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, 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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Halloween Storytime for Babies, Wednesday, October 28 @ 10:30

Halloween is a great time to teach babies a lot of new sounds, BOO and WHOOOO, and ROAAR, and all about pumpkins and owls and black cats.


Peek-A-Boo by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.  I used 3 little beanie baby owls and a big owl puppet and shortened the text.

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh, my it's getting late"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, let's run!"
The fifth one said, "Isn't Halloween fun?"
Then Woooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.
I like to do this as a puppet show with 5 pumpkins, tipping them off the stage at the end. 


Makes a great play.  Props: jack o'lantern, candle, cookie jar, spider, broom, witch's hat, and a black cat. Search for Boo all over the room. Where is Baby's Pumpkin? by Karen Katz is also good.
Make a face on a pumpkin with black triangles for eyes and nose and a mouth.  Start with: SCARY FACE, then SAD FACE, SURPRISED FACE, and then GLAD FACE!


 JBRARY do Pumpkin, pumpkin song

  • Mrs. Witchie had a magic bag, eei eei oh,and in that bag she had a --- and start pulling Hallowe'en creatures out of your bag, owl, raven, rat, black cat, and then finish with a jack o'lantern because they don't say anything!
  • The (Creatures) on the Bus
  • Incy Wincy Spider, 
  • This is Little (comparing pumpkins)

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monsters Storytime

It was MONSTER DAY at Gulf Beaches and boy, were our little monsters in top form today! Actually, they were very good monsters, singing and dancing and following along with all the stories. They are growing up so fast!

Play:  I was a bit sidetracked by spiders at the beginning.  After our opening song we sang the itsy bitsy spider (I was wearing a spider ring.) Hanging behind me from the clothesline were a medium sized spider and the giant fuzzy tarantula I get out for Halloween.  We sang "Great Big Fuzzy Spider Went Up the Water Spout" after Itsy Bitsy and then segued into "This is Little, This is Big."

  • Little Monsters (pop-up) by Jan Pienkowski was gorgeous enough to start things off right! The babies were fascinated by the brightly colored faces. When we were through, we went back and counted all the monsters in the book.
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley.  I've been doing so many different voices lately that I started doing the same with Big Green Monster! "A Long bluish-greenish nose" I said in a kinda dopey voice,  "big red mouth with sharp white teeth" was a bit witchy, "two little squiggle ears" was squeaky and batty, etc.  The babies really listened!
  • Tickle Monster by Edward Manceau, and yes, the moms did tickle along with the book.  Emphasize body parts. 
  • Monsters Dance bb by Ann Hodgman.  Great one with movement to end up storytime with because by this time the kids were all running around anyway.
Anything that gives me a chance to show off my ballroom moves!

Next year try:  
  • If You're a Monster and You Know It, Emberley
  • Glad Monster, Sad Monster, Emberley

  • 3 Little Monsters sleeping in my bed
1 crawled out from underneath the spread
I called to Mama and Mama said, 
"No more monsters sleeping in your bed!", etc., down to zero.  I only do 3 instead of 5 for the babies.
  • (Sung to "If you're happy and you know it."
If you're a monster and you know it show your claws
If you're a monster and you know it show your claws.
If you're a monster and you know it then don't be afraid to show it.
If you're a monster and you know it, show your claws.
...gnash your teeth.
...stomp your feet.
...growl out loud.
  • Wheels on the Bus:
Instead of babies and mamas riding on the bus this week, there were 
ghosts, "booo!" bats, "eeeek" and monsters, "roooar!"

  Sophia makes the introductions.

 Someone discovered how to smile for the camera.

                                                  Bye Bye!!!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Clothing Storytime for Babies, Wednesday, October 12

Thanks, Heather, for so generously coming forth to do storytime for us while I had my FANTASTIC vacation in the land where so many stories come from:  I saw London Bridge (what was left of the one that fell down), Dick Whittington and his famous cat Puss-in-Boots, and saw the house where the Duke of York bunks.

Sandra Boynton is always the best!

Cover image for I am the wolf ... and here I come!

What happens after a wolf puts on his underwear? This was a lot of fun -- I flashed the last terrifying page around the group, and then SNAPPED the book shut to put that wolf back where he belonged.

Cute and rhymy like all Karen Beaumont's books, Dini just can't remember to take his clothes off before he jumps in the bath.  The Dini splashing in his tub made a nice refrain for the kids to splash along to.

And then we sang This is the Way We Wash Our Face.

The dirtiest look Max has ever given his sister Ruby? Maybe. How I wish I had the clothes to use for this storytime, but it's tomorrow and too late to shape/make.