Kids Blog: Easy Picture Book

A Book! Book! Book! Storytime

I wanted to start off the semester with a book and library-themed storytime.  For my first picture book, I chose Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke. This is a fun and silly picture book about a group of farm animals who go into a public library.  I used farm animal toys to help the students recognize the story patterns and to make it more interactive. This text goes over really well with PreK students!

I chose Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw for my second picture book.  This is my favorite picture book about the library for PreK students.  I especially like how the author points out that no one tells Lola to "Shh!" at the library and depicts her singing and playing- the library is fun, not quiet!

I also used some really fun book-themed songs.  I did a variation on "If you're happy and you know it" so that, instead of clapping, we inserted library actions: "If you're happy and you know it...read a book, swipe your card, turn the page, check it out, etc."

I tweaked the classic "Herman the Worm"  to "Herman the Bookworm" so that Herman could eat a word, a book, and an entire library (the students pointed out to me that this was absolutely ridiculous).

One of my new favorite action rhymes is "Let's Take a Look at this Book."  Be prepared to do this one 2-3 times so the students can really learn it!

Here are a few other book-themed books that you can check out from the library:

What are some of your favorites?

9/16/2014 by Bethany Fort Add a Comment Share this:

Second Saturday Storytime

Our Second Saturday Storytime is this Saturday!

Come join us at the Southeast Branch this Saturday for our Family storytime all about Animals.

This special storytime starts at 10:30 and is for especially for families.  We will have fun music and crafts for all ages!

A visit to the Library is the perfect way to begin your Saturday!

Return of Storytime, YEAH!

I am so excited that after a month of planning, fall Storytime session started this week.  It was great to hear enthusiastic exclaims of “Ms. Dawn, Ms. Dawn” as several of my returning storytime kiddo entered the room.  I was also pleased to meet several new families that join us for the new storytime session. We all had a great time with this week’s theme, Wake Up and Get Dressed!   I hope you can come to a Storytime very soon.

Here are the books and songs we enjoyed:

Toddler Storytime

A Child’s Good Morning Book by Margaret Wise Brown
As the sun rises, birds, horses, rabbits, flowers, bugs, and finally children get up to start their day.

Time to Get Dressed! By Elivia Savadier
While time flies by on a busy morning, Solomon is determined to dress himself, but his father intervenes and all goes smoothly--for a while.

 
 
Song
We also sang "Dressed in the Morning" song to: "This is the way" tune
 (Original Author Unknown)

This is the way we get dressed in the morning, dressed in the morning, dressed in the morning

This is the way we dressed in the morning, so early in the morning!

This is the way we put on our shirt, put on our shirt, put on our shirt

This is the way we put on our shirt, so early in the morning!

(Act out each movement.....continue adding items of clothing depending on the

weather or season you want to discuss.  (Socks, shoes, pants, rain coat, sweater, etc.)

 

Preschool Storytime

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Ella Sarah’s parents make clothing suggestions but she knows the perfect outfit to wear for the day.  

Miss Mouse's Day by Jan Ormerod
Miss Mouse's day includes getting dressed, having breakfast, drawing, having a picnic lunch, gardening, and other activities before she gets a goodnight kiss and a cuddle.

Time to get Up, Time to Go by David Migrim
 From morning until night, a young boy stays busy by playing, doing chores, and eating.

 

Song

"The Wake Up Song" by Lisa Loeb from her cd Camp Lisa

We listen to this lively tune that had us all clapping, jumping, and dancing. It was so much fun we listen to this song twice and I was energized for the rest of the day.

9/4/2014 by Dawn Reyes Add a Comment Share this:

School's Back in Session

 Everyone loves a good book! Books help us learn new words, phrases, and ideas. They introduce us to new characters, places, and concepts.  We can travel the world and never leave our house, experience a new culture, or make new friends in between the lines of printed text.

Books make us laugh so hard we cry, tremble with fear, disgust us with anger or play along our emotions depending on the writing style of the author. Books document the stories that have been passed down from generations and capture the imaginations and thoughts of new ones. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure...nothing can take the place of a good book!!

Here are a few recommended readings to get your school year off to a great start!

 

June's Early Childhood Literacy Winner!

The library's Early Childhood Literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

Zachary enjoys participating in storytimes at the Central Public Library and the Woodland West Branch. Mrs. Gray, Zachary's mother, says, "His favorite song is the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and Zachary loves to read the How Do Dinosaurs series." Zachary will be having fun this summer with all the goodies in his Early Litearcy Basket! 

We hope Zachary and his mother continue finding joy in literacy with their new stories, songs, and early learning toys!

Winning was simple:

  1. Zachary and his mother picked up a frequent user card from their local library.

  2. Each time they attended a library storytime or checked out a book using Zachary's My First Library Card, they received a stamp from a library staff.
  3. Zachary entered his completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after he acquired 8 stamps.
  4. Zachary's card was drawn and he won a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!

A Father's Day Tribute

This Father's Day, snuggle up and read a good book with someone special!

Here are some suggested titles that will honor him:

     

Remember:

Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org

Experience free family programming all summer long!!

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Honoring Old Glory

National Flag Day - June 14

    

On June 14th our nation honors one of its traditional symbols with the celebration of Flag Day. From the first national flag, chosen by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, to its current incarnation with 13 stripes and 50 stars, Americans have long treasured Old Glory, the American Flag. From Stars and Stripes to the Star Spangled Banner and the Pledge of Allegiance, we honor our flag and all it stands for on this national holiday.  Read more

Celebrate our American Flag

Click on the books and links below to check-out materials and learn more about National Flag Day.

      

Flag Day Activities

Fun Flag Facts

 All About Flags

Honoring the Flag

Read books this summer and earn incentives. Sign-up at MySRC.org

Experience free family programming all summer long!!

Visit Summer Reading Club - HotSpots!!

Congratulations Liam! March's Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

The library's early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

Liam and his mom regularly visit the Southwest branch library and enjoy Bouncing Babies, which Ms.Tamera holds at this location. Ms. Haczynski says Liam " loves to sing Row Row Your Boat," which he learned from Ms. Tamera. Liam's favorite book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, now he can enjoy Dr. Seuss's ABC at home.                 

We hope Liam and his mom will love the puzzle, the bus toy, and the other goodies that were in this month's basket!

You too can enter your child (ages 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library!

Winning Is simple:

  1. Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
  2. Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.
  3. Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.
  4. Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!
3/18/2014 by Juana White Add a Comment Share this:

Congratulations Nya! February's Early Childhood Literacy Basket Winner!

Nya is in for a treat with her new literacy-packed basket!

The library’s early childhood literacy baskets are targeted to support early literacy development of babies, ages 0 to 24 months. Proud cardholders of a My First Library Card are eligible to enter monthly drawings for a chance to win a literacy basket designed just for babies!

Nya has enjoyed participanting in Miss Tamera’s Bouncing Babies and Mrs. Dawn's Toddler Time at the Lake Arlington branch. “Nya loves to sing Row Row Your Boat and read her favorite book I’m a Big Sister," said Mrs. Cummings. Nya’s has recently become a big sister and is looking forward to bringing her to storytime. Nya was very excited to be taking her literacy basket full of goodies home to share with her sister.

We hope Nya and her mom will love the puzzle, the animal magnets, and books that were in this month's basket!

You too can enter your child (age 0 to 24 months) in the monthly drawing for an early childhood literacy basket! Join us in all the fun at your local library! 

Winning Is simple:

  1. Pick up a frequent user card from your local library.
  2. Each time you and your child attended a library storytime or check out a book using  My First Library Card, you will receive a stamp from a library staff.
  3. Enter your completed frequent user card in the monthly drawing after acquiring 8 stamps.
  4. Your card may be drawn to win a basket full of goodies including books, a music CD, and much more!

Affirming Books for Little Girls

Start Black History Month off right with this list of empowering books for African American girls. For a complete description of each of the books, check out For Harriet. They also have a list of 25 More Empowering Books for Black Girls.