Monthly Archives: May 2013

storytime – librarian’s choice

It was the end of my storytime run AND the day after a holiday weekend, so needless to say I sorta threw together this pile of books at the last minute. But most of them went over well, even with 63 preschoolers in the room!

I started with the most complex book in the pile:


Brief Thief by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo
There is underwear on the cover and a lizard that has to go poo and finds himself without any toilet paper. I was worried they wouldn’t get it but when I flipped to the last page that revealed the twist ending, the giggles let me know the joke was clear.

This one might have been a bit too weird:


There Was an Odd Princes Who Swallowed a Pea by Jennifer Ward
This might be more fun as a flannel board or something. Or maybe the fact that they are still PreK and not as familiar with the “I Know an Old Lady” rhyme as older kids made this book just a bit much for them. Would be really hilarious if I had a burping sound effect…

Song and Dance time!

Jump Up, Turn Around by Jim Gill

And now a couple of classics.


Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle
I had found some cut-outs on sticks that went along with this story and wanted to give them a try. I had the kids ask me “what do you hear” each time and they caught on after the third animal and did it without prompting. It as cute and fun.


From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
This book is so great when the kids are getting wiggly. They act out what the animals do and they really go into it. Definitely a crowd-pleaser.


Under Ground by Denise Fleming
I am not good at these kinds of books at storytime. Someone else must be because they put it on the shelf, but when you have 60+ kids of varying ages, these one word a page book do not go over well.


Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
I picked this book because it went really well with my craft but it happened to also be a great read-aloud! I kept asking the kids to identify what the different dots represented. They would go above and beyond, pointing out all the dots (for example: the eggs in one picture were sitting on a round plate so one of the little girls called out that the plate was also a dot).

After we were done, the craft was to use lots of dots to create their own picture. We had some really creative kids! Will definitely use this book/craft combo one again!

Storytime! Don’t be afraid!

This morning’s theme sort of fell together as I gathered up books that I thought looked cute then realized there was a common theme – being scared! But not, like, Halloween scared, just those little things that can make you scared.

Of course, I had to start with my favorite not-so-scary friend, Leonardo!

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Always one of my favorite to do at storytime. I actually remembered to bring my Leonardo doll down to the room with me so he had fun peeking out from behind the book to say “BOO!” and scare absolutely no one. I love doing the two-page spread where Sam vents about his terrible day in one BIG BREATH!

Then I did a brand new find (even if the book itself is 4 years old). I literally walked past this book on display, saw the cover, said “OMG CUTE!” and picked it up. And it was actually good! I love when that happens:


Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum
Short, simple, cute, with good illustrations, this book was a big hit. Who doesn’t love a little monkey??

Time to get up and work out some wiggles with Jim Gill!
Jumping and Counting from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

This song didn’t actually tie into my oh-so-loose theme but it’s always fun and no one seemed to mind because they were having too much fun jumping and counting!
(I love that this song ends with Jim singing “now jump back down into your seats” because the kids actually do it so it’s easy to get back into the books!)


Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Jan Thomas is one of my favorite storytime authors because her books always have a lot of actions and humor. Good for the middle of storytime where you have to find a way to get the crowd’s attention. This one is extra fun because I get to yell “EEEEEEK!” which totally cracks them up. (The “Brave Cowboy” is startled by several shadows, interrupting his song, then when he decides a big shadow must just be a bunny, it turns out to be a wolf…but he likes lullabies too so it’s okay).

Now it’s time to stand up as I try this very active story called:


It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

Run! Duck! Climb! There are so many actions in this story, I had to make the kids take part with me. Only one of them went really crazy, the rest stayed in their spot and did the miming of motions with me as we tried to outrun a hungry (?) tiger — or maybe he is just sleepy and wants someone to rub his belly. See, nothing to be afraid of after all!


I’m a Shark by Bob Shea

This one is sorta on the borderline of being able to do at storytime because the Shark is conversing with little crabs so it can make a little tricky. I shortened a few pages (when he talks about the bear and if he has a creepy spider with him). I could hear the parents giggling more than the kids at the end but I think that is because they were kinda done, it had been 25 minutes.

And then we made a really simple paper bag puppet that had nothing to do with anything (but I had 70 kids the week before and I wanted something I could duplicate quickly if it happened again…which it did.)

Adventures in Social Media: Vine

Just installed Vine on my phone…for work reasons!  As part of the Social Media Committee, we have to see if there are ways popular social media can be applied to the library.  

Yes, I realize this is the equivalent of an alcoholic joining a winery.  

Now – BEHOLD!  MY FIRST REALLY CRAPPY VINE VIDEO!

(Yes, I know that sentence implies there will be more really crappy videos…I do not fool myself)

Storytime – Dinosaurs!


The Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskin — this Dino-fied version of Three Billy Goats Gruff was a big hit! The colorful illustrations really popped, the kids were watching closely.


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems — I love Mo! The kids that were familiar with the story of Goldilocks enjoyed this but for the little ones, I think it was too long. They survived though and the giggles at the end let me know the kids enjoyed it.

Then we all stood up and did this dinosaur rhyme:

Dinosaurs lived a long time ago
Some walked (STOMP)
Some swam (swim motions)
Some flew, you know! (flap wings)
Some were big (hands above head)
Some were small (squat down low)
Some were gigantic (arts out stretched)
And some very very tall (stretch on tip toes)

And then we did the Dino-Hokey Pokey


Put your claws in…
Horns in…
Teeth in…
Feet in…
Tail in…

One little boy pointed out that he did not have a tail…though he never mentioned to me that he did not have horns…

Sit back down for more stories!


Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea — OMG THEY LOVED THIS BOOK! Probably because I had them do all the ROARS!

Fingerplay: Five Enormous Dinosaurs


Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar (ROAR!)
One stomped away and then there were four!

Four enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree (CLUNK!)
One stomped away, and then there were three.

Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew (EW!)
One stomped away and then there were two.

Two enormous dinosaurs sitting in the sun
one flapped away, and then there was one.

One enormous dinosaur left all alone (AW!)
He stomped away and now there are none.


Dino Bites! by Algy Craig Hall — I really wanted to try out this brand new book even if it is on the gruesome side…but not really! I could tell the kids were starting to get nervous as the dinosaurs started eating their lunch, but once it because clear he wasn’t going to be able to keep it down, they all said “EW GROSS!” Appropriate response is appropriate.


Dinosaurs love underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort — I had to finish with this one since I drew underpants on my craft dinosaur! It flows really well and the kids thought it was hilarious.

Craft Time! Dinosaur cut out, color it and put it on a stick to make your own dino puppet!