Monday, November 14, 2016

Picture This--Untraditional Fairy Tales: Rumpelstiltskin’s Daughter (Ages 5-10)

 

Join us for a reading of this new take on an old tale and then create a self-portrait suitable for hanging in the king’s castle! (Paint will be available so please dress accordingly) 

Rumpelstiltskin's daughter may not be able to spin straw into gold, but she is more than a match for a monarch whose greed has blighted an entire kingdom.

After reading the story, we looked at the portraits of the king around his castle done in the style of famous paintings, e.g. Blue Boy & the Mona Lisa. Showed pictures of the originals then had kids create their own self-portraits in the style of famous painters. (Supplies: 12x18 cardboards, paper plate palattes, tempra paint, brushes, water cups, paper towels)

11/14/2016 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM BWL

Monday, November 7, 2016

Celebrate National Writing Month -- Write & Illustrate Your Own Book!

 

Are you a budding author or illustrator? Stop by the Youth Services Desk any time during November to pick up instructions and materials then bring in your finished manuscript back to the library by December 5th. Books will be spiral bound and all authors and illustrators who create a book will be celebrated at an author reading and reception.

Want to jump-start your book or get some fun ideas?  Bridgewater Librarian and picture book lover Carol Simon Levin will help you get your creative juices flowing at our kickoff. (Grades K-6, registration required).

Display books about writing books for kids to peruse as they arrive.

Book:  I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino (A history of stories from cave drawings to present-day books)  Sarah’s Story by Bill Harley(arrived too late for 2016 – use for 2017), A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsonor or  Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett might also be great. 

Book: This is My Book (and No One Else!) by Mark Pett (A panda interrupts an author’s attempt to control the narrative of his book – gives ideas for pop ups etc. as well)

Action/Song: “Throw it Out the Window” (silly riff on nursery rhymes)

Book: The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch (parts of the book within a story) – might use instead: Pick a Picture, Write a Story by Kristen McCurry or Look at my Book: How Kids Can Write & Illustrate Terrific Books by Loreen Leedy 808.02 LEE or How this Book was Made by Rex Barnett (A humorous look at the real book-making process – author, editor, illustrator, printing, distribution, reader)

White Board – “Brainstorming”  Characters, Setting, Problem, Solutions…

Alternate books:  By Mouse & Frog by Deborah Freedman, Inside This Book (Are Three Books) by Barry Saltzberg, A Book by Mordecai Gerstein, Violet and Victor write the Most Fabulous Fairy Tale by Alice Kuipers, Inside by Imagination by Marta Arteaga

Resource books include How to Make Pop-Ups by Joan Irvine 745.54 IRV, Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn by Gwen Diehn 745.54 DIE, Making Shape Books by Gillian Chapman 745.54 CHA

Craft: Start making books – supplies – cardboards, blank pages, instructions + construction paper, glue sticks, scissors, pencils, markers, etc.

11.7.16 BWL

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pre-School Storytime/Craft -- Canine Capers

 

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Book: I Got Two Dogs by John Lithgow (CD Book) – aside to parents: using CD because Lithgow sings this much better than me, point out our CD/book collection – great for using with kids on drives (parent can drive/child can listen to book)

Flannel: Any Kind of Dog based on the book by Lynn Reiser – repetative story so kids & parents can chime in on refrain “Richard wanted a dog, but his mom said a dog was ‘too much trouble!’”

Puppet/Song: How Much is that Doggie in the Window?

Here’s a kid who got a new dog…and learns it can speak!

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Book: RRRALPH by Lois Elhert – child points out how his dog knows how to speak…words like “ROOF” “ROUGH” etc. – can booktalk Martha Speaks series

Song: Do Your Ears Hang Low?  (one version here: http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/d006.html used a pair of pantyhose as my ears –suit actions to words)

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Book: Hunky Dory Ate It by Katie Evans – rhyming, phonemic awareness

Optional Flannel: The Cake that Mack Ate based on the book by Rose Robart or a version of Old Mother Hubbard

Action song: “Puppy Dog Jig” from album of the same name by Owen Duggan (ok, not exceptional)

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Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer – George the dog meows, quacks, moos etc. until a vet reaches down to extra the animals inside…surprise ending, George says “Hello”!

Sign Language Song: “Hear the Little Doggie” from Pick Me Up, Fun Songs for Learning Signs

Flannel/Song: BINGO (identify letters – clap for each removed letter – listening skills great for pre-reading.)

Video: Angus Lost (Phoenix Films) – wordless live action film based on the book by Marjorie Flack  -- had using listening skills, here kids follow the narrative strictly visually

Optional craft: (for next year) Create 2D or 3D dogs with recycled materials in the style of Lois Ehlert

Other book possibilities: Waggle by Sarah McMemory, Dogs by Emily Gravitt (emphasis on opposites, cleverly narrated by a cat!), don’t think kids really get: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

11.16 BWL

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

School Age Storytime: Elections and Voting (with an emphasis on the long haul to get voting rights for women)

 

 

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble by Doreen Rappaport (1st –3rd Grade) Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote by Tanya Lee Stone (Kdg)

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This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie J782.42 GUT (sang two verses between each book)

 Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight by Kathleen Krull

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Duck for President – Doreen Cronin (Kdg) or President Squid by Aaron Reynolds (1st-3rd)Image result

If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier – six kids describe the election process and imagine themselves as the candidate.

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More possibilities:

  • So You Want to Be President by Judith St. George 973..099 STG (also DVD 352.2370973 SOYO) 
  • Madam President by  Lane Smith
  • Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish
  • My Teacher for President by Kay Winters
  • Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Display/Booktalk books Women’s Suffrage:

  • I Could Do That! Esther Morris Gets Women the Vote – JuvBiog Morris
  • Why Couldn’t Susan B. Anthony Vote? And Other Questions About Women’s Suffrage by Mary Kay Carson
  • Miss Paul and the President: the Creative Campaign for Women’s Right to Vote by Dean Robbins (JuvBiog Paul)
  • Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff
  • The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully
  • Mama Went to Jail for the Vote by Kathleen Karr
  • Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President by Ann Malaspina
  • Ballots for Belva by Sudipta Bardan-Quallen
  • A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull by Kathleen Krull

Black Voting Rights:

  • Granddaddy’s Gift by Margaree King Mitchell
  • Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter

Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates by Carol Simon Levin (not a picture book, but fun factoids to share + coloring pages)

 

 

     

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Maker Monday: B.Y.O.M. (Build Your Own Monster!) (Ages 4-11)

 
 
Combine eeks and engineering and create your own moving monster! 
 
Display books on monsters as kids arrive.
 
Book: Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak 
 
Song/Flannel: “It’s Monster Day” (From Linda Arnold's album "Peppermint Wings")
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Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems
 
Singable Book: If you are a Monster and You Know it – Rebecca & Ed Emberley
 
Make 3D Monsters -- 12x18 cardboards, pipe cleaners, scrap construction paper, googly eyes, pom poms, fancy scissors, gluesticks, tape, hole punches, paper fasteners. Older kids were given the challenge to make a monster that could stand up and be stable but also could move.
Halloween music playing throughout program.
 
Finished by having our monsters dance to “Dem Bones.”
 
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More “monster mania” at: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/10/preschool-storytime-monsters.html

Friday, October 7, 2016

School Age Storytime : Fall & Apples

 

A storytime for K-2nd grade celebrating the season
emphasizing empathy & compassion (with a nod to the idea of Rosh Hashonah – new year, new beginnings).

 
Kindergarten:
 
Book: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Creativity & Imagination.
 
 
 
Book: One Red Apple – Harriet Ziefert (simple beautiful celebration of the cycles of an apple tree)
 
Flannel Song: A Wiggly Worm (Tune: Boom! Boom! Ain’t it Great to be Crazy!)

                Chorus: Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?
                                Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?
                                Red and Green and yellow, too…
                                Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?
 
                Way up high in an apple tree, I saw two eyes look at me.
                I reached for an apple, it started to squirm…oops! I found a wiggly worm!  Chorus
 
                That wiggly worm is a friend of mine.  We eat apples all the time.
                 I let him crawl back to that tree… hey!  That worm is looking at me! Chorus
 
Book: One Green Apple by Eve Bunting --This beautiful (and beautifully illustrated) story emphasizes understanding and compassion as Farah, a new student from an unnamed country, goes with her class on a field trip to an apple orchard (defined) and finds that though she is different and doesn’t know the language, she can be accepted and will find friends here.
 
Participatory Storytelling/Props:  The Little Red House with No Doors & No Windows, a Chimney On Top & a Star in the Middle (Tip: instantly turn flannel pieces into hanging signs for kids to wear using plastic paper protector sleeves with stiff paper inserts & yarn ribbon to hang around each child's neck, act out the wind blowing the trees and the “plop” of an apple falling in the farmer’s backyard. Prop: real apple & knife to slice horizontally.)
 

Action: Apple Pie chant (suit actions to words)

Chorus:  Apple, apple  (slap legs twice, then clap hands twice)  Apple Pie!
 
First you need apples
So you pick them, pick them  chorus
    Put them in the sink
    And you wash them, wash them chorus
Then you take the apples
And you cut them, cut them chorus
   Next you roll the crust
   & you roll it, you roll it chorus
Drape it in the pan
& you pinch it, you pinch it chorus
    Take some cinnamon sugar
    And sprinkle it, sprinkle it chorus
Put it in the oven
& you bake it, you bake it chorus
   Take it out of the oven
   & you smell it, you smell it chorus
Take out your knife
& you slice it, you slice it chorus
   Take some ice cream
   & you scoop it, you scoop it chorus
Then you take the pie
And eat it, eat it!! Chorus
 
 
Singable Book: Ten Red Apples – Pat Hutchins (numeracy: 1-10 numerals, one-to-one correspondence, subtraction, animal identification, animal sounds)

Read parts of The World’s Birthday by Barbara Goldin (Rosh Hashonah story) but a bit long for this group.

1st & 2nd Grade:
 
Book: One Green Apple by Eve Bunting (opened by asking who spoke another language at home, then speaking gibberish and having them imagine going to school and not understanding what their teacher & classmates were saying)
 
Asked: “What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple?” – finding half a worm!

Book: Seed by Seed : The Legend of Legacy of John “Appleseed” Chapman by Esme Raji Codell  (Seed by Seed, Deed by Deed – talked about how they – kids – can make the world a better place : being a more helpful member of the family, helping a fellow student who is being ignored or bullied, cleaning up litter, etc.)
 
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Book: New Year at the Pier : A Rosh Hashonah Story by April Halprin Wayland (talked about different kinds of new years – the Jewish new year tradition of apples & honey and Tashlich tossing bits of bread into water and  saying sorry to start the New Year with a “clean heart.”)

Participatory Storytelling/Props:  The Little Red House with No Doors & No Windows, a Chimney On Top & a Star in the Middleurged kids to practice this story with each other – then tell it to family members tonight. (wonderful practice for listening skills, sequencing, speaking skills)

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PreSchool Storytime: Fall–Leaves & Apples


PreSchool Storytime Ages 2-6 with a focus on numeracy, the life cycle of an apple tree, also incorporates  animal names & animal noises, sign language, and oral storytelling.
Open with Sign Language Song: “Let’s Take a Little Walk” from “Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs” track 15
 
Book: Leaf Man – Lois Ehlert (suggested kids collect leaves on the way home and make their own leaf creatures…)
 
Cut and Tell Story: Autumn Leaf (instructions: http://meusenotes.blogspot.com/2014/09/autumn-leaf.html)
Autumn Leaf: Cut and Tell
(Two sheets of construction paper glued together 1 green: 1 red or yellow)
By Linda Meuse
Notes from the Story Room

I start out green,
Often fragile and small.
 
I grow through two seasons
On something tall.
 
But there are changes
When the nights turn cool,
 
That happen to me
When children return to school.
 
I am a ....... (leaf)
On a growing tree.
(Open to show a green leaf)
 
Watch me turn color
One, two, three!
(Turn it to the other side to show the autumn leaf)
 
Book/Song: The Leaves on the Trees by Thom Wiley
 
Action Song (with puppet): Grey Squirrel

Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel! (bounce up and down on the words)
Swish your bushy tail! (shake it)
Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel!
Swish your bushy tail!

Wrinkle up your little nose!(poke your nose)
Put an nut between your toes( touch your toes)

Grey squirrel, Grey squirrel!
Swish your bushy tail!

 
Storytelling:  Little Red House (oral storytelling – listening and repetition -- lots of versions, here’s one: http://www.missbsclassroom.com/thinking-story-the-little-red-house-with-no-doors-and-no-windows/  Flannel pieces optional, need real apple and knife for the “star” reveal)
 
Flannel Song: A Wiggly Worm (Tune: Boom! Boom! Ain’t it Great to be Crazy!)

                Chorus: Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?
                                Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?
                                Red and Green and yellow, too…
                                Yum! Yum! Don’t you know I love apples?
 
                Way up high in an apple tree, I saw two eyes look at me.
                I reached for an apple, it started to squirm…oops! I found a wiggly worm!  Chorus
 
                That wiggly worm is a friend of mine.  We eat apples all the time.
                 I let him crawl back to that tree… hey!  That worm is looking at me! Chorus
 
Book: One Red Apple – Harriet Ziefert (younger – actually though simple, works well for all ages – simple beautiful celebration of the cycles of an apple tree)
 

Action: Apple Pie chant (suit actions to words)

Chorus:  Apple, apple  (slap legs twice, then clap hands twice)  Apple Pie!
 
First you need apples
So you pick them, pick them  chorus
    Put them in the sink
    And you wash them, wash them chorus
Then you take the apples
And you cut them, cut them chorus
   Next you roll the crust
   & you roll it, you roll it chorus
Drape it in the pan
& you pinch it, you pinch it chorus
    Take some cinnamon sugar
    And sprinkle it, sprinkle it chorus
Put it in the oven
& you bake it, you bake it chorus
   Take it out of the oven
   & you smell it, you smell it chorus
Take out your knife
& you slice it, you slice it chorus
   Take some ice cream
   & you scoop it, you scoop it chorus
Then you take the pie
And eat it, eat it!! Chorus
 
Singable Book: Ten Red Apples – Pat Hutchins (numeracy: 1-10 numerals, one-to-one correspondence, subtraction, animal identification, animal sounds)
Book: Fall is Not Easy – Marty Kelley (a tree’s amusing variations on fall color changes)
 
Action song: This is the way we rake the leaves (Mulberry Bush)
 
DVD: Reading Rainbow: How to make an apple pie & see the world -- Marjorie Priceman
 
Optional before hand stamping: Song: Apples & Bananas – Raffi (phonemic awareness)

Additional book possibilities:  10 Apples Up on Top -- Dr. Seuss,   10 Red Apples – Virginia Barthalamew (younger).  A wonderful book for Kindergarten and up: One Green Apple - Eve Bunting (age 5& up,  Beautiful story about a young newly-arrived immigrant named Fatah who gains self-confidence when the green apple she picks on a school field trip perfectly complements the other students' red apples.) The Terrible Plop -- Ursula Dubosarsky
The Apple Pie Tree -- Zoe Hall (non-fiction elements, life cycle of an apple tree – very similar to her pumpkin book which I will use next week) or Fall Apples: Crisp & Juicy 634.11 Rustad

Additional songs:
Apple Song (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider, source unknown) 

                Once a little apple seed was planted in the ground.
                Down came the rain, falling all around.
                Out came the sun as bright as bright could be
                And the little seed grew up to be an apple tree.
 
Glove: Five Red Apples (younger, use numeral cards to reinforce number concepts)(source unknown)
                Five red apples hanging in a tree
                The juiciest apples you ever did see.
                The wind came by and gave an angry frown
                And one little apple came tumbling down…
 
Gloves: "1 little 2 little 3 little Apples" (from “Cindy” on Perpetual Preschool, to the tune: “1 little 2 little 3 little Indians”)  (older)
                1 little 2 little 3 little apples,
                4 little 5 little 6 little apples,
                7 little 8 little 9 little apples, 10 apples on my tree.
                                Munch little, munch little, munch little apples
                                Crunch little, crunch little, crunch little apples
                                Bunch of little, bunch of little, bunch of little apples,
                                Good for you and me!
 
Action: Apple Tree Apple Tree Turn Around (source unknown)
                Apple tree turn around; (turn)
                Apple tree touch the ground. (bend)
                See it swaying in the air; (stand swaying arms)
                Apples apples everywhere! (extend arms)
                Apple tree turn around
                Apple tree touch the ground.

10/16 BWL
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