Monthly Archives: October 2013

Preschool and PreK storytime–Monsters!


This week’s preschool and pre-k storytimes focused on monsters!  Some of these books just happen to rank among my favorite readalouds, period, so it made for a super fun storytime!

We have two preschool storytimes each week: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Leesburg Library and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Oakland Library.  Both storytimes are immediately followed with toys and playtime.  For more information about preschool storytime, call 759-2369.


Bubble machine (Hello Bubbles and 1 little 2 little 3 little bubbles)

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

Opening rhyme: Two Little Dickey Birds/Open Them, Shut Them

008Letter Monster–“Letter Monster wanted to read.  He htought if he ate letters, it was all he would need!”  I thought that this folder story was a really cute way to incorporate letter knowledge into this storytime, plus it connected really well with the craft we did (see below).  Find template and text of rhyme here.  I had to mutilate this poor folder to get it to work because my laminator wasn’t big enough to laminate the entire folder.  But I still think it turned out pretty cute.  The eyes and mouth are self-stick foam and I wrote the letters on green cardstock to make the monster green.




monsters love colorsMonsters Love Colors, by Mike Austin.  (E COLORS AUST)  This is a new book that I absolutely love!  It has very fun illustrations and is a perfect way to introduce primary colors and color mixing.  Plus, having to tell a monster not to eat is crayons is just funny.  It just is.









go away big green monsterGo Away, Big Green Monster!  Ed Emberley.  (E MONSTERS EMBE)  This book is genius.  I love how the die cut design is incorporated into the story, and how the reader is given the power to make that mean old monster GO AWAY!









Rhyme cube

This is Big (Mel’s Desk)

My hands say thank you

011Craft: letter monsters.  I found a free template online and used it to cut monsters from construction paper.  I offered assorted spooky eyes (foam stickers from Oriental Trading that were leftover from Pumpkinpalooza).  Use white glue and foam letters (or self-stick foam letters if you have them) and put letters into the monsters tummy.  Make sure to talk about each letter and the sound it makes before monster eats it!








Bubbles and playtime


Every Wednesday I visit Lee County Pre-K and read to all of the classes (5 groups with 2 classes each and 1 group with 1 class).

006The Monster at the End of this Book, by Jon Stone and MIchael Smollin.  (E MONSTERS STON).  Two things: #1–Grover seems to be largely unknown to most of the children I read this book to. #2–This disturbs me because I LOVE Grover.  #3–This book was my absolute FAVE when I was little.  The kids laughed like crazy as Grover pleaded with us not to keep turning the pages!








leonardo the terrible monsterLeonardo the Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems.  Want to show off your reading aloud prowess?  Try reading Sam’s monologue as fast as you can with proper emotion.  It’s awesome and hilarious, and be prepared to have at least one “Do it again!”









Monsters Love Colors (see above)

if monster and you know itIf You’re a Monster and You Know It, by Rebecca Emberly and Ed Emberley.  E MONSTERS EMBE)  I didn’t use the illustrations in this book, although they are wonderful.  I often say that I dare not enter pre-k without a puppet, and today was no exception.  I ended each storytime with Monty the Monster instructing the kids on how to be monsters by singing parts of “If You’re a Monster and You Know It” in a growlly voice.  I did “give a roar” last and pretended that Monty was scared of their roars, which they loved.





pumpkinpalooza mummyHave you purchased a plain pumpkin that needs some pizazz?  Bring your own pumpkin to our Pumpkinpalooza and use our art and craft supplies to make it perfectly pleasing!  We’ll have paint, felt, foam stickers (even some glow in the dark ones!), glitter glue, wiggle eyes, pompoms, pipe cleaners, and more!

        Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Oakland Library from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

        and Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Leesburg Library from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Costumes are optional.  Don’t miss the fun!

Fall storytime


I was so excited to do a fall storytime for my preschool, pre-k, and Headstart groups!  I referred back to my trusty Trees and Leaves storytime from last year–I will never get tired of Fall is Not Easy as a flannel story, and “[Yellow] leaves are falling down” is a great, simple song that the kids feel comfortable joining in on.  I even read “Stuck” a few times, just because I (heart) Oliver Jeffers that much.  But I did add some new things to this “fall” storytime, most notably:

tap the magic treeTap the Magic Tree, by Christie Matheson.  (E APPLES MATH)  This beautiful book is as interactive and fun as Press Here by Herve Tullet, one of my faves.  It actually looks like magic to the kids when we read it and the images seem to be responding to our movements.  Books like these are of course amazing one-on-one reads, but don’t discount them for group readalouds.  Trust me that it doesn’t bother the kids one bit that they can’t do the pressing/patting/whathaveyou–there are plenty of other opportunities for interacting with the book (wiggle fingers, blow a kiss).  This one works very will with a conversation about the four seasons, because you can see the tree as it goes through them.  There is also a tie-in with apples, so this would also work well for an apple storytime.






leaf blew inWhen the Leaf Blew In, by Steve Metzger and Kellie Lewis. (E FARM ANIMALS METZ).  I used my cow puppet and a leaf to introduce this book.  First, I showed a leaf and said that I noticed something was happening outside (getting cooler, leaves changing colors).  We talked about fall and how the leaves “fall” off the trees after they change color, then the wind blows them around.  I pretended like my leaf flew near Camilla and she sneezed a really big sneeze!  This is a really cute book with a progressive story line and clear illustrations that allow kids to predict what will happen next.






leavesLeaves, by David Ezra Stein.  (E FALL STEI).  This is another good story for the seasons.  Bear is having a great time–until all of the leaves start falling down.  Bear tries to catch them and stick them back on, but it’s just not the same.  Then, Bear gets sleepy–when he wakes up, he is in for a wonderful surprise!  Beautiful illustrations and a short and sweet, soothing story.








For my preschool storytimes, I pulled out some felt leaves in brown, orange, yellow, and red and we played with them during the storytime.  When we sang the “Leaves are falling” song, we looked for the different colored leaves.