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Preschoolers

New picture books!

Preschoolers, Toddlers, InfantsRachel KohlComment
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We've got a great collection of new picture books at the library!. You can click the cover or the link in the title of the book to reserve a copy.

Book summaries are from Amazon.

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

This simple story works on so many levels: as the tale of a bear who finds his way home with the help of his animal friends; as a reassuring way to show children how to comfort themselves and find their way in everyday life; and on a more philosophical level, as a method of teaching readers that by listening to your heart and trusting yourself, you will always find a true home within yourself—and that even when it feels like you are alone, you never really are.

Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

It's Read to a Pet Day at the library! There are so many fun things to see and do! Biscuit plays with story-time puppets, visits with friends, and listens to recorded books. Before he goes, a librarian helps him find the activity that he loves most of all.

Cats vs. Dogs by Elizabeth Carney

Chocolate or vanilla? Creamy peanut butter or crunchy? Cats or dogs? On some matters in life, every kid must take a stance. Ever since the first youngster in history had a pet, cats vs. dogs has been a hotly debated issue at recesses and lunch tables worldwide. Which one's better? Smarter? This reader presents the facts in fun and informative fashion. Kids will love the stimulating Level 3 text as they decide the answer to this question for themselves.

Do Not Open! The Story of Pandora's Box by Joan Holub

When Pandora receives a shiny, gold box that says “Do Not Open!” she is so curious that she ignores the warning and opens it! Hundreds of bugs are let loose to fill the world with trouble. Pandora feels horrible until she finds something else in the box that can help: a fairy called Hope.

Don't Play With Your Food by Bob Shea

Rah! Buddy's a monster, and he's hungry! Time for all cute little bunnies to hop into his mouth. "Oh no!" they say. "There are cupcakes in the oven!" They offer Buddy some, and he becomes too full to eat the bunnies. He'll have to come back tomorrow. And so it goes between Buddy and the bunnies--they take him swimming, after which he is too tired to eat; they take him on all the rides at a carnival, after which he is too dizzy to eat; they even form a Buddy fan club . . . and who could eat their own fan club? Eventually Buddy realizes that the bunnies have tricked him. The bunnies aren't food at all--they are friends!

The bunnies' seemingly naive offers of friendship are a charming--and clever--mode of survival in this sweet and silly story about a not-at-all-scary monster.

Ei Ei O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra

Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn’t have a farm. He just had a yard — a yard he didn’t want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms! Judy Sierra’s spirited verse, paired with Matthew Myers’s exuberant illustrations, yields a fresh take on a children’s classic, complete with raised-bed gardens and an organic farmers’ market—making this a perfect story for armchair gardeners and devoted locavores of all sizes.

Flip Flap Farm by Alex Scheffler

What do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course! A very silly but absolutely compelling book that will charm the whole family.

How Hippo Says Hello (coming soon) & How Gator Says Good-Bye by Abigail Samoun

How many ways can Gator say “good-bye?” Find out, as he travels from China, Japan, and India, to Egypt, Russia, and France, and finally to Argentina and back home again to San Francisco. It's hard to leave friends, but learning how to bid someone farewell in seven different languages is easy!

Storytime with Ms. Katie -- January 27-31

Infants, PreschoolersRachel KohlComment

It was another two storytime week! There was no Toddler Time because I attended the YALSA Morris & Nonficition Award Ceremony at ALA Midwinter 2014. It was a great experience and I received a number of great young adult nonficition titles.

Don't forget to join us at the Rachel Kohl Library for storytime! Anyone is welcome to join us!

Toddler Time
Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
18 months–3 years old

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
3–5 years old

Infant Storytime
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Birth–18 months

The Books:

Preschool Storytime:

  • Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth by Eric Carle
  • Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
  • Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen
  • Rhino's Great Big Itch by Natalie Chivers

Infant Storytime:

  • Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins
  • Who's in the Jungle? by Heather J. Gondek
  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  • Rhino's Great Big Itch by Natalie Chivers

 

The Fingerplays / Flannel Board

Both of our non-book activities were about monkeys! The flannel board was Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed which is always fun since it's a classic and everyone can sing along.

The second song/fingerplay we did was Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. I can't remember where I first found it but it is another classic that many of the parents knew. The preschoolers LOVED it!

5 little monkeys sitting in a tree
hold up 5 fingers
Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Can't catch me!"
put thumbs in ears and wiggle fingers
(whispering) Along came the alligator quiet as can be
put palms together like an alligator mouth and weave back and forth
And SNATCHED that monkey right out of the tree!
open palms wide and clap loudly on "snatched"

Storytime with Ms. Katie-- January 13-17, 2014

Preschoolers, Toddlers, InfantsRachel Kohl1 Comment

Last week's storytime theme was all about cats! I had originally planned for the Preschoolers and Infants but with the cancellation of Dance Me A Story, I had to quick put together a Toddlers storytime. Not difficult -- just a combination of books from the Preschoolers and the Infants.

Don't forget to join us at the Rachel Kohl Library for storytime! Anyone is welcome to join us!

Toddler Time
Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
18 months–3 years old

Preschool Storytime
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
3–5 years old

Infant Storytime
Fridays at 10:30 a.m.
Birth–18 months

The Books:

Preschool Storytime:

  • Hans and Matilda by Yokococo
  • Kitten's First Full Moon by Keven Henkes
  • Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup
  • Top Cat by Lois Ehlert

Toddler Storytime:

  • I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec
  • Kitten's First Full Moon by Keven Henkes
  • Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
  • Top Cat by Lois Ehlert

Infant Storytime:

  • Cat & Mouse by Ian Schoenherr
  • Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep? by Bill Martin Jr.
  • If You See A Kitten by John Butler
  • I See Kitty by Yasmine Surovec

Flannel Board Stories

We also did two flannel board stories -- Little Cat & Five Little Kitties.

The Little Cat flannel board is a finding game. I printed out and laminated five different kinds of hats and one (slightly larger than the hats) cat. This way even the little ones can see him poking out and guess. Then the kids and I chanted "Little Cat, Little Cat, Are you under the _____ hat?". We then looked under each hat for the cat.

I found this cute, easy, attention grabbing flannel board on Storytime Katie.

The Five Little Kitties flannel board is another fun one. For this one, I printed out brightly colored, drawn cats and large nickles.

It's a repetitive, counting story.

Down around the corner at my mom's pet store
were five little kitties, and not one more.
Along came someone with a nickel to pay
and they bought the little kitty and they took it away.

It then counts down to four, three, two, one, all the kitties have homes! I would then replace each kitty with a nickel. With the Preschoolers, I then explained that a nickel is worth 5 cents and we then counted by 5s.

I found this flannel board on Mel's Desk.

Bonus Songs!

I've recently discovered Jbrary and I am now kind of obsessed. This week we learned "I'm A Little Kitty" to the tune of "I'm A Little Teapot". This song was really fun with the Preschoolers and Infants (it would probably have been fun with the toddlers except it was a huge group this week & proved hard to wrangle in). I may have also given a little scare to one innocent infant.