Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Spring Story Time


Wake up it’s Spring! By Lisa Campbell Ernst, 2004.
Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson, Ill by Buket Erdogan, 2005.
Spring Song by Barbara Seuling, Ill. By Greg Newbold, 2001.
The Very Hungary Catepillar by Eric Carle (BIG BOOK)
Splish, Splash Spring by Jan Carr, Ill by Dorothy Donohue, 2001.

5 Little Ducks

My Friendly Caterpillar
Blue is the Lake Fingerplay

Crafts:Make a ladybug and use brass fasteners to make its wings move. Have the kids color it and have parents help put on the fasteners.
Cut out butterfly shape and have the children color it with crayons. Cut out eye holes, punch holes on either side and tie string through to make a headband….now you have a butterfly mask.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Food Story Time

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler/ill. by Laura Huliska-Beith, 2004
Just Dessert by Polly Powell - A little girl sneaks out of her room at night to get a slice of cake but imagines all sorts of scary obstacles on the way.
Night of the Veggie Monster by George McClements- Funny and cute! A child does not want to eat his peas because if he does he may turn into a veggie monster. Similar art style of drawing and photo collage to "Knuffle Bunny" series by Mo Willems.
Peanut Butter, Apple Butter, Cinnamon Toast - Fun food riddles where the kids can guess the food based on clues.
Dinnertime! by Sue Willams/ill. by Kerry Argent, 2001
Rah, Rah, Radishes by April Pulley Sayre- Big photographs of a variety of different foods at the market. Simple text and a great learning tool for kids.
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, 2004
Crunch Munch by Johnathan London/ill. by Michael Rex, 2001
If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numerff/ill. by Felicia Bond, 1985
A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas - A fun read aloud to do in a couple funny voices. Duck will not give up on trying to incorporate a turnip into cows birthday cake.
Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter - While the pictures are very classic this is a fun book with some great lines for the audience to repeat with the reader. A humorous story filled with quirky animals.

Craft: Each child gets a sheet of paper with a pot drawn on it and some vegetable cut out of construction paper. They get to glue the veggies into the pot and color/draw with crayons.

Valentines Day (Mini Theme)


I Saw a Bullfrog by Ellen Stern, 2003.
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt, 2002
I'm Not Cute by Johnathan Allen, 2002
Where is Coco Going? by Sloane Tanen, 2004
Pigs in Love by Teddy Slater, 2005

Craft: Make Valentines day cards using doilies, scraps of paper, hearts cut out of magazines or
decorative paper

STORYTIME: Dinosaurs

Dinotrux by Chris Gall

Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: a first book of manners by Judy Sierra- A fun and informational picture book introducing kids to manners.

Brontorina by James Howe- Brontorina wants to be a ballerina. She enrolls in dance school and truns out to be a very graceful dancer indeed. This book uses some dance terminilogy. Have the kids stand up and try doing the 4 or 5 ballerina dance moves with you so they can see what Brontorina does when she dances.

The Littlest Dinosaur's Big Adventure- A longer story about a dinosaur that gets lost in the woods. Read first as it is a linear story and is good for your older kids in the group.

Dinosaur, Dinosaur by Kevin Lewis- I like the rhyming scheme in this book. Each rhyme starts with Dinosaur, Dinosaur. Before you read this book do the Dinosaur, Dinosaur body rhyme so they can relate to the story having just learned a fun new rhyme.

Shape by Shape by Suse Macdonald- Can also be used in a shape themed storytime. By using cutouts and naming the different shapes we finally get to find out what the animal featured in this book is by the last page.

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont- Beaumont's books are some of my favorites to read at storytime. Her rhymes are always so funny and well written. In this story a dinosaur takes a bath fully clothed and as the story progresses the reader has to stop on each page to have him take one article of clothing off.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell

Dinosailors by Deb Lund, 2003

Dinos In the Snow by Karma Wilson, 2005

How do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by JaneYolen, 2003

Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn't Know she was Extinct by Mo Willems, 2006

Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe by Brian Moses, 2006

T is For Terrible by Peter McCarthy

Dinosaur Roar by Paul & Henrietta Strickland - Very simple text with opposites on either side of the page.

Storytime Perfromed on:


Fingerplay: Bringing Home a Baby Dinosaur
The Dinosaurs Fingerplay
Flannel Board:

5 Enourmous Dinosaurs

Craft: Each child gets 2 halfs of a dinosaur egg and a baby dinosaur. Color each piece and glue the dinosaur to the back of the the bottom half of the egg. Attach the egg halves with a brass fastener. Now you have an egg that hatches a sweet little baby dinosaur!