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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Food Story time

 Bullfrog Puppet from backroom, or Turtle with Vachel Lindsay poem.

  • Yummy YUCKY by Leslie Patricelli. This may be the most ingenious of Patricelli's wonderful series about this bald headed baby troublemaker. Certainly the kids enjoyed it -- although a few moms were grossed out by the burger-booger page as well as the egg-earwax page. I don't know why. It's like they don't associate with the babes 24/7.
  • Big Hungry Bear BB Wood.  Great opener.
  • Noisy Breakfast by Ellen Blonder.  Big Book.  Lotsa sounds.
  • Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson.  Sweeet.
  • Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar, a Piggy Toes boardbook by Wang.  Love this book. It's got all the charming rhyme of the jump rope song and all the right characters implicated -- cat, dog, etc., -- so that I can act it out with puppets.
  • How to Feed Your Cheeky Monkey   board book Clarke. OK 

  • 1 potato, 2 potato chant
  • Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
  • Pat a cake
  • Mashed Potatoes hot, Mashed Potatoes cold (sound familiar?)
  • Bread & Butter, Jelly & Jam
  • Three Little Gingie Men lying on a tray
  • 1 jumped up and ran away
    Shouting, "Catch me, catch me, catch me if you can...
    You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"
    (I had three big cut out gingerbread men and raced them around the room)
    Since when are you guys supposed to grow up? Aidan's going to daycare now all day for three days a week.  Sniff.
    At least Elsie still comes in and sees me.

    And I love seeing Wisdom and Kiley on Friday!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Rain Storytime, Wednesday, May 17 @ 10:30

Enter with umbrella! Bring rainstick!

  • Rain by Manya Stojic.  This has everything: animals, sounds, and senses: "hear, see, smell," etc. Bring your lion puppet! Very well received.
  • Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry.  This book might amaze me more than the kids, as the beautiful rainbow unfolds in the end. To get a little more interaction, ask them what color is going to be on the next page and then shout it out when you turn the page. The almost twos will get it.
  • Ducks Like to Swim by Agnes Verboven.  Again, a book that gives you plenty of opportunity to quack like a duck, moo like a cow, and bray like a donkey. Plus, it gives you a lead in to all those great duck songs and books we love so much. I pulled each puppet out and had the kids (and moms) by turns moo and meow etc. and then handed them off to them.

  • The Rain  (to Frere Jacques)

I hear thunder, (stomp floor) I hear thunder,
Hear it CRASH. Hear it CRASH.
But I don’t fear the thunder
I know it’s only thunder.  CRASH CRASH CRASH.

(Flutter with fingers)
I hear raindrops, I hear raindrops,
Pitter pat, Pitter pat. Will it rain for hours?
I know it’s good for flowers.
But I want to play, Not stay in all day

Ah, I think it just stopped!

  • This Is the Way We Dry Ourselves 

This is the way we dry our hair, dry our hair, dry our hair.
This is the way we dry our hair because WE GOT ALL WET!
face, nose, neck, whatever.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother Storyhour, Wednesday, May 10 @ 10:30

  • Who's My Mom by Jennings. Board Book. Nice enough.
  • Over in the Meadow. I used the clothesline version in Mother's about the sea creatures.
  • I Love Mom with the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Nice enough.
  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney. I skipped a couple pages, but llama meltdowns do happen.
  • Pouch! by David Ezra Stein. Worked out fine with the puppets.  I was careful to use a baby voice for the baby kangaroo and show the kids how the baby lived in mama's pouch.
  • Songs
  • Over in the Meadow as a clothesline.
  • If you love me and you know it, clap your hands, etc. Blow a kiss. Give me a hug. Definitely use.
  • Skinnamarinka
  • Over on the beach in the sand and the sun
    Lived a big mama turtle and her little turtle one
    Dig said the mama
    I dig, said the one
    And they swam all day in the sand and the sun.
    Over on the beach where the waves lap so blue
    Lived a mama seagull and her seagulls two
    Squawk! Said the mama
    We squawk! Said the two
    And they squawked all day where the waves lap so blue.
    Over on the beach near the tall palm tree
    Lived a little sandcrab
    And her baby sandcrabs three
    Crawl! Said the sandcrab! We crawl said the three
    And they crawled all day by the tall palm tree.
    Over on the beach on the sand by the shore
    Lived a mama pelican
    And her pelicans four
    Swoop! Said the mama. We swoop! said the four.
    And they swooped all day on the sand by the shore.
    Over in the water where the dolphins like to dive
    Lived a big mama fish and her baby fish five.
    Swim! Said the mama.
    We swim! Said the five. So they swam all day where the dolphins like to dive.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Manners Storytime, Wednesday, April 24 @ 10:30

Good Storyhour Manners
take part.
Please bounce and sing and listen and zoom and 
moo and twinkle with us.

Note:  This was posted last year.  This year's babies are just the best always!

Hey, babies! A storytime about manners?  What an idea! Do babies to worry about manners?

Yup, they do, or else in just a few months, they'll be at that age when THEY DON'T WANT TO HOLD HANDS IN THE PARKING LOT!!! 

  • Excuse Me by Karen Katz. I pulled all the props for this so it was a lot of fun. I used my prop gift box as the present from Grandma, so when the story was over
    • I opened the beautiful box, emphasizing the green, the blue bow, the white cylinder inside, and then the balloons, which I blew up by turns and let go.  This is always an enormous crowd pleaser: blowing up a balloon and letting it go.  Go figure. 
  • The Duckling Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems.  I like to look up to the ceiling when I am being squeaky little duckling. 
  • Germs are Not for Sharing by Elizabeth Verdick -- Cough into your sleeve! Prop: box of tissues.
    • Leads into This is the Way I Wash My Face, shampoo my hair, (hold your nose so you sound funny) your nose, stomach, etc., until you're nice & clean.
    • Skinnamarinka
  • Cuddle by Beth Shoshan.  I had almost all the animals in the book, so this made for a fun puppet show. This really is a fun book.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen. Skipped a few bits. Used a dinosaur puppet, and the signs for eating and more. I had a cup the dinosaur threw on the floor.
5 little ducks run in the parking lot
1 fell down and he went PLOP
Mamma called the Big Duck and the Big Duck got hot!
Always hold hands in the parking lot!

3 nice mice, 3 nice mice
See how nice they are
See how nice they are
They’re always polite when they nibble their cheese
They never forget to say “thank you” and “please”
They cover their noses whenever they sneeze
3 nice mice, 3 nice mice

Earth Day, Wednesday, April 20 @ 10:30, just after morning naptime

Puppet:  I got out all the puppets who live in my garden: ladybug, snail, bee, snake, frog. Then the turtle puppet honored us with his presence and we did the original Vachel Lindsay poem. There was a little turtle, he lived in a box....


  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear introduced by an extremely large brown teddy bear. This year I'm going to line up some of my kids' chairs on tables (out of reach, and seat: a white seagull, a gray shark, a green turtle, etc. This worked fine: just put them on edge of table.  In other years I used lovely big pictures downloaded from kizclub 
  • I Went to the Bay by Ruth Miller. This short, rhyming tale perfectly describes Florida wildlife.
  • Did not get 2016: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. The moms and dads all oohed and ahhed in helpful horror as the Mom and Dad and Brother said, "It won't grow!"
  • Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson.  Moms were a big help, so interactional.


Our usual favorites.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rabbit Storytime, Wednesday, April 12 @ 10:30

  • Bunny Rabbit Show! by Sandra Boynton. Boynton at her best, but I can't quite get the hang out of reading it with puppets. I used the same five rabbits and changed the words from ten to five. 
  • Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes.  The babies liked this one -- lots of motion and critters and a very simple story.
  • The bunnies are not in their beds by Marisabina Russo. This sleeper is a fun readaloud because I can make all my noisy misbehaving bunny noises, The babies were fascinated by my ability to make clicking and plopping noises with my mouth, but don't forget to bring a grab bag of very noisy toys for the noisy finale.
  • Duckie's Ducklings, by Frances Barry. This bright die-cut is very cute, although my reading was upstaged by Lydia, who chose this moment to plant a big wet one on a very surprised little boy. 2015: Even with no Lydia, this one still kind of lost them.
  • Happy Easter, Mouse by Laura Numeroff. I like to hide eggs around the room.
  • See the Bunny sleeping, till it's nearly noon/shall we wake him with a merry tune. He's so still, is he ill? (wild hopping) Hop, little bunny, hop hop hop, hop hop hop, hop hop hop, hop little bunny, hop hop hop.
  • below, performed to Battle Hymn of the Republic:

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose, Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose.
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose, and he flicked it till it flew away...
(then ear, paw, tail, etc.)  (Thanks Miss Mary Liberry!)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Baby & Toddler Chicken and Duck Storytime, Wednesday, April 5 @ 10:30


Across the Stream. Big Book. The moms did a terrific job reading along with me.
5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming.  With fingerpuppets.
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker.  Thanks for clapping along, moms! The kids love a clapping song. In fact, they love to clap period. by Walt Whippo.  Yes, I dared to sing it.
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting. Barnyard animals rush rush rush to see what the Chicken is making so much fuss about.
Quick Duck! by Mary Murphy
Egg by Kevin Henkes.  Very quiet book.  Hope I can find some peeps between now and then.

Props:  Easter basket with plastic eggs.  I jiggled the Easter basket to make a nice shaky kind of sound and repeated this verse a couple times.  

Easter egg, Easter egg, yum, yum, yum.
Find it -- (pull it out and say the color!) -- peel it (open it up) put it in your tum!


5 pretty Easter eggs, that’s what they are.
Mother ate the blue one, now there are 4.
Now 4 little Easter eggs, that’s what you see.
Daddy ate the pink one, now there are 3.
3 little Easter eggs looking at you.
Sister ate the yellow one, now there are 2.
2 little Easter eggs, we’re almost done!
Brother ate the purple one, now there’s only 1.
One little Easter egg, that’s all, just one.
I ate that last one, and now there are none.

From the minute that Aurora and Kiley walked in the door, I was just in a mood to bask in some baby cuteness, and they didn't let me down. 

Sophia, you're so cute!

Alexa is sharing.