Wednesday, October 20, 2010

storytime - just plain weird!

For my final storytime of 2010, I took all the weird books that I ran out of time for or did not fit into a theme and did them as one big old weird storytime! I think it went well. Here are the titles:

Barry, the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra - All the other fish are bored until Barry shows up with his amazing FINGERS! The kids seemed to enjoy this one, though now I wish I had played up the "what can you do with fingers?" page and had the kids do it with me. I'll remember that for next time.

Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty - Jeremy is a bit of a shut-in so one day he draws himself a companion - a big blue monster. Unfortunately, the monster is REALLY bossy! He demands that Jeremy draw all kinds of things to keep him amused. I gave the monster a kind of goofy voice so the kids wouldn't be too worried about him.

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems - oh you knew this was coming! I can't do a storytime without Mo! I brought my Leonardo puppet down to the storytime with me. He tried to scare everyone by popping out from behind the book every now and then. He also spazzed out any time he was spazzing in the book. They really liked that.

SONG: I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (with feltboard!) - used a recording that I think it Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul, and Mary) but I think I should have just acapella'd it.

I'd Really Like to Eat a Child by Donnio Sylviane - Achilles the Crocodile is fed bananas for breakfast every day but one morning he wakes up and tells his parents he wants to eat a child. They try to feed him other (non-living) things but Achilles insists. Eventually he encounters a child, but things don't go as planned. I think some of the kids thought this was hilarious while others were mortified.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer - classic picture book time! Might as well go out with a guaranteed hit! As usual, the kids loved this one. By the end, I had them helping out by shouting out which animal the doctor would pull out of George next.

Craft: Silly Masks on paper plates.

Next up: Babies in Bloom!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

storytime - BFFs!

Kind of a random theme for today's storytime - Best Friends! Yes, it may have just been that I wanted to read Elephant & Piggie because I LOVE READING ELEPHANT & PIGGIE! You get to be so OVER the Top with them. But it wasn't all Mo!

Duck and Goose by Tad Hills - they may start out as strangers but after a harrowing few days together guarding an abandoned "egg", Duck and Goose end the story as buddies. The kids seemed really into this one but it is quite a long story which is why I started off with it. Should have created some better voices for Duck, Goose, and Blue Bird. Maybe next time.

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger: Three short stories (really short, it's a picture book!) about Dog & Bear. But even though they are short, there is a lot of humor. Just make sure the kids can see the illustrations as a lot of the jokes are in the pictures.

Won't You Be My Hugaroo? by Joanne Ryder: Very sweet story about hugs! I prefaced the book by saying that some of the best things about friends is that you can get free hugs from them. Heard lots of "aawww" sounds like reading and I know some of the kids were getting hugs as I went through it.

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems: One of my favorite Elephant & Piggie books. These are always a bit tricky to do because they are very small books. But I love to read them because Gerald (the elephant...get it, Elephant Gerald...just say it outloud) and Piggie (that's her name) are so EXPRESSIVE! I had the kids identify what Piggie dressed up as to cheer up Gerald so it there was a bit of interaction.

SONG TIME! John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (his name is my name too, so we MUST be friends...I was surprised the kids did not know this one) and Knick-Knack Paddy Whack (which has very little to do with friends, but if an old man is playing Knick-Knack Paddy Whack on your toes, knees, 'hind etc., I should hope you are at least acquaintances!) I used the Disney Children's Favorite Songs Vol 1 & 2 for this...mostly because I realized I had the exact same album on cassette when I was a kid...

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems: It's my storytime so I can read all the Mo Willems I want! Plus, I wanted to see how the kid's reacted when the snake crawled onto the page and asked to play. It went over well, but they were starting to get the wiggles so that means CRAFT TIME!

I downloaded a picture of Elephant & Piggie from Elephant & Piggie Event Kit on Mo Willem's official website. I enlarged the images and then photocopies Gerald on a lavender paper and Piggie onto pink paper. I made an example with clothes colored onto them and stuck them on popscicle sticks. I told the kids that they should put them in their favorite outfits and think of a new story/adventure for them to go on! It actually went over really well!

Friday, October 08, 2010

Storytime - Food

Too Many Cooks by Nate Wragg & Margaret McNamara - picture book inspired by the Disney/Pixar animated film Ratatouille. Not many of the kids had seen the movie (I didn't really expect them to have seen it) but they all seemed to really enjoy the book. It's a large book with very cool illustrations and the rhyme makes it a quick and fun read.

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson - Johnson's story about a small diner owner who decides he has to spice up his menu and creates the perfect meatball, but it gets away! Includes a story and the song lyrics too. By the time I was done reading this, the kids were ready to sing the song

Sesame Streets: Kid's Favorite Songs 2 - we used the Snuffulupogus version of On Top of Spaghetti. Since there aren't any actions to go with the song, I just held up the story book again and bounced along.

Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems - Because it's not storytime with Miss Sam without a Mo Willems book, this one snuck into the pile. I over-acted as much as I could and the kids seemed to be pretty amused (though one child was already in the middle of a meltdown so we were a bit distracted during this book).

Big Blue Bowl: Sign Language for Food - this one I just used the text of the book and read it while having the kids do the signs along with me (though I deleted the squash from the story since the book had them fingerspell...and these kids can't even spell anyway so that would have been a lost cause). I got SO MANY positive comments about this after storytime. I need to find more books in this series.

Too Pickley by Jean Reidy - I played up this one a lot, as we went through each of the food descriptions, and then made sure to emphasize how, in the end even though the kid was labeling everything - he still ate it all (at least, that's how I interpret the story).

Craft: paper plate pizzas! I talked to all the little chef's while they glued down their pasta sauce, cheese, pepperonis etc.