Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Pajama Storytime: Ducks!

Where is Thumbkin?

Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. I just love all the singing that happens in this one. It's a really fun one to read, especially if you can get the kids to sing along with you, and all the adults LOVE it when you do "Born to be Wild" with quacking noises.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Way up high in the apple tree (raise hands above head)
Two red apples did I see (make hands into fists)
I shook that tree as hard as a could (wave fists wildly about above your head)
And down came the apples (crash hands into lap)
And mmmmmmm. They were good (make yummy motions on your tummy)

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle. Fun adventure/counting book about rubber ducks that fall off a container ship and where they end up. I mention that it was inspired by some real rubber ducks that fell off a container ship and by studying where they ended up, scientists used them to learn a lot about ocean currents and patterns. (You can read a lot more about that in Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns.

Shake My Sillies Out (marking the Pajama Time debut of my ukelele!)

5 Little Ducks. (Over storytime break, I finally made a flannel board for this one, but storytime was in a temporary odd location this time and getting the actual flannel board there was more than I wanted to deal with. So I played my uke!)

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. I love this story about the farmer who stays in bed all day and makes that duck do all the work. The kids also catch on pretty quickly to the repetitive nature and can say it along with you, which is always fun!


to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"
If you're sleepy and you know it great big yawn!
If you're sleepy and you know it great big yawn!
If you're sleepy and you know it and it's really time to show it,
If you're sleepy and you know it great big yawn!

If you're sleepy and you know it, say goodnight...
If you're sleepy and you know it, start to snore...
If you're sleepy and you know it, do all three.

to the tune of "Bye and Bye"
Stars shining number, number 1, number 2, number 3,
Goodnight, say goodnight
Stars shining number, number 4, number 5, number 6
Goodnight, say goodnight
Stars shining number, number 7, number 8, number 9
Goodnight, say goodnight, it's time to go, and say goodnight.
Goodnight.


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Farm Storytime

So my Thursday morning storytime had been billed as a 0-2, but we got a lot of older kids. I have a huge open space, so I don't need to turn anyone away and if I wanted to (which I don't) it would be really hard. So, for the new session we changed it to an all ages, just to more accurately reflect the reality of the program.

AND! I played my ukelele for the first time! It was super fun and I'm learning more songs and practicing so it'll be a regular part of storytime now.

to the tune of Happy Birthday, played on the uke
Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

Book: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin.

I love this story of rebellious farm animals. Some little kids find it a bit long, but if you have them "moo" with you on the "click clack moo, click clack moo, clickity-clack moo" refrain, it's fine.


Way up high in the apple tree, (both arms in the air)
Two red apples did I see. (both hands in fists in air)
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake all over)
And down came the apples – (fists fall down to floor)
Mmm, they were good! (rub stomach – yummy motion)

Hickory dickory dock

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold

Book: Lulu the Big Little Chick by Paulette Bogan.

Little kids love this story of a Lulu the chick who's sick of everyone telling her she's too little to do things. Parents love the fact that at the end of her barnyard adventures, Lulu realizes that maybe she isn't quite ready yet.

to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. I don't play this one, because I need my hands for the actions.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…


Shake my Sillies Out. This is the first thing I learned to play on the ukelele! It's hard to jump and play at the same time, but I'm working on it.

I have a little heart (touch baby’s chest)
That goes thump thump thump (beat chest 3 times)
It keeps right on beating
As I jump jump jump (jump 3 times)

You have two arms they are for waving
And two feet that go stump stump
You have two eye they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump

Book: Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming.

Who doesn't love making a ton of animal noises? Plus, the kids love trying to find goose in the pictures.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm (on the uke!)

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

to the tune of Shortnin' Bread
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every litte cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every litte cell in my body is well
I'm so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every litte cell in my body is well

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you


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Breaks, Ukes, Recognition, and the Reality of Life in the Trenches

Oh, my poor neglected programming blog. I have all these notes and pictures of programming I did this fall and winter and just never got around to posting it. :(

BUT! The winter storytime break is over, and one of my resolutions is to be better about blogging here. But, today I was messing around online a bit before getting to the blogging, when some very relevant posts came up in my reader. Hi Miss Julie! has an incredible post about the need for recognition on the front lines. About how those of us (usually female) who do the work don't get the press and recognition and speaking fees that the ivory tower visionaries (usually male) get.* Kelly at Stacked had a wonderful post in response, adding her call for more support and simple "thank yous" and how far they can go in an often thankless job.**

And how is that relevant to this blog? Well, I started it as a way to say Thank You. I read so many programming blogs (and blogs that cover programming) that I was starting to feel guilty because I'd take and take and take and take and take and thought maybe it was time to see if I could give back to this huge resource.

My new system takes storytime breaks and we've just started up again after a looooooooooong break. So, posts are coming today about what I did last week. I assume my readership is mainly programming librarians, so you know this, but just in case, storytime "breaks" aren't really breaks. It gives you time to recharge, but there's also a lot of planning and prepping (I cut up so much felt) and working on other projects (hello weeding!).

And, in the vein of "What I did on my Winter Vacation," my parents gave me a ukelele for Hanukkah, so I've been learning how to play that and it made its storytime debut last week! I used to play guitar in college and brought it in a few times for storytime, but it's big and annoying to haul to work a few times a week and it's also hard to switch between the guitar and a book. I was hoping the smaller size of a uke would fix that and YES it does! Of course, I had to learn how to play it first, but I've been practicing. (In fact, I just took a quick blog break to run through "If You're Happy and You Know It.")

So, I'm back.

Thank a librarian today.

*I will say that I've worked with some great front-line male children's librarians and I think they have it harder, because society tends to assume the worst of any guy that wants to work with kids. I've had patrons complain about "some guy lurking in the stacks" when it was just a coworker shelf-reading. But, it's a footnote because the larger argument holds.

**I've also been super-blessed in my career to work for systems and with a general public that tends to truly honor the day-to-day efforts of public service staff. It makes such a huge difference. My former supervisor ended most of his emails with "thank you for all that you do." It was such a simple closing, but the fact he took the time and knowing that he actually meant it made such a huge difference.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Flannel Board Friday: Clean and Dirty Pigs

Another flannel board for you this Friday!

Double sided pigs!


I made the pigs using pink felt and a diecut machine. Glue on some googly eyes to both sides, and using a brown marker, draw mud splotches on one side. Pretty easy, but really fun to use. (This is an old set, you can kinda see the splotches on the "clean" side now. I should make a new set!)

Here are some rhymes to use:

Place the pigs on the flannel board one at a time, muddy side out.

1 little 2 little 3 little piggies
4 little 5 little 6 little piggies
7 little 8 little 9 little piggies
10 piggies playing in the mud!

For the next verse, turn them over one by one, so they see the clean side.

1 little 2 little 3 little piggies
4 little 5 little 6 little piggies
7 little 8 little 9 little piggies
10 piggies took a bath!

Here's one from Mel's Desk that I recently used in storytime:

to the tune of "5 Green and Speckled Frogs"

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.

Round up today is over at What Happens in Storytime...

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

0-2: Fish

to the tune of Happy Birthday

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

One, two, three, four, five.
Once I caught a fish alive,
Six, seven, eight, nine ,ten,
Then I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.

Book: Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

to the tune of "I'm a Little Teapot"
I'm a little fishy, watch me swim
Here is my tail, here is my fin,
When I want to have fun with my friends,
I wiggle my tail and dive right in!

This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Five little fishes swimming in a pool (wiggle five fingers)
First one said, "The pool is cool." (one finger up) (wrap arms around body)
Second one said, "The pool is deep." (two fingers up) (hands measure deep)
Third one said, "I want to sleep." (three fingers up) (rest head on hands)
Fourth one said, "Let's dive and dip." (four fingers up) (hand dives and dips)
Fifth one said, "I spy a ship." (five fingers up) (peer out under hand)
Fisherman's boat comes (fingers form V and move away from body
Line goes ker-splash (pantomime throwing fishing line)
Away the five little fishes dash (wiggle five fingers away)

Book: Blue Sea by Robert Kalan, illustrated by Donald Crews

to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

Song:Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi, performed by me.

to the tune of "You Are My Sunshine"

You have two arms, they are for waving
You have two feet to go stump stump
You have to eyes, they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump

Five little fishes were swimming near the shore;
One took a dive and then there were four.
Four little fishes were swimming out to sea;
One went for food, and then there were three.
Three little fishes, "Now what shall we do?"
One swam away, and then there were two.
Two little fishes were having great fun;
But one took a plunge, then there was one.
One little fish, "I like the warm sun."
Away he went and then there were none.

Book: Fish Wish by Bob Barner

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand or tummy when marking the cake and mime throwing it
in the oven at the end.


to the tune of "Shortnin’ Bread"

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Family Storytime: Counting

Where is Thumbkin?

We All Went On Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns

Hickory Dickory Dock

One elephant went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun
He called another elephant to come
HEY, ELEPHANT!
Two elephants went out to play...

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert

Shake My Sillies Out

Splash! Ann Jonas

"Flannel" Board:


So, I had a bunch of paper diecuts of people left-over from something else. I drew a (poor) picture of a bed on the marker board side of the board and taped 10 diecuts on, taking one off as they fell off the bed.

10 in the bed and the little one said, roll over, roll over
So they all rolled over and one fell out
And bumped his head and began to shout
9 in the bed and the little one said, roll over, roll over...



Flannel Board:

So this one is an actual flannel board. I'll do a Flannel Board Friday post on it tomorrow.

to the tune of "Five Green and Speckled Frogs"

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.

Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd

to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it, say good night...
If you're sleepy and you know it, start to snore...
If you're sleepy and you know it, do all three...

Stars shining number, number 1, number 2, number 3
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 4, number 5, number 6
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 7, number 8, number 9
Good night, say good night
It's time to sleep, and say good night.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pajama Storytime: Alligators and Crocodiles

Yeah, yeah, I know you've seen this storytime from me a million times, but I *really* like it! It's so fun!  At my old library, one of the in-home daycare women had seen me do this a million times over the years, but she always got excited when it was Alligator day, because IT'S SO MUCH FUN. (Also, she was great, because she already knew to shout along with "WHAT TIME IS IT MR. CROCODILE?"and how to do the Alligator Chant. She was like an audience plant!) This wasn't the exact order I did things in-- I ended up cutting my first book (I'd Really Like to Eat a Child) because I had a pretty young crowd and rearranged a bunch of stuff on the fly so the flow still worked, but can't remember how I did it.

Where is Thumbkin?

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Book: What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Doug Cushman

5 Little Monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor, the doctor said,
“NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED!”
4 Little Monkeys…

Five Little Monkeys swinging from a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator—you can’t catch me
Along comes Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be
AND SNAPS THAT MONKEY OUT OF THAT TREE
4 little monkeys…

A-L-L-I
(A-L-L-I)
G-A-T-O-R
(G-A-T-O-R)
Alligator! Alligator!
Eat ‘em up, Eat ‘em up!
Alligator! Alligator!
Eat ‘em up, eat ‘em up.

Book: Snip Snap!: What's That? by Mara Bergman, illustrated by Nick Maland

Oh she sailed away on a bright and sunny day
On the back of a crocodile
You see, said she, he’s as tame as tame can be
I’ll ride him down the Nile
Well the croc winked his eye as she waved them all goodbye
Wearing a happy smile
At the end of the ride, the lady was inside
And the smile was the crocodile!

Shout out to King County Library, who has songs and action rhymes on YouTube! We used to sing this song at camp, but I couldn't remember all melody. How did storytime work before the internet?!



Alligator Chant again

Book: Clarabella's Teeth An Vrombault

to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn
If you're sleepy and you know it and you really want to show it
If you're sleepy and you know it, great big yawn.

If you're sleepy and you know it, say good night...

If you're sleepy and you know it, start to snore...

If you're sleepy and you know it, do all three...

to the tune of "Bye and bye"
Stars shining number, number 1, number 2, number 3
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 4, number 5, number 6
Good night, say good night

Stars shining number, number 7, number 8, number 9
Good night, say good night
It's time to sleep, and say good night.