5 Favorite Books for Fall Storytime @ HRL

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Fall is Here! We love it!  And here are a few Fall picture books we love and will be sharing with you at storytimes this week:

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Leaf Man

  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert – JE Ehlert

Lois Ehlert’s Leaf Man takes a new spin on the artist’s technique of collage illustrations: each collage here is made up of real leaves.  The meditative, rhythmic story encourages readers to let their imaginations roam and create.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Fall is here! I love it!

  • Fall is here! I love it! / Elaine W. Good ; illustrated by Susie Shenk Wenger – JE Good
  • A young child enjoys the sights, colors, tastes, and smells as fall comes to the family farm.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Red are the apples

  • Red are the apples by Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan ; illustrated by Wade Zahares – JE Harshman
  • Leads the reader through a bountiful garden in autumn while drawing particular attention to the variety of colors found within it.

 

 

Book Jacket for: The busy little squirrel

  • The busy little squirrel by Nancy Tafuri – JE Tafuri
  • Squirrel is too busy getting ready for winter to nibble a pumpkin with Mouse, run in the field with Dog, or otherwise play with any of the other animals.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first fall

  • Mouse’s first fall by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan – JE Thompson
  • Mouse and Minka experience the delights of nature on a windy autumn day.

 

 

 

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: Fall Storytime Booklist .  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

Gray Squirrel, Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail.

Wrinkle up your little nose,
Put a nut between your toes.
Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,
Swish your bushy tail.

Leaves are Falling Down (Sing to the tune of “Frere Jaques”)

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling,
On the ground, on the ground
Rake them in a pile,
Rake them in a pile,
Then jump in.
Then jump in.

The Leaves are Falling Down (Sing to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”)

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, Yellow, Green, and Brown
The Leaves are falling down.

Five Little Leaves

Five little leaves on the tree next door
One fell off and then there were four
Four little leaves all over the tree
One fell off and then there were three
Three little leaves where the wind blew
One fell off and then there were two
Two little leaves sitting in the sun
One fell off and then there was one
One little leaf in the tree all alone
The wind blew and blew now there are none!

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate…
One named Early and one named Late…

Craft ideas: 

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Make your own Leaf Men!  Lois Ehlert’s book provides a perfect prompt for making your own leaf collage creatures as well as an excuse to go on a long nature walk.  As a bonus, take the book with you on your search for leaves; the endpapers serve as a miniature leaf-identification guide.

 

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.

Apple Orchard Stories

Apple Orchard Stories
Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs about Apples and Orchards that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little one at home.

 

 

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Orange pear apple bear

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett – JE Gravett
“An instant contemporary classic, this book has sweet illustrations and contains only five words: apple, pear, orange, bear —and there . Emily Gravett creates clever variations on this theme by rearranging the words.  Simple and compelling, children will enjoy reading this book over and over again as they learn many different concepts” (Publisher’s description).

Book Jacket for: Red are the apples

Red Are The Apples by Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan – JE Harshman
“What can you find in an autumn garden? A harvest of bright colors, and lots to explore!Inviting rhymes and the antics of a boy and his pets promise a full day of fun for young readers as they pick out all the luscious fruits and vegetables in a colorful fall garden” (Publisher’s description).

Book Jacket for: Apples here!

Apples Here! by Will Hubbell – JE Hubbell
Richly illustrated, this story follows the development of an apple through the seasons.  The supplementary afterward expands on the book’s themes of apple biology, agriculture, and the apple’s traditional uses in different cultures.

Book Jacket for: Ten red apples

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins – JE Hutchins
Practice your counting skills and your animal voices in this humorous story which subtly reinforces concepts of good manners and sharing.

Book Jacket for: Apple pie ABC

Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray – JE Murray
Simple, beautifully expressive illustrations and a new take on the ABC book make this a fun read.

 

Book Jacket for: The apple pie that papa baked

The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson – JE Thompson
Like Apples Here!, this is another book that traces the growth of apples backwards to their origin; however, where Apples Here! draws children inwards into the biology of the apple tree, this lyrical poem draws them outwards into the ecosystem as a whole, before bringing them home to themes of fatherly love and sharing.

Book Jacket for: Apple farmer Annie

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
“Annie the apple farmer saves her most beautiful apples to sell fresh at the farmers’ market” (Publisher’s description).  Also available in our Spanish language section in a bilingual format.
These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  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 and Poems to Share:

Two Small Apples Baby Bounce
Way up high in an apple tree (hold up baby’s hands)
Two small apples smiled at me (tickle baby’s cheeks)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (bounce baby gently)
Down came the apples (tickle your fingers down to baby’s tummy)
Mmm, mmmm, Good! (rub baby’s tummy)

What If . . . Fingerplay
What if my finger were a bumble bee? (hold up finger)
What if your tummy were an apple tree? (point to tummy)
I’d go bzzzz, bzzz, bzzzzzz! (buzz finger around in the air, then dive in to tickle!)

Apples
Apples here
Apples there
Apples are growing everywhere
Some are high
Some are low
You will see apples whereever you go.
Apples on the left
Apples on the right
You can see them day and night.

Here is an Apple
Here is an apple
And there is an apple
And here’s a great big apple I see.
Now let’s count the apples we have
One, two, three!

And of course, we can’t sing about apples without the childhood classic:

Apples and Bananas  
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays

I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees

I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and by-ny-nys

I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos

I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos
I like to oot, oot, oot oo-ples and boo-noo-noos

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.

Stories “All About Me!”

This week at Bowman Library, we celebrated our young patrons with the theme “All about Me.”

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs all about you that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little one at home.

Books to Share:

All of Me!: A Book of Thanks by Molly Bang

I Am Me! by Alexa Brandenberg

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Get Up and Go! by Nancy Carlson

Think Happy! by Nancy Carlson

Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Hilda Must Be Dancing by Karma Wilson

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page or in hardcopy at your library.

Songs to Share:

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees, and toes.
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes.
Knees and toes.

Action Rhymes to Share: 

Me Complete

I have ten little fingers and ten  little toes
Two little arms and one little nose.
One little mouth and two little ears.
Two little eyes for smiles and tears.
One little head and two little feet.
One little chin and that’s me complete!

All of Me

With my eyes I see
With my mouth I talk
With my nose I smell
With my feet I walk
With my ears I hear
With my lips I kiss
With my arms I give
A big hug like this!

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.

Fall Fun Stories

This week’s cool, wet weather suits the season just right, since the first day of Fall is this Wednesday.  At the Bowman Library, we’re preparing for Fall with a few storytimes celebrating the fun and beauty the season brings.

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs about Fall that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little one at home.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: The little yellow leafThe Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger – a gentle story about courage and friendship in the face of change, the collages that make up the artwork in this book are inventive and beautiful.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Leaf ManLeaf Man by Lois Ehlert – Rich illustrations created entirely from pieced-together real fall leaves an inspire your own leaf art and give the opportunity to learn leaf identification.

 

Book Jacket for: Fall leavesFall Leaves by Loretta Holland – another book that makes great use of paper art, its light-box illustrations have a dreamy depth.  On each page the lines of a poem top prose explanations of the science behind Fall’s changes.  The dual nature of the writing makes it an excellent, adaptable choice for both babies and older children who are ready for the more in-depth explanations.

Book Jacket for: LeavesLeaves by David Ezra Stein – lively, joyful watercolor illustrations and a briskly-paced narrative offer a reassuring tale about Fall and the joy of a coming Spring.  Beautifully captures the child-like sense of wonder when all things are new.

 

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first fall Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson – explore colors, shapes, and numbers with this simple story and brightly-colored illustrations.

 

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  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 to Share:

Leaves are Falling Down
(Sung to the tune of “Frere Jaques”)

Leaves are falling, leaves are falling,
On the ground, on the ground
Rake them in a pile,
Rake them in a pile,
Then jump in.
Then jump in.

The Leaves are Falling Down
(Sung to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”)

The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green, and brown
The leaves are falling down.

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.