Stories With Ms. Jenna

Storytimes, Programs, Booklists, and More!

Review: Greenglass House

greenglassMy library teamed up with our local news to provide a “Read of the Week” feature. For my latest review, I talked about Greenglass House by Kate Milford! If you want to hear my thoughts about this middle grade mystery, check out my review.

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Storytime: September 17, 2014

As I noted in my last storytime post, I’ve gone THEME-LESS this session. Instead, I’m doing any books and rhymes of my choosing. Here was week 2 of the 6 week session:

Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

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Song: “Octopus (Slippery Fish)” by Charlotte Diamond

Slippery fish, Slippery fish
Sliding through the water
Slippery fish, Slippery fish
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an…
Octopus, Octopus
Squiggling in the water
Octopus, Octopus
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…
Tuna fish, Tuna fish
Flashing through the water
Tuna fish, Tuna fish
Gulp, Gulp, Gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …
Great white shark, Great white shark
Lurking in the water
Great white shark, Great white shark
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…
Humungous Whale, Humungous Whale
Spouting in the water
Humungous Whale, Humungous Whale
GULP, GULP, GULP!
PARDON ME!

Finger Puppets: Too Much Noise!

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Book: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Book: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

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Storytime: September 10, 2014

It’s taken me a while to get around to posting my storytimes so I’m going to play catch-up over the next few days! This fall, I’m back to doing my weekly evening family storytime. Participants sign up for a 6 week session. For the first time ever, I’ve decided to go theme-less (I’ll write a post about this eventually). Instead, I’m just doing any books or rhymes that suit my fancy. I’m using the same Hello and Goodbye songs that I’ve always used. This was my first storytime of the new session:

Rhyme: Hickety-Pickety Bumble Bee

Hickety-Pickety Bumble Bee
Won’t you say your name for me?
Miss Jenna
Let’s clap and say it.
Miss-Jen-na (clap with syllables)
Let’s say it loud!
Miss-Jen-na!
Let’s say it quiet.
Miss-Jen-na.

-Go around and do this will all the kid’s names

Book: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
Source

Flannel: The Enormous Turnip

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Song: “The Freeze” from Kids in Motion by Greg & Steve

Book: Hug Machine by Scott Campell

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Song: Five green and speckled frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs – Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs.
(continue countdown)

Book: Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton

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Storytime: Socks and Shoes

I recently lead a drop-in, all-ages storytime. I only had a few kids, most of whom were going to a juggler performance we were hosting right after. Therefore, this was a short and sweet storytime! We still had a lot of fun. :)

Books:

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Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots by Ellen Olson-Brown
Whose Shoes? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert

Songs:

This is What My Feet Can Do!

This is what my feet can do, feet can do, feet can do.
This is what my feet can do
Can you do it too?

Let your feet go hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop
Let your feet go hop, hop, hop
All around the room.

Make your feet go jump, jump, jump…
Can your feet go tiptoeing, tiptoeing, tiptoeing…

Now your feet can sit right down, sit right down, sit right down,
Now your feet can sit right down,
Quietly, please.
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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

And eyes, and ears,
and mouth, and nose.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

repeat faster and faster until it’s too hard to do

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Review: Absolutely Almost

absolutelyMy library recently teamed up with our local news to provide a “Read of the Week” feature. I was the first one up to bat, and I reviewed Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff. Check out my rave review and then do yourself a favor and read the book!

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Storytime: Books

During the summer, we have a weekly “picnic storytime” for all ages. The kids bring a picnic lunch to have during the storytime. The staff rotates who leads the storytime, and when it was my turn, I chose the theme “Books!” This storytime is different than my normal ones because I used a lot less movement since the kids would be sitting and eating.

Books:

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The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
I’m Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen

Folder Story:

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Lovely Ladybug. (This didn’t fit into my theme at all, but it was a great way to get participation from the kids without making them move)

Songs & Rhymes:

Both from the wonderful Jbrary!

Let’s Take a Look

Let’s take a look
at this book
Here is the cover
We open it wide
Here are the pages hidden inside
There are words and pictures
We look and we look
And when we are finished
We close up the book

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
For your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

The more we read together, together, together
the more we read together
the happier we’ll be.
Read big books and small books
Read short books and tall books
The more we read together
the happier we’ll be.

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Yoga Storytime

A while ago, I did a Yoga Storytime alongside a co-worker. (I thought I posted about it already, but just realized I only had a draft of it!)

We had never done a Yoga Storytime before, so this was an expirement. Overall, it went really well! We had 12 kids in grades 1-3, and the program lasted 45 min. My co-worker and I both practice yoga, but neither of us are instructors. Therefore, the actual yoga in this program was pretty light. It was more of a movement storytime with some yogic principals infused.

We wanted to set a mood when the kids entered the program so we had instrumental music, dim lighting, and mood lamps. After everyone was settled on their yoga mat or towel, we gave a brief introduction and talked about breathing techniques. Throughout the program, we mentioned being mindful of nature and creatures around us and the importance of compassion.

Books:

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Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Breathe by Scott Magoon
Hi, Harry! by Martin Waddell

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Music/ Movement:

In between the books, we used three songs from the CD “Dance for the Sun” by Kira Willey:

Dance for the Sun (Yoga Track)
The Shimmy
Namaste Song (for this song, the kids laid on their backs and placed beanie babies on their stomachs to watch the rise and fall of their breath)

Activity:

This idea came from my co-worker’s daughter! We called it “Yoga Combo.” Each kid was given two slips of paper, one with an adjective and one with an animal. They had to put the two together and create a new pose to go along with it. If they were willing, they could share the pose with the group and we would all do the new pose together! We all had so much fun with this.

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Storytime: Red, White, & Blue

A “Red, White, & Blue” themed storytime to use near the 4th of July!

Books:

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The Red Hen by Rebecca & Ed Emberley
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw

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Songs & Rhymes:

Blue, Blue
Blue, blue is the color I see
If you’re wearing blue, then show it to me
Stand up, take a bow, turn around
Show me your blue and sit back on the ground

repeat with white and red
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Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Oh say can you see me slap on my knee?
If you’ll do the same, we’ll begin this new game.

Oh but say I have plans to add clapping hands.
And this we’ll repeat ’til the song is complete.

Oh say just suppose that we tried tapping toes
And attempted all three simultaneously.

Oh say have you tried to sway side to side?
Lean left, then reverse … on this, the fourth verse.

Oh say I’ll advise that you now close your eyes.
And let me remark … it’s more fun in the dark.

Oh say one more thing. Do you think you could
sing? La la la la la la la la la la la la………

Fireworks
(Mary Had a Little Lamb tune)

Fireworks go
snap, snap, snap (snap fingers)
crack, crack, crack (slap knees)
zap, zap, zap (make flashing motions with hands)
Fireworks make me
clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
on Independence Day!
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The Freeze from “Greg & Steve’s Kids in Motion
Tell the kids, when they freeze, they have to freeze in a firework pose (however they want to interpret that)

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Storytime: Cake

Books:

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The Cake That Mack Ate by Rose Robart
My Pop Pop and Me by Irene Smalls
Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor
Jake Baked the Cake by B.G. Hennessy
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
It’s My Birthday by Helen Oxenbury

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Rhymes & Songs:

Rhyme: “Make a Wish”

Big birthday cake (make huge circle with arms)
Ice cream in a dish (cup hands)
Here are the candles (wiggle fingers on one hand)
Now make a wish! (blow and make fingers into a fist)
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Rhyme: “A Birthday”

Today is everyone’s birthday
Let’s make us a cake (form cake with hands)
Mix and stir, stir and mix (stir)
Then into the oven to bake (push hands out)
Here’s our cake so nice and round (make a circle)
We frost it pink and white (spread frosting)
We put five candles on it (hold up hand)
To make a birthday bright!
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Then repeat the rhyme twice with tiny cake (small motions) and large cake (big motions).

Song: “This is the way…”

This is the way we mix the batter, mix the batter, mix the batter
This is the way we mix the batter, when we bake a cake!
This is the way we spread the frosting, spread the frosting, spread the frosting
This is the way we spread the frosting, when we bake a cake!
This is the way we eat our piece, eat our piece, eat our piece
This is the way we eat our piece, when we bake a cake!
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Flannel:

Five Birthday Candles

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Storytime: Jungle

We have a weekly Saturday morning all-ages drop-in storytime. My co-workers and I rotate who leads it. Last time it was my turn, my theme was “Jungle!”

Books:

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From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Starry Safari by Linda Ashman
The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Rhymes & Songs:

Five Little Monkeys
(done in sign language)

Five little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator,
“Can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator
Jaws open wide
And snap!
Goes another monkey
Deep inside

If You’re a Lion and You Know It
(tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It)

If you’re an elephant and you know it, STOMP your feet
If you’re a monkey and you know it, JUMP up and down (ooh ooh aah aah)
If you’re a crocodile and you know it, SNAP your jaws (motion with arms)
If you’re a lion and you know it, give a ROAR!
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Greg and Steve’s “Kids in Motion”

Animals

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, looooong, truck.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
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