Up in the Air Storytime @ HRL

Did your child love one of our storytime books this week?  You can find them and more suggested books in our catalog under the tag:  #upintheairstories

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Now It’s Time to Fly Our Kites  (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)

Now it’s time to fly our kites
Fly our kites, fly our kites
Now it’s time to fly our kites
On this windy day.

Now our kites go up, up, up
Down, down, down, up, up, up
Now our kites go up, up, up
On this windy day.

Now our kites go all around
All around, all around
Now our kites go all around
On this windy day.

A is for Alligator
A is for alligator CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP (clap your hands with arms out straight in front of you)
B is for balloon POP POP POP (clap hands)
C is for circle, turn around (turn around)
D is for dizzy, let’s sit down. (sit down)

Wind, Oh, Wind Poem

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say–
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say,
I am blowing the scarves away.

5 Balloons
Five balloons up in the sky
See them flying way up high?
If one of those balloons should happen to POP!
Only 4 balloons will be left floating up top! (3…2…1…)

Balloon Fingerplay

I’m going to blow up this balloon
(make a circle with hands)
And never ever stop (shake head)
I’ll blow and blow and blow and blow and blow and (blow and spread hands ever wider until . . .)
POP! (Clap hands)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom (brush hands together)
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip (creep fingers up arm)
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom (brush hands together)
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (crouch down lower and lower)
Blast off! (jump up high)

Up and Down Action Rhyme

Up and down
Round and Round
Put your fingers on the ground
Over, Under, Inbetween
Now my fingers can’t be seen
Hands in front
Hands behind
Now my hands I cannot find
Here is my left hand
Here is my right
Hands and fingers back in sight!

Find more planes books and activities at our post all about Aviation History Month.

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.

 

Welcome, Spring! Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Hooray, hooray, Spring is here!  Swept in with windy Spring are a flock of colorful picture books.  Here at Handley Regional Library, we’re happy to return to books about bright flowers, April showers, windswept kites, new eggs in nests, baby bunnies, and chirping robins.

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

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Rabbit's good news

Rabbit’s good news by Ruth Lercher Bornstein. – JE Bornstein
“Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.”

Book Jacket for: Click, clack, peep

Click, Clack, Peep by Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin
“All of the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep.”

Book Jacket for: Splish, splash, spring

Splish, splash, spring by Jan Carr ; illustrated by Dorothy Donohue. – JE Carr
“Illustrations and rhyming text describe some of the delights of spring.”

Book Jacket for: Wake up, it's spring!

Wake up, it’s spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst. – JE Ernst
“Word of the arrival of spring spreads from earth to worm to seed to lady bug and on through the natural world to a sleeping family, until everyone is dancing in celebration.”

Book Jacket for: In the tall, tall grass

In the tall, tall grass by Denise Fleming. – JE Fleming
“Rhymed text (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) presents a toddler’s view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles.”

Book Jacket for: Bumblebee, bumblebee, do you know me? : a garden guessing game

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do you Know Me? by Anne Rockwell – JE Rockwell
“A series of riddles that first give descriptions of various flowers and then reveal their names.”

Book Jacket for: Spring : an alphabet acrostic

Spring : an alphabet acrostic by Steven Schnur ; illustrated by Leslie Evans. – JE Schnur
“Describes spring, with its animals, green smells, and renewed outside activities. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from “April” to “zenith.” ”

Book Jacket for: Countdown to spring : an animal counting book

Countdown to spring : an animal counting book by Janet Schulman ; illustrated by Meilo So. – JE Schulman
“What a wonderful way for preschoolers to practice counting and, at the same time, celebrate the coming of spring! From ten little ladybugs crawling all around the crocuses to one Easter basket brimful of carrots, corn, berries, and other treats for the animals, this book is a joy to share with a very young child. Meilo So’s inspired and deft watercolor paintings of bunnies, chicks, ducklings, and other little woodland creatures set against a tapestry of flowers capture the very essence of spring.”

Book Jacket for: Carrot soup

Carrot Soup by John Segal – JE Segal
“After working hard on his garden all spring and summer, Rabbit looks forward to harvest time when he can make soup, but every carrot disappears and Rabbit must find out who has taken them. Includes a recipe for carrot soup.”

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first spring

Mouse’s first spring by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan. – JE Thompson
“A mouse and its mother experience the delights of nature on a windy spring day.”

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, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Bunnies, Bunnies Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, stop.
Twitch your ears and twitch your nose.
Twitch your tail and twitch your toes.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, stop.

Rain is Falling Down

Rain is falling down (splash)
Rain is falling down (splash)
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down (splash)

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on their heads
Down came the Good Fairy and she said,
Little Bunny Foo Foo, I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on their heads.
I’ll give you three chances, and if you don’t stop, I’ll turn you into a goon.

Bunny Pokey Tune: “Hokey Pokey”

You put your bunny paw in.
You take your bunny paw out.
You put your bunny paw in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Bunny Pokey
And you hop around and shout
That’s what it’s all about!

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…

One little duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad Mother Duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks
Came back.

Here is a Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny.
And here is his hole in the ground.
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
And hops in his hole in the ground. 

Cheer up!

The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
Spring is here, spring is in the air!


Little Robin Redbreast

Little robin redbreast
Sat upon a rail
Niddle noodle went his head (nod head)
Wiggle waggle went his tail (shake tail) 

Watch It Bloom

Here is a green leaf (hold up palm)
And here is a green leaf (hold up other palm)
That, you see, makes two. (hold up two fingers)
Here is a bud (cup hands together)
That makes a flower; (begin opening hands)
Watch it bloom for you! (slowly open hands)

It Is Spring Time
To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

It is spring time.
It is spring time.
Winter’s gone!
Winter’s gone!
Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

Flowers are blooming,
Flowers are blooming,
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

Birds are singing
Birds are singing
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

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.

Wearin’ O’ the Green Storytime at HRL

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, this week’s theme focuses on all things green – from shamrocks to peas, from forests to gardens.  When you join as at storytime this week, we encourage you to wear green!

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

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Green Wilma

Green Wilma by Todd Arnold – JE Arnold
“Waking up with a frog-like appearance, Wilma proves disruptive at school as she searches for some tasty flies.”

Book Jacket for: S is for shamrock : an Ireland alphabet

S is for Shamrock by Eve Bunting – JE Bunting
“From A to Z, Ireland is presented in poetry, prose, and illustrations. Topics include Blarney Stone, Finn McCool, fairy rings, and shamrocks.”

Book Jacket for: Mabel O'Leary put peas in her ear-y

Mabel O’Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y – JE Delaney
“Hoping to avoid eating her peas, Mabel puts them in her ears and discovers that her impaired hearing leads to other problems.”  Rolicking rhymes zip along to tell a riotiously funny story of Mabel’s very bad idea.

Book Jacket for: Little Pea

Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal – JE Rosenthal
“Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate.”

Book Jacket for: Green mug

Green Mug by Angie Sage – JE Sage (Board Book)
Simple, clear illustrations accompany a gently funny rhyming text.

Book Jacket for: Green

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – JE Seeger
“Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.”  Be sure to watch for the clever paper cutting technique that ties each page to the next.

Spring Green by Valrie Selkowe – JE Selkowe
“Danny Duck needs something to take to a “green” contest at a spring party and surprises himself by what he actually takes.”

Book Jacket for: Grandpa Green

Grandpa Green by Lane Smith – JE Smith
“A child explores the ordinary life of his extraordinary great-grandfather, as expressed in his topiary garden.”

 

Book Jacket for: Green

Green by Karen Bryant-Mole – J 535.6 Bry
“Photographs of such things as toys, insects, and vegetables introduce the color green.”

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, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Ten Green Bottles
Ten green bottles standing on a wall
Ten green bottles standing on a wall
If one of those bottles should accidently fall
There’ll be nine green bottles standing on the wall.

(Count down to zero…)

One green bottle standing on a wall
One green bottle standing on a wall
If that green bottle should accidently fall
There’ll be no green bottles standing on the wall.

Green is the Color of the Irish
Green is the color of the Irish.
Green is the color of the four-leaf clover.
Green is the color that we wear today
On this Saint Patrick’s Day.

If you’re wearing green,
Won’t you stand up.
Stand and put your finger on the green you’re wearing.
That’s the way we celebrate by wearing green
On this Saint Patrick’s Day.

Five Green Shamrocks
Five green shamrocks growing outdoors
Mother picked one, and that left four.

Four green shamrocks, green as they can be.
Father picked one and that left three.

Three green shamrocks playing peek-a-boo
Sister picked one and that left two.

Two green shamrocks nodding in the sun,
Brother picked one, and that left one.

One green shamrock for St. Patrick’s Day fun.
I picked it, and that left none.

Pease Porridge

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot, nine days old;
Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
(Chorus) Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Can you or I or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?

First the farmer sows his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Next the farmer waters the seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Next the farmer hoes the weeds,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Last the farmer harvests his seed,
Stands erect and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

Ten Plump Peas
10 plump peas in a peapod pressed (press two fists together)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest (bring up one finger, two fingers, then all fingers)
They grew and grew an did not stop (slowly move hands apart)
Until one day the pod went POP! (clap hands!)

If You’re Lucky (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)
If you’re lucky and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re lucky and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re lucky and you know it,
Then you’ll surely want to show it.
If you’re lucky and you know it, clap your hands

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.

Dog Tales @ HRL

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

Books to Share:

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, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

My Dog Rags
My little puppy, his name is Rags,
he eats so much that his tummy drags.
Big floppy ears and a tail that wags,
and when he walks, he zig zag zags.
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig zag.
When I whistle he never obeys,
he always runs the other way.
He doesn’t have a pedigree,
but I love him and he loves me.
Flip, flop, wiggle, waggle, zig zag!

Dogs are Barking (Tune: Alouette)
Dogs are barking,
Hear the dogs a’ barking
Dogs are barking,
All around the town.
Dogs are barking over here
Dogs are barking over there
Over here, over there …oh …
Dogs are barking,
Hear the dogs a’ barking
Dogs are barking,
All around the town.

Bingo
There was a farmer had a dog,
and Bingo was his name-o.
B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O, B-I-N-G-O
and Bingo was his name-o.

Some Dogs Bark
Some dogs bark.
Some dogs growl.
Some dogs yip.
Some dogs howl.
Some dogs wiggle their tails!

This Old Man
This old man, he played one, (hold up one finger)
He played knick-knack on my thumb. (tap fists together)
With a knick-knack, paddy whack, (roll hands)
Give a dog a bone (hold hand out front, palm up)
This old man came rolling home. (roll hands) … he played two, on my shoe. (tap shoe)
… he played three, on my knee. (tap knee)
…he played four, on the floor. (tap on floor)

Higglety, Pigglety, Pop Knee Bounce
Higglety, Pigglety, Pop,
The dog has eaten the mop.
The pig’s in a hurry,
The cat’s in a flurry,
Higglety, pigglety, pop.

Leg over Leg
Leg over leg (bounce baby from knee to knee)
The dog went to Dover
He came to a stile
And whoops he went over. (bounce baby up)

If you’re a doggie and you know it (Tune: If you’re happy and you know it)
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re a dog­gie and you know it,
Say, “Woof, woof”.

…sit and beg.

…wag your tail.

…shake your head.

…do all four.

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.

8 Picture Books for Learning about Hibernation @ HRL

hibernation-storytime-title-card2This week is a good time to say goodbye to some of our furry friends who will be spending the rest of the winter hibernating, buried deep under the snow. Join us at storytime to learn more about hibernation and our animal friends.

Don’t forget that we’re also having our annual Bowman Library Groundhog Day Celebration this Saturday at 11AM.  Join us for groundhog crafts, stories, songs, and a visit from a real live groundhog as we wait to find out if he will see his shadow.

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

Books to Share:

  • Grandmother Winter / Phyllis Root ; illustrated by Beth Krommes.
  • When Grandmother Winter shakes out her feather quilt birds, bats, bears, and other creatures prepare themselves for the cold.

Book Jacket for: Over and under the snow

Over and under the snow / by Kate Messner. – JE Messner
The story follows a boy as he explores a snowy day, learning about what the animals are doing in winter.  With a delicate palette of colors, the inventive cut-away illustrations reveal the secret world of animals under the snow.

 

Book Jacket for: Bear dreams

Bear dreams by Elisha Cooper – JE Cooper
“After a bear cub persuades his friends to play with him instead of hibernating, he gets very tired and falls asleep.”

Book Jacket for: Sleepy bear

Sleepy bear by Lydia Dabcovich. – JE Dabcovich
“Shows Bear getting ready for his long winter’s nap, or hibernation, and his springtime awakening.”

Book Jacket for: Time to sleep

Time to sleep by Denise Fleming. – JE Fleming
“When Bear notices that winter is nearly here he hurries to tell Snail, after which each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping Bear is awakened in his den with the news.”

 

Book Jacket for: Hibernation station

Hibernation station by Michelle Meadows ; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. – JE Meadows
“Rhyming text and pictures introduce the reader to a variety of animals as they try to snuggle in to sleep.”

Book Jacket for: Winter lullaby

Winter lullaby by Barbara Seuling ; illustrated by Greg Newbold – JE Seuling
“Depicts the ways various animals spend the cold months of winter, from bats sleeping in caverns to fish swimming deeper in lakes where the water is warmer.”

Book Jacket for: Sleep, Big Bear, sleep!

Sleep, Big Bear, sleep! by Maureen Wright ; illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. – JE Wright
“As winter comes and Big Bear prepares to hibernate, he keeps thinking he hears Old Man Winter giving him exhausting orders that prevent him from sleeping.”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find them by searching the catalog for the tag #hibernationstorytime. Interested in more books about hibernation?  Check out the rest of our collection on our booklist: Hibernation.   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:

There was a little bear who lived in a cave,
Everyone he saw – he scared away.
He growled at a rabbit
He growled at a bee
He growled at a beaver
And he growled at me.
Well, he scared the rabbit
He scared the bee
He scared the beaver
But he didn’t scare me!

Mr. Bear
( To the tune of “If you’re happy and you know it”)
Mr. Bear says all he wants to do is sleep.
Sleep! Sleep! (while clapping)
When the winter comes and snow is very deep.
Deep! Deep! (while clapping)
He will curl up in his den,
And we probably won’t see him,
‘Til the spring and that’s when all he’ll do is eat!
Yum! Yum! (rub tummy)

Hibernation (Tune: “Alouette”)
Hibernation, time for hibernation.
Hibernation, time to go to sleep.
In the winter, where’s the bear?
Sleeping in its log or lair.
Where’s the bear? Log or lair. OH!
In the winter, where’s the frog?
Sleeping by a pond or log.
Where’s the frog? Pond or log. OH!
In the winter, where’s the snake?
In the mud beneath the lake.
Where’s the snake? Beneath the lake. OH!
In the winter, where’s the bat?
In a cave is where it’s at.
Where’s the bat? Cave it’s at! OH!

Sleepy Bear (Tune: Thumbkin)
Where is Bear? Where is Bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.

Here is a Cave Fingerplay
Here is a cave. Inside is a bear. (bend fingers on one hand; put thumb inside)
Now he comes out to get some fresh air. (pop out thumb)
He stays out all summer in sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest for berries to eat. (move thumb in a circle)
When snow starts to fall, he hurries inside
His warm little cave and there he will hide. (put thumb inside fingers)
Snow covers the cave like a fluffy white rug.
Inside the bear sleeps all cozy and snug. (place one hand over the other)

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.

Lovable, Laughable Penguin Tales @ HRL Storytimes

penguin-storytime-title-cardThis week, we’re learning more about everyone’s favorite flightless birds with a week of stories leading up to Penguin Appreciation Day this Saturday, Jan. 21st at Bowman Library.

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

Books to Share:

  • Little penguins by Cynthia Rylant ; illustrated by Christian Robinson – J Rylant
  • “During the first snowy day of winter, five little penguins bundle up and venture outside to play”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Penguins, penguins, everywhere!

Penguins, penguins, everywhere! / by Bob Barner. – JE Barner
The bright, fun collage illustrations by award-winning artist Bob Barner keep children’s attention, while his rhyming text zips along at a speedy pace.  Despite the presentation being perfect for very young children, this little book packs in a surprising amount of information about penguins, with its tour around many types of penguins and their habitats.  The final section includes a more a “Penguin Parade” with the names of all the penguin species as well as a Penguin Puzzler where kids can get the answers to questions about penguins they didn’t even know to ask.

  • Blown away written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph – JE Biddulph
  • An unexpected adventure with his friends and a kite convinces Penguin Blue that he is not built for flying, and that he belongs on solid ice.

Book Jacket for: One cool friend

One cool friend story by Toni Buzzeo ; pictures by David Small. – JE Buzzeo
“Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.”

Book Jacket for: Penguin says "please"

Penguin says “please” by Michael Dahl ; illustrated by Oriol Vidal Pastor. – JE Dahl (Board Book)
“Penguin learns to use good manners when asking for something.”

Book Jacket for: Penguin

Penguin by Polly Dunbar – JE Dunbar
“Ben is delighted to receive a penguin for his birthday but Penguin will not answer or respond to him in any way, no matter what Ben does, until, at last, they discover the language of friendship.”

Book Jacket for: Lost and found

Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers. – JE Jeffers
“While trying his best to help a penguin that has shown up at his door, a boy journeys all the way to the South Pole, only to realize that the penguin was never lost.”  Be sure to check out the sequel as well, Up and down.  Both are lovely, heart-warming stories about friendship.

Book Jacket for: Tacky the penguin

Tacky the penguin by Helen Lester – JE Lester
“Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.”  If you love this one, there are plenty of sequels!

Book Jacket for: Antarctic antics : a book of penguin poems

Antarctic antics : a book of penguin poems written by Judy Sierra ; illustrated by Jose Aruego & Ariane Dewey – J 811 Sie
“In this lively, mischievous collection of poems, Judy Sierra imagines life in the Antarctic through the eyes of the chicks in an emperor penguin colony.  Nurtured by attentive fathers and mothers and surrounded by hundreds of fluffy relatives, these feathered playmates slip and slide through their icy world, recounting how they learn to dive, swim, and glide on their bellies.”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books used in storytime this week at this tag: #penguinappreciationday  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:

If You’re a Penguin and You Know It (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you’re a penguin and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a penguin and you know it flap your wings (flap, flap)
If you’re a penguin and you know it waddle your feet (waddle, waddle)…
If you’re a penguin and you know it eat a fish (yum, yum)…
If you’re a penguin and you know it go for a swim (swim, swim)…

Five Little Penguins

Five little penguins went out to play,
Over the ice cap far away.
Mother Penguins said, Eep, eep, eep, eep!”
Four Little Penguins came back to sleep.
Three . . .
Two . . .
One . . .
No little penguins went out to play,
Over the ice cap far away.
Mother Penguins said, Eep, eep, eep, eep!”
All the little little penguins came back to sleep!

I’m a Little Penguin (Tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)

I’m a little penguin short and stout.
I flap my wings and waddle about.
I wear a coat that’s black as night.
But my big tummy is soft and white.

I’m a little penguin black and white.
I like to slide across the ice.
When I reach the water, I dive right in.
I hunt for fish, and swim, swim, swim.

Have You Ever Seen a Penguin?

Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that way?
Swim this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin swim this way and that? (point)
Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin slide this way and that way?
Slide this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin slide this way and that? (point)
Have you ever seen a penguin?
A penguin. . .a penguin!
Have you ever seen a penguin waddle this way and that way?
Waddle this way and that way . . . and this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a penguin waddle this way and that? (point)

A Penguin Family

One funny penguin feeling very blue (Hold up one finger)
Called for his brother then there were two (hold up two fingers)
Two funny penguins swimming in the sea (Make swimming motion)
Called for their sister then there were three. (Hold up three fingers)
Three funny penguins waddle on the shore (Waddle)
Call for their mother, then there were four. (Hold up four fingers)
Four funny penguins learning how to dive (Make diving motion)
Call for their father, then there were five. (Hold up five fingers)

Five Perky Penguins

Five perky penguins stood on the shore
One went for a swim and then there were four.
Four perky penguins looked out to sea
One went swimming and then there were three.
Three perky penguins said, “What can we do?”
One jumped in the water and then there were two.
Two perky penguins sat in the sun
One swam off and then there was one.
One perky penguin said, “This is no fun!”
He dived in the water and then there were none.

We hope to see you at storytime!

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.

6 Toy Stories Kids and Parents Will Love @ HRL Storytimes

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What better time of year to talk about toys than now?  As annoying as that toy can be when we pick it up for the 337th time, or as nerve-wracking as when we realize we left our child’s favorite toy behind at the library (don’t panic, we have a lost and found box behind the circulation desk) playing is an essential part of learning for children. With that in mind, we’ve selected a few stories that celebrate the role toys play in our children’s lives.

Books to Share:

All My Toys are on the Floor by Mary Blocksma – JE Blocksma
“A little girl explains why her toys are in a big mess all over her bedroom floor.”

Book Jacket for: Waiting

  • Waiting by Kevin Henkes.
  • “What are you waiting for? An owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig—all toys arranged on a child’s windowsill—wait for marvelous things to happen in this irresistible picture book by the New York Times–bestselling and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes.”

Book Jacket for: Toys meet snow : being the wintertime adventures of a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball

 

 

 

 

 

  • Toys meet snow : being the wintertime adventures of a curious stuffed buffalo, a sensitive plush stingray, and a book-loving rubber ball by Emily Jenkins ; Paul O. Zelinsky.
  • “Acclaimed author Emily Jenkins and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Paul Zelinsky have created a book destined to become a classic.Children who have loved listening to the Toys trilogy, as well as those meeting the toys for the very first time, will be thrilled to see Lumphy, StingRay, and Plastic venture outdoors to play in the snow. Together the toys build a snowman, make snow angels, and, when day is done, head back inside their cozy house and wait for the return of the Little Girl.”

Book Jacket for: The marvelous toy
The Marvelous Toy
 by Tom Paxon – JE Paxton
“For nearly half a century, “The Marvelous Toy” – composed by the legendary singer/songwriter Tom Paxton – has enchanted children and adults alike. A simple tale about a mysterious, magical, and mystical toy that a father gives to his son – and that eventually gets passed down to the next generation – it celebrates a child’s sense of wonder. . . Featuring incredible and wildly imaginative art by Steve Cox, illustrator of the award-winning Pigs Might Fly, the story is now as amazing to look at as it always has been to listen to.” Be sure to check out the accompanying CD The Marvelous Toy with the song as well as a music-only singalong version.

Tom and Pippo Go for a Walk by Helen Oxenbury

“Tom dresses up in his hat, scarf and gloves and goes for a walk with his mother and his toy monkey, Pippo. But then Tom and Pippo fall in the mud – Tom goes straight in the bath and Pippo gets washed in the basin.”

Book Jacket for: The little engine that could

  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper – JE Piper
  • “Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain. Now the great Loren Long has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child.”

Book Jacket for: Teddy bear, teddy bear

  • Teddy bear, teddy bear pictures by Steve Scott.
  • An illustrated version of the traditional rhyme which follows the activities of a teddy bear.

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library at the tag #toystories.

Physical and Verbal play is another kind of play that is great for children’s brains.  Sharing songs, poems, and rhymes with your children is an important part of preparing them for reading.  Here are a few of the songs, poems, and fingerplays we’ll be sharing at Bowman Library’s storytimes this week:

A Little Ball

A little ball, (form circle with thumb and finger)
A bigger ball, (form circle with hands)
A great big ball I see. (form circle with arms)
Now let’s count them.
Are you ready?
One, (form circle with arms)
Two, (form circle with hands)
Three! (form circle with thumb and finger)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, Teddy bear,
Touch the ground.
Teddy bear, Teddy bear,
Turn around.
Teddy bear, Teddy bear,
Show your shoe.
Teddy bear, Teddy bear,
That will do.

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep raining, and others go roam,
But I can be happy and building at home.

Let the sofa be mountains, the carpet be sea,
There I’ll establish a city for me:
A kirk and a mill and a palace beside,
And a harbor as well where my vessels may ride.

Great is the palace with pillar and wall,
A sort of a tower on top of it all,
And steps coming down in an orderly way
To where my toy vessels lie safe in the bay.

This one is sailing and that one is moored:
Hark to the song of the sailors on board!
And see on the steps of my palace, the kings
Coming and going with presents and things!

My Toys

I have a cuddly teddy bear; (Hug arms to chest)
I take him with me everywhere. (Spread hands wide)
A big balloon that I can blow (Cup hands to mouth; blow)
And watch it grow and grow and grow. (Move hands outward, enlarging circle)
My rag doll flops upon my bed, (Hang arms and head limply)
My tricycle is painted red. (Pedal with hands)
All the little girls and boys (Spread arms wide)
Think it’s fun to play with toys. (Hug arms to chest)

Bumpin’ Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon
Won’t you be my darling?

One wheel’s off and the axel’s broken…
I’m gonna fix it with my hammer…
Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon…

 

 

A Wonderland of YA Books for Winter Break

Thank you Alex Costello for this guest blog post, just in time for winter break! 

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Winter is best spent curled up with a good book. A mug of hot cocoa, wrapped up in blankets, maybe with a good fire going? Sounds like the ideal snowy day to me! Here are eight great YA (Young Adult) winter reads to help ease you into the holiday season and warm up your cold winter days:

bookthief1) The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
The Book Thief is a thought-provoking historical novel about a young German girl named Liesel. Set during World War II, the novel gives a glimpse of what life might have been life for a young girl back then. Told from the perspective of Death, it is a captivating and often heartbreaking novel about Liesel as she steals book after book and befriends several interesting people – a boy named Rudy, her foster parents, and the Jewish refugee named Max that they have agreed to hide at a great risk to themselves. This book also has a movie adaption!

 
shiver2) Shiver by Maggie Steifvater
Looking for something romantic? Shiver is a romantic Fantasy novel about a young girl named Grace who lives on the edge of a forest, dependent on the presence of a wolf that she calls “her wolf”. The wolf’s name is Sam, who spends his winters in the forest with his pack, and his summers as a human. They meet during the summer, but as winter approaches, Sam must fight to stay with her.

 
letitsnow3) Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, Lauren Myracle
Let It Snow is a compilation of three short stories set in a town called Gracetown during a gigantic snow storm. The stories follow three teenagers – Jubilee, Tobin, and Addie – as they find love and romance during a snowstorm at Christmas time.

 

coldest-girl4)The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Like Vampires? The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a book about a girl, Tana, who has become infected with vampirism. Coldtowns are walled-off cities designed to contain the infected, and once inside, you can’t ever leave. In order to save herself, her ex-boyfriend, and a mysterious boy named Gavriel, she ventures into Coldtown itself in a race against time.

 
snowlikeashes5) Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Snow Like Ashes takes place in a fantasy world, set 16 years after the fall of the kingdom of Winter, leaving its people enslaved and its magic gone. Meira, now a teenager, is one of the few who escaped and is now living as a refugee – and is in love with Winter’s future king. Meira learns of the location of a locket that could give Winter back its magic and decides go after it herself.

 
shadowandbone6) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone is a story of a girl named Alina, who is taken from everything she knows after she saves her friend using a power she did not know she had. She is taken to be trained as a member of the Grisha, a group of elite magic wielders led by the mysterious Darkling. Alina discovers that she may be her country’s only hope.

 

shadesofgray7) Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray follows a teenaged girl named Lina, whose life is turned upside down when the Soviets invade her home in Lithuania. She, her mother, and brother are forced to travel to a Siberian work camp, and Lina finds comfort in making art – and in her art she leaves clues to her location, hoping that somehow they will make their way to her father in prison camp.

Stop by any branch of the Handley Regional Library system and take a look at our Young Adult displays with more great reads for your winter break!

6 Sweet Stories: Sweet Treats Storytime @ HRL

sweet-treats-storytime-title-cardHere are a few of the stories, poems, and songs about sweet treats 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 gingerbread man

The Gingerbread Man retold by Jim Aylesworth – JE Aylesworth
“A new rendition of a beloved classic. ‘Concisely written text and a jazzy refrain.”

Book Jacket for: The doorbell rang [sound recording]

  • The doorbell rang by Pat Hutchins. Music by Chris Kubie.
  • Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s wonderful cookies.

Book Jacket for: The wolf's chicken stew

  • The wolf’s chicken stew / Keiko Kasza.
  • A hungry wolf’s attempts to fatten a chicken for his stewpot have unexpected results.

Book Jacket for: Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?

  • Who took the cookies from the cookie jar? / by Bonnie Lass and Philemon Sturges ; illustrated by Ashley Wolff.
  • A raccoon tries to find out which of his animal friends stole the cookies.

Book Jacket for: A birthday for Cow!

  • A birthday for Cow! / Jan Thomas.
  • Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow’s birthday.

Book Jacket for: Mr. Cookie Baker

Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington – JE Wellington
“As sweet and satisfying as holiday baking, here is a beautiful update of Monica Wellington’s Mr. Cookie Baker. In this book, youngsters can follow the process of measuring, mixing, baking, decorating, and eating cookies. With six new full-color pages, a handsome new jacket, educational tie-ins, and more recipes, this is the perfect supplement to early math units on sequencing, sorting, measuring, and telling time. The simple, straightforward behind-the-scenes view of a bakery makes it a splendid addition to Monica Wellington’s other nonfiction for the very young, such as Zinnia’s Flower Garden. Yummy in any season!”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library at the tag: #sweettreatsstorytime.  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:

Homemade Gingerbread
Stir a bowl of gingerbread,
Smooth and spicy brown.
Roll it with a rolling pin,
Up and up and down.
With a cookie cutter,
Make some little men.
Put them in the oven,
Till half past ten.

Five Little Cookies
Five little cookies in the bakery shop
Shining, shining with sugar on top
Along came a boy/girl
With a penny to spend
He took one…and away he ran.
(Continue with Four, Three, Two, One, Zero.)

Who Took the Cookies?
Who took the cookies from the cookie jar?
(He/She) took the cookies from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you!
Couldn’t be!
Then who?

Making Cookies
I am making cookie dough. (hold out arms in a circle, like a bowl)
Round and round the beaters go. (roll hands)
Add some flour from a cup. (shake a pretend cup)
Stir and stir the batter up. (stirring motion)
Roll them, cut them nice and neat. (rolling pin motion)
Put them on a cookie sheet. (place pretend cookies)
Bake them, count them 1-2-3. (counting motion)
Serve them to my friends for tea. (take a bite!)

Acka Backa
Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (jump up)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (hug child)

Handy Spandy
Handy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump in!
Handy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump out!
Handy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump up!
Handy spandy, sugar and candy
We all jump down! (sit down)

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SigningCookie, in baby sign language, looks like you are using a cookie cutter, to cut out a cookie from a sheet of dough. To make the sign, take your non dominant hand and lay it out flat with palm facing up in front of your body. Bend your fingers in your dominant hand into a circle, then place them on your non-dominant hand and twist them back and forth.

Credit: http://www.babysignlanguage.com/dictionary/c/cookie/

Pat a cake
Pat a cake, pat a cake,
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as quick as you can
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a B,
And put it in the oven for baby and me!

Giving Thanks at Storytime!

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Happy Thanksgiving!
At Handley Regional Library, we want to say “Thank you!” to all of our wonderful patrons. You give us reason to give thanks every day.  In that spirit of gratitude, here are 7 of our favorite books about gratitude and thankfulness for you to share with your families.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Bear says thanksBook Jacket for: Thank you, ThanksgivingBook Jacket for: Giving thanks

  • Bear says thanks by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman.
  • Thank you, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim.
  • Giving thanks by Jonathan London ; paintings by Gregory Manchess.

Book Jacket for: Day by dayBook Jacket for: Thanks for Thanksgiving

  • Day by day by Susan Gal.
  • The thankful book by Todd Parr.
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes ; illustrated by Doris Barrette.

You can find these books at Handley Regional Library by searching the catalog for the tag #GiveThanks

.Book Jacket for: Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Giving thanks : a Native American good morning message / by Chief Jake Swamp ; illustrated by Erwin Printup, Jr.

Songs and Poems to Share

“Thanks a Lot” can be found on Baby Beluga – J CD Raffi

If You’re Thankful and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
clap your hands.

If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
stomp your feet.

If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”
If you’re thankful and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re thankful and you know it,
shout “I am!”

Turkey and Stuffing (Tune of “Where is Thumbkin”)

Turkey and stuffing,
Turkey and Stuffing,
Pumpkin pie.
Ten feet high!
We were so much thinner,
Before we ate our dinner.
Me-oh-my!
Me-oh-my!

Turkey Wore His Rainbow Feathers
(Tune of “Mary Wore Her Red Dress”)
Turkey wore his red feather,
red feather, red feather.
Turkey wore his red feather all day long.
(Continue adding color feathers and singing)

Last Verse:
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers.
Turkey wore his rainbow feathers all day long.

Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am!
Here I am!

How are you today, sir?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away.
Run away.

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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