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:

fallboardbook

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

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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”)