Family Storytime: Colors

Opening Song

Book:

Lemons are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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Song:

Baa Baa ____ Sheep

We used my colored sheep, so changed the Black Sheep to Blue Sheep or Pink Sheep depending on what I put on the Feltboard.

Book:

Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton

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Action Rhyme:

“Red, Red”

Red, red is the color I see

If you’re wearing red, then show it to me

Stand up, take a bow, turn around

Show me your red and sit back on the ground.

 

Feltboard:

Five Bright Balloons

Five bright balloons went out to play,

Over the hill and far away.

The little child called “Come back, back, back!”

Four bright balloons came floating back.

(Count down until none are left)

https://anneslibrarylife.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/balloons/

 

*Started Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds but stopped. They were not feeling it today.*

Activity:

Colorful Scarf

Wave your scarves HIGH

Wave your scarves LOW

Wave your scarves in the MIDDLE

Went through and asked “if you have a purple scarf wave etc until all children waved their individual scarves” then ended with everyone throwing their scarves in the air and watching them fall.

Book:

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

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Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 3

Opening Song:

Good morning to you (clap)

Good morning to you (clap)

Good morning dear, ________

Good morning to you (clap)

 

Action Rhyme:

Open Them Shut Them

Open them, shut them

Open them, shut them

Give a little clap clap clap

And lay them in your lap lap lap

 

Book:

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

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Feltboard

Five little Ducks

Book:

One, Two, Three… Crawl by Carol Thompson

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Action Song

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

 

Shared Book

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

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Action Rhyme/Tickle

I Bounce You Here

I bounce you here, I bounce you there,

I bounce you, bounce you, everywhere.

I tickle you here, I tickle you there,

I tickle you, tickle you, everywhere

I hug you here, I hug you there,

I hug you, hug you, everywhere!

 

Feltboard

Two Little Kittens

 

Action Song

The Wheels on the Bus

 

Book

I Am a Big Sister by Caroline Jayne Church

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Closing Song:

We Wave Goodbye Like This

Family Storytime: Shapes

My opening song used in past storytimes is not working anymore. I think the groups are too large. When 37 people walked in last week I improvised and used the “we wave hello like this,” but that song is kind of boring. This week I decided to try something new. Hopefully the movement and ending in a seated position will also get everyone in the mood to sit and listen and get ready for storytime.

 

Opening Song:

“If You’re Happy and You Know It”

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

If you’re happy and you know it and your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

……………………….

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet…

If you’re happy and you know it turn around…

If you’re happy and you know it sit down (have to draw out the word sit to fit the rhythm)

Book:

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

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Feltboard:

Shape Monster

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a red circle for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a blue square for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a yellow triangle for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a green rectangle for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a orange oval for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a purple diamond for your lunch?

Shape Monster Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
Hope you enjoyed your shape lunch!

Credit: A Child’s Place

Song:

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot

short and stout

Here is my handle,

here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up

Hear me shout

Tip me over

and pour me out.

Book:

Shapes, ReShape by Silvia Borando

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Action Rhyme:

Where is….?” (to the tune of Where is Thumbkin)

Where is triangle? Where is triangle?

Here I am, Here I am (make triangle with hands)

How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you.

Run away. Run away.

Asked storytime attendees what shape to make next. We made a square, circle and heart.

Credit: Storytime Katie

Book:

Out of Shapes by Ashley G

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Rhyme:

“Make a Circle”

Make a circle, make a circle,

Draw it in the sky

Use your finger, use your finger

Make it round as pie.

Draw a square, draw a square,

Make the lines so straight.

Make a square, make a square,

Draw a box in the air.

Draw a triangle, draw a triangle,

Always start at the top.

Make a tent, make a tent,

Use three lines and stop!

Credit: Storytime Katie

I mean to draw out the shapes on the whiteboard as everyone else drew them in the air, but I forgot.

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 2

I plan on repeating a few feltboards/songs/stories throughout our sessions for a couple of reasons: familiarity, repetition increases learning, and parents will feel more comfortable using the rhymes/tickles/songs/stories outside of the home.

Opening Song:

Good morning to you (clap)

Good morning to you (clap)

Good morning dear, ________

Good morning to you (clap)

Action Rhyme:

Open Them Shut Them

Open them, shut them

Open them, shut them

Give a little clap clap clap

And lay them in your lap lap lap

Book:

I Can Help by David Hyde Costello

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Feltboard:

Five little Ducks

Book:

Bottoms Up by Yusuke Yonezu

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Action Song:

“Put Your Finger On Your Belly”

Put your finger on your belly, on  your belly

Put your finger on your belly, on  your belly

Put your finger on your belly, wiggle it round

And round like jelly

Put your finger in the air, in the air

Put your finger in the air, in the air

Wave it round while you are there

Put your finger on your nose on  your nose

Put your finger on your nose on  your nose

And run it down to your toes

Put your finger on  your toe on your toe

Put your finger on  your toe on your toe

And move it to and froe

Put your finger on your ear, on your ear

Put your finger on your ear, on your ear

And see if it’s still here

Shared Book:

Bright Baby Touch and Feel at the Zoo by Roger Priddy

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Action Rhyme:

“I Wiggle”

I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my fingers

I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my toes

I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my shoulders

I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my nose

Now no more wiggles are left in me

So I will be as still as I can be

Book:

Pocket Piggie’s Colors!  by Richard Austin

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Closing Song:

We Wave Goodbye Like This

Worth Reading

I’ve come across several fascinating blog posts and articles that relate to Library Land.

From Malinda Lo’s Blog:

“Should white people write about people of color?” It’s an oldie but goodie, and still so relevant, and a much needed discussion in the quest for Diverse Books.

This doesn’t mean that it’s okay to blithely write whatever the hell you want about a culture that isn’t yours. Writers who are writing outside of their culture do have to work extra hard to research that culture, because they have much farther to go to get to the kind of instinctual knowledge of it that allows someone to hear my Chinese name and feel that it sounds poetic.

From Mother Jones:

“The uncomfortable truth about children’s books”

Some diversity advocates fear that the vitriol of the internet attacks will give pause to skittish writers and publishers. “For me, the biggest issue is the chill on diversity that is happening because of the feeling that it is okay to destroy people on social media,” Taylor-Butler told me. “We have lost the perspective that these are books and they are going to be imperfect.”

This comment is particularly relevant in light of the Anti Semetic Twitter and Goodreads attacks author Laura Silverman* received for her, as of yet, unpublished book Girl Out of Water. Thankfully by now many of the comments are gone, but it sounds like Neo Nazis trolled her account spewing hateful comments and reviews and attacking authors who supported Silverman.

*It’s kind of buried at this point, but definitely worth finding.

In my Internet perusals I also came across this infographic, which I think really highlights the need for diverse books. I specifically remember reading in a storytime book for grad school about “children in animal costumes” or something to that effect. Basically, if the picture book was about a turtle or pig or mouse character (Franklin, Maisy, Olivia) children could better identify with the character as it could be anybody. While I personally don’t see a problem with animal protagonists in children’s stories (or adult for that matter) those characters should not be created at the expense of diversity. The fact that American Indians/First nations make up less than 1% of characters in children’s books is just sad.

From the BBC:

“The secret libraries of history”

This one is really cool. The history and importance of libraries is so fascinating to me (shocker, I know).

Family Storytime: Dogs

Family Storytime is a bit odd. During the summer it was a true family storytime with attendees ranging from babies to 11(ish). Today’s group (of 37!) looked to be mostly toddlers. Which, is totally fine, but I had planned a storytime geared towards 3 year olds and up.

Opening Song

We Wave Hello Like This

We wave hello like this,

We wave hello like,

We wave hello to all our friends,

We wave hello like this.

Book:

Hickory Dickory Dog by Alison Murray

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Feltboard/Puppet:

Five Little Puppies

Five little puppies playing in the sun (hold up hand with puppies, or place puppies on felt)

This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run (put finger down or remove one dog from felt)

This one saw a butterfly and he began to race (put finger down or remove dog from felt)

This one saw a pussycat and he began to chase (put finger down or remove dog from felt)

This one tried to catch his tail and he went round and round (put finger down or remove dog from felt)

This one was so quiet, he never made a sound (put down thumb or remove dog from felt)

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Book:

Puddle Pug by Kim Norman

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Song:

BINGO

Book:

Underwater Doggies Colors by Seth Casteel

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Closing Song

Same as opening song, but instead of “wave hello” it’s “wave goodbye”