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Ready, Set, Read!–1, 2, 3!


Bubble machine (sing Hello Bubbles and One Little Two Little Three Little Bubbles)

Opening song: Hands are Clapping (to the tune of Skip to My Lou) Hands are clapping, clap clap clap, hands are clapping, clap clap clap, hands are clapping, clap clap clap, clap your hands my darlings.  (feet are stomping, bodies are wiggling)–I think this one was in this year’s early literacy summer reading manual

Opening game: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (sing 3 times–first time slow, second time a little faster, third time “super sonic speed”)

photo(11)Book: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean (E CATS LITW)








photo(15)Flannelboard Activity: My groovy (red) buttons.  I printed these buttons onto different colored paper, laminated them, and put a bit of velcro on the back.  I handed these out to the kids and instructed them to come up with their button when I called that color.  Then I said “My buttons, my buttons, my groovy (red) buttons.”  The kids with red buttons came up and put them on the flannelboard.  Then we counted how many red buttons we had.  We did this for each color.  Then we went back and counted the total number of buttons.







photo(6)Song: Bubble Bubble Pop.  I made these cards and we sang the song demonstrated adorably (as always) by the Jbrary girls here.








photo(12)Book: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Jane Cabrera (E COUNTING CABR)








photo(10)Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd (E COLORS DODD)









Parachute activity: 3 little monkeys jumping on the bed

Parachute activity: Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! We’re Going to the Moon!

For both of these we put my three monkey puppets on the parachute and sang/recited the rhymes.  Three Little Monkeys got a little out of hand (they all fell off and some bumped their heads prematurely) so we had to put some of them back on.  It wasn’t perfect, but boy, did we have fun!  This is something I definitely want to incorporate more in my future storytimes.



photo(14)Closing game: animal action cube–we toss this at the end of storytime and imitate an animal.  This has really been fun!








Bubble machine and playtime

Craft and activity: bingo markers and teddy bear counter sorting

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Pre-k storytime–Dots and Spots!


003I started this storytime off by introducing Spots the Dalmatian.  In addition to having black spots on his body, Spots also has 7 white spots on his ears.  We counted them, then I told the kids that I knew of other books with spots.  One even has a dog with a spot on his ear!





004Dog’s Colorful Day, by Emma Dodd.  (E COUNTING DODD).  Counting, colors, dogs…need I say more about how great this book is for preschoolers?







006Lots of Dots, by Craig Frazier (E BROWSING FRAZ).  This is a fun book about seeing dots all around us.  In each classroom, I asked the kids to look for dots.





007Press Here by Harve Tullet (E BROWSING TULL).  This book is FAN-TAS-TIC!  The kids were amazed at how the dots changed as we read the book.  This is a perfect read aloud!






Dog’s Colorful Day at the Library–a daycare tour


Today I had a daycare group (4 and 5-year-olds) come in for a tour of the library!  The brilliant idea of centering the tour around Emma Dodd’s book “Dog’s Colorful Day” (as well as a very helpful outline!) came from one of my fav blogs Bryce Don’t Play.

After the kids came in and sat down, we started talking about what they expected to see at the library.  Not surprisingly, “books” was the first answer.  I also got “movies” and “computers”.  Then we talked about who all of this stuff belongs to–everyone in our community!  Everyone who has a library card can share everything in the library!

Then, I started storytime.  We did “This is Big, Big, Big” because, well, it’s awesome and we all love it.

Next, I read We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems.  (E WILLEMS).  I LOOOOOVE Elephant and Piggie, and I think every emergent reader should know and love them, too.








Next, we sang the ABC song.  I did this because I wanted to remind them that everything in the library is arranged alphabetically, so knowing your alphabet is important!  I told them that each book has an address, just like we do, and that’s how we know where it lives in the library.

Finally, we read Dog’s Colorful Day, by Emma Dodd.  I told the kids that, like Dog, we were going to walk around the neighborhood of the children’s department to see where all the different materials live.

Before we got started, I gave them each a white Dog necklace (modeled here with dots by the infamous Grizz).  I told them that we would collect spots at each stop on our tour.









I placed a large spot in eight areas around the children’s department.  At each spot, we talked about what was there (this one was audiobooks).  Then I asked if they had any questions and, if there were none, gave them each a spot for that particular color.  Along the way, we discussed fiction vs non-fiction and what an author does and what an illustrator does.






The necklaces were cardstock with a yarn necklace.  The spots were cut from construction paper, then stuck onto glue dots.  (The glue dots come on a sort of wax paper strip, so I just stuck the construction paper dots on top and left the other side stuck to the wax paper until the kids were ready to stick them onto their dog necklaces.)









After we collected all eight spots, the kids looked around and found books to check out.  At the circulation desk, they learned how to use the self-checkout to scan their own books.

I had a great time showing this group around!  Are you interested in a library tour for your group?  Call 759-2369 for more information.