Monkeyin’ Around Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

monkeying-around-title-card-for-storytimeWe’re Monkeyin’ Around during Handley Regional Library storytimes this week.  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: Monkey and meBook Jacket for: Be quiet, Mike!Book Jacket for: Five little monkeys reading in bed

  • Monkey and me by Emily Gravett
    • “A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kangaroos to waddling like penguins! Open this book and play along with them. Can you guess what animal they are now?”
  • Be quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli
    • “Monkey Mike is reprimanded for making noise when he taps pencils and clangs trash cans until he sees a drum set in the music store and puts his hands-on talents to work in a most impressive way.”
  • Five little monkeys reading in bed by Eileen Christelow
    • Mama has said it is time for “Lights out! Sweet dreams! No more reading in bed,” but her five little monkeys cannot resist reading just a few more books to one another.

Book Jacket for: Sock monkeys do the monkey monkey!Book Jacket for: Cha-cha chimpsBook Jacket for: Tall

  • Sock monkeys do the monkey monkey! [text by Harriet Ziefert] ; photos by William B. Winburn
    • Sock monkeys perform the “Monkey Monkey,” their version of the dance “The Hokey Pokey.”
  • Cha-cha chimps by Julia Durango ; illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
    • Ten little chimps go down to the local hangout where they dance the cha-cha, but one by one they begin to do other dances with other African animals.
  • Tall by Jez Alborough.
    • Illustrations and just a few words depict how various jungle animals help a very little monkey to feel that he is tall.

In addition to these books used at our storytimes, we’ve created a collection of favorite monkey-themed books for you!  If you loved one of our storytime books from this week and can’t remember what the title was, you can find them here: Monkey Stories at HRL

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:

“No More Monkeys” can be found onPutumayo Kids presents : animal playground [sound recording] – J CD 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five little Monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped her head.
Momma called the doctor
And the doctor said,
“No more monkeys, jumping on the bed!”
Four little monkeys, jumping on the bed . . .

Just Like Me

Monkeys all stand up, just like me.
Monkeys all wiggle, just like me.
Monkeys all jump up, just like me.
Monkeys all stretch high, just like me.
Monkeys all sit down, quietly.

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr Alligator, “Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Alligator, mouth open wide–\
Snap! A little monkey deep inside.
Four, three, two, one…

Underneath the Monkey Tree (Chant or Sing to tune of “The Muffin Man”)

Come and play awhile with me,
Underneath the monkey tree.
Monkey see and monkey do,
Just like monkeys in the zoo.

(Continue verses, replacing first line with:)

Swing your tail, 1, 2, 3…
Jump around and smile like me…

Copycat Game Chant

Let’s play copycat just for fun
Whatever I do, you do the same.
That’s the way we play the copycat game.

Animals in the Zoo
(Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”

The monkeys at the zoo say Ooh, ooh, Ahh,
Ooh, ooh, aah, ooh, ooh, aah.
The Monkeys at the zoo say Ooh, ooh, aah,
All day long.
Continue with other animals . . .

Little Monkeys Swinging In the Tree

Little monkeys swinging in the tree,
All hold hands and swing with me
Swing up high and swing down low
Swing in the tree, now don’t let go!
Swing, swing, like I do
Swing like the monkeys in the zoo

We hope to see you at storytime!


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Miss Donna’s Top Ten Books for Preschoolers @ HRL

Are you coming to Preschool storytime at Bowman Library today?  At 11AM we’ll begin with the puppets, and then Miss Donna will be sharing some of her favorite books for preschoolers with us.  What are your favorite books for the preschool set?  Everyone’s top ten list is going to be different, so we’d love to hear yours!

Book Jacket for: Too many frogs!Book Jacket for: The gingerbread manBook Jacket for: Big Smelly Bear

  • Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher – JE Asher
  • The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth – Aylesworth
  • Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Book Jacket for: Hilda must be dancingBook Jacket for: Hootenanny! : a festive counting bookBook Jacket for: Bunny cakes : a Max and Ruby picture book

  • Hilda must be dancing by Karma Wilson ; illustrated by Suzanne Watts – JE Watts
  • Hootenanny! : a festive counting book by Kimberly Ainsworth ; illustrated by Jo Brown – JE Ainsworth
  • Bunny cakes : a Max and Ruby picture book by Rosemary Wells – JE Wells

Book Jacket for: My little sister ate 1 hareBook Jacket for: Froggy gets dressedBook Jacket for: Froggy se viste

  • My little sister ate 1 hare by Bill Grossman ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes – JE Grossman
  • Froggy gets dressed by Jonathan London ; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz – JE London
  • Froggy se viste by Jonathan London ; ilustraciones de Frank Remkiewicz ; traduccibon de Osvaldo Blanco – JE London (Spanish)

Book Jacket for: Tacky the penguinBook Jacket for: Old black fly

  • Tacky the penguin / Helen Lester ; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger – JE Lester
  • Old black fly / Jim Aylesworth; illustrated by Stephen Gammell – JE Aylesworth

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:  Donna’s Top Ten Books for Preschoolers

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.

Books aren’t the only way that Preschoolers learn!  Remember that play is also a critical part of how they learn about the world.  Here are a few of Miss Donna’s favorite games and rhymes to share with Preschoolers.


Open Them, Shut Them

Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your la
Creep them, creep them
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin
Creep them up to your mouth
But do not put them in!
A-Roosta-Sha Movement Song
A-roosta-sha, a-roosta-sha, a roo-sha-sha (echo)
Thumbs up (echo)

(For each verse, add an extra movement)
Elbows back (echo)
Knees together (echo)
Legs bent (echo)
Bottoms up (echo)
Head back (echo)
Tongue out (echo)

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.

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…

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

The people on the bus go up and down…
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…

The mommy on the bus says, I love you.
I love you, I love you
The daddy on the bus says, I love you, too.
All through the town.

Hey! My name is Jo
Hey! My name is Jo
And I work in a button factory
One day my boss came up to me.
He said “Jo, are you busy?”
I said,”No”
He said to “push this button with your right hand”
[make pushing motion with right hand.]

Continue adding body parts that need to push the button (hands, feet, head)

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.

Celebrate Maslenitsa @ Bowman Library!

Maslenitsa title card

Get ready to celebrate Pancake Day or Maslenitsa at Bowman Library.  We’ll be observing this cheerful Russian holiday this Saturday, February 20th at 11AM in the children’s room at Bowman Library.  Bring the whole family to have fun with pancake picture books, sing songs, play games, dance along with the puppets, and learn more about this Eastern European traditional holiday.

Traditional Russian Garb at Maslenitsa Celebration

Traditional Russian Clothes at a Maslenitsa Celebration

So what is Maslenitsa?  

Maslenitsa or “Pancake week” is a holiday of joyous celebration; people play games, enjoy sledding and snowball fights, visit friends and family, and enjoy meatless meals, particularly those including cream, cheese, and butter and thin pancakes called blinis or crepes in a week-long celebration before the penitential season of Great Lent begins.  The date changes every year as the dates of Lent and Easter shift, with this year’s Pancake week falling from the 7th to the 13th of March.


This ancient holiday’s origins are traced back to pagan times before Russia converted to Christianity.  Then, the holiday was a celebration of the Spring solstice, saying goodbye to Wintertime and looking forward to the return of warmth and long sunny days. After Russia’s conversion to Christianity, the holiday also became a preparation for Great Lent, similar to the Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and Mardi Gras celebrations in other cultures.maslenitsa games

Every day of Maslenitsa has different traditional activities. On Monday people greet the holiday with games such as sledding, snowballs, riding on swings and so on. Russian people believe that happiness and joy which they feel during this day will accompany them throughout a year.

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Traditional foods for Maslenitsa on a Russian stamp

On Tuesday people play games and bake pancakes which are called “blini”. Blini are the most popular food which is made during this holiday. These pancakes have a round form and symbolize the Sun and warmth. On Wednesday people usually visit their friends and relatives and treat each other with blini. On Thursday by tradition people try to drive away winter by riding on horses around the village or around the places they live. Friday is usually called “Mothers’-in-law evenings” because sons-in-law come to visit their mothers-in-law. On Merry Saturday everyone goes to visit their relatives. All people drink and eat as much as they want and play different games. Sunday is the last day of the holiday. It is also called the Sunday of forgiveness because on this day everyone asks forgiveness from relatives and friends for offences and mistakes committed against them. The most appropriate answer is “God will forgive.”
maslenitsa dolls

After that people usually sing songs, dance and at the end of the day they burn a doll made of branches and straw and dressed in bright clothes. This doll is called “Maslenitsa” and it symbolizes the cold and severe winter. By burning “Maslenitsa” people say goodbye to winter and greet a warm spring.

We look forward to you joining us for a fantastic Maslenitsa celebration!

2016 Newbery Winner Announced!

On Monday, the American Library Association announced their selections for their youth media awards. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some of those award winners here on the blog.  Drop by the library and check one out!

Today, we’re featuring this year’s John Newbery Medal winner and honor books.  The Newbery medal recognizes a book which which represents an outstanding contribution to children’s literature.

Book Jacket for: Last stop on Market Street
“Last Stop on Market Street,” written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson –
JE de la Pena, J CD FIC de la PENA
“A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.”

Newbery Honor Books

“The War that Saved My Life,” written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – Coming Soon to HRL! Check out the rest of the author’s work at HRL: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
“An exceptionally moving story of triumph against all odds set during World War 2, from the acclaimed author of Jefferson’s Sons and for fans of Number the Stars. Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in.”

Book Jacket for: Roller girl
Roller Girl,” written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson – J GN Jamieson
“A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.”

Book Jacket for: Echo
“Echo,” written by Pam Muñoz Ryan – J Ryan
“Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.”

The Newbery Medal has been awarded since 1922 and Handley Regional Library has many winners and honor books in its collection.  A great resource for high-quality children’s books, the full list of winners is available on our booklist: Newbery Medal Award Winners