Stories With Ms. Jenna

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Letters Everywhere!

A few years ago when I was in undergrad, I interned at the local public library. I worked on a handful of early literacy- passive programming projects. “Letters Everywhere!” was my favorite display I made. I can’t take full credit for it because my supervisor saw it elsewhere and asked me to make one. But we all know librarians love to share! Now, at my position as Youth Services Librarian at a different library, I was able to re-create the Letters Everywhere display. It’s across from the family restrooms, right beneath the children’s coat rack. It’s so fun to watch kids sit down in front of it and point at the letters that spell their name!



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Thirteen 2013 Books I’m Thankful For

I’m copying Colby Sharp’s post and listing 13 books from 2013 that I’m thankful for. His goal was to complete the list in 13 minutes. I tried that, too. I failed. Too many good books this year! But I tried not to think too hard while I went through my list and picked out 13 great books from this year that really stuck with me. So here goes:

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle


Journey by Aaron Becker


The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff


Doll Bones by Holly Black


The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt


Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell


Just One Day by Gayle Forman


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick


Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger


The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)


The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


What books were you thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Storytime: What’s in the Sky?

Last week, my theme for Evening Family Storytime was “What’s in the Sky?” I used my normal Hello and Goodbye songs to begin and end the storytime.

Book: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle


Song: “What’s the Weather?” (Tune: Clementine)

What’s the weather, what’s the weather,
What’s the weather, everyone?
Is it windy, is it cloudy,
Is there rain, or is there sun?

Flannel: Henny Penny


Action Rhyme: “Moon Ride”

Do you want to go up with me to the moon? (point up)
Let’s get in our rocket ship and blast off soon! (climb in, seat belt, blast off)
Faster and faster we reach to the sky (jump and reach)
Isn’t it fun to be able to fly? (hands out)
We’re on the moon, now all take a look (look around)
Sit back down, and I’ll read you a book. (sit down)

Book: Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood


Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider- Songs for Wiggleworms

The itsy bitsy went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

great big hairy spider, very quiet spider, l’araignée gypsy

Book: How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers


Action Rhyme: “Bend and Stretch”

Bend and stretch, reach for the stars
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars
Bend and stretch and reach for the sky
Stand on tip-e-toe, oh so high!

Book: Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry


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Henny Penny Flannel

This week I made a felt story set to tell Henny Penny, the story of a hen who gets hit in the head with an acorn and thinks the sky is falling. She decides to tell the king, and on her journey is joined by Cocky Locky, Turkey Lurkey, and Ducky Lucky (normally there is also Goosey Loosey but I just realized I forgot to make her! Oh well). They happen upon Foxy Loxy who tries to trick them so he can eat them! In some versions, he succeeds, but I’m feeling kind so I will let my animals escape. Either way, the king is never told that the sky is falling.


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Storytime: Music and Dance

Last night at Evening Family Storytime, we jammed and grooved because the theme was Music and Dance. It was a really fun storytime! As always, the songs I used to begin and end are over at my Hello and Goodbye page.

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”

Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

Book: Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler


Action Rhyme: “We Can Jump”

We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stomp, stomp, stomp
We can nod our heads for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And we can sit down really slow

Book: Dancing Feet! By Lindsey Craig


I adore this book! The kids really enjoyed guessing which animal was next based on the feet.

Song: “Silly Dance Contest” –Jim Gill (The Sneezing Song)

Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
Bur stop when I say freeze.

Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

Book: Jazzmatazz by Stephanie Calmenson


Activity: Making Muisc

I let each child choose an instrument from our assortment of maracas, tambourines, triangles, etc. Then together we did different things with them such as play them high, low, to the side, with our eyes closed, behind our backs, really quiet to really loud…

Book: Boom Bah! By Phil Cummings


This is a cute book, but honestly I would have been better off not using it. By this point most of the attention spans were over.

Song: “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”

Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes
Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes

And then we repeated it going faster and faster and faster… it was definitely my workout for the day!

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Storytime: Barnyard

This week began my new 6 week session of Evening Family Storytime. I have a few of the same kids as last session, but mostly a new group. A younger group. Half of the group is 2 years old! Therefore, I’m doing even more songs and making the storytime a few minutes shorter. The theme of the first session was “Barnyard.” Check out my Hello and Goodbye page for the songs I used to begin and end the storytime.

Book: Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee


Song: Farm Chores

This is the way we plant our seeds, plant our seeds, plant our seeds
This is the way we plant our seeds so early in the morning

Water our seeds, weed our seeds, our seeds grow up, pick our plants, eat our plants

Book: Cock-a-doodle Quack Quack by Ivor Baddiel


Song: Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said “Quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came running back.

(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1, 0)

Then mother duck said
And five little ducks came running back.

Flannel Story: Too Much Noise


Song: All Around the Farm
(to the tune of Wheels on the Bus)

The cows on the farm go moo moo moo
moo moo moo
moo moo moo
The cows on the farm go moo moo moo
All around the farm

Horses- neigh neigh neigh
Pigs- oink oink oink
Chicks- peep peep peep
Sheep- baa baa baa

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