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 21, 2016

Travel Storytime, Wednesday, September 28 @ 10:30

  • Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle.  Big Book.  Off to see the world, but he's soooo disorganized! Shorten.
  • In the Driver's Seat by Max Haynes.  Turn your chair around and rock this book!
  • Seals on the Bus

Motor Boat
Fire Truck
Row, row row your boat

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Color Storyhour for Babies & Toddlers, Wednesday, September 21 @ 10:30

Brown Rabbit's Shape Book by Alan Baker. So easy to create all the props for this story: a beautiful green box with a big red ribbon and a cylinder (TP roll) inside filled with balloons. I carefully counted out the balloons by turns, and then, one by one, blew them up and let them go winging around the room. Unfortunately, the second one hit me in the face, and the third nicked Amanda. One of the babies began to cry! Note to self -- point the balloons away from the babies!
Flannelboard of Teddy wore a red shirt, red shirt, blue pants, blue pants, etc.


Red Truck, Yellow Bus. Board Book. 
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Martin with critters downloaded from kizclub.
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek. Remember the rule of 6!

Songs(Sung to one little, two little, three little Indians)
One little, two little, three little crayons,

Four little, five little, six little crayons,

Seven little, eight little, nine little crayons,

Ten little crayons in a box.

Take out a red one and draw a big circle…

Take out a blue one and draw a straight line…

Take out a yellow one and draw a triangle.

Then put them back in the box!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Train Storytime, September 7 @ 10:30


We were riding the storyhour train at Gulf Beaches today!  

  • Train whistle
  • Train on a clothesline.

  • Clickety Clack, Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence. This rhymy readaloud reads like a train ride. Start off slow and steady, and gradually, as talking yaks and ducks go quack, pick up the speed and the sound level until by the time those mice light their fireworks, you're really zooming! Your voice rising and speeding up is enough to fascinate even the babies, but it never hurts to stomp on some bubble wrap for those fireworks.
  • Down by the Station. Moms all sang along beautifully. Jennifer Riggs Vetter has a very fun version out about different vehicles:  "Down by the bus station, airport, etc.
  • Trains Go board book Steve Light
  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis. Day in life of toy train, lots of rhymes.
  • Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney. Short with bright illustrations, but by this time, storyhour needed a little more action.
  • Ride, Fly Guy, Ride by Tedd Arnold. I've never tried reading this early reader fave in storyhour before, and I learned there's a reason why six-year-olds love Fly Guy. He has a very active life style. Landing in a truck, a boat, a circus train, a plane, and a rocket ship in only 30 pages even amazed the babies in storyhour
Motor Boat, of course
This is a chooo-choo train, puffing down the track. (arms move like train)
Now it's going forward, now it's going back (arms piston)
Now the bell is ringing, now the whistle blows. (ring bell and blow whistle)
What a lot of noise it makes everywhere it goes. (hands over ears)

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.Try out this readaloud style:

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!

Different kind of readaloud

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.