6 Fantastic Books Featuring Families Storytime @ HRL

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November is here and our thoughts turn to the upcoming family reunions that accompany the winter holidays.  These are a few of our favorite picture books that put the reader inside the warm and loving embrace of a family.  We’ll be reading these at our storytimes this week.  What picture book reminds you of your family?

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: I can do it too!

  • I can do it too! by Karen Baicker ; pictures by Ken Wilson-Max – JE Baicker (Board Book)

This heartwarming story reminds us how satisfying it is to grow up surrounded by love. I Can Do It Too! affirms a little girl’s growing independence as she, too, can begin to do all the things she sees her parents, relatives and neighbors do: pouring juice at breakfast, strumming a guitar, and even riding a bike! The simple cadence of text and direct-to-the-heart art result in a book as warm and generous as its message, providing reading pleasure for toddlers, older siblings, and the grown-ups who love them.

Book Jacket for: So much

  • So much by Trish Cooke ; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury – JE Cooke
  • With Oxenbury’s warm illustrations and Cooke’s rhythmic text, this cumulative story captures the joy of being a baby in a large, extended family. A Child Magazine Best Children’s Book.

 

 

Book Jacket for: What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story

  • What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story by Kate Lum ; pictures by Adrian Johnson – JE Lum
  • When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny’s resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.

 

 

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The rattlebang picnic by Margaret Mahy ; pictures by Steven Kellogg – JE Mahy

  • The McTavishes, their seven children, and Granny McTavish take their old rattlebang of a car on a picnic up Mt. Fogg and have an exciting adventure.  A comical tall-tale featuring a large, extended family.

 

Book Jacket for: Big sister, little sister

  • Big sister, little sister by LeUyen Pham – JE Pham
  • Shows the part a big sister plays and the part a little sister plays in a family.

 

 

 

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  • Owl lake / Keizaburo Tejima – JE Tejima
  • As the sun slips down behind the lake and the sky darkens, Father Owl comes out and hunts for fish to feed his hungry family. Illustrated with the author’s woodcuts.

 

 

 
These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Family stories booklist for storytime .  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Grandma’s Glasses

These are grandma’s glasses.
(Make circles around eyes.)
This is grandma’s hat.
(Cup hands and place on head.)
And this is the way
She folds her hands.
(Fold hands)
And puts them in her lap.
(Put them in your lap)

These are grandpa’s glasses.
(Make circles around eyes.)
This is grandpa’s hat.
(Pretend to put on a hat.)
And this is the way
He folds his arms
(Cross arms and fold.)
Just like that!

My Mama Likes . . .  (Sing to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

My Mama likes bouncin’ me up and down.
Up and down, up and down.
My Mama likes bouncin’ me up and down,
because she loves me so.

My Papa likes swingin’ me side to side.
Side to side, side to side.
My Papa likes swingin’ me side to side,
because he loves me so.

My grandma likes givin’ me great big hugs.
Great big hugs, great big hugs.
My grandpa likes givin’ me great big hugs
because she loves me so.

If You Have a . . .

If you have a brother
A brother, a brother
If you have a brother
Please stand up!

(Repeat with other family members (mother, father, sister, grandma, grandpa, etc.)

Mother and Father and Uncle John

Mother and Father and Uncle John
(child on adult’s knees)
Went to town one by one
(bounce on knees)
Father fell off   (lean child to one side)
Mother fell off   (lean child to other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on.
(keep bouncing)
Yes, Father fell off  (lean to one side)
Mother fell off  (lean to other side)
But Uncle John rode on and on and on.  (bounce faster)

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

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

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

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

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

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