Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Discussion


Ok, today really was the last book discussion group until fall.

We read Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires.

I chose this one because school's out, and it's funny and short comic book. Not only is it a fun one for the beginning of summer, but we get a lot kids in the summer who don't come during the school year, so the length would allow kids who found out about it later would still have time to read the book.

If you haven't read the book, Binky is a cat who lives in a space station (a house) in the vastness of space (outside.) His job is to protect his humans from aliens (bugs.)

Here were my discussion questions:

1. Binky doesn't talk. What are some of the ways the artist lets us know what he's feeling?

2. Binky has a list of all the ways bugs and aliens are similar. He uses this list to deduce that bugs and aliens are the same thing. What are some differences and similarities that Binky misses? (The kids had a really good answer to this that Shires missed-- ANTENNAE)

3. Binky isn't alone in his cat-alien-craziness. Who's being FURST? What do you think they're like?

4. If Binky made it into space, what creatures would he have to battle? What would the scariest? What cool things would he discover?

We had a great talk about aliens, vampires, Scooby Doo, blood banks, space gas, and little siblings, as well as Binky, the space cat. (One kid pointed out that Binky was based on a football-shaped cat the author's sister had, but that his football shape made him look like a rocket, and he was much more aerodynamic to catch bugs.)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Toddler Storytime

Back from vacation and back in the storytime groove of things!

My husband often bemoans how the books we read our daughter have lots of moms (if there are any parents) but dads are sorely lacking. SO! In honor of Father's Day this weekend, we did all Daddy stories in storytime today.

We also did a lot of summer reading things. Our program for birth-PreK has a list of 12 activities. You have to do 3 activities each month to get your prizes. I purposely made it that if you came to storytime today, you'd do 3 activities for your prize. And given that "We signed up for summer reading" is one of the activities, most people got to check 4 off, so they have a head start for July.

Welcome Songs:

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

We go around the room and sing this to each child, using their name instead of "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.

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

One of the summer reading activities is "we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."

La fourmi m’a piqué la main
La coquine, La coquine
La fourmi m’a piqué la main
La coquine elle avait faim, Aie !

La fourmi m’a pique le nez…
La fourmi m’a pique le pied…

Translation: The ant bit my hand/The rascal, the rascal/The ant bit my hand/The scamp was hungry. OW! The ant bit my nose…/The ant bit my foot… tickle each body part as it is mentioned. Listen to this song here.

Book:

Daddy and Me by Karen Katz.

Frequent readers know how much I love a good Karen Katz lift the flap book. In this one a child and her dad build a dog house together. After reading it, we talked about how there were some things that the Daddy did (like nailing the wood) and some things that the child did (like painting.) We talked a bit about safety and how sometimes we need a grownup to help us with things. Normally, I don't do so much post-game analysis of a book in a program BUT! "We talked about what we read today" is one of the summer reading activities. I think this is also good modeling about how you can talk about content even when the child is pre-verbal.

Rhymes:

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

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)

Book:

The Daddy Book by Todd Parr

I love Todd Parr's messages of acceptance and his bright colors. Instead of talking about this when we finished the book, we talked about it as we read it. ("Some daddies have a lot of hair, Some daddies have a little hair." Then I'd say "my daddy only has a little hair. Does anyone have a daddy with a lot of hair?")

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Airplanes fly in the sky, zoom zoom! (zoom hand around)
Airplanes fly in the sky, zoom zoom! (zoom hand around)
Round and round the airplanes go (arm circles around)
Flying high, flying low (arm circles up high, then down low)
Shhh... I think I hear one (finger to lips, then cup ear)
ZOOM! (zoom arm from one side to the other)


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)

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

We shake our maracas and sing and dance along with the CD. I mentioned that one of our summer reading prizes they could get today was an egg shaker.

Book:

Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz.

Yes, two Katz books today BUT! I really like both of them. Plus, Daddy Hugs is a counting book!

Closing:

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 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

Go around the room, singing the song to everyone. Unlike the Welcome song, not everyone gets their own verse. It tends to go "Goodbye to Suzy, Goodbye to Luke, Goodbye to Lauren, Goodbye to Jimmy. Goodbye to Ariel, Goodbye to Tiana, Goodbye to Jasmine, Goodbye to Gladys." etc, and then we just sing a final verse of "Goodbye to You" after we've gone around the room.







Baby Storytime

Sorry for the hiatus-- I went on vacation!

But we're back, with Dad themed stories for Father's Day. I normally don't do a lot of holiday themed stories like this, especially ALL the stories in one program at this age level BUT... my husband has been known to complain long and loud about the absence of fathers in the books he reads to our daughter, so, I thought I'd highlight some daddy books. I also structured my programs today so that if you attended storytime, you could earn your first summer reading prize! I find sometimes that even parents who are down with baby storytime are a little wary of baby summer reading. But, when you make earning the first prize a fait acompli AND show them a helpful prize that their babies will love (an egg shaker!) well, then you really owe your poor beleaguered colleague who had to deal with the post storytime rush of summer reading signups and prize collections!


Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

It's to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin" and we go around the room singing it to each child, using their name instead of "baby."

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Singing "Twinkle twinkle" is one of the activities for summer reading!

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

La fourmi m’a piqué la main
La coquine, La coquine
La fourmi m’a piqué la main
La coquine elle avait faim, Aie !

La fourmi m’a pique le nez…
La fourmi m’a pique le pied…

Translation: The ant bit my hand/The rascal, the rascal/The ant bit my hand/The scamp was hungry. OW! The ant bit my nose…/The ant bit my foot… tickle each body part as it is mentioned. Listen to this song here.

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)

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

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)

Book:

Daddy and Me by Karen Katz.

Frequent readers know how much I love a good Karen Katz lift the flap book. In this one a child and her dad build a dog house together. After reading it, we talked about how there were some things that the Daddy did (like nailing the wood) and some things that the child did (like painting.) We talked a bit about safety and how sometimes we need a grownup to help us with things. Normally, I don't do so much post-game analysis of a book in a program BUT! "We talked about what we read today" is one of the summer reading activities. I think this is also good modeling about how you can talk about content even when the child is pre-verbal.

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Airplanes fly in the sky, zoom zoom! (zoom hand around)
Airplanes fly in the sky, zoom zoom! (zoom hand around)
Round and round the airplanes go (arm circles around)
Flying high, flying low (arm circles up high, then down low)
Shhh... I think I hear one (finger to lips, then cup ear)
ZOOM! (zoom arm from one side to the other)

Charlie Chaplin went to France (bouncing baby on lap)
To teach the ladies how to dance!
First he did the rumba (move baby's knees back and forth)
Then he did the kicks (move baby's legs in kicking motion)
Then he did the samba (move baby's legs up and down together)
And then he did the splits! (gently move baby's legs apart and together again)

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

We shake our maracas and sing and dance along with the CD. I once again plugged summer reading by pointing out (a) how much their kids LOVED the maracas and (b) how the egg shaker is vastly superior to the maraca, as it's easier to hold and harder to hit themselves in the face with it.

Book:

Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz.

Yes, two Katz books today!

Closing:

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 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

So, you have to do 3 activities a month to get your prize. Here are the activites we did today.


1. Sign up for summer reading
2. Attend a library program
3. Sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
4. Talk about what we read today.


We did 4 activities! They got their prize AND have a head start on July. Even better, we got most the parents to sign up for our adult program as well. It was a mad house at the desk, but very worth it.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SUMMER READING!

Well, school's officially out, and with a vengeance. We're still getting used to the new traffic patterns-- a complete flip of the ones during the school year! Now we're crazy busy during the day and slower at night. There's also a lot fewer reference questions and a lot more on readers advisory. It's a fun change of pace, but it's amazing how overnight the change can be!

Of course, we're madly signing people up for summer reading. Every summer we run 4 different summer reading programs-- one for birth-4, one for rising K-7, one for rising 7-12 (rising 7 can choose their program) and one for adults.

For the youngest program, we have a sheet with 15 activities on it-- read seven books in a week, read a bedtime story, sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," draw a picture of the moon and stars, etc. Every month, the kids do any 3 activities to get their prize (and the parents are more than welcome to warp the activities a bit so they work for their child) .

For the elementary school set, the kids have to read 8 books a month to get their prize. We used to do it a bit more like the pre-K program, but with age-appropriate activities. We also used to measure time instead of books read. We went to a straight "read X number of books" to simplify things this year. Personally, I think time is a better measure then number of books read, but I am not queen of the world.

For both the programs, we have a "prize menu" so the kids can choose which prizes they want.

For the teen program, they have a few bigger prizes that there's a drawing for. You get an entry into the drawing for ever 4 hours you read.

The adults have to read 3 books to get their first prize, and another 3 books to get their second prize.

And, for the all the programs, you can read with your ears.

For the kids programs, we're doing the Dream Big, READ! Theme (teens are doing Own the Night and for the adults we went with evening theme and it's Reading Under the Covers). We're giving out pencils and glow stick necklaces, food coupons, and piggy banks in the shape of a star. We also have some Oriole's tickets and DC United is giving out a free children's ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket, so some good prizes. (Teen prizes are TOP SECRET. Even I don't know what they are.)

One thing we're doing at our branch is we have several die-cut paper stars and every time one of the kids comes in to claim their prize, we write his or her name on a star and hang it up. We're looking forward to our walls filling up with stars as the summer goes on. We already have a dozen up, and school just got out on Friday!

So far it's been a busy summer, with lots of large groups signing up and using the branch (especially today, as it's raining!) but I'm looking forward to it. I missed last summer because of maternity leave, so I'm very excited this year.

If nothing else, everyone gets to see Miss Jennie's rotating collection of Summer Reading T-Shirts from summers past....