Monthly Archives: September 2013

Preschool storytime–Bus!


I did a bus themed preschool storytime for the first week of September (sorry I’m a bit late posting!)  Has anyone else noticed that there are a ton of great children’s books coming out lately?  I will be posting on some of my absolute faves soon, but I decided to do this storytime in part because September = school and in part because of the new book “Gus the Dinosaur Bus” by Julia Liu.  And let’s face it–I *will* use any excuse whatsoever to read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

Bubbles–Hello Bubbles and One Little, Two Little, Three Little Bubbles

Opening song: We hit our knees together (Mother Goose on the Loose)

Opening rhyme: Two little dickey birds/Open them shut them

gus the dinosaur busBook:  Gus, the Dinosaur Bus, by Julia Liu. (E DINOSAURS LIU) This is the story of Gus, a dinosaur who works as a school bus.  It’s a charming book, and I think the kids were just as taken with the idea of a dino school bus as I was.









seals on the busThe Seals on the Bus, by Lenny Hort and G. Brian Karas. (E TRANSPORTATION HORT).  This is a fun read-aloud because it gives kids the opportunity to identify animals (vocabulary) AND replicate their sounds (phonological awareness).









dont let the pigeon drive the busDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems. (E WILLEMS).  I won’t bore you with more praise of Mo Willems.  I (heart) him.  That is all.









Craft: I used this school bus printable to make a school bus craft.  I used the bus shape as a template to cut buses out of yellow construction paper, then I let the kids color, cut, and paste the other shapes.  In this activity I wanted to encourage vocabulary–parents/caregivers talking about the shapes and colors as they work together with the child to make the bus.



Redbone Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover (slideshow!)


storytimeWe had our last Bedtime Math/Back to school stuffed animal sleepover at the Redbone Library yesterday.  As usual, the stuffed friends had a great time getting into mischief at the library!  Check it out here!

Leesburg Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Slideshow!)


appleYesterday we had a Bedtime Math storytime/stuffed animal sleepover at the Leesburg Library.  First we made personalized backpack nametags for our stuffed friends, then we played with bubbles for awhile.  We started with reading Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean (E CATS LITW).






tangramsOur teen volunteer Lexi read Perfect Square by Michael Hall (E MATH HALL) while we experimented with Bedtime math tangrams.









teddy bear countingThen we did some counting with gummy bears and excerpts from Teddy Bear Counting by Barbara Barbieri McGrath and Tim Nihoff (Available through PINES).







We finished up with two sample problems from the Bedtime Math website (

Finally, we put our stuffed animals to bed.  You won’t believe what they did after you left!  Here’s a slideshow of their antics!

Pickup of stuffed friends starts at the Leesburg Library TODAY (Wednesday, Sept. 11) at 12:00 p.m.  You still have time to attend a teddy bear sleepover!  Bring your stuffed friend to the Smithville Library TODAY (Wednesday, Sept. 11) at 4:00 p.m. or the Redbone Library TOMORROW (Thursday, Sept. 12) at 4:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Lee County Library, free and open to the public.

Oakland Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover (Slideshow!)


teddy bear sleepover bedtime mathYesterday we kicked off our week of Bedtime Math stuffed animal sleepovers at the Oakland Library.  We did some fun math activities, and it looks like the stuffed friends had lots of fun overnight at the library!  Check it out here!

Remember that pick up for stuffed friends starts today at the Oakland Library at 10:00 a.m.

Couldn’t make it to the Oakland Library?  Join us today (9/10) at 4:00 p.m. at the Leesburg Library, tomorrow (9/11) at 4:00 p.m. at the Smithville Library, or Thursday (9/12) at 4:00 p.m. at the Redbone Library.

Back to School Stuffed Animal Sleepover next week!


teddy bear sleepover bedtime mathI LOVE  a stuffed animal sleepover (see the Campout and Christmas themed ones we did in the past).  When I received materials from this cool organization called Bedtime Math ( I decided that we HAD to have a back-to-school themed one!

Bedtime Math was started by math enthusiast Laura Bilodeau Overdeck to encourage parents and caregivers to make math part of everyday life for young children.  To do this, Overdeck encourages that parents engage their kids with fun nightly math problems.  Parents can get these by email, Facebook, or the Bedtime Math website.  You can even keep a calendar with stickers for every night that your child completes a math problem.  Each problem has 3 difficulty levels: wee ones, little kids, and big kids, so they can be tailored for any skill level.  The goal is to make kids feel comfortable and confident with math early on so that they can tackle more difficult concepts as they progress through school.

For our event, we’ll do some Bedtime Math activities, including these fun tangram puzzles that Grizz is playing with in the picture above.  After that, the kids can leave their stuffed friends at the library for a back-to-school themed stuffed animal sleepover!  We usually catch these guys in some pretty funny situations, so don’t miss it!  (I’ll post a slideshow of their antics here, so stay tuned!)

Monday, Sept. 9–4:00-5:00 p.m. Oakland Library (pickup starts at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10)

Tuesday, Sept. 10–4:00-5:00 p.m. Leesburg Library (pickup starts 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11)

Wednesday, Sept. 11–4:00-5:00 p.m. Smithville Library (pickup starts 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 12)

Thursday, Sept. 12–4:00-5:00 p.m. Redbone Library (pickup starts 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13).

All Stuffed Animal Sleepovers are sponsored by the Lee County Library and are free and open to the public.  Call 759-2369 for more information.