PreK Bits - Precocious Pigs

Ms. Rachel told stories about pigs this week.
The Old Woman And Her Pig is an Appalachian folktale.
The Three Little Pigs is a classic folktale, but we changed the end.
Our piggies scared the wolf away!
We danced the Piggy-Pokey ... put your piggy snout in! and your piggy tail out! you put your piggy ears in, and you turn your self around. That's what it's all about !!
Once your child knows the classic tale, try these turn-arounds:
Three Little Pigs by James Marshall, The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs as told by Jon Scieszka.
If you are a fan of pigs, here are more stories:
"Eat" Cried Little Pig ... but he slurps it and slops it and gets it everywhere!
A Garden For Pig. Sometimes dreams come true, but not always as you might expect.
Chester the Worldly Pig sets his sights on being more than something to eat.

PreK Bits - quiet LOUD

Ms. Rachel performed "quiet & LOUD" at Storytime this week.
Perhaps you know the difference.
Perhaps the difference needs practice.
The Board Book Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli offers a sound playground to fool around in.
The Quiet Book offers a large list of quiet moments to ponder.
Too Much Noise is the opposite of quiet ... of course, and a chance to practice animal noises too!
Heather Forest tells a different version in A Big Quiet House.
Michael Bania tells an Inuit version in Kumak's House.
Then practice your bug and swamp noises in The Noisy counting Book.

PreK Bits - "P" is for precious pups

Katie Loves the Kittens but Katie needs to learn don't SCARE the kittens....
Doggies works its doggie charm every time you "howl" it. It's your "Puppy as a Second Language" book.
One Pup's Up a puppy counting book.
If you want stories with more words, try these favorites:
The day Gracie walks through the open gate is the day of The Great Gracie Chase.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! uh, oh !!!
Martha Speaks the day she eats alphabet soup for lunch.
Officer Buckle And Gloria make school visits.
If you are ready for family read-alouds try:
Down Girl and Sit: Smarter Than Squirrels
And Henry And Ribsy remains a classic.

PreK Bits - Seriously Socks & Shoes

Ms. Rachel worked with Socks & Shoes for Storytime this week ... seriously!!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes seriously LOVES his new shoes!
Ten Sock Monkeys are seriously jumping on the bed .... uh, oh!
A very serious little girl says Ducks Don't Wear Socks, until she discovers a sense of humor.
For books a beginning reader can read, try:
Fox in Socks with plenty of rhyming "word families."
Jennie's Socks
100 Shoes: a Math Reader
Shoes Town
For more awesome, groovy, far out stories try:
Sally And the Purple Socks ... when socks turn mystical.....
Louise the Big Cheese and the La-Di-Da Shoes
The Shoemaker Extraordinaire
And when you have nothing but odd socks left, turn them into something new:
Sock and Glove: Create Charming Softy Friends

PreK Bits - Quiet under the Quilts

Ms. Rachel's recipe for bedtime storytime ... one tired child, one bed, 5 good books, wrapped in plenty of peace and quiet. So quick as a bunny, brush your teeth, and get into pajamas. Then quiet as a mouse you can listen to favorite stories, and dream:
The Hinky Pink is a re-telling of A BED JUST SO. The story we first knew was by Jeanne Hardendorff. It is no longer in print, but such a favorite of the Librarians, it is still told in Storytime.
Dream Machines has exquisite illustrations of mechanical inventions, to study closely, while someone reads the poems and prose.
The Bunnies Are Not In Their Beds
The Prince Won't Go To Bed
Little Quack's Bedtime
Are we asleep yet? .. and remember .... Don't Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late!
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PreK Bits - "B" is for Bears

Ms. Rachel found "B" in the letter box today for .... bring back Brown Bears ...
The Three Bears has many versions, but favorite versions include:
The Three Bears by Byron Barton who is known for spare text, and bright, child-like drawings which are especially attractive to youngest children.
Goldilocks And The three Bears for illustrations by Jan Brett.
The Three Bears by Paul Galdone, famous for his classic versions of folk tales.
Goldilocks And The Three Bears, a new "sassy" telling by Emma Chichester Clark.
And "fractured fairy tale" versions byJames Marshall or Stu Smith.
Now that we know what bears look like, We're Going On A Bear Hunt.
Beware Bears!

Rings On Her Fingers and Bells On Her Toes

The last time we had Mother Goose to the library we had a big crowd of happy listeners for tiny tales and rhymes. Trudy Bulkley, a longtime favorite at Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown, will grace us with her gander in tow on Wednesday, March 8th at 10 am in the Downtown Youth Department Story Corner.

PreK Bits - "F" is for Fishy Folktales

Ms. Rachel told fish tales @ Malletts Creek. A "Whale Of a Tale" is an exaggerated oral-tradition tale from Inuit people. It is a story about one very H-U-N-G-R-Y little boy. We went fishing with Kumak's extended family in Kumak's Fish and were surprised by what we caught!
You can find more deep sea stories in the following titles:
Burt Dow Deep Water Man, a tall tale from Maine about the day Burt Dow pulled up the tale of a whale or ... perhaps "'twas 'tother way 'round. The tale of a whale pulled up Burt Dow!" This story is great grade school kids, too!
Swimmy, a tiny fish who figures out a way to swim safely in the great blue sea.
The Fisherman and His Wife who get too greedy with the wishes they are granted.
Baby Beluga has all the words, and you can hear Raffi sing it on CD Baby Beluga.

PreK Bits - LOVIES and Valentines!

Every "Love" has a story. For Valentine's Week we had "Lovey" Stories in Preschool Storytime @ Malletts Creek.
We sang "A You're Adorable" an alphabet love song that can be found on
Great Big Hits by Sharon, Lois and Bram.
Something From Nothing follows reincarnations of Joseph's baby blanket until the final piece becomes lost, and nothing is left .... but the story.
Guess How Much I Love You is the duel between little Nutbrown Hare and big Nutbrown Hare for who loves the other most. This love story can be found in Foreign Language Collections because Love is universal.
Stories with more "lovies" for young children:
Owen and Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too and Knuffle Bunny Free a trilogy by Mo Willems about his daughter Trixie's Knuffle Bunny lovey.
For The Love Of Autumn a search for a lost kitten by Patricia Polacco.


The theme was "Wheels" in Ms. Rachel's Preschool Storytime this week:
Tip tip Dig Dig introduces the trucks that make a beautiful adventure play park.
The Line Up Book follows Sam as he creates a line of toys from his room all the way through the house to lunch with mother in the kitchen.
We sang "Wheels On The Bus" from Rise And Shine and "Bumping Up and Down" in my Little Red Wagon from Singable songs For The Very Young.
For more WHEELERY look for:
Who Made This Cake? ... the biggest cake needing truckloads of ingredients.
And The Train Goes ... well ... ask the Train station Parrot.
Machines Go To Work in this lift-the-flap book of Trucks.
Trucks Roll offers many examples of the types of things trucks haul.
Truckery Rhymes offers truckful nursery rhymes and new honk-along songs by Jon Scieszka.
and the AADL webcatalog.

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