested in the books I discussed, the links are below:

Slide show: picture-book-talk-nov-16

Book list: picturebooktalk





Storytime Share: Fall Harvest

21 10 2016

For my outreach programs to preschool classes in the community I do some form of autumn storytime every year – pumpkins, leaves, etc. This year I wanted to expand the theme a little bit and chose to do books and activities related to harvest time. Below are the books I read as well as a few songs, fingerplays, and rhymes I also shared.

Books:

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Fall by Ailie Busby; illustrated by the author

An adorable group of toddlers enjoys the delights of autumn. Baby, Toddler

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Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky; illustrated by Susan Swan

When a family visits a farm to enjoy all that the season has to offer, they observe the various shapes all around. Preschool

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Time for Cranberries by Lisl H. Detlefsen; illustrated by Jed Henry

A young boy helps his parents harvest the cranberries on their family farm. Preschool, Early Elementary

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The Pumpkin Patch by Cliff Griswold

Readers follow a young girl as she visits the pumpkin patch with her family to select the perfect pumpkin. Toddler, Preschool

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Apple Harvest by Calvin Harris

Simple text about picking apples in the fall. Preschool

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Baby Loves Fall! by Karen Katz; illustrated by the author

A young child has seasonal fun in this lift-the-flap book celebrating fall.

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Harvest by Kris Waldherr; illustrated by the author

A mother and child spend an autumn day collecting fruits, vegetables, and other plants from their garden that they’ve been tending all year. Preschool

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Penguin and Pumpkin by Salina Yoon; illustrated by the author

When Penguin and his friends leave their snowy home to experience a true fall, he brings something special back to share with his baby brother Pumpkin. Toddler, Preschool

Songs:

“Ten Little Pumpkins”

sung to: “Ten Little Indians”

One little, two little, three little pumpkins

Four little, five little, six little pumpkins

Seven little, eight little, nine little pumpkins

Ten little pumpkins in the pumpkin patch

Sing again counting backwards from ten to one

“Leaves Are Falling Down”

sung to: “Rain Is Falling Down

Leaves are falling down – crunch!

Leaves are falling down – crunch!

Whirling, twirling, whirling, twirling

Leaves are falling down – crunch!

Note: Before we sing this one I talk to the kids about the sound that dried leaves make

Fingerplays: “Way Up High in the Apple Tree,” “Little Seed in the Ground





Storytime Share: Mice

14 01 2016

For my outreach theme this month I randomly chose “Mice.” I based my decision completely on the fact that I wanted to do the “Little Mouse” flannel with my outreach groups. As I had predicted the flannel was a hit, and the rest of the storytime went well, too. I used most of the same fingerplays and songs with all age groups, though the books varied slightly. Age levels for the particular books are listed in the descriptions.

Books:

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Mousetropolis by R. Gregory Christie; illustrated by the author

A new take on the traditional story of Country Mouse and City Mouse with vibrant illustrations by Christie. Preschool, Early Elementary

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Lunch by Denise Fleming; illustrated by the author

A hungry little mouse eats a lunch full of colorful fruits and vegetables. Toddler, Preschool

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A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek; illustrated by the author

When Little Mouse discovers a juicy, red apple that is too big to fit into the hole she lives in she goes in search of a new home. Preschool

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A Surprise for Tiny Mouse by Petr Horacek; illustrated by the author

Even though a rain shower interrupts Tiny Mouse’s exploring adventure, a surprise after the rain makes everything better. Baby, Toddler

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Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh; illustrated by author

Three white mice experiment with colors when they discover three jars of paint. Toddler, Preschool

Song:

“Hickory Dickory Dock” (Traditional)

Fingerplays/Rhymes

“Creeping Mice,” “The Quiet Mouse,” and “Hurry, Scurry” from Small Town Storytime Lady blog

 





Storytime Share: Opposites

15 12 2015

In December, we explored the concept of opposites in my outreach storytimes. Here’s the plan as I did it with the Pre-K/Four- and Five-Year-Old Groups:

Book:

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Alex and Lulu: Two of a Kind by Lorena Siminovich; illustrated by the author

Alex worries that maybe he and Lulu are too different to be friends, but Lulu reassures him that being different is what makes them such good friends. Preschool, Early Elementary

Song: “Open Shut Them” (Be sure to check out this version from Super Simple Songs that includes several other opposite pairs.)

Book:

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Sun Above and Blooms Below: A Springtime of Opposites by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky; illustrated by Susan Swan

A class observes a variety of opposites during a field trip to the farm. Preschool, Early Elementary

Song: “Opposites Looby Loo” from Bay Views ACL

Activity: Opposites Matching Game using cards from Kiz Club blog

Fingerplay: “This Is Big” from Mel’s Desk blog

Book:

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What’s Up Bear?: A Book about Opposites by Frieda Wishinsky; illustrated by Sean L. Moore

Sophie and her teddy bear explore the sights of New York City and come up with many opposite pairs along the way. Toddler, Preschool

Fingerplay: “Two Little Blackbirds” (This fun version from the Jbrary blog goes through many different opposite pairs, and the kids loved it!).

Book:

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Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illustrated by the author

Author Seeger explores opposites with bold, colorful illustrations, cut-outs, and flaps. Preschool

For the younger preschoolers, the two- and three-year-olds, I followed mostly the same plan with a few minor changes. The Opposites Matching Game took them a little longer, and they needed more assistance from the teachers and me. I also dropped the last book from the lineup due to time constraints and shorter attention spans.

For the toddlers, I shortened the program by about ten minutes, skipping the matching game and substituting a couple of titles. We still read What’s Up, Bear?, but read these two in place of the other books:

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A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis; illustrated by the author

Opposite pairs are everywhere to be found in the garden. Baby, Toddler

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My Book of Opposites by Britta Teckentrup; illustrated by the author

Opposites are represented by lively animals in this board book. Baby, Toddler

 

 





Storytime Share: Five Senses

10 12 2015

For my outreach storytimes in November, we read and talked about the five senses. Here’s the storytime plan:

Book:

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Cold, Crunchy, Colorful: Using Our Senses by Jane Brocket

Brocket uses simple text and colorful photos to introduce the five senses to readers. Preschool, Early Elementary

Activity: Talk about the five senses

Book:

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Let’s Play a Five Senses Guessing Game by Amanda Miller & Joan Michael

Readers are encouraged to guess items based on a little boy’s descriptions of experiencing the objects using his senses and accompanying close-up photos. Preschool, Early Elementary

Fingerplay: “My Senses”

These are my eyes that let me see. (point to eyes)
This is my tongue that tastes for me. (point to tongue)
These are my ears that let me hear. (point to ears)
My hands and skin feel things that are near. (touch things with hands)
This is my nose that helps me smell, (point to nose)
My senses teach me very well.

Book:

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Rain by Manya Stojic; illustrated by author

African animals anticipate and experience a rainfall using their senses. Toddler, Preschool

Songs: “Rain Is Falling Down” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”

Book:

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Five for a Little One by Chris Raschka; illustrated by the author

A little rabbit counts each of his senses and talks about the things he enjoys by using each of them. Toddler, Preschool

Activity: Animal Sound Guessing Game (Have children use their sense of hearing to guess stuffed animals hidden inside a barn based on the sounds each makes.)

Song: “Old MacDonald”

Book:

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Senses on the Farm by Shelley Rotner

Experience everything on the farm using sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Toddler, Preschool

 





Storytime Share: Fall Leaves

9 11 2015

I don’t even know how many times I’ve done a fall-themed storytime. My estimate is around somewhere around 40. This month my fall storytime focused on leaves in particular. It was a hit with kids in the library and at preschools I visited.

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Baby Loves Fall! by Karen Katz; illustrated by the author

A lift-the-flap book celebrating the joys of fall. Toddler

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Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley; illustrated by the author

Children will laugh as a tree explains why fall is its most difficult time of year. Preschool

 

 

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The Leaves Fall Around by Steve Mack; illustrated by the author

An autumnal twist on the song “The Green Grass Grew All Around.” Preschool, Toddler

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Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Buket Erdogan

Mouse and Minka enjoy an abundance of leaves as they play outside in the fall. Preschool, Toddler

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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert; illustrated by the author

The narrator describes the growth of her favorite maple tree from its beginning as a seed.

Songs:

“Autumn Leaves”

sung to: “London Bridge”

Autumn leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down

Autumn leaves are falling down all over town

The cold wind blows them all around…

They’re drifting gently to the ground…

“Leaves Are Falling Down”

variation of: “Rain Is Falling Down”

Leaves are falling down – crunch!

Leaves are falling down – crunch!

Whirling, twirling, whirling, twirling,

Leaves are falling down – crunch!

Note: Before we sing this one I talk to the kids about the sound that dried leaves make when we step on them.

“Put Your Leaf on Your…”

sung to: “Put Your Finger in the Air”

Put your leaf on your nose, on your nose

Put you leaf on your nose, on your nose

Put your leaf on your nose, on your nose, on your nose

Put your leaf on your nose, on your nose

Repeat with other body parts, ending with “Put your leaf in the air…”

Note: I give each child a paper leaf to use for this song.

Flannel: Leaf Matching Game

Each child receives a leaf in one of five different shapes – maple, oak, aspen, willow, and ginkgo. As I put one of the leaf shapes up on the board, the children with the matching leaves bring them up to the board as well. I usually do this activity before reading Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and end with the maple leaf since that transitions well into the book.

 





Storytime Share: Apples

29 10 2015

The “Apple” theme is a popular one in the fall. Just try finding an apple book on the shelves this time of year. Last month I did several variations on this theme for groups at the library and in preschool settings.

Books:

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Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington; illustrated by the author

Annie harvests her apples to make yummy treats and sell them at market. Preschool

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Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry; illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Five little ducks set off on an adventure on their bikes to find apples. Preschool

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Maisy’s First Colors by Lucy Cousins; illustrated by the author

Maisy and her friends eat colorful foods, including red apples. Toddler

 

 

 

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One Red Apple by Harriet Ziefert; illustrated by Karla Gudeon

The life cycle of an apple is traced, from fruit to seed to tree and back around again. Preschool

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Ten Red Apples by Virginia Miller; illustrated by the author

Bartholomew Bear loves to play on the apple tree in his yard and count its apples. Note: I read this twice in a row with each group, reading the story the first time and counting the apples the second. Preschool, Toddler

Flannel/Song: “A-P-P-L-E” (Sung to “B-I-N-G-O”)

I put the felt letters on the board and pointed to them as we sang the chorus.

Fingerplay/Rhyme: “Way Up High in the Apple Tree”

Song: “Ten Little Apples in the Apple Tree” (Sung to “Ten Little Indians”)