Worth Reading: Kindness

As you know, we elected a new president on Tuesday. Given the turmoil surrounding the election and the violent hate crimes that are now on the rise, it is more important than ever for libraries to promote inclusiveness and be a safe space for our communities.

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One easy way I (and other libraries) are doing this is by promoting kindness through displays (mine shown above), passive programming and storytime. Below are links to various lists and blog posts and resources for promoting kindness and openness in your library.

The children’s literature community response to the 2016 Election Results.

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https://twitter.com/The_Pigeon

Children’s Books that Champion Kindness

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

ALSC’s “Unity. Kindness. Peace. Booklist”

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How To Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham

Graphic Novelist Rain Telgemeier’s #kidlitsafetypins coloring pages

Family Storytime: Kindness/Friends

Opening Song

Book:

Friends by Eric Carle

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Action Rhyme:

Where is Thumbkin? and Where is Family?

Book:

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems

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Song:

“The More We Get Together”

Fingerplay:

“Two Little Friends” (hold up fingers as you go)
Two little friends are better than one,
And three are better than two
And four are much better still
Just think! What four little friends can do!
Credit:Storytime Katie

Book:

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

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Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 9

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:
Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth

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Feltboard:

Five Little Ducks

Song:

Row Row Row Your Boat

Shared Book:

Baby Touch and Feel Bath Time by Dorling Kindersley

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Song:

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Book:

Pat the Cat’s Big Book by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins

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Feltboard:

Two Little Kittens

Shared Book:

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

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Action Rhyme:

“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.

Closing Song

Family Storytime: Cows

Opening Song

Book:

Moo! By David LaRochelle

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Feltboard:

“Who Said Moo?”

I went to a farm when I was two,

And on that farm, I heard a “Moo!”

Who said, “Moo”? Horse did you?

No way! Horse said, “Neigh!”

I went to a farm when I was two,

And on that farm, I heard a “Moo!”

Who said, “Moo”? Lamb, did you?

No, ha-ha! Lamb said “Baa!”

Who said, “Moo”? Pig, did you?

He could, but that’s not the point. Pig said, “Oink!”

Who said, “Moo”? Donkey did you?

No way! Donkey said, “Bray!”

Who said, “Moo”? Duck did you?

No he laughed. Duck said “Quack!”

I was feeling so sad,

I wanted to cry,

When a black and white cow

Came walking by.

Do you know what she said?

I think you do….

Let’s say it together:

The cow said Moooo!

Book:

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

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Song:

“B-E-S-S-I”

There was a farmer who had a cow and Bessi was her name-o

B-E-S-S-I

B-E-S-S-I

B-E-S-S-I

And Bessi was her name-o

Etc, like, B-I-N-G-O

Book:

Chilly, Milly, Moo by Fiona Ross

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Song/Activity

Cow Hokey Pokey

Closing Song

Ghosts

When I worked at the school library in Louisiana I could not keep Raina Telgemeier’s books on the shelf. The books are just as popular here in Minnesota. I love her books Smile and Sisters and I enjoyed Drama. I had high hopes for Ghosts and I’m not sure they were filled.

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Firstly, I find Telgemeier’s best books are those based off her life (Smile and Sisters), and Ghosts is a completely fictionalized story of a girl who moves to a new town for her sister’s health. This particular town, Bahia de la Luna, takes ghosts seriously and loves celebrating Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

I don’t know if it’s because I read this book too quickly (wanted to get it back into circulation), or if it is actually a fault of the book, but the connection between the two sisters (Cat and Maya) felt limp. We see Cat’s struggle with the move and her struggles with Maya’s Cystic Fibrosis, and how that affects her family.  However, it all seems very surface level.

Secondly, the way Telgemeier represents Dia de los Muertos feels very off to me. I don’t celebrate the holiday myself and my  knowledge stems from middle and high school Spanish class, so by no means do I claim to be an expert. In my opinion it seems like Telgemeier borrowed the celebration of Dia de los Muertos as a vehicle for her story about sisters and sickness and death. As far as I recall, ghosts don’t love orange soda and Dia de los Muertos isn’t about finding a 17th century dead boyfriend, like Cat’s new friend does, nor is it a Halloween type of celebration.

Other, better writers, discuss the issue in their blog posts. Let me know what you think!

Baby Storytime: 8

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

Spot’s Favorite Colors by Eric Hill

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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 fro

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:

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

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Song/Feltboard:

Down by the Bay

Book:

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr

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Feltboard:

2 Little Kittens

Book:

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

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Action/Tickle:

“Hurry Scurry Little Mouse”

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Starts down at your toes (touch baby’s toes)

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Past your knees he goes (walk fingers to baby’s knees)

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Past where your tummy is (tickle baby’s tummy)

Hurry scurry little mouse,

Gives you a mousy kiss (kiss baby or make kissy noises)

Closing Song