Storytimes & Playgroups Are Back!

Storytimes & PlaygroupsStorytimes & Playgroups

After a short summer break, Storytimes and Playgroups return on September 8 to Traverwood, Pittsfield, Malletts Creek and Downtown. Playgroups consist of fifteen minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs followed by open playtime for babies up to 2 years old. Storytimes are open to children 2 - 5 years old. The complete listing of times and locations can be found on our Events page. Come join us for stories and fun!

Kid Bits - Tiny Folks

Tiny Magic Folk were at Ms. Rachel's Storytime this week. You can find her stories and more in the following books:
Alice The Fairy by David Shannon
The Wizard, The Fairy, and the Magic Chicken by Helen Lester
The Woman Who Flummoxed The Fairies retold by Heather Forest
Butterfly Eyes is poetry and pictures of miniature field life
The Bootmaker And The Elves is an "Old West" retell of a German classic 1029805The Elves And The Shoemaker.

Chicken Bits - Poultry

Ms. Rachel did Chicken stories for week #6. Of course there are more where those came from.
Rosie's Walk or on DVD in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. It is great for toddlers to pick out Rosie the chicken in each picture as she tours her chicken yard.
Look Out Suzy Goose is another good toddler tale of sequence.
Big Chickens shows "four big chickens" they are braver than they think.
The Perfect Nest

Kid Bits - Do You Know About Monsters?

Ms. Rachel is inviting monsters to Storytime this week. You can meet monsters at the Library, or bring them home with you. Look for:
Go Away Big green Monster helps you get control over monsters.
The Hungry Thing needs to be fed.
The Gunniwolf is a classic "survivor" tale.
Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo The Terrible Monster.
Where The Wild Things Are is where you can go for a Rumpus.
and Go To Bed Monster!.

PreK Bits - We're Going To The ZOO

We're going to the zoo in Storytime with Ms. Rachel. Ann Arbor is a one hour drive from two excellent zoos. You can visit the Detroit Zoo and Toledo Zoo this summer. While you're traveling you can share these stories and songs:
Sing "Going To The Zoo" with Peter Paul And Mary, or Raffi. Read Tom Paxton's words in Going To The Zoo.

Baby & PreK Bits - FARM

Ms. Rachel is doing FARMS this week in Preschool Storytime and Baby PlayGroups.
For the youngest children:
Farmer Doogie has plenty to do each day.
Follow a Hen on her walk around the farm in Rosie's Walk.
Sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" along with Victor Johnson in the CD Country Blues for Kids.
For kids who like more of a story:
The farm is a noisy place in Too Much Noise.

PreK Bits - Rabbits and Leopards

There are surprises for Leopard and Rabbit this week in Ms. Rachel's Storytime. You can find the stories she tells and more as follows.
Who's In Rabbit's House was written by Verna Aardema and illustrated by the Leo & Diane Dillon.
Rabbit Ears has a DVD version with more African stories.
Leopard's Drum was written and illustrated by Jessica Souhami.
Anansi And The Moss-Covered Rock was written by Erik Kimmel and illustrated by Janet Stevens.
You can find plenty of African Folklore in the Library Catalog too.

PreKBits - BarnYard Banter

Ms.Rachel is doing FARM theme this week. You can read her stories or try some others.
Golly Gump Swallowed A Fly is out of print, but you can find I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly at the Library.
The Three Little Pigs classic by Paul Galdone; Another version by James Marshall; and a DVD version by Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics Three Little Pigs.
There's A Cow In The Cabbage Patch where all the animals are in the wrong homes on the farm until ... dinner time!
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! wants to get the rabbits out of the garden.
or pick your own farm story from the Catalog list.

PreK Bits - Dirt

Ms. Rachel is doing Dirt Stories this week. You can do them too, if you find these books.
Dirt Boy by Erik Slangerup.
Piggy In The Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz.... And the same story on DVD in "Books And Stories" section under "R" for Reading Rainbow.
I'm Dirty by Kate McMullan.
Bubba And Beau Best Friends by Kathi Appelt.
This Is The Van That Dad Cleaned.
Big Smelly Bear by Britta Tekentrup.
Mouse Soup includes "The Bees And The Mud" by Arnold Lobel.

PreK Bits - Gardens

Ms. Rachel's doing garden stories this week. Follow the theme with these books for little gardeners.
The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater
Tops And Bottoms a rascally rabbit tale by Janet Stevens
Frog And Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
City Green by Dyanne DiSalvo-Ryan
Muncha Muncha Muncha by Candace Fleming
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
or find your own treasures in the catalog using subject + gardens fiction.
Let it rain and shine.

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