After I Do

A new coworker of mine recommended Reid a while back (specifically when I was raving about Jennifer Close’s The Hopefuls). I found After I Do on Cloud library and was almost immediately hooked. Maybe it’s because, like Beth and Matt in The Hopefuls, Lauren and Ryan are normal, relatable people. The descriptions of their disagreements are so normal (losing a car in the parking lot, disagreeing about what to eat for dinner etc etc). I really appreciate authors who can so eloquently describe, and find meaning, in our day to day lives.

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The gist of the story is that Lauren and Ryan are college sweethearts, but a few years after marriage, are taking each other for granted and their marriage is falling apart, Instead of divorcing, the two take a year apart to re-discover themselves. My only complaints– after a lot of build up, the novel ended too soon. Also, I wish we had more of Ryan’s perspective. Otherwise, highly recommended! I will have to check out more of her work soon.

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Baby Storytime: 13

Opening Song:

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Tickle:

“Eye Winker”

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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Baby Animals by DK

Bounce:

“Ten Fluffy Chickens”

Five eggs and five eggs,

That makes ten. (hold up two hands)

Sitting on top is the mother hen. (put one hand on top of the other, palms down)

Crackle, crackle, crackle;

What do I see?

Book:

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Hats by Kevin Luthardt

Song:

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Closing Song

with Egg Shakers

Family Storytime: Mail

Opening Song

Book:

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The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Book:

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Where Does the Mail Go? By Koston Meyer

Activity:

I made foam postcards in a variety of colors. I passed out the postcards and when I called the colors the children put their postcard in the mail box. Before putting the postcards in the mailbox I had the kids point out the stamp and the address and the other bits we learned about in Where Does the Mail Go? I then took out all the postcards, pretending I was the mail carrier, and told them the mail carrier delivered some postcards to me. On each postcard I asked questions and addressed them to readers and librarians. Unfortunately, I did not make enough “readers” to pass back to all the attendees. So I read aloud the postcard questions, which include “what is your favorite book?” and “who is your favorite character?” and “when do you read the most?”

Book:

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Bunny Mail by Rosemary Wells

*I shouldn’t have even attempted this one… everyone was so riled up. As were parents. It’s been an off week here at the library for my family storytime and my colleague’s toddler storytimes. In the end, we just looked at the letters Max wrote, and I paraphrased the story, since I had enough kiddos express interest in the story.

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 12

Opening Song

Action Rhyme:

Open Them, Shut Them

Book:

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New Red Bike! by James E. Ransome

Song:

The Wheels on the Bus

Book:

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Hello Airplane! By Bill Cotter

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

Shared Book:

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Noisy Farm by DK

Song:

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Action Rhyme/Activity:

“Fire Truck”

Hurry, hurry,

Drive the firetruck.

Hurry, hurry,

Drive the firetruck.

Hurry, hurry,

Drive the firetruck.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Hurry, hurry

Turn the corner.

Hurry, hurry,

Turn the corner.

Hurry, hurry,

Turn the corner.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Hurry, hurry

Climb the ladder.

Hurry, hurry,

Climb the ladder.

Hurry, hurry,

Climb the ladder.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Hurry, hurry

Spray the water.

Hurry, hurry

Spray the water.

Hurry, hurry

Spray the water.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Book:

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Closing Song

And the Winner is….

Today is the day! The Youth Media Awards (YMA) were announced this morning at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Atlanta. For more information on the awards themselves and the various honor books, check out School Library Journal, The Horn Book and The American Library Association.

The Newbery goes to… 

Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon

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(Goodreads summary)

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and deliver them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule–but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her–even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.

The acclaimed author of The Witch’s Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic.

The Caldecott goes to…

Javaka Steptoe for Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

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(Goodreads summary)

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message and art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.

The Printz AND the

Correta Scott King Award go to

John Lewis and Andrew Aydin for March: Book Three

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(Goodreads summary)

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

Family Storytime: Books and Reading

Opening Song:

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

Clap your hands and stomp your feet,

If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

Book:
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara

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Fingerplay:

“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.

4 little books

3 little books

2 little books

1 little book

*Instead of names, I used animals.

Book:

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

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Song:

“If you’re a reader and you know it”

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands.

If you’re a reader and you know it, and you really want to show it

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands.

(Shout hooray, stomp your feet, read a book)

Book:

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker

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*too long, stopped half way through*

Song:

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

Parachute Song:

“Read, read, read a book” (to the tune of 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!

*repeated multiple times, at various speeds

Closing Song

Baby Storytime: 11

Opening Song

“Open Them, Shut Them”

Song:
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book
New Socks by Bob Shea
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Action Rhyme:
“3 Green and Speckled Frogs”

3 green and speckled frogs (hold up 3 fingers)

Sat on a speckled log

Eating some delicious bugs (rub belly)

Yum, Yum.

One jumped into the pool (lift baby)

Where it was nice and cool.

Then there were two green and speckled frogs.

Repeat for 2 and 1.

Shared Book:

Everywhere a Moo, Moo by Scholastic

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Song:

The Wheels on the Bus

Feltboard:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?

Book:

My House by Byron Barton

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Song:

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Closing Song