Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bubbles Storytime!

Do your own children's storytime about Bubbles!!!  Great to talk about water, the coean, or just taking a bath!

To the TubTO THE TUB. Anderson, Peggy.

In this sequel to Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said, froggie won't take his bath.

THE DIRTY LITTLE BOY. Brown, Margaret Wise.
A new, illustrated version of Wise's story, where a little boy copies the bathing practices of various animals. I like this one a lot!
Strega Nona sends home candy and bubble bath while on vacation, and Big Anthony get stuck with too many bubbles! Get a great audio CDof it here.

THING! Inkpen, Mick.
Kipper finds a gadget that blows bubbles. Very whimsical and fun!

DAD'S CAR WASH. Sutherland, Harry. 
Dad makes bathtime fun when he pretends it is a car wash for kids.

SHOW AND TELL.  Woodruff, Elvira.
Andy brings magic bubbles for show and tell.

TUBTIME.  Woodruff, Elvira.
Two sisters share an unusual bubble bath full of animals.

NO BATH TONIGHT! Ziefert, Harriet.
A little boy stalls at bathtime by wondering if various animals are hiding in the bath.

Ocean Life Storytime

Sometimes changing up your storytimes ideas is great. Here's a list of great books for a storytime about ocean life!
Big AlBIG AL. Clements, Andrew.
Big Al the blowfish is teased for being ugly, but when he helps the other fish who are caught in a net, they see beyond his appearance and become Al's friends.

A counting book patterned after the fingerplay “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.”

PEG AND THE WHALE. Oppel, Kenneth. 
Peg is raised on a ship and is a great fisherman. She sets her sights on catching a whale.

DORY STORY. Pallota, Jerry.
The ocean's food chain is explored in this simple story of a boy's imagination.

Twenty-six ocean animals are featured in this entertaining alphabet book.

HELLO, OCEAN! Ryan, Pamela Munoz. 
Using her five senses, a girl describes how she experiences the wonders of the ocean.

A giant squid brags about being so large until he meets someone bigger!

WHAT THE SEA SAW.  St. Pierre, Stephanie.
A rhyming story about sea inhabitants.

A counting book in rhyme, showing ocean creatures and their young.

TEN LITTLE FISH. Wood, Audrey.
A counting book with a story of fish who one by one leave the ocean reef.

Surfing and Swimming Storytime

Get Set! Swim!
You might be setting up a storytime over the summer about the beach or swimming - and expecially surfing is a "most excellent" topic. Here's a quick bibliography of great read alouds for your surfing and beach filled storytime. Surf's up!

GET SET! SWIM! Atkins, Jeannine.

A girl learns to be proud of herself due to her accomplishments at a swim meet. With a Latina main character.

GIRL VS. WAVE  Bass, Scott. Ruby overcomes her fear and learns how to surf.

D.W. ALL WET.  Brown, Marc. Arthur's bratty little sister learns to swim at the beach.

MAKE THE TEAM, BABY DUCK!  Hest, Amy. Grandfather encourages Baby Duck at the pool.

FROGGY LEARNS TO SWIM. London, Jonathan.   Froggy's mother (wearing a snorkel and flippers) teaches him how to swim.

THE GREAT WHITE MAN-EATING SHARK. Mahy, Margaret.  A boy likes to swim in the cove without others crowding him, so he disguises himself as a shark.

RHINOS WHO SURF.  Mammano, Julie. Surfer lingo brightens up this look at rhinos who surf!

SERGIO MAKES A SPLASH.  Rodriguez, Edel. Sergio the penguin is afraid to swim in deep water. One of the best for sure!

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Hunger Games

The Hunger GamesCatching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)
Everyone at my office is going gaga for The Hunger Games series.  They are all good for young adult, about grade 7 - well, and obviously Children's Librarians. Sort of a Gladiator meets The Lottery type thing.

Book one is just called The Hunger Games. Book two is called Catching Fire. And the newest book, which ships soon and you should order now, is called Mockingjay

Now you can't say you didn't hear about the awesome series yet!

Going fast!

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga)Yeah, it's not really storytime information for you. This is just a heads up that kids (and parents) will be rushing you at the reference desk asking for this book. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella, is the newest book by Stephenie Meyer.  It was popular before. And now that the movie came out - forget it.

A Storytime About April Showers!

Or a storytime for any rainy time actualy. There is no avoiding all those beautiful flowers coming up! "April showers bring May flowers."

My Red Umbrella, by Robert Bright. As in years past, I like to start with our flannel board version of this simple story with lots of opportunities for animal identification and counting.

Rabbits and Raindrops (Picture Puffins)Rabbits & Raindrops, by Jim Arnosky. Short and gentle, his is a lovely, realistic book about wild rabbits taking shelter during a rain shower.

Thirsty Thursday, by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Helen Craig. This is a cute and silly fantasy about a girl tickling clouds to make them rain. Very short, there's not much to it, but it was fun to flesh out the program.

Move Over, Rover! , by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Jane Dyer. Cumulative, patterned story about animals crowding into a dog house during a storm. Good for animal identification.