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…

 

 

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)

cookie-sign-language

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!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Card from Youth Services

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Youth Services Staff!

Here are a few songs, stories, and fingerplays for you to enjoy at home during the library’s winter holidays storytime break.  We hope you have tons of fun with your families over the holidays, and we look forward to seeing you again when storytimes come back the week of January 11th, 2016!

Welcome Christmas!

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome Christmas, come this way!

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome Christmas, Christmas Day.

Welcome, Welcome, Fah who rah-moose
Welcome, Welcome, Dah who dah-moose

Christmas day is in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp.

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome Christmas, bring your cheer.

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome all Whos far and near

Welcome Christmas, Fah who rah-moose
Welcome Christmas, Dah who dah-moose
Christmas time will always be
Just as long as we have we.

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome Christmas, bring your light.

Here Is the Chimney

Here is the chimney (Make a fist with thumb tucked inside)
Here is the top (Place other hand, palm down, on top of fist)
Open the lid (Remove hand)
And OUT Santa will pop! (Have thumb pop up)

Dear Old Santa! (To the tune of “London Bridge”)

Guess whose beard is long and white,
Long and white, long and white?
Guess whose beard is long and white?
Dear old Santa Claus!

Other verses:
Guess who has a jolly laugh, jolly laugh…
Guess whose boots are shiny and black, shiny and black…

The Legend of the Christmas Bell

There is a tiny bell
Heard by those who believe,
That magically jingles every year
On Christmas eve.

So listen for the sound
And know that he is near,
For that Christmas bell is ringing,
“Santa’s coming here!”

 

Cookie Storytime!

Cookie Stories

Here at Handley Regional Library, we’re getting into the spirit of the holiday.  That means jingle bells, wintry picture books, and visions of sugarplums, cookies, and gingerbread dancing in our heads. We’ll be celebrating the sweet treats of the season with our storytimes at Bowman Library, and at Handley Library with a Gingerbread Jamboree Wednesday at 4:30PM – we hope to see you there!

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs about cookies and gingerbread 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….You may have other versions on your shelves – make lots of room for copies of this one.’ – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review.”

Book Jacket for: Ginger Bear

Ginger Bear by Mini Grey – JE Grey
Any child who loves cookies will enjoy this inventive tale of Ginger Bear, a cookie in the shape of a bear, who sets out to avoid being eaten. . . .Mini Grey has created a totally original book that is fun to read and fun to look at.

Book Jacket for: The doorbell rang

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins – JE Hutchins
“Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s wonderful cookies.”

Book Jacket for: Mmm, cookies!

Mmm, Cookies! by Robert Munsch – JE Munsch
“Christopher cooks up some mischief when he sees some play clay and decides to shape the clay into cookies. He decorates them with sugar, icing and raisins, all made of play clay. His parents are delighted to receive the cookies, until they bite into them! Then Christopher heads off to school where his teacher whips up a tasty surprise just for him.”

This story is also available as a riotously funny performance by the author, free to download from the author’s website:

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.  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:

Gingerbread Man

Run! Run!
As fast as you can
You can’t catch me,
I’m the ginger bread man!

And the old man said, “Come back, come back!”

No, no!
I won’t come back!
I’d rather run
Than be your snack!

Run! Run!
As fast as you can
You can’t catch me,
I’m the ginger bread man!

And the old man said, “Come back, come back!”
And the old woman said, “Come back, come back!”

No, no!
I won’t come back!
I’d rather run
Than be your snack!

Run! Run!
As fast as you can
You can’t catch me,
I’m the ginger bread man!

Continue repeating verses, adding the butcher, the cow, and the sow calling “Come back, come back!”

Five Little Cookies

Five little cookies in the bakery shop
Shining, shining with sugar on top
Along came a boy (insert child’s name) with a penny to spend
He took one…and away he ran.

Continue, counting down one less cookie each time.

Where is my Gingerbread Man?

Oh where, oh where is my gingerbread man?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He popped out of the oven and ran out the door.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Acka Backa (bounce child on knees to the rhythm of the poem)

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

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (lift child in air)

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

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!

There’s a Cookie On My Plate (Tune of “There’s a hole in my bucket”)

There’s a cookie on my plate, on my plate, on my plate. (Point to flat hand as if it were the plate)
There’s a cookie on my plate, a cookie right here.
I’m ready to eat it, to eat it, to eat it. (Pretend to eat cookie)
I’m ready to eat it, to eat it right now.
That cookie’s so yummy, (Rub tummy)
So yummy, so yummy.
That cookie’s so yummy, it tasted so good.
Now the plate is so empty, so empty, so empty. (Hold hands out and open them)
Now the plate is so empty.
Please, Mom, bake some more!

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?

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.

Toy Stories at Bowman Library

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Toy Stories
Brace yourselves: the toys are coming!  Get ready for the holiday onslaught with a selection of books all about kids’ favorite toys and the joys of gift-giving.  Picture books about toys touch on the themes of love, gratitude, and sharing.  Here are a few classics and some new favorites that are available at the Handley Regional Library.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco – JE Bianco
The classic tale of a toy who dreams of being real.

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: Twelve days of Christmas presents
Twelve Days of Christmas Toys by Emily Bolam – JE Bolam
“A clever children’s variation on a favorite song. Instead of the old-fashioned partridges, maids-a-milking, and lords-a-leaping, youngsters will find colorful hula hoops, wind-up toys, furry bears, trains-a-tooting, and jelly babies. Each adorable page builds on the one before, as the cumulative song grows and pictures of the fun gifts accumulate. The grand finale features tiny pictures of all the objects in the song, arranged from top to bottom in ascending order, forming a very special Christmas tree.”

Book Jacket for: Sail away, Little Boat
Sail Away, Little Boat by Janet Buell – JE Buell
“A toy sailboat encounters a variety of animals as it journeys down a brook, to the river, and finally to the ocean.”

Book Jacket for: The toy boat
Toy Boat by Randall De Seve – JE De Seve
“A little boy has a toy boat. He made it out of a can, a cork, a yellow pencil, and some white cloth. The boy and his boat are inseparable, until one day when the wind pushes the toy boat out into the wide lake. Alone now, the little boat must face fierce waves, a grumpy ferry, a sassy schooner, and a growling speed boat. How the little boat misses the boy! But if he is going to survive, he must figure a way to do it on his own.Loren Long has a timeless and magical touch. As he did with The Little Engine That Could,he creates a world of toys and children that go right to the soul. Toy Boat will sail into young hearts and stay there.”

Book Jacket for: Disney's Toy story : a read-aloud storybook
Disney’s Toy Story adapted by Ron Fontes – JE Disney
“The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.”

Book Jacket for: The Christmas gift
The Christmas Gift by Emily McCully – JE McCully
“When a little mouse’s treasured Christmas gift is broken, Grandpa consoles her with a toy train from his own childhood.”

Book Jacket for: The Christmas ship
The Christmas Ship by Dean Morrissey – JE Morrissey
“With the help of animated toys, Joey and Sam the toymaker board a magical ship to help Father Christmas distribute gifts on Christmas Eve.”

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.

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: The night after Christmas
The Night After Christmas by James Stephenson – JE Stephenson
“Tossed in garbage cans after they are replaced by new toys at Christmas, a teddy bear and a doll are befriended by a stray dog.”

Descriptions in quotation marks are provided by publishers.

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

Sharing songs and poems 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…

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.