Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Literacy Volunteers Virtual Storytime - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Read: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett about a town which gets its food through precipitation, then followed with some Thanksgiving-themed food stories & songs

Towel Folding Story: The Case of the Missing Turkey -- Rhonda Turley   Piedmont, OK via PUBYAC. Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq4eojAsNlY  (or search youtube for towel and chicken).
Other Thanksgiving ideas and songs can be found here: Pre-School Storytime/Craft: Thanksgiving

"Last year, I was in charge of cooking the family thanksgiving turkey.I set my alarm for early in the morning so I could pop it in the oven to cook for our family dinner.

When the alarm went off, I got up, put on my fuzzy slippers and shuffled out to the kitchen to get the bird.  I opened the fridge, and…IT WAS GONE!
Where could it be!? (this is where the towel folding starts…lay the towel out flat)
I looked everywhere!
I rolled up the living room rug (roll one end of the towel to center)…it wasn’t under there.
I pulled down the covers on my bed (roll other end to the center)…it wasn’t there.
I turned over the couch cushion  (Flip rolled towel over so rolled ends are underneath)…it wasn’t there.
I looked under the chair (fold towel in half end to end, and hold upright like a bouquet of flowers)…it wasn’t there.
I looked in the flower vase (peek in end of one tube and pull up the corner of the towel)
I looked in the umbrella stand (peek in end of one tube and pull up the corner of the towel)…it wasn’t there.
I even looked in the trash can  (peek in end of one tube and pull up the corner of the towel)...thankfully it wasn't there!
Finally, I looked in the cookie jar  (pull up last corner of the towel)
(here’s the finale…grasp two corners with one hand, the other two corners with the other hand, and pull them apart…resulting in what looks like a plucked bird.)
…And there it was!"

Prop/Song: I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie – based on the book by Alison Jackson (great song for helping kids work on their memory skills – try to have them remember the different foods in the countdown; can also use rhyming reminders (phonemic awareness) as clues.) (We use a cardboard old lady with a plastic see-through stomach panel and a cardboard box mounted behind for the food items.) Lyrics and more images: www.4gaslps.com/IKnewAnOldLadyWhoSwallowedAPie.doc

Song: The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven (words: Jack Prelutsky, chorus: Cathy Darby)
Tune: “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” Check it out on Youtube, subtitled in Chinese! 

The turkey shot out of the oven
And rocketed into the air,
It knocked every plate off the table
And partly demolished a chair.
Oh my, oh me, why didn't I follow the recipe?
Oh my, oh me, why didn't I follow the recipe?

It ricocheted into a corner,
And burst with a deafening boom,
Then splattered all over the kitchen,
Completely obscuring the room. Chorus

It stuck to the walls and the windows,
It totally coated the floor,
There was turkey attached to the ceiling
Where there'd never been turkey before. Chorus

It blanketed every appliance,
It smeared every saucer and bowl,
There wasn't a way I could stop it,
That turkey was out of control. Chorus

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure,
And thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I'd never again stuff a turkey
With popcorn that hadn't been popped!

While the kids worked on their drawings of what foods they'd like to have rain down,
we played this video of Bridgewater author David Wiesner's story of mysterious floating giant vegetables, June 29, 1999


Friday, April 21, 2023

School Age Storytime - Earth Day


I Love Our Earth - Bill Martin Jr. - photographic celebration

Spring is Here - Taro Gomi  "Spring is here. / The snow melts. / The earth is fresh. / The grass sprouts." Taro Gomi's clever picture book about the change of seasons couldn't be simpler. The first spread shows a white calf against a hot-pink background. "Spring is here," it says. In the next spread "the snow melts." And indeed, the once snow-white calf is now spotted black and white! 

Song: This is the Way we Plant Our Seeds

Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life - Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm  (572.46 BANG) -- this creative and memorable explanation of photosynthesis will stick with kids for a long time.

And the Green Grass Grew all Around (flannel) – lyrics here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2015/04/sing-springhappy-earthday.html 

Booktalk: The Great Kapok Tree

booktalk: The Camping Trip the Changed America

Dear Earth: From Your Friends in Room 5 - Erin Dealey When the kids in Room 5 write to Earth asking what they can do to help save our planet, they are delighted to get a letter back. This beautiful picture book is a celebration of every child's ability to connect with the environment and make a positive impact .

Action Book: Earth Dance by Joanne Ryder

Singable book: What a Wonderful World - Ashley Bryan

Mother Earth - Nancy Luenn Gorgeous watercolors accompany this extended metaphorical exploration of our planet

SN only:

Our Tree Named Steve - Alan Zweibel

No time:
Does the Earth Feel?  - Marc Majewki
The Water Hole - Graeme Base

Bedm/Paolino SN 4/19/23

Friday, March 17, 2023

School Age Storytime: St. Patrick's Day and Finding Treasure in Unexpected Ways


Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato: An Irish Folktale by Tomie De Paola. (Discussed meaning of folktale, compared retelling to game of "telephone.") Ireland's laziest man happens upon a Leprechaun and is given a potato that grows to huge proportions and creates humorous problems. 

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting (Delightful illustrations from Caldecott medalist Emily Arnold McCully accompany a playful text written in a lilting Irish style about three leprechauns' mischief-making on their way to place the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.)

Speaking of looking for gold...

The Book of Gold by Bob Staake (Single name = author & illustrator.  Young Isaac Gutenberg isn't a curious boy . . . that is, until he meets an old shopkeeper who tells him about The Book of Gold. This special book, hidden somewhere in the world, holds all the answers to every question and turns to solid gold when opened. Isaac is determined to find the book and spends his whole life searching for it...discovering many other things along the way.

Another book celebrating the magic of discovery:

The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan ("Try to do as little as possible.” This was Dodsworth’s motto, until, one morning, on his daily trip to the junkyard, he discovers a pink refrigerator...)

Last, a book with no words...but a special kind of magic!

Chalk by Bill Thomson  (A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A dinosaur spring rider. A bag of chalk. The kids begin to draw...and then...magic! The children draw the sun, butterflies, and a dinosaur that amazingly come to life. Children will never feel the same about the playground after they experience this astounding wordless picture book and the power of the imagination.)

No time for:

If… by Sarah Perry (Imagine if cats could fly, leaves were fish, mice were hair, caterpillars were toothpaste, toes were teeth, or frogs ate rainbows…then imagine what else you can imagine!)  

Imagine a Day/Night/Place/World books by Sarah Thompson  (mind-bending images & poems)

Other books celebrating books, reading, and libraries: 

Friday, March 10, 2023

School Age Storytime: Black History Month


Opened by asking if the recognized the man on the cover of 
Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport and talked about the Caldecott Medal on the cover, then read the book.

Sang: We Shall Overcome 

Asked if they knew who Ruby Bridges was then read:
I am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges -- a first person account of her first days in school.
Talked about how this wasn't so long ago (their grandparent's time and how some white children left the school rather than go to school with black kids) and the crazy idea that skin color or national origin made some people think other people shouldn't have the same rights...

Read: Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles - Joe and John Henry do everything together, from shooting marbles to shelling butterbeans. But when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed and the town pool is opened to blacks and whites alike, the two boys discover that the workers have filled in the pool with tar. Based on the author's own childhood growing up in rural Alabama and Mississippi. 

Read: Sit-In How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney 
It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.
A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.
This picture book celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, shows how four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.
Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the whites only Woolworth's lunch counter. 

Read: This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander
Inspiring text shows "before" and "after" the civil rights laws

Read: Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford. Words to live by...

Closed with: This Little Light of Mine illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Lyrics & more ideas at: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/search/label/Black%20History%20Month

3/10/23 Nicole's class postponed from February

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Read Across America - Celebrating Reading, Libraries, and Librarians - 2nd grade


Opened by asking fiction or non-fiction?

Library Lil
by Suzanne Williams
A formidable librarian makes readers not only out of the once resistant residents of her small town, but out of a tough-talking, television-watching motorcycle gang as well in this modern tall tale! 

Asked the same question again for:

Librarian on the Roof! by M.G. King
When RoseAleta Laurell begins her new job at the Dr. Eugene Clark Library in Lockhart, Texas, she is surprised that the children of the town think the library is for adults. She vows to raise the money for a children's section and spends a week living and working on the library roof, even surviving a dangerous storm. With the help of the entire town, RoseAleta raises over $39,000 from within the community and across the country.

Followed with another book based on a true story:

Nour's Secret Library by Wafa' Tarnowska 
Forced to take shelter when their Syrian city is plagued with bombings, young Nour and her cousin begin to bravely build a secret underground library. Based on the author’s own life experience and inspired by a true story, Nour’s Secret Library is about the power of books to heal, transport and create safe spaces during difficult times. 

Finished with the imagination-starter:

If by Sarah Perry
Take a fantastical journey through an inspiring world where anything can happen: leaves turn into fish, cats fly with wings, humans have tails, frogs eat rainbows, and dreams become visible. 

First published in 1995, Sarah Perry’s delightful picture book of “surreal possibilities” was the Getty’s first children’s title. Twenty-five years later it remains a visual feast that children of all ages enjoy.  


Sector 7 by David Wiesner (a cloud takes a boy on a magical journey to the cloud factory in this wordless  book by this incredible author/illustrator)

Imagine a Day/Night/Place/World books by Sarah Thompson  (mind-bending images & poems)

Chalk by Bill Thomson (another magical wordless book)

More Than Anything Else by Marie Bradby (A fictionalized story about the life of young Booker T. Washington. Living in a West Virginia settlement after emancipation, nine-year-old Booker travels by lantern light to the salt works, where he labors from dawn till dusk. Although his stomach rumbles, his real hunger is his intense desire to learn to read.... )

Applemondo's Dreams and Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco (celebrations of imagination and the power of books & reading by this great author-illustrator) 

Mr. Hogan's class Bedm 3/2/2023

Friday, February 17, 2023

Food Fun! Toddler Time

Lots of material here - pick & choose! Did this for a very young audience 1-3 year olds

Sign Language Song: "Brand New Day" - track #1 from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs

You’ll Sing A Song by Ella Jenkins (lyrics below)

Read: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood
Sing:  “I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas” (Raffi) -- could also use "Alphabet Soup" - lyrics below 

Read: Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Sing: "If You're Happy & You Know It..." (sad, angry, excited)

Sing with Flannel pieces/ Puppets: Raffi’s “Cluck Cluck Red Hen” (lyrics below) - skipped, used last week

Sing (action song): “Chocolate Shake” – to get their wiggles out 

Hi, Pizza Man!

Book: Hi, Pizza Man – Virginia Walter (Mother and young child bored with waiting for the Pizza Man play a fun game imagining which animals might deliver the pie.) or Pizza Pat  – Pat Gelman (cumulative tale of a pizza maker with a surprise ending)

Flannel/Song:  P-I-Z-Z-A! (flannel pizza with 5 slices, P-I-Z-Z-A flannel letters --lyrics below) – I removed one slice and letter at a time and we clapped for the missing letter(s)--letter identification, subtraction/numeracy

Pete's a Pizza
Storyplay (interactive storytelling with kids acting out):  Pete’s A Pizza – William Steig

Flannel/Song: “I Am a Pizza” from Linda Arnold’s Peppermint Wings (also on 10 Carrot Diamond.) (lyrics below)


Book: Noodles (Pop-Up) – Sarah Weeks -- didn't hold their interest
Song: “Ravioli” (great action song -- lyrics below)
Flannel/Song: "On top of Spaghetti" (lyrics below)

Read: Fast Food by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elfers -- veggies and fruit are literally “transported”! -- skipped, ran out of time. 

Musical instruments with "Let's go riding on the train" track 19 from Pick Me Up: Fun Songs for Learning Signs

Finish with parachute, balls, and "Popcorn" song by Linda Arnold

& "Sing" by Joe Raposo (lyrics below) - form a circle to sing together


You’ll Sing A Song by Ella JenkinsSong on: Raffi’s “The Corner Grocery Store”

You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song
And we’ll sing a song together.
You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song
In warm or wintry weather.
Continue with: clap your hands, stomp your feet, dance a jig, flap your arms, etc.
To settle the crowd, close with: sit right down

Apples and Bananas

Song on Raffi’s “One Light One Sun”

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.

Continue, changing the vowel sounds:

I like to Ate, Ate, Ate Aypples and BANAYNAYS (2x)I like to Ete, Ete, Ete Eepples and BENEENEES (2x)

I like to Ite, Ite, Ite Iiples and BININIS (2x)

I like to ote, ote, ote opples and BINOENOES (2x)

I like to ute, ute, ute uuples and BINUUNUUS (2x)

But I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas

I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas!


Action/Book: Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Jelly  (Nadine Bernard Westcott’s book)

Clap hands-slap knees, clap hands-slap knees, clap, clap

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

First you take the bread and you slice it, slice it

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Then you take the peanuts and crack them, crack them.

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Put them on the floor and mash them, mash them.

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Then you take a knife and spread it, spread it

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Next you take some grapes and squash them, squash them

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Glop it on the bread and smear it, smear it

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Then you take the sandwich and eat it, eat it

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly

Pea- nut - peanut butter, jelly, jelly!

Cluck Cluck Red Hen (puppets)

Lyrics by Raffi, Tune:  "Baa Baa Black Sheep" Song on Raffi's album "The Corner Grocery Store"


Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

One for your sweater and one for your rug,

And one for your blanket to keep you warm and snug.

(repeat first two lines)


Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen, have you any eggs?

Yes sir, yes sir, as many as your legs.

One for your breakfast and one for your lunch,

Come back tomorrow, I'll have another bunch.

(repeat first two lines)


Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, have you milk for me?

Yes sir, yes sir, as tasty as can be.                   

Churn it into butter, make it into cheese,

Freeze it into ice-cream or drink it if you please.

(repeat first two lines)


Buzz, Buzz, Busy Bee, is your honey sweet?

Yes sir, yes sir, sweet enough to eat.

Honey on your muffin, honey on your cake,

Honey by the spoonful, as much as I can make.

(repeat first two lines) 

P-I-Z-Z-A (from the book "Second Helpings": tune: BINGO) (flannel board has a pizza divided into 5 pieces, I like to use numeral cards with this as well.)

I had a pizza all my own
And all of it was mine-O.
And all of it was mine-O!

I had a pizza that I shared
One piece went to my brother.
But all the rest was mine-O!
(continue with sister, mother, father...)

I had a pizza that I shared
One piece is all I'm left-O.
(clap, clap, clap, clap, clap),
(clap, clap, clap, clap, clap),
(clap, clap, clap, clap, clap),
And now that piece is gone-O!

"I Am A Pizza" (tune on Linda Arnold's  "Peppermint Wings"  (echo & response song -- you sing then audience repeats line)  If you don't have the album, feel free to give me a call and I'll sing it for you.) 

I am a pizza  … (audience echo) I am a pizza  (place flannel “tomato/cheese pizza” on board)
With extra cheese… with extra cheese   
From tomatoes… From tomatoes…
Sauce is squeezed… Sauce is squeezed…
Onions and Mushrooms… Onions and Mushrooms…  (add flannel onions/mushrooms)
I am a pizza … I am a pizza
Ready to go!

I am a pizza… I am a pizza…
Pepperoni… Pepperoni…  (add flannel “pepperoni”)
No Anchovies… No Anchovies…
Or phony balogna… Or phony balogna…
I am a pizza… I am a pizza…
Order by phone… Order by phone…  (flannel phone receiver or just use hand motion)
I am a pizza… I am a pizza…
Please take me home.

I am a pizza… I am a pizza…
Peppers on the top… Peppers on the top… (add flannel “peppers”)
Out of the oven… Out of the oven…
And into a box… And into a box…      (cover with square flannel “pizza box” )
Into the car… Into the car…

Upside down… Upside down… (groan)
I am a pizza… I am a pizza…
Dropped on the ground.  
I was a pizza… I was a pizza…
I was the BEST… I was the BEST…
I was a pizza… I was a pizza…
NOW I’M A MESS!   (flip over “pizza box” to reveal a flannel “scrambled up pizza”!)

"Ravioli"  (tune:  Alouette)--great movement song

Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli--
Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your pants?
Yes I have it on my pants.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli--
Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli--
Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your sleeve?
Yes I have it on my sleeve.
On your sleeve?  On my sleeve.
On your pants?  On my pants.  Oh, oh, oh, oh.
Ravioli, ravioli, ravioli--
Ravioli, that's the stuff for me.
Do you have it on your shoe?…     (chin, hair, nose, ear, etc. -- continue on
a round the body tour...)

"On Top Of Spaghetti" (Tune:  "On Top of Old Smokey")
(Another great flannelboard)
On top of spaghetti, all covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed.
It rolled off the table, and onto the floor,
and then my poor meatball rolled out the door.
It rolled in the garden, and under a bush,
and then my poor meatball, was nothing but mush.
The mush was as tasty, as tasty could be,
and early next  summer, it grew into a tree.
The tree was all covered, with beautiful moss,
It grew lovely meatball, and tomato sauce.
So if you eat spaghetti, all covered with cheese,
hold on to your meatballs, and don't ever sneeze!

Doing the Chocolate Shake

You squat right down (squat)
Up you stand (stand up)
Stomp your feet (stomp)
Shake your hands (shake hands)
Wiggle all over (wiggle)
And mix real well (roll hands over & over)
Doing the Chocolate Shake! (clap hands)
Yum! (reach high)
(Repeat, faster each time.)

If You're Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands – Traditional  (action, body parts, emotions)
If you're happy and you know it clap your hands (clap, clap)
If you're happy and you know your hands (clap, clap)
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands (clap, clap)
2. Stomp your feet  3. Shout "Hurrah!"   4. Do all three.
If you’re angry and you know it, stomp your feet (stomp, stomp)…
If you’re sad and you know it, shed a tear (sob, sob)…
If you’re loving and you know it, give a hug…etc.

Popcorn (action) Song on Linda Arnold’s album "Make Believe"

Children can jump up & down on the “pops”
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
First you take some oil, You put it in the pan,
Shake it up as fast as you can.
Put it on the fire, Wait for a while,
Pretty soon you've got popcorn!
Chorus: P-O-P-C-O-R-N!
Popcorn is a kid's best friend,
Munchee, crunchee, good for your lunchee,
Please pass the popcorn!
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop!
Add a little butter,
A little salt too,
Making popcorn is fun to do,
Fill your bowl to the very top,
But just make sure that you don't pop!
Repeat chorus, finish by repeating…
Pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop-pop-pop-pop, pop! (2x)

Sing  (Everyone joins hands in a circle – on the La, La’s – join hands in a circle and bring everyone to the center and then out again.  –then repeat the whole song…louder and stronger!)

Song by Joe Raposo,--  on “Sesame Street Platinum”

(Start singing quietly:)

Sing, Sing a song --

Sing out loud --

Sing out strong --

Sing of good things, not bad --

Sing of happy, not sad --


Sing, Sing a song --

Make it simple to last your whole life long --

Don't worry that it’s not good enough --

For anyone else to hear --

Just Sing, Sing a song!


La, La, La, La, La

La, La, La, La, La

La, La, La, La, La, La, La, La

Didn't use:
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert 
Lunch by Denise Fleming
How are You Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elfers (too complicated for this group)
Read/Action Rhyme: Peanut Putter & Jelly by Nadine Bernard Westcott  - skipped, used last week

CDPL 2/23/23

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