Letter “H”!

Books:
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Say Hello!- Rachel Isadora
My Heart is Like a Zoo- Michael Hall
I Don’t Want to Be a Pea!- Ann Bonwill
Hands Can- Cheryl Willis Hudson
Notes:
The letter “H” was one of my favorite letters so far for storytime. We used words such as “hello”, “heart”, “hippo”, and “hands”. Just saying all those aloud is fun! My favorite of the bunch is Say Hello! mostly because it was such a challenge for me to learn. I had to practice how to say the many hello’s featured in the book to teach the kids. Fun! Another goofy one is I Don’t Want to be a Pea, this one may have been a little over the heads of my little ones, but it’s just so darn silly! These are all wonderful books and are great read alouds.

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March Crafts

Craft #1- Spring Birdie

Ages 3-6

birdie

Spring is coming and I figured the library needed a little reminding. For the little one’s craft, I found this super cute birdie idea HERE. The website I found it gives the birdies legs and feather hair. Unfortunately I did not have any feather so our birds were bald. Also, we skipped the legs to make them look more “egg-like” for the upcoming holiday (Easter). Since I used blue paper, mine ended up looking more like a penguin than a tweety bird. Most kids chose red for their color to make pretty robins. We also had a cookoo bird with tree eyes!

 

Craft #2- Colorful Pinwheel

Ages 7+

pinwheel

I love love love this craft! Not only is it ridiculously easy, but they actually work! Now, I wouldn’t recommend putting them in a blustery garden, but they do spin quite well in a nice breeze. I found this craft HERE via Pinterest, my favorite site. The site uses watercolors but that just spells disaster at my branch so we whipped out the magic markers instead. You can also use magic markers and spray some water on it for a smudged look, although it will take additional drying time. I’m keeping mine at my window because it looks so colorful!

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Easter!

Books:

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Max’s Chocolate Chicken- Rosemary Wells
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs- Janet Morgan Stoeke
Roly-Poly Egg- Kali Stileman
The Easter Bunny’s Assistant- Jan Thomas
 
Notes:
Happy Easter! Holidays are always tricky- especially ones that are set on religion. For this “Easter” storytime, I really tried to make the stories super general. I tried to use the term Easter as little as possible and focused on candy, bunnies, and eggs. It must have worked because I didn’t get any complaints but did get many laughs. What types of alternative holiday titles have you used?

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Hide and Seek/Games!

Books:

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Everyone Hide from Wibbly Pig – Mick Inkpen
Hide and Seek – Il Sung Na
Oink-A-Doodle-Moo- Jef Czekaj
This Moose Belongs to Me- Oliver Jeffers
Notes:
This story time was a little random. Two of the books are hide-and-seek, one is the game of telephone, and one is…well I guess a hiding game? I just wanted a little Oliver Jeffers! Can you blame me? :) The kids loved “finding” the animals in Wibbly and Hide and Seek. I also had the adults laughing throughout Oink-a-Doodle-Moo mostly at my attempt to read all the silly words. Finishing with Jeffers is always a pleasure. All the kids found it hilarious that the moose was a boy’s pet. They kept saying “that’s silly!”.

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Red!

Books:
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Red Cat, Blue Cat- Jenni Desmond
Lemons Are Not Red- Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Red Hen- Rebecca & Ed Emberley
Red Truck-Kersten Hamilton
 
Notes:
I’m beginning the “color series” at story time, so of course we began with the color RED! The kids are ages 1-3 so most of them know their colors. I first tested them with Red Cat Blue Cat and asked what one was red, etc. They were all good about knowing the difference. Lemons are NOT Red is a little tricky. The way the layout is displayed gives hints to the actual color of the object, but also confuses te audience a bit I found. Still a good book though- kids love guessing games. Little did I know how big a hit The Red Hen would be. I guess they don’t call it a classic for nothing! Perhaps it’s also because kids love says “No!”. Haha. Finally, I read Red Truck and let me tell you, I had to HIDE this book until I read it because the boys kept going over to it going “Truck! Truck! Read the truck!”. Needless to say, that book didn’t make it out of the story time room in my hands!

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Pets!

Books:
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My Rhinoceros- Jon Agee
Animals Should Definitely NOT Wear Clothing- Judi Barrett
Children Make Terrible Pets- Peter Brown
A Pet for Petunia- Paul Schmid
 
Notes:
This was a fun theme and I think the parents liked it even more than the kids! Jon Agee is a really silly author- I recommend checking out his other titles . Hands down the favorite book of this PET series is Animals Should Definitely NOT Wear Clothing, I had the parents laughing and laughing at all the ridiculous animas in suspenders, hats and other article of clothing. The other two, Petunia and Terrible Pets, have great characters. These two authors even use the characters in some of their other books (Here and Here).  If I could pick a book I wanted to read but couldn’t find, it would be about a girl who wants an otter for a pet because that was me as a little girl! (ok, it STILL is)

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February Crafts

Craft #1- Sheep Mask

Ages 3-6

Sheep Mask

This craft was found on Pinterest (go figure) via Preschool Playbook. This craft is really easy and perfect for little ones. I had the plates pre-cut and used the left over plate pieces for the ears. All the kids had to do was glue! Before they did their craft, I read Old MacDonald Had a Farm where we practiced our animal noises.  Then when the sheep masks were made, the kids could go around baa-ing!

Craft #2- Valentine Bling Ring

Ages 7+

bling ring

The day I did this craft was on Valentine’s Day so of course it had to involve candy! This craft was found via Mom on Timeout and was a big success. Even the older kids thought it was cool! All you need are pipe cleaners and Hershey kisses. Super simple and mobile. I went around the whole library and asked kids if they wanted to make a candy ring and most of them did. My first ring was actually one color but then a kid used two and I though it looked so cool I did it myself. And yes I did wear this the whole day. :)

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