PreK Bits - "L" is for little (and LARGE)

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Ms. Rachel and Ms. Allison brought stories about little creatures you may never see.
BIG little is a sorting activity to show size differences.
A BED JUST SO has a "Hudgin" who won’t let the Tailor sleep.
“The Goblin Story” is one story in the beginning Reader LITTLE BEAR’S VISIT.

For more stories of teeny tiny very little creatures try these favorites (note: where there is something little, there is also something LARGE):
The HINKY PINK ... a different version of the "Hudgin story" above.
TEENY TINY by Jill Bennett.
DIG IN! … for little things you find when you dig down in the ground.
HORTON HEARS A WHO by Dr. Seuss ... after all ... a Who needs to be heard too.
The WOMAN WHO FLUMMOXED The FAIRIES by Heather Forest.
IMAGINE YOU’RE A FAIRY ... don't forget your wings!
The TIPTOE GUIDE TO TRACKING FAIRIES by Ammi-Joan Paquette.
HOME SWEET HOME: a little book of fairy dwellings that have been made by people.
The ELVES And The SHOEMAKER ... when you need a bit of magic.
LITTLE HOUSES: a counting book by Helen Musselwhite.
SUCH A LITTLE MOUSE by Alice Schertle.

Carrots! Rabbits!

Today at storytime Ms. Amanda told the story of Carrot Soup! It’s a favorite to tell. And if you give a storyteller some carrots, chances are she’ll think of rabbits and other rabbit stories. Here are a few new gems!

Too Many Carrots features more carrots than you’ve ever seen in a picture book. But the rabbit in the story LOVED carrots, so much in fact, that they took over his house and he couldn’t fit in! He called on some friends to help and things end up in a heap up of trouble that's taller than the carrots. It’s a cute story about friends and sharing with lovely pictures and LOTS of carrots that kids will enjoy reading.

Another sweet new picture book is The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits. This one is a bit gentler, with a rhyming story all about rabbit’s favorite things to do. Like seeing the sunrise, smelling flowers, swimming, hopping, eating carrots, and more. It’s purely delightful with delicate images to match the words.

PreK Bits - "K" is for kangaroos

Ms. Allison and Ms. Rachel presented kangaroo stories in Storytime.
POUCH! is a story of 2 baby kangaroos ... just growing out of the pouch!
In the “I’m a Kangaroo” song ... we have lots of bounces and "BOINGS" to do.
KATY NO-POCKET is the story of Katy who has no pouch to keep her baby close.

If you like kangaroos and you like stories, here are more favorite kangaroos:
NIGHTY-NIGHT COOPER by Laura Joffe Numeroff.
ADELAIDE The FLYING KANGAROO by Tomi Ungerer.
HEART In The POCKET by Laurence Bourguignon.
I LOVE IT WHEN YOU SMILE by Sam McBratney.
DO KANGAROOS SEAT BELT by Jane Kurtz.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A KANGAROO? by Mercer Mayer.
BIG RED KANGAROO
A KANGAROO MOB
Spring is the perfect season to "hop and jump all day!"

PreK Bits - "G" is for GO ... but always be ready to stop.

Ms. Rachel did stories about “Go” this week at Malletts Creek Storytime.
A Mouse went on “A Journey” to his Mother's house for a visit … a story from MOUSE TALES by Arnold Lobel.
We rhymed props with the song A-HUNTING WE WILL GO ...
We practiced driving IN The DRIVER’S SEAT. It got pretty crazy at times.

For more stories with “GO” try these favorites:
GO! GO! GO! STOP! … the difference between “go” and “stop”.
DON’T LET The PIGEON DRIVE The BUS … don’t let him “go!”
RICHARD SCARRY’S CARS And TRUCKS And THINGS THAT GO and RICHARD SCARRY’S HOP ABOARD! HERE WE GO!
OK GO … you don’t need a motor to be able to “go”.
MOO! … look who’s driving!
NEW RED BIKE!
AND AWAY WE GO ... how many ways can you go?
You can choose more titles from the public list Planes And Trains And Things That Go
AND … you can check out 6 stories at once in the Stories To Go set on TRANSPORTATION.
Remember ... some times you need to read the signs ... and sometimes you need to STOP!
Be safe out there.

PreK Bits - "F" is for Foolish FROGGIES

It's time to feature froggy stories! Froggies are funny. They are fun to hear and watch. First-frogs-of-the-season time is near. We will soon hear spring peepers and croakers.

Ms. Rachel introduced GREEN FROGS thru MelCat loan. It is a Korean Folktale that explains why little children in Korea may be called "green frogs". Hint: It has something to do with "unruly".
We sang "5 Green And Speckled Frogs" ... a classic "counting and singing song" you can find on the CD LITTLE PEOPLE: Songs & Games For The Road.
We discovered WHY The FROG HAS BIG EYES ... a "beginning Reader" folktale.
You may be able to read this one yourself if you have learned to read some words already.

For more froggy tales try these favorites:
Arnold Lobel Classic Readers ... with Frog & Toad
I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG! ... perhaps a complaint?
999 FROGS WAKE UP … in the springtime.
TOO MANY FROGS … at bedtime.
QUENTIN BLAKE’S TEN FROGS = DIEZ RANAS … counting in Spanish.
QUENTIN BLAKE’S TEN FROGS = DIS GRENOUILLE … counting in French.
I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG … being green gets old.
The CROAKY POKEY … dance your froggy parts to Hokey Pokey!
TUESDAY … a frog fantasy that won the Caldecott Award for illustrations in 1992.

PreK Bits - "E" is for EXCELLENT snow day!

Snow is Exciting !! When it snows, there are Excellent new things to do !!!
TEN ON THE SLED … slid, swerved, sped, squirted out, popped up, flipped over ... down the hill.
Ms. Rachel and Banjo Betsy led the action song “This Is The Way We Play In The Snow”. We made snow angels, snow people, footprints and skated.
PERFECT DAY showed an entire day of snow play … until the lamps went on at dusk.

If you want to get more ideas from EXCELLENT snow stories ... try the following favorites:
RED SLED … an almost wordless book with a clear story to tell in pictures.
The SNOWY DAY … the day Peter goes for a walk in the snow.
INTO The SNOW … sensory joys of winter
BEAR & HARE: SNOW …friends Bear and Hare go out and play in the snow.
The LITTLE SNOWPLOW … reminiscent of The LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD.
KATY And The BIG SNOW SNOW …a classic story of a big snow day.
SUPER SNOW DAY SEEK AND FIND … find the clues in the pictures.
IF IT’S SNOWY AND YOU KNOW IT CLAP YOUR PAWS … you know this song.
KUMAK’S HOUSE … an Inuit story of too much noise in the house.
OVER And UNDER The SNOW … beautiful illustrations show where wildlife lives in winter.
The HAT … Jan Brett’s marvelous illustrated version of a classic tale.
UNDER MY HOOD I HAVE A HAT … a sequential winter story.
Be sure to honor winter with a family watch together of … The SNOWMAN on DVD.
This short animation film is appropriate for all audiences including very young children; it has beautiful music; and the best non-Disney animation ever.

PreK Bits - "D" is for DOGGIES!


Ms. Rachel and Banjo Betsy love doggies!
First Ragweed the Farm Dog gave advice from his book RAGWEED’S FARM DOG HANDBOOK.
We sang B-I-N-G-O and danced the Doggy-Pokey.
Then we met all the doggies from Sandra Boynton's board book called DOGGIES.

If you are a fan of dogs ... try the following favorites:
KATIE LOVES The LITTLE KITTENS
SNIFF! SNIFF! … follow the nose …
AMERICANINE: a haute dog in New York … “a beautiful book with a funny story and gorgeous illustrations. A wonderful book to read to a kid who is traveling to NYC.”
SIMON’S NEW BED
R Is For ROCKET: an ABC book .. Rocket creates his own alphabet.
SHEEP GO TO SLEEP … a new addition to the “sheep series" by the team of Nancy Shaw & Margot Apple
CRYBABY … there’s one member of the family who knows what the baby wants.
MISTER BUD WEARS The CONE and more [|http://www.aadl.org/catalog/search/keyword/Goodrich%20and%20mister%20bud “Mister Bud and Zorro” stories]
UNDERWATER DOGS ... a story using real-life photos and rhyming text.
GREAT GRACIE CHASE ... a wild chase story.

PreK Bits - "C" is for Cookie!


Cookie Monster says, "C is for Cookie!"
That's good enough for Ms. Rachel in Storytime too!
IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE is a cautionary tale that takes you in a circle right back where you started from.
Banjo Betsy and Ms. Rachel led the action song "Gonna Walk, Walk, Walk" ... until we need to "Sit Down."
This action song can be found on the the following recordings ... HONK! HONK! RATTLE! RATTLE! and RISE And SHINE.
The WOLF’S CHICKEN STEW is a Chef's kitchen story. The Wolf is fattening up Ms. Chicken for his stew ... but there is a surprise.
All of his cooking is successful in a new way!

If you like cookies, you may enjoy more favorite "Cookie" stories as follows:
B. BEAR And LOLLY: Catch That Cookie!
WATCH The COOKIE!
OLIVIA VENDE GALLETAS
The GINGERBREAD MAN LOST IN SCHOOL … and many more versions of the Gingerbread characters.
The COW LOVES COOKIES
The DOORBELL RANG
The DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE
SUGAR COOKIES: sweet little lessons on love
WHO TOOK The COOKIES FROM The COOKIE JAR
NO MORE COOKIES!
FABULOUS FOOD … a recorded CD full of songs and rhythm including “Who Stole The Cookies”!
And don't forget to play with Cookie Monster in C Is For COOKIE!
YUMMO!

PreK Bits - "B" is for BUNNIES

Ms. Rachel brought "Bunny" stories to Preschool Storytime @ Malletts Creek Branch.
Max and Ruby went shopping in ... BUNNY MONEY by Rosemary Wells.
Ms. Betsy accompanied with her ukulele for "Wheels On The Bus" ... since Max and Ruby took the bus downtown.
The BUNNIES ARE NOT IN THEIR BEDS ... a bedtime story. 'Nuff said! =)

For more Favorite Bunny stories try the following:
The HOUSE OF 12 BUNNIES ... another bunny bedtime story.
WOLFIE The BUNNY ... there's a new baby in the home.
TOO MANY CARROTS ... and time to share.
MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! and TIPPY-TIPPY-TIPPY, HIDE ... and Mr. McGreely's garden.
HERE IS BIG BUNNY ... a story of size and scale.
WONDERFUL HABITS Of RABBITS.
KNUFFLE BUNNY: a cautionary tale … the Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems ... stories of an essential member of the family.
The COMPLETE ADVENTURES Of PETER RABBIT and more Classic treasures by Beatrix Potter.
COUNTRY BUNNY And The LITTLE GOLDEN SHOES ... a classic by Dubose Heyward.
WIGGLE your nose, FLOP your ears, HOP your tail ... 'cuz that's what BUNNIES do too.

PreK BITS - “A” is for Art

There were ARTful stories in Preschool Storytime @ Malletts Creek this week.
Ms. Rachel drew “Monkey Face” while telling the story.
The book MONKEY FACE is long out of print but the tale lives on in oral tradition.
Frank Asch is the author and his books are still popular.
The BIG ORANGE SPLOT is a story of Mr. Plumbean and the day a big orange splot lands on his house. What would YOU do?

For more Artful stories try these favorites:
I AIN’T GONNA PAINT NO MORE! … is totally singable as you read the pages and enjoy the pictures.
VINCENT PAINTS HIS HOUSE ... Vincent Van Gogh of course!
LILY BROWN’S PAINTINGS … a young artist growing …
SCRIBBLE … what if you scribbled on your sister’s things?
BEAR’S PICTURE … what if folks don’t think your art is right?
PURPLE GREEN And YELLOW … what if your markers go places they aren’t supposed to go ?
The DAY The CRAYONS CAME HOME … sequel to The DAY The CRAYONS QUIT … stories from the crayon box.
DOG LOVES DRAWING by Louise Yates.
SHAPE SONG SWINGALONG … a song on a CD to go along …
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL? … a collection of stories and poems told by a collection of famous children’s book illustrators.

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