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, August 24, 2016

Rhyme Time, August 31 @ 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!


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.

JUMP! by Scott Fischer. 

Still a Gorilla by Kim Norman 
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)
Barnyard Dance by the immortal Sandra Boynton. Another one with a lot of great movement. Or any Sandra Boynton.

Babies hard at work!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pet Storytime, Wednesday, August 24 @ 10:30


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.
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
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.

 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.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Piggies! Wednesday, August 19 @ 10:30

Props:  Pig, 5 little pigs

Oh, we had some very busy little piggies at pig story time today. Kidding! Actually, many babies sat still for the whole 20 minutes!  It was amazing!  We got a chance to read some fun books and sing all our favorite songs.

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!

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. 

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.  

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].

Friday, August 5, 2016

Robot Storytime, Wednesday, August 10 @ 10:30

If You're a Robot and You Know It pop-up by David Carter. The motions were a lot of fun and the moms played along beautifully.
Swing Otto, Swing! early reader by David Milgrim. Used the clothesline for this one. Hung an Otto robot on it and two monkeys.  A silly little story, but it does give us the up down whoopsie concept.
Rolie Polie Olie by William Joyce. Wonderful readaloud -- the words roll off your tongue.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sounds 2, Wednesday, August 3 @ 10:30

Cover image for Roar : a big-mouthed book of sounds!   Cover image for Farmyard beat

  • Roar BB by Litton.
  • Farmyard Beat BB Lindsey Craig. Clap!
  • Noisy Breakfast Big Book by Ellen Blonder. 



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dog Storyhour, Wednesday, July 27 @ 10:30

 Stories: Wiggly kids today! 
  • 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... 
  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. I love this book, but maybe babies aren't ready for irony yet.
  • Dog's Day by Jane Cabrera.  Her bright illustrations make her books great pix for babies. 
  • Busy Doggies BB by Schindel
All our favorites.  It's a good thing everyone likes Motor Boat as much as I do.

What a cupcake! Anybody else working out a theory for Isabella's hat? Do you think she's trying to cool off the July weather by wearing a ski cap, like Christmas in July?
I am very happy to report that this week the little gremlins changed back into Sugar Babies, especially considering there were sooo many pups present. It's wonderful to see them growing up right before my eyes! How many milestones we've seen in just the last few months -- little Sophia can crawl through the tunnel, Oliver knows how to work the water fountain, and I expect in another month or two, Isabella will be able to take off her ski cap!

2016 Update: Sophia has gone from crawling through the tunnel to rock climbing; she's an expert gymnast. Oliver not only knows how to work the water fountain by has been reading for three years. Isabella disappeared to Georgia.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mouse Storytime

 Cover image for Whose mouse are you?   Cover image for Maisy goes on vacation
  • Let's Play by Leo Lionni. This happy go lucky book is about a happy go lucky mouse ready for a good time: picking flowers, playing with a ball, swimming, eating cheese, and saying goodnight. A great book to read out loud, and I really appreciated the moms chorusing back the actions for me. I had some props and I acted out some of the actions. At the end, I pulled out my moon and we sang Zoom Zoom Zoom, going to the moon.
  • Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus. The babies were just a teensy tinsy bit young for all three "sections" of this book. Next time, I'll stop after the second part, where everyone's rescued, and skip the "third" part. But I do love this book.
  • Maisy Goes on Vacation by Lucy Cousins. This is a fun and pleasant little tale, with lots going on -- riding a train, jumping on beds, going to the beach. 

  • The Old Gray Cat. I gave my cat to one little girl to hold, and passed out my ten mice among the children. Then we all sang, "The old gray cat is sleeping," and acted out mice scampering and dancing and hiding, etc.

  • I forgot to do Three Nice Mice, and I'm so fond of it!
Abby Glassenberg from While She Sleeps shares her pattern for making these cute mice. I did some two years ago one TV evening and they've come in very handy. I cut a little slit in their tums for my finger.