PreK Bits - Kangaroos and Pockets

"BOING BOing Boing boing" song by Angela Twigg ... and here come kangaroos ...
Ms. Rachel brought mama kangaroos to Storytime because they have special pockets for their babies.
POUCH by David Ezra Stein is a story with two mama kangaroos and their two babies who want to explore outside the pouch.
KATY NO POCKET by Emmy Payne, is the story of Katy who was born with no pouch yet she needs to carry her baby. She seeks advice and finds the perfect solution for baby Freddy ...

for more kangaroo and pocket stories try the following titles for home:
KANGAROO MOB ... to read first facts about kangaroos in Australia.
BEST FOOT FORWARD; Exploring Feet, Flippers and Claws
IF ALL The ANIMALS CAME INSIDE by Eric Pinder
HEART IN The POCKET by Laurence Bourguignon
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A KANGAROO? by Mercer Mayer
WHAT DID YOU PUT IN YOUR POCKET? by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers
A SOCK IS A POCKET FOR YOUR TOES by

PreK BITS - "J" for Journey and Jaguar

Ms. Rachel received "J" in the Letter Box .... so-o what can you do with "J" ?

Mouse went on a "Journey" to mother's house ... a story from MOUSE TALES by Arnold Lobel.
We used verbs that begin with "J" (jiggle; jog; jazz; jitterbug; jump) to the tune of "Walk Walk Walk ... Around The Block" ... accompanied by Miss Sara's music.
Jaguar took a jealous journey with his jungle drum, ... just as Leopard did in LEOPARD'S DRUM, an Asanti trickster folk tale.

For more books on Journeys:
JOURNEY, an illustrated masterpiece for taking a visual journey.
DREAM ANIMALS a Bedtime Journey
FOLLOWING PAPA'S SONG
WE'RE SAILING DOWN The NILE, a Journey Through Egypt
The QUEEN'S PROGRESS, a sumptuous journey through the English countryside with Queen Elizabeth I in 1500 on her way to her summer home.
MY NAME I NOT ALEXANDER an imaginative journey, where Alexander discovers how great men become heroes.
RED KNIT CAP GIRL

PreK Bits - Inch by Inch

In honor of "I" .. Ms Rachel brought Inchworm to Storytime.
Inchworms are very useful because they can measure things ... including Nightingale's song ....

Find the stories to read/sing at home:
INCH By INCH by Leo Lionni
Ms. Sara sang INCH By INCH The Garden Song by David Mallett
You can hear the song (and more) on the recording PICKIN & GRINNIN Great Folk Songs For Kids
I MADE A MISTAKE was a silly story about how things can go wrong ... by mistake!

More Inchworms and Counting can be found below:
Stories To Go SIZE And MEASUREMENTS is a pre-selected set of stories on measuring sizes.
There are many more Stories To Go with Preschool themes. You can choose by the bag-full!

Here are more books to practice your counting:
INCHWORM And A HALF
LIFETIME:The Amazing Numbers In Animal Lives
100 ANIMALS On PARADE
The DEEP DEEP PUDDLE
20 BIG TRUCKS In The MIDDLE Of The STREET

Fall fun!

This week at storytime Ms Amanda featured fall themed picture books and stories! Not Halloween, but FALL! We saw some animals swapping items in The Scarecrow’s Hat, we shook our heads at Anansi the spider as he played tricks on the animals in Anansi and the Talking Melon (I turned it into a talking PUMPKIN for this story!). We also had fun checking out GIANT pumpkins in How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow. And for the cuteness factor we met up with Penguin and Pumpkin on a fall adventure.

The library has all sorts of fun and beautiful fall picture books to suit your fancy. They sure are fun to share with little ones this time of year!

PreK Bits - "H" is for Hungry Thing

Ms. Rachel helped hear things that begin with "H" ... as in ...
The HUNGRY THING who was looking for hookies, feetloaf and gollipops.
We looked for "Who Stole The Cookies From The Cookie Jar?" Who? Who? We don't know Who?
Note: ... it was Mouse, and you KNOW what happens when YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE!
Here is a recorded version of "Who Stole The Cookies" in BROWN GIRL IN The RING

If you want more stories to go with "H" ... here are some:
HUMBUG WITCH by Lorna Balian ... a non-scary Halloween story.
HAPPY by Mies Van Hout
BUT NOT THE HIPPOPOTAMUS by Sandra Boynton
MY HUMONGOUS HAMSTER by Lorna Freytag
ANNA HIBISCUS' SONG by Atinuke
HURTY FEELINGS by Helen Lester
... AND Happy Halloween 2014 is coming soon...

PreK Bits - "G" is for Grubb and goat

Ms. Rachel got "G's" in Storytime ... which is NOT "B" or "V" or "C" ....

THREE SILLY GIRLS GRUBB are off to school with donuts in their lunch boxes ...
Billy GOAT Limberjack (who wears a goatee) ... tap-danced, and personalized the song "Rig-a-Jig Jig" !
You can sing along with the song (and more) with the CD DANCE The WORLD AROUND, a fine multi-lingual recording of folk songs, ... by "Peter, Paul and George".
GREGORY The TERRIBLE EATER is a small active goat who's parents are very concerned about his terrible eating habits (at least for a little growing goat), until Dr. Ram solves the problem.

Here are more titles to include "goats" or the letter "G":
LITTLE APPLE GOAT by Caroline Church. This is an adorable tale of how little goat inadvertantly planted a new apple orchard.
GREGORY GRIGGS And OTHER NURSERY RHYME PEOPLE by Arnold Lobel
G is For GOAT by Patricia Polacco, a beautifully illustrated "goat" alphabet book.
The VILLAGE GARAGE where the Village Garge takes care of the town throughout all seasons.
GEORGIE the friendly LITTLE ghost, lives happily with the Whittakers and creaks the steps every night.
GRUMPY GLORIA is a challenge for the family .... to cheer her up.
Go on and have a Great "G" day soon!

PreK BITS - Flossie And the FOX

Ms. Rachel brought foxes to Storytime !
The GINGERBREAD BOY went the way of all gingerbread cookies that ever came out of the oven... after he met the fox.
"A-Hunting We Will Go" started and ended with fox, and there were so many animals to rhyme with as we sang.
FLOSSIE And The FOX is the story of a clever girl who can outfox the fox.

Since Gingerbread and Runaway food motifs are common in folklore, here are more stories to try:
RUNAWAY LATKES by Leslie Kimmelman.
RUNAWAY PEPPERCORN a Hindi tale by Sucitrāi Rāmadurai.
RUNAWAY PUMPKIN by Kevin Lewis.
RUNAWAY RICE CAKE and RUNAWAY WOK by Ying Chang Compestine.
GINGERBREAD GIRL by Lisa Campbell Ernst.
GINGERBREAD BABY by Janet Squires.
GINGERBREAD COWBOY by
LET'S GO OUTSIDE ! tells how to play the outdoor game "A-Hunting We Will Go".
The LITTLE COOKIE by Margaret Hillert, is a version for beginning readers to master.

PreK Bits - E is for EXceptions (and eggs)

Ms. Rachel brought stories about excellent eggs to Storytime.

We found out WHERE (the egg) and all the sleepyheads beds are ... during SLEEPYHEADS by Sandra Howatt.
We sang, danced and flapped wings to "Knees up Mother Chicken" ... along with the Chicken Limberjack.
We found out WHAT Mama Hen is up to .... on MAMA HEN'S BIG DAY by Jill Latter.

If you want to read more ... try these:
You can find out WHO comes out of eggs ... in EXCEPT IF .., CHICKENS AREN'T The ONLY ONES.
An Exceptional flight takes place in EGG DROP by Mini Grey.
How do you raise a dragon properly, if you happen to hatch one from The EGG?
It's Exceptional hijinks in MARLEY And The GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT.
Egg rivalry is experienced between ZINNIA And DOT until they learn to cooperate. heh!

PreK Bits - "D" is for DAY at the Farm

Ms. Rachel brought Farm stories for Preschool Storytime this week.
In GOBBLE GOBBLE MOOoo TRACTOR BOOK by Jez Alborough ... Farmer Dougal did not get up one morning and the animals drove the tractor .... just pretend!
We sang "Farmer Brown Had 5 Red Apples" which can be found with other farm songs in the CD ABC and 123 Songs by Sharon, Lois and Bram...
Mr. Bingle needed help getting the last big apple from the top of his tree in APPLE PIE by Anne Wellington.
Both stories are fun, ... and unfortunately out of print, ... but you can still get copies through MelCat loans with your AADL card.

You can browse the webcatalog for farm stories or you can try some favorites listed below:
LITTLE APPLE GOAT by Caroline Church. The little goat who loves to eat apples ... unknowingly becomes the planter of the new apple trees.
CHARLIE And The NEW BABY by Ree Drummond, is a story of a new calf (with adorable pictures by Diane DeGroat) ... who needs extra attention while Charlie the dog is feeling neglected.
E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra ... is a story that happens with the help of the Hen.
Henry is tired of an un-tidy farm so he creates HENRY'S MAP.
THESE BEES COUNT ... Farmer Ellen shows how to listen to the bees.
The NOISY FARM ... to practice lots of animal noises.
The YEAR At MAPLE HILL FARM ... an illustrated classic by Alice Provensen.

PreK Bits - Carrots (and Rabbits)

Carrots grow from carrot seeds and this is how we know it ... from Ms. Rachel's Storytime this week!
The CARROT SEED a classic by Ruth Krauss was re-enacted (with musical accompaniment).
CARROT SOUP brings farm friends together in a big surprise ending!

You can do the veggie cheer .... as you make soup!!
Go! Go veggies! Go, go, go veggies!
Chop veggies to the right
Chop veggies to the left
Throw them in the soup pot
Where we like them BEST!

Here are more carrot (and Rabbit) stories when you have the time:
WE'RE RABBITS! by Lisa Westberg Peters
The GIANT CARROT by Jan Peck, a carrot adaptation of a Russian Folktale.
RABBIT FOOD by Susanna Gretz. Young John Rabbit has a surprising dislike for .... ?
CHRISTOPHER COUNTING by Valeri Gorbachev. Christopher Rabbit has a new skill ... counting things.
When you feel adventurous and silly ..... try:
CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds.
RABBIT And The NOT-SO-BIG BAD WOLF by Michael Escoffier.

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