Storytime for New to Two every Wednesday at 10:30.

Storytime for New to Two every Wednesday at 10:30. Stories, songs, puppets and a lot of playtime fun.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Baby Storytime about Trains on Wednesday, September 6 @ 10:30

We're going to be blowing on that long lonesome train whistle at storytime today, so plan on jumping aboard!

Props:  Train whistle, Freight Train from Kizclub on clothesline.  We counted the cars but the babies were too young to do the colors.


TRAINS GO by Steve Light was a great, noisy storytime opener.  The moms could see the sounds the different trains made and joined it to help read this one aloud.

Freight Train by Donald Crews. I printed out all the train cars courtesy of the wonderful folks at KIZCLUB -- imagine making all the pictures of some of the greatest kids' classic available for download, what a great idea. I wish I could say that I then took the trouble of stretching up my clothesline and told the story that way, but I'm afraid that'll have to wait till Friday. I learned the hard way that the train is quite a long one and will NOT fit on top of my easel!

Down by the Station by Vetter.  A great version; down by airport, down by the bus station, etc.

The Little Engine that Could, board book by Watty Piper. (ISBN 0448401010) I asked the moms to help me read the book, and when we got to the "I think I can" chorus, they joined in so beautifully. There's a simple one, TWO, three, four, one, TWO, three, four step that goes along with the "I think I can" and "I thought I could" very nicely.

Wheels on the Bus, of course!
Motor Boat, of course!
J Lib sing The Little Red Train Going Down the Track

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rhyme Time, Wednesday, August 30 @ 10:30

Babies don't always get our jokes and they don't always get the point of the story but they love the sound of a good rhyme. We'll be doing rhyme time at storyhour today!

Storytime 1

Miss Mary Mack big book by Mary Ann Hoberman.  Kinda perfect clapping song.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle. I used the I used Kiz Club Brown Bear figures and sang/chanted this the way Bill Martin does.Try out this readaloud style:

JUMP! by Scott Fischer. 

Still a Gorilla by Kim Norman 

Barnyard Dance by the immortal Sandra Boynton. Print out and do as chant. 

Babies hard at work!

Storytime 2

Do Cows Meow? board book Salina Yoon.  V. good.  I put a lot of emphasis on All-I-Know-Is-____-Go-______ to turn it into a refrain.
I Howl, I Growl board book Marcia Vaughan.  So this was a bit redundant.  I think I should have plugged a Sandra Boynton in here. 
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill. Not only is this written in cute rhymes, but it has tons of motions in it -- "Sometimes I like to just walk round and round, I pigeon step, pigeon step, till I fall down." (Pigeon toes, in which the toes point inwards, is common and occurs at any time from infancy to about age eight. -- Free Dictionary)

With the exception of the inevitable Motor Boat, we really did all rhyming songs. It was nice, I used some I don't ordinarily.

Pat-a Cake
Itsy Bitsy Spider -- the long version with the baby bug
Tommy Thumbs Up and Tommy Thumbs down
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
Teddy Bear (of course)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Pet Storytime, Wednesday, August 23 @ 10:30


Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser lets you read aloud with lots of animal noises, always a good ploy for this age group. This segues right into the turtle puppet poem. To make this work, try reading the book less and acting it out more. Turn off the lights, put the animals to sleep, do a big hush roomwide, and then have the hamster go crazy and make a lot of noise. 
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. They loved it.
An Octopus Followed Me Home by Dan Yaccarino. Unfortunately, babies don't get irony.  But at least there are a lot animals, and it's short.
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton. Cute. Really a little song.
Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton. I corralled 15 stuffed animals in my storytime bag, and while reading the book, pulled out the animal. This could really be done with ANY 15 animals. It's a nice little play -- pull it out and show off the animals for this group. They were really noisy by this time and the lapsitters didn't get involved as much as the toddlers. How to switch this out?  I could add the appropriate animal action. "I've got a cat named Bob -- she purrs" and purr her over to a child, "and a dog named Bob" and he barks and runs, and two fish named Bob and Bob," and they swim

 Turtle puppet & poem. The original Vachel Lindsay:

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.
He swam in the puddles, he climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at the mosquitoes, he snapped at the fleas,
He snapped at the minnows, he snapped at me!

He caught the mosquitoes, he caught the fleas,

He caught those minnows, but he didn't catch me!

I always love snapping at all the little baby mosquito and minnows in the room.


Any animal songs!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Piggies! Wednesday, August 19 @ 10:30

PlayProps:  Pig, 5 little pigs metalboard, although I only do 3 for the babies.


Olivia's Opposites, a board book by Ian Falconer. Opposites are always fun with babies, esp. Olivia's.  The concepts of in and out and up and down amuse me and them endlessly. I had an especially good time doing up and down: I throw Olivia up in the air and she landed down on the ground.  For my finale, I brought her in to see everyone and then throw her out the door. I always try to astonish the babies.

Let's Dance, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton. I really shimmied to this for the audience.

Busy Piggies by John Schindel.  This board book series has jusssst enough rhyming text, and jusssst the right pictures. I love this series esp. because it emphasizes verbs, which can be acted out and grab the babies' attention.  

Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems. The babies listened very well to this fairly long book.

Five Little Piggies, a board book by Teresa Imperato. This cute board book alters  the 5 Little Piggies rhyme with some cute variations that make it an excellent addition to a pig storytime for babies. But I might use a metalboard of my pigs the next time. And it's so important that they count on their toes!

The pigs, cows and ducks were riding on the bus today.
5 pigs so squeaky clean,
They were the cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen,
Until one fell in the mud,
He landed
with a great big THUD!
now there are 4 pigs
                                                  so squeaky clean [oink].

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Song Book Storytime, Wednesday, August 2 @ 10:30

Cover image for The lady with the alligator purse


The Wheels on the Bus Office lift the flap. The words are a bit different than what I usually sing, so brush up on it!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm Office lift the flap. I pulled the animals out as we went. Small crowd so I let the babies hold them.

The Lady with the Alligator Purse Board Westcott.  Love this so much.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider board book Trapani.  Lots of new lines make this favorite fun.

If You're Happy and You Know It by Raffi.  I must say, Raffi's words are a bit odd.  If you're banana and you know it? If you're beautiful and you know it? I kind of like just  happy -- clap, happy -- stomp, happy -- hurray.  It's never wrong to sing out about how happy you are.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Board Book by Christelow.  We did 5 Little Speckled Frogs instead because Genevieve has just given me such a lovely frogs-on-a-log set. But the monkeys would have done just as well.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera.  Pick out a couple pages ahead of time.


We just read them all!

Dinosaur Storytime, Wednesday, August 2 @ 10:30


We sang Wheels on the Bus right after our Hello Song, and I thought I'd set the mood by having my dinosaur t-rex puppet ride the bus with a GRRR but I was a bit overenthusiastic and one usually cheerful puppy burst into tears. So THEN we had the babies on the bus (who usually go peek-a-boo) go waaa waaa waaa and it was pretty darn funny.


Snappy Little Dinosaurs -- pop-up book. Just read 

How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down by Jane Yolen.  There's something a bit off about this book.  Sometimes the text applies to the fold out and sometimes it isn't.  Either read it all through, be quick, or pick a different one.  She has so many.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur  by Kallie George. I always reading a book in different voices, and this simple trick seems to work on the babies too.  

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian.  Rhymes AND the dino goes over the names of all his parts of the body! Quite the megahit!  And you can segue directly into "This is the Way We Wash Our Face." I used I'm a Hungry Dinosaur this year. It might not have been as great, but the moms did join in with the motions and it was fun.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs.  Sandra Boynton is always a fun readaloud. I downloaded some cute stegosauruses  on to red, yellow, blue and green paper for a rousing finale the kids liked. 

Try:  Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland. But I do like Sandra Boynton better. Simpler and better rhymes for this group.
Next year: Dinosaur vs. The Library by Bob Shea. The next time I read this book, I'll remember that Dinosaur is supposed to be a little kid playing wildly with other little kids (disguised as cows, chicks, turtles, etc.) and I'll read it like that. I think it would do better without the big stuffed puppets I tried to use.


The Dinosaurs Ride the Bus!!!

Examples: Sung to: "The Wheels on the Bus"
The Pteranodon's wings went FLAP, FLAP, FLAP,
The Pteranodon's wings went FLAP, FLAP, FLAP
All around the swamp.
The Tyrannosaurus Rex went GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,
The Triceratops horns went POKE, POKE, POKE
The Apatosaurus went MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,
The Stegosaurus tail went SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dog Storyhour, Wednesday, July 27 @ 10:30


  • The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems.  I intro'ed storytime by asking who had a dog.  Emma immediately said she didn't have ANY pets and she REALLY wanted one, which was the perfect set up.  Then I read the title and said, "Huh? A pigeon is a BIRD?  And it wants a DOG?" 
  • Dog's Day by Jane Cabrera.  Her bright illustrations make her books great pix for babies. 
  • Spot's First Walk, by Eric Hill.  I'm boycotting Where's Spot. The vocab includes a grandfather clock, a grand piano, a door under a staircase, a mirrored armoire... But Spot's First Walk, which I actually did at the end, was the only book to work for this group today.  Maybe next year I'll try just doing Spot books.  Lift the flap, simple vocab... 
  • Doggies by Sandra Boynton.  A very fun read aloud, as you repeat with each finger (hold up your fingers as dogs) the different sounds they make. And in the end they all go Awroooooo! together.  Everyone howled just like the dogs.

I'd never done this song before, but it worked very well.

123, doggies got a flea
Doggies got a flea and now it’s on me
123 doggies got a flea
Doggies got a flea and now it’s on me
It’s on my nose, my toes,
It’s on my ear, it’s over HERE
It’s on my tum, it’s on my thumb
123doggies got a flea

Doggies got a flea and now it’s on me