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.

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?

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