Read about Reading: Storytime at Handley Regional 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:

See a story you’d like to take home?  Find them in the library catalog here: #readingaboutreading

Book Jacket for: Book! book! book!

Book Jacket for: Reading makes you feel goodBook Jacket for: Read it, don't eat it!

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:

On a Day in Summer by Aileen Fisher

On a day in summer
where the path made a crook
a boy leaned on a boulder
and opened a book.

He didn’t hear the cricket
on the meadow’s floor
He didn’t hear the fledglings
begging, “More, more, more.”

He didn’t feel the shadow
sliding down the tree,
he didn’t see the closeness of a bumblebee.

He didn’t see the rabbit
or smell the yellow clover . . .
he wasn’t even hungry
til the book was over.

Books to the Ceiling by Arnold Lobel

Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My piles of books are a mile high!
How I love them!
How I need them!
I’ll have grey hair by the time I read them.

–From Good Books, Good Times


Five Little Books Flannelboard

Five little books at the library
Five little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
And takes one home to read!

Four little books at the library
Four little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
And takes one home to read!

Three . . . Two . . . One . . .

Librarian in the Town (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)

The librarian in the town says
“Read a book, Read a book, Read a book”
The librarian in the town says
“Read a book”
All day long.

These Are My Glasses

These are my glasses  (make circles with fingers)
This is my book  (hold both hands palms together in front of you)
I put on my glasses  (put finger circles up to eyes)
and open up my book  (palms together, then hinge open)
And I read, read, read,  (clap hands to rhythm)
and I look, look, look.  (clap hands to rhythm)
I put on my glasses
and open up my book.

Big Books, Little Books

Big Books, little books (hold hands wide, then close)
Short books, tall (hands down low, then up high)
Thin books, fat books, (hold up flat hands, then make fists)
I love them all. (hug self)

We hope to see you at storytime!

 

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.

Prairie Pastimes Storytime @ HRL

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Inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved stories of her pioneer youth, our storytimes this week focus on life and leisure on the prairie.  Music was a big part of Laura’s childhood, and it continues to be a big part of childhood today for good reason: music is a key element in helping children learn many early literacy skills that will one day help them begin to read on their own.  Not only do our storytimes frequently incorporate music, but the library maintains a large collection of children’s and adult music available for checkout. We also make the Freegal service available free to anyone who has a library card with us.  Freegal allows you to stream 3 hours of ad-free music per day, plus download up to 5 songs, yours to keep, each week.  Learn more about using this service here: Download and Stream with Freegal.

At Bowman Library’s preschool storytimes this Wednesday and Saturday at 11am, we’ll be hosting a special guest, the fiddle player Sean Costello of the Amber Waves Band, to play some of the exact fiddle tunes Laura’s Pa played for her.

Books to Share:

 

You can find the books and CDs listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: #prairiepastimes. 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



Hey, Diddle Diddle
(bounce to rhythm )
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon. (jump baby up)
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon. (tickle tummy)

Fiddle-I-Fee
I bought me a cat and the cat pleased me,
I fed my cat under yonder tree.
Cat goes fiddle-i-fee.

I bought me a hen . . .
I bought me a duck . . .
I bought me a goose . . .
I bought me a sheep . . .
I bought me a pig . . .
I bought me a cow . . .
I bought me a horse . . .

Cock-a-Doodle Doo
Cock-a-doodle doo
(Pat the soles of feet together)
My dame has lost her shoe.
My master’s lost his fiddling stick
And doesn’t know what to do.

Here We Dance Looby-Loo
Here we dance looby loo. Here we dance looby light. (circle right, then left)
Here we dance looby loo.  All on a Saturday night. We put our arms in,
We arms in.
We take our arms out.
We give our arms a shake, shake, shake,
And we turn ourselves about.

This is the Way Knee Bounce
This is the way the ladies ride:
Clip Clop, Clip Clop.
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trit Trot, Trit Trot.
This is the way the farmers ride:
Hobbledee! Hobbledee! (very bouncy)
And down in the ditch! (roll child off your knee and catch them just off the floor)

Hush Little Baby
Hush little baby don’t say a word
Papa’s gonna buy you a mocking bird

And if that mocking bird don’t sing
Papa’s gonna buy you a diamond ring

And if that diamond ring gets broke
Papa’s gonna buy you a billy goat

And if that billy goat don’t pull
Papa’s gonna buy you a cart and bull

And if that cart and bull turn over
Papa’s gonna buy you a dog named Rover

And if that dog named Rover won’t bark
Papa’s gonna buy you a horse and cart

And if that horse and cart fall down
You’ll still be the sweetest baby in town.

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.

Cock-a-Doodle-ROAR! Rooster and Dragon Tales @ HRL

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Happy New Year!  This Saturday is Chinese New Year.  This year is the year of the Fire Rooster, so we’re taking our cues from Chinese culture and folktales and sharing stories about roosters and dragons.

Books to Share:

  • Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin – JE Lin
  • A Chinese American family prepares for and celebrates the Lunar New Year. End notes discuss the customs and traditions of Chinese New Year.

  • How the rooster got his crown retold and illustrated by Amy Lowry Poole – J 398.20951 Poo
  • In the early days of the world, when the sun refuses to come out for fear of a skillful archer’s arrows, a small rooster saves the day by coaxing the sun out with his crowing.

  • D is for dancing dragon : a China alphabet written by Carol Crane and illustrated by Zong-Zhou Wang.
  • “This A to Z children’s pictorial covers topics such as Beijing, Dragon Dance, Himalayan Mountain Range, Mongolians, and the giant panda. Each subject is introduced with a simple rhyme for younger readers. Expository text is also included for older readers”–Provided by publisher.

  • The rooster’s antlers: a story of the Chinese zodiac retold by
    Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by YongSheng Xuan – J 398.2 Kim

  • Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson.
  • While looking for someone to teach him how to crow, a rooster learns to sound like many different animals and finds that his new skills come in handy.

  • Cock-a-doodle-doo : a farmyard counting book / by Steve Lavis.
  • A counting and identify-the-animals-and-their-sounds book. One by one (and two, three, four all the way to ten!) the animals on the farm wake up to the rooster’s crow. Youngsters will love counting and identifying the animals, imitating their sounds, and playing hunt and find as they locate the little mouse that travels from page to page. Never before have the myriad activities of a barnyard been duplicated with such rollicking good humor!

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: #roosteranddragonstorytime  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

I Love My Rooster

I love my rooster, my rooster loves me
And I feed my rooster on the green-berry tree
And my little rooster says cock-a-doodle doo
Deedoodle-eedoodle-eedoodle-eedoo

I love my cow…
I love my duck…
I love the lion…
I love my elephant…

Five Little Firecrackers

Five little firecrackers getting ready to zoom (hold up five fingers)
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle (build anticipation by sizzling hands low to high)
BOOM! (clap hands high above head)

Continue counting down 4, 3, 2, 1…..

Five Red Dragons

Five red dragons
Making such a roar
One danced away
And then there were four.

Four red dragons
Dancing ’round a tree
One danced away
And then there were three

Three red dragons
Dancing ’round you
One danced away
And then there were two

Two red dragons
Dancing in the sun
One danced away
And then there was one

One red dragon
Having lots of fun
She danced away
And then there were none

Rooster’s Feathers
(cut several simple feather shapes out of paper or felt)

Do you have a red feather,
A red feather, a red feather?
If you have a red feather,
Bring it up here now.

Continue poem, calling out other colors.

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

Dragon, dragon, dance around.
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground.
Dragon, dragon, shake your head.
Dragon, dragon, tongue so red.
Dragon, dragon, stamp your feet.
Dragon, dragon, coming down the street!

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.

Image Courtesy: https://www.vecteezy.com/vector-art/124045-chinese-new-year-rooster-red-packet

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.

5 Favorite Snowflake Stories: Storytime @ HRL

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Welcome back, Storytime Friends!  After watching Frozen last week at Handley Library’s Family Film, we’re welcoming snow and ice at our storytimes this week.  Don’t forget to come to Handley Library and meet Elsa this Saturday.  You can find more information on our calendar here: Meet Elsa.

Books to Share:  

  • Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin ; illustrated by Mary Azarian – J Martin
  • A biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations.

 

 

  • Snip, snip … snow! / Nancy Poydar – J Poydar
  • Sophie wants it to snow and anxiously awaits a predicted snowstorm. Includes instructions for making paper snowflakes.

 

 

 

  • Millions of snowflakes / by Mary McKenna Siddals ; illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles – J Siddals
  • In this simple, baby-friendly tale, a child rejoices in the falling snow.

 

 

 

  • Before morning by Joyce Sidman ; illustrated by Beth Krommes – J Sidman
  • Let snow fall overnight and change the world before morning, making it “slow and delightful and white.”

 

 

 

  • The story of snow : the science of winter’s wonder / by Mark Cassino ; with Jon Nelson ; illustrations by Nora Aoyagi – J 551.57 Cas 2009
  • This book about the science of snow features photos of snow crystals in their beautiful diversity and includes how snow crystals are formed into different shapes and snow-crystal-catching instructions in the back of the book.

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: #snowflakestories   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

Snowflake, Snowflake
Snowflake, snowflake dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground,
Snowflake, snowflake, soft and white,
Snowflake, snowflake, snowball fight!

Colorful Mittens

(Sung to the tune of “Six Little Ducks”)

Colorful mittens for me and you
Red ones, yellow ones, blue ones too.
But the one pair of mittens

that rhymes with fellow,
They’re my favorite mittens,
they’re the color yellow!

Continue with rhymes pairs for each color:
bed/red                                      shoe/blue
bean/green                               crown/brown
sink/pink                                    track/black

Snow is Falling Down
The snow is falling down  (flutter fingers – sing down the scale)
Hushhhhh (touch floor gently)
The snow is falling down (flutter fingers – sing down the scale)
Hushhhhh (touch floor gently)
Whisper Whisper Whisper Whisper (flutter fingers)
The snow is falling down (flutter fingers – sing down the scale)
Hushhhhh (touch floor gently)

I’m an Icicle
I am a frozen icicle hanging in the sun (stand straight)
First I start to melt,
then I start to run (sag body)
Drip, drip, drip, drip,
melting can be fun! (sink to floor)

Snowflake, Snowflake, Fancy Free
(tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free,
Snowflake, snowflake, dance with me.
First on my head, then on my toes,
Then on my nose, where the cold wind blows,
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

Snowflake, snowflake, fancy free,
Snowflake, snowflake, dance with me.
Touch my ear, then my knees,
Snowflake, snowflake, I’m about to freeze!
Snowflake, snowflake, turn around,
Snowflake, snowflake, touch the ground.

5 Little Snowflakes
One little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and
Then there were two.

Two little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and
Then there were three.

Three little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and
Then there were four.

Four little snowflakes dancing a jive,
Along came another and
Then there were five.

Five little snowflakes having so much fun.
Out came the sun and
Then there were none.

Craft Suggestions

A great craft for a mixed-age group, paper snowflakes can be a complex or as simple as you want to make them, giving enjoyment to toddlers through adults.  This craft gives kids an opportunity to practice scissor skills.  Try some of the patterns included in this ebook you can download right at home: Snowflakes for all seasons by Cindy Higham.

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…

 

 

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!