PreK Bits - Crocodiles

Crocodiles came to Storytime at Malletts Creek Branch this week. Ms. Rachel told Mrs. Chicken And the Hungry Crocodile about how Chicken convinced Crocodile that they are sisters!
A related tale in READER format is Crocodile And Hen.
If you enjoy reading aloud with family find Roald Dahl's The Enormous Crocodile and giggle together through the chapters.
You can find more crocodiles getting tricked in the following titles:
Counting Crocodiles
Monkey And The Crocodile
Then look for real crocodiles and their behaviors.
ummmmm ... what's the difference between alligators and crocodiles ???

Kid Bits - Happy Birthday New Year!

Winter 2011 Preschool Storytime Programs began this week.
Ms. Rachel led "Happy New Year to You" with a birthday "wish" theme.
A "Lonely Candle" wished to come to the party, and
Winnie wished for "Bracelets" on her birthday !!!
Enjoy more birthdays and wishes with the following books:
When a child anticipates her sixth birthday, her parents remember the first five birthdays in Birthday Presents.
Mr. Rabbit And The Lovely Present offers the thoughtful process of choosing.
For a different birthday discover Little Badger's Just-About Birthday Party.
Every Year On Your Birthday a family recounts the joys of adopting their child.
If you like family read-alouds try:
Happy birthday Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle or the recorded version for "reading while riding" in the car.

Kid Bits - Snowy Days

Snow is here! And "snowy" books are all around.
Here ya go!
Snowy Day ... think footprints.
Katy And The Big Snow ... think snowplows.
The Mitten:an old Ukrainian folktale ... think warm and cozy.
All You Need For A Snowman ... better dress warm.
The Missing Mitten Mystery ... where can it be?
Then watch Stranger In The Woods, created by wildlife photographers Jean Stoick and Carl Sams II.
And many many more stories about winter.
Make your picks.

Silly Stories!

Here’s a cozy AADL tradition for the whole family. Join us on Wednesday, December 29 at 10:00 am at the Pittsfield Branch for silly stories. Betsy Beckerman will lead us in goofy songs, StoryLaura will tell a couple of ridiculous tales, and we will put notes and narration together for Pete Seeger’s classic, Abiyoyo!

Kid Bits - Cookie Season

Who likes cookies?
Who likes stories?
Who likes cookie stories?
If the answer is "We Do !!" try these:
Gingerbread Girl a "sister story" for Gingerbread Boy.
Cow Loves Cookies and you'll find out why, too.
Who Took The Cookies From The Cookie Jar? ... 'nuf said.
The Doorbell Rang an early math lesson for division.
Mr Cookie Baker has long day of baking.
No More Cookies is"the answer" in this story.
I like cookies, too =)

PreK Bits -Kangaroos

Kangaroos came to Storytime @ Malletts Creek today.
The baby kangaroos do not want to hop too far away from Mama. They know her Pouch! is a safe place to think about being brave.
Katy No Pocket is a story about Katy who was born with no pocket, and cannot carry baby Freddy with her. They have a fabulous solution by the end of the story.
What Did You Put In Your Pocket? adds surprising contents to the pocket every day of the week until Sunday when in goes the "spinky spanky hanky".
Look at Kangaroos to study photos of real kangaroos, how they look, where they live, and what they do.

PreK Bits - Boxes Are Best!

What to do with a good Box ?
Dog And Bear:Three To Get Ready with three stories in one, including "Alphabetical Order".
The Birthday Box
Sitting In My Box
Not A Box or other other titles in the Web Catalog.
For “family book read-aloud” pick up the diaries of a cardboard genius and read Star Jumper or Gravity Buster by Frank Asch.
You might get ideas …about what to do with a really good box?

Dog Bits - Say "How-do-You-do"

Dogs are great fun, but if you don't own one, you may not know how to meet one on the street. You also have to consider the issues before you take the responsibility. Books are a non-threatening way to anticipate new scenarios. The following titles give solid pointers:
May I Pet Your Dog? A How-To Guide For Kids Meeting Dogs
A fine guide to say How-Do-You-Do to canine friends.
A Dog's Body: dog body language phrase book helps translate dog behavior for human understanding.
Can we Have One? helps think through what it means to have a pet.
Paws, Claws, Feathers and Fins is a DVD for kids 4-12 years. It points out that taking care of a pet may be fun, but it is also hard work.
For those who enjoy silliness, check Alan Snow's How Dogs Really Work and enjoy the illustrations =)

PreK Bits - "Q" is for Quilts

Winter is coming and we need to add blankets to keep cozy and warm.
Ms. Rachel shared quilt stories in Preschool Storytime this week with the following:
A Far-Fetched Story about each quilt piece from the family.
"I'm Makng A Blanket For Baby" which is a poem full of favorite songs to"keep baby rocking all night long".
Owl At Home has an unpleasant experience with "Strange Bumps" in his bed.
If someone in your house loves blankets, you may like these titles too:
No More Blanket For Lambkin
Owen from the same author of Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
Soft House with more than one way to use quilts.
Choose other stories behind quilting in the Library Catalog.

Kid Bits - The Skin I Live In

A Parent says .... “Now that my child is in Kindergarten, he/she is asking about differences in skin colors. What can we read to support the conversation?”
Here are suggested titles to read together:
My Two Grannies
All Of Me
Who Will I Be Lord?
The Skin You Live In
Shades Of People
The Colors Of Us
... and here are two books published by UNICEF that provide fabulous photos of children from global cultures and what their days are like.
A School Like Mine: A Unique Celebration of schools around the world
A Life Like Mine

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