Moon and Sun Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

moon-and-sun-storytime-title-cardThe mysterious markings on the moon have inspired many stories.  In America, we tell stories of the Man in the Moon.  Other cultures see a rabbit imprinted on the moon.

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In China, Japan, and Korea, the moon rabbit is called the Jade Hare.  In China, these stories are often told during the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  Bowman Library will be hosting a Moon Festival Celebration this year on Tuesday, Sept. 17 @ 6PM.  We hope you join us for this fun and education festival!

In honor of our Moon Festival, the storytimes this week are focusing on books about the Moon and the Sun.  Here are a few books to introduce young children to earth’s most prominent celestial bodies.


Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Papa, please get the moon for me

  • Papa, please get the moon for me by Eric Carle – JE Carle
  • Monica’s father fulfills her request for the moon by taking it down after it is small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size. Some pages fold out to display particularly large pictures.

 

 

Book Jacket for: What the sun sees, what the moon sees

  • What the sun sees, what the moon sees / by Nancy Tafuri – JE Tafuri
  • Contrasts the world as viewed in sunlight with the quiet night world in moonlight.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Sun and moon

  • Sun and moon by Lindsey Yankey – JE Yankey
  • Although he has always stayed in his own place in the sky, Moon asks to trade places with Sun for one day, but when Sun asks Moon to carefully examine the night, Moon has a change of heart.

 

These books can be found in the Handley Regional Library catalog under the tag: Moon and Sun Storytime Booklist.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

“Mr. Sun” can be found on: Singable Songs for the Very Young – J CD Raffi

Sally Go ‘Round the Sun

Sally go round the sun, (circle left)
Sally go round the moon. (circle right)
So go round the stars, (circle left)
Every afternoon.  (circle right)

Twinkling Stars

At night I see the twinkling stars, (wiggle fingers)
And the Great Big Shining Moon (circle arms)
My mama tucks me into bed (fist under chin)
And sings this goodnight tune (sing a lullaby)

“Moon, Moon, Moon” can be found on Victor Vito – J CD Berkner

Zoom Zoom Zoom

Were going to the moon
Zoom Zoom Zoom
Were going to the moon
We’ll climb aboard a rocket ship
And go upon a little trip
Zoom Zoom Zoom
Were going to the moon
5. .4. .3. .2. .1. . Blast off.

Literacy Tip: Background Knowledge

Share books that have factual information about the world.  Building your children’s knowledge about the world will help them understand what they read later.

Sun and Moon

Moon comes out
(Hold hand to form a crescent.)
Sun goes in.
(Place other hand behind back)
Here is a blanket to cuddle your chin.
(Place hands under chin.)
Moon goes in.
(Place moon hand behind back.)

And Sun comes out.
(Hold hand out with fingers extended)
Throw off the blankets and bustle about!
(Fling arms out wide and wiggle body.)

Mister Sun

Oh Mister Sun, Sun (circle arms)
Mister Golden Sun
Won’t you please shine down on me? (point to self)

Oh Mister Sun, Sun
Mister Golden Sun
Hiding behind the tree. (cover eyes)

These little children (point to group)
are asking you (clasp hands in supplication)
To please come out
so we can play with you.

Oh Mister Sun, Sun
Mister Golden Sun
Won’t you please shine down on me?

Galaxy Bend and Stretch

Bend and stretch,  reach for the stars.
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars!
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky,
Stand on tiptoe, oh so high!


We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

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