Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Storytime Songs and Rhymes

“If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands

 (Repeat w/ stomp your feet, shout hooray, & do all three)

“Open, Shut Them”

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them

Open, shut them

Put them in your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, crawl them

Creep them, crawl them

Right up to your chin, chin, chin

Open up your little mouth but…

Do not let them in!

“Sticky Bubble Gum”

Sticky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum

Sticky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum

It sticks right to my (face, knees, feet, ears, eyes, nose)

One, two, three…  POP!

“Five Little Ducks”

Five little ducks went out one day

Over the hills and far away

Mama Duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

But only four little ducks came back

(Repeat until “no little ducks come wandering back”)

Sad Mama Duck went out one day

Over the hills and far away

Mama Duck cried, “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

And all five ducks came wandering back

“Peanut Butter Sandwich”

A peanut butter sandwich made with jam

One for me and one for David Anram

A peanut butter sandwich made with jam

Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!

“Pot of Tea”

Here’s a cup

And here’s a cup

And here’s a pot of tea

Pour a cup

And pour a cup

And have a sip with me!

“Two Little Blackbirds”

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill

One named Jack, the other named Jill

Fly away Jack, Fly away Jill

Come back Jack, come back Jill

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud

One named Quiet, the other named Loud

Fly away Quiet, fly away Loud

Come back Quiet, come back Loud

Two little blackbirds sitting in the snow

One named Fast, the other named Slow

Fly away Fast, fly away Slow

Come back Fast, come back Slow

“The Itsy-Bitsy Spider”

The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again

(Repeat with “great, big spider” and “teensy-weensy spider,” using appropriate big and small voices)

Point of View

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

It's fun to see things in a different way...

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his dessert (spinach!) until he cleans his plate.

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Is it a duck? Or is it a rabbit? Depends on how you look at it!

Our craft today was a duck AND a rabbit!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

OVAL Office

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Each of the birds has an egg...  Except for Duck.  So when Duck finds a beautiful egg of his own, he's delighted.  Everyone is in for a BIG surprise when the egg finally hatches!

Color Farm by Lois Ehlert
Watch as the shapes and colors transform into different animals you might find on a farm.  Will it be a rooster?  A cow?  How about a sheep?

Oval owl joined his shapes family at Craft Time!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Don't Tangle With a RECTANGLE!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis
To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always a box.

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Layered shapes make different animals! Explore colors and shapes at this special zoo...

Our owl family has a new member:

Friday, June 26, 2015


June 24, 2015

Woof! Woof! by David A. Carter
Watch as the shapes turn into a full picture...

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
In their haste to hide from the cat, three mice stumble into a pile of shapes.  What can they make with a few circles, ovals, squares, rectangles and a whole lot of triangles?

No Owl Shapes family is complete without

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Who's Your Daddy?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Daddy Hugs by Nancy Tafuri
Various young woodland creatures describe what they love most about getting hugs from their fathers.

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
Some daddies have lots of hair, some just a little.  Some make cookies, others buy doughnuts. Some like to camp out, others like to take naps...  But they all want you to be who you are!

Today at Craft Time, we made Father's Day gift bags!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Hip to be SQUARE

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Perfect Square by Michael Hall
A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled and otherwise changed...  But finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.

Circle Square Moose by Kelly Bingham
When Zebra and his enthusiastic friend Moose are asked to exit a book about shapes, Moose has other plans...

Let's add another owl to the shapes family...
This little guy is a SQUARE!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CIRCLE the Wagons

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

We will spend the next several weeks learning about shapes, so let's start with one of my favorites: CIRCLES!

Lots of Dots by Craig Frazier
Circular shapes are spotted in familiar objects and everyday situations. Buttons are dots. Wheels are dots. Stars even look like dots. Ladybugs have dots, and so do the fried eggs on your plate.  Lots of dots!

The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek
Little Mouse loves to look up at the moon every night. But one night, when a piece of the moon falls from the sky, she can't resist taking a little nibble. And another. Now that Little Mouse has eaten a nice-sized chunk, will the moon still be round?

The first member of our owl family says,
"Whoooooo loves CIRCLES?  I doooooooo!"

Count Me In

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
What happens when five little monkeys start jumping on the bed? One is liable to fall off and bump his head!

Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox
The reader is invited to count goats of many shapes, sizes and professions!  (But they all seem very hungry...)

It's fun to practice counting with this excellent activity from!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memory Day

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It was lovely to meet Miss Dani from the Children's Museum at our 10:30am storytime!  She shared some really neat activities with us.  The other two sessions celebrated the upcoming holiday...

Memorial Day Surprise by Theresa Martin Golding
When Marco attends a Memorial Day parade, he is surprised to see a familiar face among the veterans.

Check out the Memorial Day door hangers
we made at Craft Time!  I feel festive!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Perfect... TEN!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
How many kisses will this tired baby need?  Let's count!

Turtle Splash! by Cathryn Falwell
As they are startled by the activities of other nearby creatures, the number of turtles on a log in a pond decreases from ten to one.

Time to color the number TEN!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Shiawasena Haha No Hi

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Red is a Dragon by Roseanne Thong
A Chinese American girl provides rhyming descriptions of the great variety of colors she sees around her, from the red of a dragon, firecrackers and lychees to the brown of her teddy bear.

I Love My Mommy by Giles Andrae and Emma Dodd
Mommies are pretty great.  They wipe your tears when you cry and even teach you to pee!  What does your mommy do for you?

We celebrated both Asian Pacific Heritage Month
and Mother's Day by making these super-cool
cards with origami tulips!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Let the Wild Rumpus Start!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Be sure you check out the Maurice Sendak art exhibit at the Julia Ideson Building through May 2nd! To celebrate this really cool event, we had a Wild Rumpus of our own at storytime today.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
A naughty little boy named Max is sent to bed without his supper... But his room transforms and he sails away to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king!

We made our very own boats to sail away to where the wild things are!

Then we colored Wild Things pictures...

And finally, we made crowns so that we could be King or Queen
of the Wild Things too, just like Max!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dressed to the... Nines

Who Has This Tail? by Laura Hulbert
Short and fuzzy, long and scaled...  No matter their size and shape, tails aren't just hanging around -- they're useful!  This book invites readers to guess the owner of nine tails, and then turn the page to see the animal and its tail in action.

This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
Set to the tune of "This Old Man," the text of this picture book introduces readers to nine different jazz singers, dancers and musicians.  Bee-bop, skeddle-de-wop!

Time to color the number NINE!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

National Library Week!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Thank you to the Children's Museum staff for joining us at 10:30am to talk about "raising a reader." The rest of the day, we celebrated National Library Week with books about...  Well, books!

The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
When various forest animals discover a mysterious object in the woods, they each use it for a different purpose...  Until a boy finds it and begins to read, much to the animals' delight!

Dinosaur Vs. The Library by Bob Shea
Dinosaur loves to share his roar with the cow, the baby chicks, even a shy turtle.  But when he gets to the library, can he learn to control his ROAR?

Let's color a bookmark to celebrate National Library Week!
We LOVE books!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Eight... Is Enough!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bears! Bears! Bears! by Bob Barner
Let's learn about all eight species of bears around the world!  There are polar bears and panda bears...  But have you seen a sloth bear?  Or a spectacled bear?

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
The farm animals invite a busy little spider to enjoy other activities, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness: a lovely web!

It's time to color the number EIGHT!  It's GREAT!