Preschool Storytime, 12/11/17

Today is the *last* session for preschool storytime this fall, and we had a *great* time! Today's stories came from Caldecott-winning books. According to the Caldecott Medal Home Page, the Caldecott is awarded each year to "the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children." The books we read were: 

Where the Wild Things Are • by Maurice Sendak
Kitten's First Full Moon • by Kevin Henkes
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat • Simms Taback

I had such a great time this fall with all of my friends in the preschool storytime, and I can't wait to see everyone for our winter storytimes, as well. 

Posted on December 11, 2017 .

A Big Preschool Storytime Catch-Up!

Oh my goodness! Time seems to fly when you are having fun, and it's easy to let things slip by. For instance, keeping track of storytime books! I'm hoping that this catch-up blog post covers everything we've read through November. 


We read books about DINOSAURS! The books that we read were: 

Snow • by Manya Stojic
The Snowy Day • by Ezra Jack Keats
Snowballs • by Lois Ehlert

I hope you will join us during Preschool Storytime for even more stories! 

Posted on December 5, 2017 .

Preschool Storytime, 10/30/2017

Today we read stories about houses and homes! We read four stories that made us think about the houses people live in, and the ways that they might become a home. We read four stories that made us think about the homes that people make, and the homes that animals make. We read FOUR stories! We are amazing listeners! The four stories were: 

The Great Blue House • written by Kate Banks, and illustrated by Georg Hallensleben

Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs • written by Linda Ashman, and illustrated by Lauren Stringer

This is the House That Jack Built • by Simms Taback

Home • by Carson Ellis

We also wiggled around A LOT, because today was the kind of day where everyone had to stop and wiggle all over, often! We said two rhymes together, and the first one was about falling leaves: 

Autumn leaves are falling, falling, falling (we moved from a standing position to squat)
Autumn leaves are spinning, spinning, spinning (we turned and stood around)
Autumn leaves are floating, floating, floating (we swayed from side to side)
Autumn leaves are turning, turning, turning (we turned, so slowly)
Autumn leaves are dancing, dancing, dancing (we did whatever crazy dance we wanted to)
Autumn leaves are blowing, blowing, blowing (we made our hands do wiggly, wavy things)
Autumn leaves are falling, falling, falling (we squatted back down again)
Autumn leaves are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping (we placed our hand together on the sides of our face)

We said a rhyme about five little pumpkins, who were waiting around - and we used real pumpkins! 

Five little pumpkins growing on a vine
First one said, "It's time to shine!"
Second one said, "I love the fall!"
Third one said, "I'm round as a ball!"
Fourth one said, "I want to be a pie!"
Fifth one said, "Let's say good-bye!"
"Good-bye," said one! 
"Adios," said two!
"Au revoir," said three!
"Ciao," said four! 
"Aloha," said five!
And five little pumpkins were picked that day!

We also sang The Wheels on the Bus, because we had such a good time singing it last week, and because the Preschool Storytime group loves to sing The Wheels on the Bus! 

I can't wait to see what happens next week, so I will see everyone on Monday, November 6th, at 10:00 am, here at Sellers Library! 

Posted on October 30, 2017 .

Preschool Storytime, 10/23/2017

We sang (or, at least we tried to, thanks to Miss Laura's not-so-great ukulele playing) a song to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It," and it went like this: 

If you're a monster and you know it, snort and growl! 
If you're a monster and you know it, snort and growl! 
If you're a monster and you know it, and you really want to show it -
If you're a monster and you know it, snort and growl! SNORT! GROWL!
And you can repeat that, using the following verses: 
Smack your claws
Stomp your paws
Twitch your tail
Wiggle your warts
Give a roar
Do it all! 

We also managed to sing "The Wheels on the Bus," with all of the verses in their correct-ish order. Yay for us! If memory serves, we also jumped and wiggled and shook our arms and legs for a bit, just to wake us all up on a sleepy Monday morning. 

Posted on October 30, 2017 .

Preschool Storytime, 10/09/2017

Hello! Welcome to the first post in our new children's blog! We'll use this space to keep track of the books, rhymes and songs we read, heard and sang during storytime. Today, we read three books: 

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn • by Kenard Pak

The Busy Little Squirrel • by Nancy Tafuri

Leaves • by David Ezra Stein

We learned a rhyme about Two Little Apples that we all said together:

Two little apples, hanging on a tree
Two little apples, smiling at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came the apples -
Mmmmm, they were good! 

And heard a flannelboard story about five little apples:

Five red apples, sweet to the core
One fell down, and then there was four
Four red apples, sitting in a tree
One fell down, and then there were three!
Three red apples, one for you - and you - and you!
One fell down, and then there were two. 
Two red apples, shining in the sun
One fell down, and then there were none.
One red apple left all alone, 
One fell down, and then there were none! 

There is no storytime scheduled for next week, so I'll see everyone on October 23rd, for a storytime ALL about MONSTERS!

Posted on October 9, 2017 .