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, 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. 
  • 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.
  • Bear Says Thank You Bd Bk Dahl.  OK. Maybe if I had brought all the craft stuff and produced a card?
    • Skinnamarinka
  • Cuddle by Beth Shoshan.  I had almost all the animals in the book, so this made for a fun puppet show.
  • 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. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baby and Toddler Funny Storytime, Wednesday, March 39 @ 10:30

I know, I know, EVERY storytime is pretty comical. But this one will be nothing but! We're going to get good and silly this Wednesday!

And no one's sillier than Sandra Boynton!

Plays:  I bring my clown wig, my bunny ears, my Groucho Marx glasses with moustache.  "Do you have hair on your head?" and then I put on my wig. "Wow, look at my hair, I'm so beautiful," etc.

  • Silly Faces...See Me Go! Office Board Book. Very nicely interactional. I would show them each page, they'd shout out what kind of vehicle it was, and then I'd look around the room for a willing baby. Some were too shy to be boats or bikes, but others liked the applause the room gave them.
  • Betty Goes Bananas by Steve Antony. Didn't realize how perfect this book was for this age group.  They are all a bunch of banana eaters who can't peel their own fruit and have tantrums!  Very cleverly done -- when you turn to that red page and Betty starts wailing, they can see what's coming. Nothing better than a book that BABIES listen to.
  • Are You A Cow by Sandra Boynton started us off just right.  I added to the text as a I read because the babies were listening. "When you are through eating your cereal, do you bark to get down? Are you a DOG!" etc.  And they really liked that. Note to self: I didn't use that intro/explanation this year, and the book didn't go over nearly as well.
  • Tickle Time! by Sandra Boynton  
  • The Icky Sticky Frog by Dawn Bentley.  I mended this antique with a hair clip, rounded up my collection of plastic insects, and read it like this: Showed off the very silly googly eyed, sticky tongue frog, read a page, buzzed the bug, opened it up to the front cover again, and the sticky tongue gobbled.  Worked wonderfully well.
  • But Not the Hippopotamus. Boynton. OK
  • The Lady With the Alligator Purse. Westcott. As I told a mom afterward, babies have no sense of humor, but they love rhythm and rhyme, and these sounds help with their language development
  • Can You Make a Silly Face by Jan Thomas.  Great interactional book. Make sure you brush up on your chicken dance. Super fun.
  • Banana Time to go with Betty Goes Bananas
  • Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
  • 5 little monkeys (what's sillier than a monkey?

Baby Theme Storytime FOR BABIES!!!

The babies turned out in full force today, with bows in their hair and purple fluff, and they were singing and clapping and carrying on.


  • Baby Says "Moo!" by JoAnn Early Macken.  This might be the longest book these babies ever listened to. I had a dog, cat, horse, (thank you Wells Fargo!) and bird puppet to act it out with, and the moms helped with the mooing, etc.  A very fun read.
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. A sweet, rhymy tribute to the cuteness of babies everywhere. Plus, it gave us a chance to count our fingers, and we always like to do that.
  • Where is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz.  Well, yes!
  • Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson. A big favorite
Next year: Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root (board book.)

  • ROCK-A-BYE ROMP by Linda Ashman.  A near perfect readaloud

Special songs:

1 little baby, rocking in a tree
2 little babies, throwing kisses at me.
3 little babies, crawling on the floor
4 little babies, knocking on the door.
5 little babies, playing hide and seek.
Keep your eyes closed tight, now
Until I say …… Peek !

This song is so much fun I may add it to our regular line-up.

As the world turns at Gulf Beaches Public Library.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Construction Storytime, Wednesday, April 15 @ 10:30

  • Digger to the Rescue by Mandy Archer.  I skipped from "Time for Digger's next job" to the exciting cat rescue. I used the book as a digger to demonstrate up and down and the cat rescue.
  • Roadwork by Sally Sutton.  I asked the kids to do the actions with me, hammer the pegs, move the earth, load the dirt, etc. I repeated the chorus, like Ping! Bang! Tap! 3 x.  Next time, I'd go even slower to get the job done! I read to the page about "Roll the tar" and then skipped to the end, "Shout hooray!"
  • Bling Blang by Woody Guthrie is one of my all time favorites, with a short text written in down home rhyme and a nice chorus involving hammering and sawing. Note to self: Find a hammer and saw for props. Too bad I can't play the saw. That would be really cool. Trivia:  Guthrie not only gave us "This Land is Your Land" but "Shake Your Sillies Out!" I'm not sure the group loves this as much as I do.  Maybe try Truck Driver next time.
  • I'm a Truck Driver by Jonathan London. I turn my chair around for this. It's bright illustrations and vehicle sounds make it a fun storyhour book. London is the author of the Froggy books.

Props: We'll sing"This is Little, This is Big," and then have some boxes, ranging in size from big, small to little. We sang the sang again, and then I got out two more very large boxes, so we could do "Big, Large & Huge!"

This is a quick prop to make.  Make it as wide as your thickest book, and then use that at the bottom to lift that edge. Tape the other edge to one of the plastic cube chairs. (Use a lot of tape.).
  • This is the Way We Wash our Face (after Digger had his bath). Such a good song for parts of the body.  
  • Motorboat ("Racing Car")
  • Where is racing car (dump truck, big van, helicopter, garbage truck). I do this to Where is Thumbkin. Feel free to sub in any interesting vehicle.
  • "5 big trucks go vroom vroom vroom. They hit the road going zoom zoom zoom. The dispatcher calls out, "Come on back!" But only 4 big trucks are on the track." Trucks in Construction folder. 
And by that time the babies had stormed the castle. We sang our goodbye song and I surrendered the boxes to them.