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, February 22, 2017

Baby and Toddler Books and Library Storytime, Wednesday, March 1 @ 10:30


  • This is Not a Book by Jean Jullien.  Hoooo, what a perfect book for this theme! I think I'll skip the butt crack page for this group though.
  • It's a Little Book by Lane Smith. This book is fun for acting out -- pretending to chew it, quacking with it, etc.  But the joke is based on sarcasm, and babies just don't get that.  Short & fun though. Might cut a few pages.  Bring a Big Book for contrast. I used Noisy Breakfast. Good and short.
  • Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea is about as perfect for a set of babies as any book could be. I didn't use puppets.  I turned my head in one direction and roared for Dinosaur, then turned my head in the other direction and mooed confusedly, or was shy turtle, or was sad owl. But I might leave out that sad owl.  It makes me too sad.
  • Clap Your Hands starring ELMO!  I just grabbed the goofiest book from my office shelf that doesn't get used very often. This one has a big red Elmo puppet head sticking out of it, with the song inside. Very fun.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fish Storytime, Wednesday, February 22


Pop-Up Commotion in the Ocean by Andreae
Silly Faces Board Book -- the kids were a bit shy about this.
Deep Sea Dive by Salina Yoon.  Luckily, I had a lot of the puppets for this.
Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish by Lorie Ann Grover

  • I gathered up all my sea creature puppets and put them in my Old MacDonald bag.  "Let's go fishing!" I told the kids. "Let's throw out our hook!  Reel it in, and see what we caught!" Then I pulled a creature out of the bag.  No! We don't want to keep him! The octopus had too many legs; the shark too many teeth; the dolphin was too nice; the sea turtle was endangered; the sea horse was too beautiful; and finally we caught a fish. (Use the crab too!!!)

(Sung to the melody of Wheels on the Bus.) I passed out the scarves and we practiced being waves first.
  • 1. The waves on the sea go up and down, up and down, up and down, the waves on the sea go up and down all day long.
    2. The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap..
    3. The fish in the sea go swish swish swish..
    4. The gulls on the sea go swoop swoop swoop…
    5. The dolphins on the sea swim round and round, round and round, round and round, the dolphins on the sea swim round and round, all day long.     6. The swimmers on the sea float gently by, gently by, gently by, the swimmers on the sea float gently by, all day long (scarf on head)
(Props: fingerpuppet fish, shark puppet, big shell, big mama fish.)
4 little fishes (eaten in turn by the shark)

Four little fishes swimming out to sea,
One met a shark!...
And then there were three.
Three little fishes wondering what to do,
One hid in a great big shell…
And then there were two.
Two little fishes looking for some fun,
One chased after a wave…
And that left one.
One little fish with all his friends gone,
Went back home to find his mum…
And that left none!

Motor Boat
Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Baby and Toddler Bear Storyhour, Wednesday, February 15 @ 10:30

Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I used Kiz Club Brown Bear figures. In earlier years, I had hung them randomly around the room, but this year I hung them on the clothesline and, very repetitively, recited, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?" taking each one down by turns and introducing them to the audience.  That worked a lot better -- they actually knew what to look for and say.
Play: Either
  • Five fuzzy teddy bears are in their bed. "Now go to sleep!" their mama said. But one escaped and down the hall he fled! Now 4 fuzzy teddy bears are ready for bed.  
  • "Five bears in the bed and the little one said, roll over, roll over." The babies seemed to prefer the teddy bears on the wall today -- maybe the idea of so many bears falling helplessly to the ground unnerved them. 
Where's My Teddy by Jez Alborough.  A tiny bit hard for them.
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson.  The moms tried to help out, and quite a few of them new the baby signing signal for 'more.'
Busy Baby Bears by Schindel.    
Didn't get to:
Book: The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrew Wood. A very cute little readaloud. I went around the room offering the babies imaginary strawberries to nibble on. Note to self, don't forget your giant teddy bear and your tiny little mouse fingerpuppet next time.
Bearobics by Vic Parker. This bouncy, cheerful read is a lot of fun. This year I distributed the noisy toys so the babies could join in, but it kind of distracted them.  I think next year I'll just use more maracas
Pink seagull, blue lizard, green turtle, orange alligator, yellow butterfly and gray snake

Song: Teddy Bear, of course! 

Try Round & Round the Garden 

DLTK's Crafts for KidsTeddy Bear Rhyme

(do the actions as you say the rhyme)
(We've always done this one in our house)
Round and round the garden, like a Teddy Bear.  
(gently trace finger in a circle around child's palm)
One step, two step 
(walk your fingers up child's arm)
Tickle you under there! 
(tickle under chin, under arm or tummy)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Babies Feelings Storyhour, Wednesday, February 8 @ 10:30


And how kind all you mamas and daddies are for sharing your A-one babies with me very week.  That roomful of cuteness is overpowering!


  • I Like It When by Mary Murphy. Perfect for babies. I used the new board book..
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You by Jane Yolen. Even if I was reading this mostly to the moms, the babies seemed to enjoy the giant dinosaur puppet I had, and the rhyming text was charming. This is one of Yolen's better books in the dinosaur series. (I didn't use the dino puppet this year, and had to cut the reading short for lack of interest. I don't know if I'll use this book next year.)
  • A Good Day by Kevin Henkes.  (Don't forget your yellow feather!) Very nice.
  • How Kind! by Mary Murphy.  I love this pay-it-forward in the barnyard telling.  It's a real celebration of happiness and good nature -- and a great readaloud too, because you can do animal voices. I used props for all the actions. When you read "flower", it's nice to whip out a flower, esp. for a large audience.
  • The Big book of Happy BB Marshall
  • Blocks by Irene Dickson. VERY simple. Sharing.
  • How Do YOu Hug a Porcupine by Laurie Isop.  All those animals.

  • Baby Happy, Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli. Strangely, a little tough for babies to follow.
  • New:  The Pigeons Has Feelings Too  by Mo Willems. Actually, not the greatest book ever written.
  • Little Monkey Calms Down Board Book Dahl

Babies have Feelings too!

These are all very nice books for babies, with lots of the simple, bright illustrations that work so well for them and interaction between animals they find so fascinating. I just did this for storytime today. The kids were closer to two than new, but they really loved it, esp. the yellow flower when it came out of A Good Day and the props in I Like It When...


Pizza Pickle Pumpernickel
          by © Dennis Lee from Jelly Belly
Pizza pickle pumpernickel
Somebody here is going to have a tickle!
One for the nose and
One for the toes and
One for the tummy where the mashed banana goes!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Number Storytime, Wednesday, January 25 at 10:30

So many great songs go with this storytime, and the babies will love them.  When are babies old enough to start learning their numbers? As young as 12 months old! But shapes are important too.
Open by counting everyone.  Good attention getter.  If patience is there, count heads, and then count feet. Today we counted feet, heads & hands. Good for body parts vocab too.


Rooster Goes Off to See the World by Eric Carle.  Big Book.  I didn't really read this.  I turned the pages, pointed to the creatures on each page, and counted them.  Great to do the animal motions (instead of sounds: cats walk (prance) turtles crawl, fish swim, etc.  
Countdown with Milo board book by Austin.  Read this book through (segues in nicely after Motor Boat if you include Rocket Ship) going through the motions of putting on your helmet, pushing buttons, buckling up, etc., THEN do the countdown and BLAST OFF.
Big Fat Hen by Kevin Baker. All the moms joined in.
Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin
Ten Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle.  I lined up my rubber ducks and turned those pages! 
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox.  And so sweet! 

I threw out big pom poms at the babies and bean bags while counting. Don't go hog wild with how high up you can go. Count to two, three or four and then start over.

  • 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed or five monkeys swinging from a tree. I bought 5 of these dudes on amazon and they are cute and fit easily on my finger.  I still haven't figured out how to keep the kids from trying to take them off my finger.
  • 5 little ducks 
  • One potato, two potato
  • Five little babies
  • 5 green and speckled frogs



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.
  • Up! Tall and High! early reader by Ethan Long.  Also with lift the flaps and about as short as they come.
  • Big Little by Patricelli.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down? by Jane Yolen is about dinosaurs AND it's a lift the flap. But I ended up not using it because it has so much text.

  • (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)
  • Magic Box.  I cut a slit in a pretty little gift book, tied all my beautiful scarves end to end, and crammed them in there with one tiny edge poking out.  "Oh, what could be in this TINY little box?" I asked, and pulled the scarves out one by one.  Like a magician. A baby magician.
  • Since I gave away my big bears, I used the giant Scooby Doo and little widget as my big and little puppets.
  • 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.