Toddler Storytime: Sick and Get Well

Opening Song

“The More We Get Together”

Extra Activities:

Letter Recognition: G. We looked at a green circle, a goose, a giraffe and a ghost.

Book:

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I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Action Rhyme:

“I’ve Got a Cold”

I’ve got a cold (point to self)

My nose can’t smell (point to nose),

My eyes are red (point to eyes).

I don’t feel well (hand on forehead)

So I’ll drink my juice (pretend to drink)

And go to sleep… (fold hands under head)

My nose feels better (point to nose)

And so does my head! (point to head)

credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Book:

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Doctor Maisy by Lucy Cousins

Felt Activity:

I gave each child a different colored felt bandaid and called them up by color, having each child put the bandaid on George, the Library Dog. I asked them to put a bandaid on his nose (like Gerald and Piggie), one on his paws, and one on his tail.

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Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson

Closing Song

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Toddler Storytime: Books and Reading

Opening Song

“The More We Get Together”

Extra Activities:

Letter Recognition: R. We looked at a road, a rooster, a rose and a rabbit.

Book:

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Give Me Back My Book! by Ethan Long

Song:

We were a little wiggly so I offered “Hokey Pokey” or “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes.” “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes” won.

Book:

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Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Song:

“Read, Read, Read a Book”

(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Read, read, read a book,
Travel anywhere,
Worldwide, you decide,
A book will take you there.
Read, read, read a book,
Beginning to the end,
What a way to spend the day,
A book’s a special friend!

Feltboard:

“Five Little Books”

Five little books at the library
Five little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
To take one home and read.

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Please, Open this Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 42

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

“Open Them, Shut Them”

Baby Sign:

Hurt

Book:

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Ten Little Fingers, Two Little Hands by Kristy Dempse

Action Rhyme:

“Baby’s Bellybutton”

These are baby’s fingers,

These are baby’s toes,

This is baby’s belly button,

Round and round it goes.

Shared Book

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Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

Feltboard:

“Four Sheep”

Counting sheep, counting sheep,

Helps my mommy fall to sleep.

One sheep, two sheep,

Three sheep, four.

Now my mommy begins to snore.

Action Rhyme:

“Ten Little Chickens”

Five eggs, (hold up one hand)

and Five eggs, (hold up other hand)

Makes ten.

Sitting on top is Mother Hen. (fold one hand over the other)

Crackle, Crackle, Crackle, (clap, clap, clap)

What do I see?

Ten fuzzy chickens, (hold up both hands)

As yellow as can be!

Book:

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Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle by Chris Raschka

Song:

“Baby Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”

Closing Song

Audiobooks and Empathy

I vividly remember listening to Wild by Cheryl Strayed and bawling while driving (unsafe I know) when she had to shoot her horse to put it out of it’s misery. I also remember sitting in the mall parking lot crying while listening to The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness when Manchee dies  and then having to pull myself together to go inside and make my returns (spoiler in white for those who don’t want to know, high light if you do).

I also remember getting really stressed out while listening to The Circle by Dave Eggers. I can’t exactly pinpoint what stressed me out, but the creepiness and realization that we’re pretty much there in terms of social media (and the plot of the book) made me very uneasy. Similarly, it’s taken me a year(ish) to listen to Caroline: Little House, Revisited (still working on it) but I found myself gripping my steering wheel and getting very nervous about Jack and the ponies and Pa during the river crossing, even though I know what happens, since I read Little House on the Prairie a thousand times growing up.

Why are you telling us this, you ask? To illustrate the reasons why I was not at all shocked that a recent study between UCLA and Audible finds audiobook listeners have a heightened physical response to the narration in comparison to movie and television representations.

According to the study, while the participants reported that the videos were “more engaging” than the audiobooks by about 15% on average, their physiological responses told a different story, with heart rates higher by about two beats a minute, and body temperatures raised by roughly two degrees when listening to audiobooks.

The article, “Listen and Weep: Audiobooks Outdo Films in Emotional Engagement” states the study used books where the film or television adaption is true to the book and “the scenes were chosen based on their ’emotional intensity,’ and for having minimal differences between the audio and video adaptations.”

 

 

 

Toddler Storytime: Ducks

Opening Song

“The More We Get Together”

Extra Activities:

Letter Recognition: D! We looked at a dog, a doll, a drum and a deer.

Book:

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I Can Help by David Hyde Costell

Felt Board:

“Five Little Ducks

Book:

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Ducks Away! by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Action Rhyme:

“Ten Little Ducklings”

Ten little ducklings, running at a dash (run in place)

Jumped in the pond, with a great big splash! (pretend to jump in pond)

Then their mother called them, quack, quack, quack!

And the ten little ducklings, came swimming back (pretend to swim).

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Mallards by Margaret Hall

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 41

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

“Open Them, Shut Them”

Baby Sign:

Bed

Book:

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Tuck-in Time by Carole Gerber

Action Rhyme:

“Chin Chopper”

Eye winker, (point to eyes)
Tom Tinker, (point to ears)
Nose smeller, (point to nose)
Mouth eater, (point to mouth)
Chin chopper, (tap chin)
Chin chopper,
Chin chopper,
Chin chopper, chin. (gently tickle under chin)

Shared Book

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The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell

Feltboard:

“Four Sheep”

Counting sheep, counting sheep,

Helps my mommy fall to sleep.

One sheep, two sheep,

Three sheep, four.

Now my mommy begins to snore.

Book:

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Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Action Rhyme:

“First I Find a Foot”

First I find a foot,

and I hop, hop, hop (hop on one foot).

Then when I get tired,

I stop, stop, stop (stamp foot).

Turn around and

Count to ten (turn around).

Then I find a foot,

And I hop again (hop on other foot).

Closing Song

Family Storytime: Pigs and Pugs

Once I found two pig and pug books I knew I had to do a pig and pug storytime.

Opening Song:

“Hello My Friends Hello”

Book:

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Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion

Song:

“Pig Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”

Snout instead of nose and tail instead of toes

Book:

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Pig and Pug by Laura Marchesani

Feltboard:

“Five Pigs”

Five pigs so squeaky clean

Cleanest you’ve ever seen

Wanted to go outside and play

Oink! Oink!

One jumped into the mud

Landed with a big THUD

Then there were four clean and squeaky pigs.

Book:

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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Closing Song