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, January 13, 2017

Babies Opposites Storytime, Wednesday, January 18 @ 10:30


  • Animal Opposites by Peter Horacek is a beautifully engineered board book. I pick a few favorites to share from these lovely pages.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down? by Jane Yolen is about dinosaurs AND it's a lift the flap. There's a big variety too, including feelings like sad and happy.
  • Big Little by Patricelli.

  • (to Frere Jacques)This is little, this is little, this is big, this is big, etc.
  • Motor Boat (fast and slow)
  • Hop Little Bunnies (the opposite of sleep)
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
  • Pat a cake (or anything) fast and slow)
  • Cut a very short piece of yarn and show it to them, emphasizing the word short.  Then unroll a loooong piece of yarn, walking around them and leaving the yarn on the floor. They'll get a kick out of the yarn on the floor.
  • Save for the end because it will be crazy! Save your cardboard boxes, 3 in graduated sizes. Bring them in with your largest bear.  Do a little bit:  Big Bear doesn't fit in this (tiny) box.  Or this box. Or this box. Pile them up and make a big tower they can play with after storytime. 


Friday, December 23, 2016

Snow and Snowman Storytime, Wednesday, January 4

Well the weather outside finally feels a bit more like winter. Maybe not snow exactly, but at least we can wear our sweaters, and our babies are so cute bundled up!

  • Frosty the Snowman (reference) Intro: this is a book that makes music. Listen! And then model your shock and amazement at the sound that comes out when you open the book up. (And then get ready to shut it again because there's no stop on it!
  • That's Not My Snowman board book Watt.  Small group in a circle, so I got down with them so they could all touch scarves, etc.
  • Snow by Manya Stojic. Nice book about snow coming and how it affects all those woodland animals the babies love so much -- owls and bunnies, etc. Many puppets
Didn't get to:
  • Hello, Snow by Hope Vestergaard. Short rhymy book; I emphasized the getting dressed part of it and cut it short.
  • Bear Snores On, board book by Karma Wilson.  I did this as a little play, complete with big bear, mouse, badger from PPLC, crow from Halloween, and bunny rabbit. I used the puppet theatre, with the bear sleeping below and the small animals partying above, complete with noisemakers. Next year: use the cauldron to mix up the soup. 
  • If I Were a Polar Bear by Rives. Beautiful pop up book. I read it front to back. It's more exciting that way.
Flannelboard: Snowman flannelboard. 1: Put the snowflakes on while counting with the kids. 2. Have the kids make snowballs with you: Gather the snow, make a ball, and throw it (against the whiteboard). Look! (Put the first snowman ball up. Second, third, add the eyeballs, nose, etc.
  • How many circles are there? What color are they? (I start with the blank side.) What size are they? Large, big, small. I put them on the flannelboard any which way, and then flip them over to make the snowman.
  • I also did this chant:
This is Little, This is Big -- before the Snowman Flannelboard. Use 
Chubby little snowman had a carrot nose. 
Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny was looking for his lunch
Saw that snowman's nose and nibble..nibble...CRUNCH!

I looked over at Savannah. Shock mingled with an uncertain amount of horror was beginning to overcome her at the snowman's tragic nasal loss.  Even now, I'm not sure if not-yet-two Savannah is incredibly empathetic, a genius at following a new rhyme, or just extremely gullible. I put the nose back on very quickly.

What a nice storytime this was today! I guess I missed you babies over the holidays.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Storytime, Wednesday, December 21 @10:30

Last Storytime before the holidays!

  • Santa Duck by David Milgrim. For the first time, I did this using puppets. I had a lot of fun with this, subbing in a couple of my favorite puppets if I didn't have the ones in the book, and the babies really enjoyed seeing the turtle, the cat, the cow, etc.  A nice performance piece.
  • Dinosaur vs. Santa.  Bob Shea.  I know these are so short they should be great for babies, but the concepts -- making gifts, etc. -- are still beyond them, and they don't really get anything except how noisy they are.
  • Spot's First Christmas board book by Eric Hill.  Cute, but maye next year I'll go back to Baby's Christmas Present instead.
  • Jingle Bells by Trapani.  And use all your bells.
  • Where is Baby's Dreidel by Karen Katz.  Sub in for Spot's First Christmas.
  • Where's Baby's Christmas Present by Karen Katz. I cheated by using the theme of this book rather than the words. I searched for Baby's Christmas Present in the supply closet, in the gift bag, behind the clothespin stocking, but I ran out of places to look pretty quickly. It was a lot of fun to do, and I soon found the gift inside my basket.
  • Dream Snow by Eric Carle. I tried doing this using puppets for all the animals in the book and laying them out together, then covering them with snow.  Have to remember to put the animals in a covered box and then lay the snow (I used gauze and that worked great) over the box and then over my head, as the farmer.  Maybe next time I should also wear a straw hat as the farmer.  
  • Since the wrapped gift was the same prop I use to do White Rabbit's Shape Book, I went ahead and ... did White Rabbit's Shape Book, minus White Rabbit. I opened the little canister inside the box, and happily took out the four balloons, then blew them up and let them whiz around the room. I love performing this magic trick before the babies. They are SO impressed.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bedtime Storytime, Wednesday, November 19 @ 10:30

  • Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton.  Really a performance number.
  • Maisy's Bedtime by Lucy Cousins. Props: Panda bear. I've heard people complain that Maisy books are a bit dull, but I think she is very zen. I had a lot of fun with this, brushing my teeth, putting my imaginary PJs on, really turning off the lights, and I even went out the door to "go potty."
  • Sweet Dreams by Kimiko Kajikawa . Lovely, and the babies paid attention. (small well behaved crowd.)
  • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea. His stuff is a great addition to baby storytime. So funny! So noisy! Great pix!  I did a lot of roaring, and at the end of the book when Dinosaur went down for the count, I collapsed slowly onto the floor, curled up, and went to sleep.  V. good with babies.
  • Tumble Bumble by Felicia Bond. So jiggy and cute. 
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood.  Big Book
  • How to Tuck in your Sleepy Lion   board book Clarke

  • Five Bears in a Bed. I love this production number. I love the moms all going "whoopsie" as I push the bear off the cushion, over the edge of the table and on to the floor. I love Misha rushing to pick up the bear and hand it over discreetly to me -- a great assistant.
  • This is the Way We Wash Our Face
  • I Had a Little Turtle
  • Five little monkeys

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Being Sick/Staying Well, Wednesday, November 30, 2016

It's that time of the year!  We're all sneezing and coughing, and the babies are too!  So today we talked about fun stuff -- like how to blow your nose and cough into your arm.  And it was fun.


Germs are Not for Sharing Board Book by Elizabeth Verdick.  Shorten a bit.
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson.  Shorten a bit. Bear has low grumpy voice, and chorus is, "And Bear FEELS SICK."
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen.  

What do you do when you find something new?
Smell it? Yes! Hear it? Yes! Feel it? Yes!
Taste it? NOOOO! Don't put it in your mouth!
That would be YUCKY!

(demonstrate with a pile of different toys)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Food Story time

  • 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 

  • 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, October 28, 2016

Farm Animal Storyhour, Wednesday, November 4 @ 10:30


Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins.  A Big Book is ALWAYS a hit -- everyone can see the pictures. This is nice too because it's all adverbs -- you can use those motions.

Farmyard Beat. A board book by Lindsey Craig.  This book is a hit for either storytime or American Bandstand -- it's got great rhythm and you can dance to it. The moms all seemed to know the book and recited along with it.

Moo by David Larochelle.  When you read a book the MOMS love, the babies listen up too! Larochelle tells the whole tale of an adventurous cow stealing a car with an inevitable disaster, using only the word MOO. You supply the drama. 
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee. In Room on the Broom style, Mr. Horse gives all the farm animals a ride, (Clip-Clop, Clip-Clop) until Plop! Plop! Ploppity-plop! Stan taught me how to do the clip-clop sound by sort of squinching your jaws together into a vacuum and then applying pressure with your tongue.  A very impressive sound and easy to speed up as the horse goes faster. Really pulled the kids in.


Motor Boat, with a TRACTOR  
Wheels on the Bus, with a lot of farm animals boarding.
I Went to Visit a Farm One Day 


I Went to Visit a Farm One Day.  Bring the storytime bag full of farm animals. OR

Old MacDonald Had a Farm. The moms did a GREAT JOB of singing along as I pulled the critters out of the bag, in no particular order.
Book/Song:  Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton.  This book has such great rhythm. I love to dance to it.