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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

storytime - DINOSAURS!

The Three Triceratops Tuff by Stephen Shaskin -- this Dino-fied version of Three Billy Goats Gruff was a big hit! The colorful illustrations really popped, the kids were watching closely.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems -- I love Mo! The kids that were familiar with the story of Goldilocks enjoyed this but for the little ones, I think it was too long. They survived though and the giggles at the end let me know the kids enjoyed it.

Then we all stood up and did this dinosaur rhyme:

Dinosaurs lived a long time ago
Some walked (STOMP)
Some swam (swim motions)
Some flew, you know! (flap wings)
Some were big (hands above head)
Some were small (squat down low)
Some were gigantic (arts out stretched)
And some very very tall (stretch on tip toes)

And then we did the Dino-Hokey Pokey

Put your claws in...
Horns in...
Teeth in...
Feet in...
Tail in...

One little boy pointed out that he did not have a tail...though he never mentioned to me that he did not have horns...

Sit back down for more stories!

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea -- OMG THEY LOVED THIS BOOK! Probably because I had them do all the ROARS!

Fingerplay: Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Five enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar (ROAR!)
One stomped away and then there were four!

Four enormous dinosaurs knocking down a tree (CLUNK!)
One stomped away, and then there were three.

Three enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew (EW!)
One stomped away and then there were two.

Two enormous dinosaurs sitting in the sun
one flapped away, and then there was one.

One enormous dinosaur left all alone (AW!)
He stomped away and now there are none.

Dino Bites! by Algy Craig Hall -- I really wanted to try out this brand new book even if it is on the gruesome side...but not really! I could tell the kids were starting to get nervous as the dinosaurs started eating their lunch, but once it because clear he wasn't going to be able to keep it down, they all said "EW GROSS!" Appropriate response is appropriate.

Dinosaurs love underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort -- I had to finish with this one since I drew underpants on my craft dinosaur! It flows really well and the kids thought it was hilarious.

Craft Time! Dinosaur cut out, color it and put it on a stick to make your own dino puppet!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

best books 2012

Here is a list of the books I read and enjoyed that were published this year. There's actually one adult fiction book in the mix! I know, you're shocked! But I listened to it and the reader is Jim Broadbent was hard not to like it. The rest is children's and teen fic. :)

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A bittersweet story about a man who sets out to mail a letter and decides to just keep walking, in the hopes of saving an old friend's life.

Jim Broadbent is an amazing narrator and did a great job giving each character their own voice. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee  (Origami Yoda #3)The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this one a lot better than 'Darth Paper', which I felt was sorta mean when it came to the kid's attacking poor Dwight. 'Fortune Wookiee' is a lot more fun as the kids try to figure out how Dwight is doing at the Tippet Academy (I love all the in-jokes for Star Wars fans). I also love that the creator of the Fortune Wookiee and Han Foldo is a girl. :)

Be warned, this ends on a cliffhanger!!

UnWholly (Unwind, #2)UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I heard Shusterman was writing a sequel to UNWIND, I cringed. It was not supposed to have a sequel. I was concerned that Neal had fallen upon hard times and his publishers were just trying to milk his award-winning book book for more...

WOW, was I wrong.

UNWHOLLY was fantastic. I haven't read a book that kept me on the edge of my seat in a long time. We find out about the aftermath of the Happy Jack Harvest Camp showdown and how it effected the rest of the world. And we finally get some insight into how Unwinding came to be. We meet up with favorite characters from UNWIND but we meet several new ones.

The book cover is devoid of color, a boy's face in shadow, and it fits - this story is all about navigating gray areas and trying to bring the truth to light. What makes it all so eerie is how plausible it still seems. How easily something that sounds horrific can become the status quo. How history is written by the victors. And how easy it is to bury the truth.

If you've read UNWIND, you NEED to read UNWHOLLY.

DramaDrama by Raina Telgemeier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What I love about Telgemeier's SMILE and DRAMA is that they are stories about a girl - not a girl and a boy (though boys are involved, since we do tend to cross paths with them as we grow up) but a girl, living her life. And, in the end, she learns something about herself. They are about friendship; they are about growing up.

DRAMA is the story of Callie going through a production with her school's drama club as they mount an ambitious musical. She recruits two new members for the club, making friends with two new students, all the while navigating the ins-and-outs with her old friends and classmates.

If you liked SMILE, I think you will enjoy DRAMA. The story skews slightly older than SMILE, in my opinion, but it still ends with a very positive message for the reader.

Code Name VerityCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an intense and fascinating story of survival and friendship. Reading the notes of the captured girl, you are pulled in to her internal struggle to survive and to stay true to herself. She describes her life before and the torture she undergoes every day from the Gestapo. And when it all comes to a head, about halfway through the book, you will not be able to put it down.

Of course, with the description of torture and threat of rape mentioned, you def. want to give this to a reader who can handle such harsh realities of war.

This may be one of the best historical fiction novels I have read. Well researched and well written.

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise Part 1 by Gene Luen Yang

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW...this has everything the television series has - humor, action, and a plot-line that makes the reader think "What would I do?" I am so impressed with this comic and the direction of the story.

Everybody Sees the AntsEverybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. Lucky Linderman might be one of the most honest and realistic teen characters I have ever read. This book was beautiful and heart-breaking and realistically represented the dark side of being a teenager, not in an over-the-top way, but in a way that anyone can identify with, but especially someone who has ever been plagued by a bully or felt misunderstood by the adults around them.

Ask The PassengersAsk The Passengers by A.S. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nobody's perfect

It's a hard concept for a lot of people to come to terms with, especially for teenagers who are struggling to figure out who they are. And maybe even more so for a young person growing up in small town America.

Astrid Jones' story, like 'Lucky' Linderman in Everybody Sees the Ants, is not a single-issue story. A.S. King has created a character who is dealing with many different issues, just like all of us, and we watch her survive and endure and grow. It's a satisfying book that will make you laugh and possibly get a bit choked up near the end.

Definitely one of the best books I have read all year.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

misconception about librarians -- they read all day

"I would love to have your job and be able to sit around and read all day."

This statement is so false, it could not be MORE false. There are a finite number of times you will catch a Librarian reading while in the library - during their break or while trying to find books for their next storytime.

When a Librarian is not at the Information Desk, they are usually running around behind the scenes working on projects: planning programs, writing schedules, working on cataloging, updating the library's websites, contacting schools...the list goes on because every library is so very different.

While we don't sit and read all day, we do know a lot about books and what is out there because we read journals and websites with book reviews to build our knowledge. So don't hesitate to ask! Something we COULD do all day is recommend books to you! :D

Misconceptions about Libraries -- all librarians are old ladies

While, yes, there are many women in the profession, there are also lots of men and many of us are not "old". And we're also not always grumpy (unless there are budget cuts, then we get a bit depressed).

And while many people might be "older" than the young patrons they serve, I think you'll find most librarians are young at heart, with a passion for stories and life. A lot of them are into technology and computers in a big way (more on that in a later post).

Sunday, June 17, 2012

100 things blogging challenge

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

In an effort to revitalize this blog, I'm going to participate in the 100 Things Blogging Challenge.

My topic -- 100 Library and Librarian myths DEBUNKED!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

storytime - friends, big and small

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers -- sweet little story, had a small group of kids today so this worked well since some of the pictures are only half a page. But they seemed interested in what would happen.

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne -- I wish I knew the sign-language for "I did it, I broke the televison". Might have made the ending a bit more interesting for the kids. But they enjoyed the tale of the monkey and his pet kitten.

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner -- They def. responded to this one, especially when I started unfolding that final page.

[song] Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
-- you could tell the kids were familiar with Elephant & Piggie by how quiet they got when I picked up this book. Always fun to read his stuff out loud and the small crowd made this easier to present during storytime.

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom -- this one just didn't do it for them, I don't think they quite understood bear's plight as Goose ran around him asking all kinds of questions.

[song] If You're Happy and You Know It -- one of my favorites. I use the book Clap Your Hands to read the words and actions.

Don't Worry Bear by Greg Foley -- big on pictures, short on text. Some of the kids knew what was coming but a few hadn't learned that basic caterpillar to butterfly story yet.

[craft] make little bear and butterfly puppets to take home and continue the story!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Storytime - imagination!

Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki -- great story to start off with since it's a bit morei involved. The kid's really seemed to like it and you could tell which of them had pets and saw the similarities between the relationship between the Dragon and the boy and them and their own pets.

Not A Box by Antoinette Portis -- I could hear them already getting wiggly (lots of little kids) so I went with this book which I always try to make interactive and have the kids shout out what the bunny is imagining the box to be. Kept some of their attention.

[song]The Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill -- great action song, the kids were giggling by the end. Good times. Will def. use this one again!!!

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow by Susan A. Shea; paintings by Tom Slaughter -- this was my first storytime using this title and the kids LOVED it! I'm convinced that any time a child is given permission to shout "NO!" they are happy. Great illustrations made it easy for everyone to see.

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas -- Jan Thomas is quickly becoming a storytime favorite of mine and this might be my favorite book so far. I had the kids stand up and we did all the actions the cows did. It's perfect since the last thing they do is sit down and take a nap. :)

What Little Boys Are Made Of by Robert Neubecker -- I wanted to feature a little boy because I was worried the next book might turn them off. This book has a lot in common with "Not A Box" in that you can encourage audience participation by asking the kids what the little boy is playing.

Princess Super Kitty by Antoinette Portis -- This was a HUGE hit but part of that was because I put on MY OWN Princess Super Kitty outfit as I read the book. I had my ears from Dragon*Con, a towel for a cape, and then my crown (which would be our craft at the end of storytime). Everyone enjoyed the little girl's antics.

[craft] Decorate a Crown so you can be Prince or Princess Super Kitty at home! (thank you Accu-Cut!). I put out crayons, stickers, and puffy balls for the kids to attach to the crowns. I also had my stapler so they could come to me to have their crown "fitted". A HUGE HIT FOR BOYS AND GIRLS!