PreK Bits - "Y" is for YUMMY!

Ms. Rachel brought YUMMY stories to Preschool Storytime.
Bear woke up one day with a hankerin’ for yummy, yummy UGLY PIE.
Banjo Betsy led the action for “Stir It Up” from the CD FOR THOSE ABOUT TO HOP.
There were "5 Plum Buns In A Bakery Shoppe" ... a rhythmic interlude with "sugar on the top".
And Wolf needed to plump up Ms. Chicken for his chicken stew with plenty of yummy baked goods in WOLF’S CHICKEN STEW. Wolf got a surprise!

If you want more yummy literature for your hungry reading palette try the following:
FROM APPLE TREES TO CIDER PLEASE.
BETTY BUNNY LOVES CHOCOLATE CAKE.
DRAGONS LOVE TACOS.
DONUT CHEF.
BEE BIM BOP.
MAX'S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN.
COW LOVES COOKIES.
HUNGRY ROSCOE.
TALIA And The VERY YUM KIPPUR.

“X” is for Extinct … X’d out

Ms. Rachel brought cave boys, a baby dodo, and dinosaur bones to PreK Storytime.

First we found dinosaur bones and fit them together ... inspired by the book DINOSAUR BONES … a first book of non-fiction for PreK.
Ms. Sara sang “Dinosaurs At Play” by Tom Paxton.
We read IF THE DINOSAURS COME BACK in big book format.
we followed Caveboy to find a new playmate in ME WANT PET .

If you are fans of dinosaurs, here are more things to read and sing:
MEET DIZZY DINOSAUR
DINO BITES … food chain … until a BU-u-rp !
EDWINA: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct
IF I HAD A TRICERATOPS
SUPPOSE YOU MEET A DINOSAUR:a First Book Of Manners
IF DINOSAURS LIVED IN MY TOWN

Try these CDs for sing-along dino-songs:
DINOSAURS: 16 All-Time Great Dino-Songs
The BEST Of The LAURIE BERKNER BAND
DINOSTORY: The Ultimate DinosaurRock Opera
SHA-DOO-BE-DOOP
MOST AMAZING DINOSAUR SONGS
OR …
CHOOSE your own Dino from this list.

"W" is for Wiseguys and Whiskers

Ms Rachel brought “Wise Guys and Whiskers” tales to Storytime.
Can you tell who the “Wise Guys” are?
In FLOSSIE And The FOX ... Flossie has to get her basket of eggs safely to Ms. Viola’s house.
Flossie doesn’t know what a fox looks like but she figures it out.
We went on a “Fox Hunt” together … looking for the cute fox with the bushy tail, pointy ears, fur coat and whiskers.
Finally .... we sang along with the GINGERBREAD GIRL … as she planned a more successful ending to the classic story of the GINGERBREAD BOY.

If you had fun on "The FOX HUNT" ... Here are more versions of this classic action story:
WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT ... same book written in Arabic and written in Tamil.
WE’RE GOING ON A LION HUNT.
WE'RE GOING ON A GHOST HUNT.
LOOKING FOR A MOOSE.
Especially for Halloween ... "Looking For Dracula" is one of my favorite versions!
It is found on the CD 10 CARROT DIAMOND by Charlotte Diamond.

"V" is for Varmints

Varmints are animals that cause mischief or nuisance.
Ms. Rachel thinks varmints are cute and silly . So … varmints were in Storytime.
SO COZY used all varmints to create the drama and conclusion.
Ms. Betsy accompanied and Ms. Rachel led “Gray Squirrel” for action/music fun.
You can participate more with the song on the CD SING IT! SAY IT! STAMP IT! SWAY IT!
”Skunk’s Party” is an “oral tradition story”.
Skunk “only lifts her tail when she’s scared or mad.”

For more fun varmint stories, try these favorites:
POSSUM COME A-KNOCKIN’ AT The DOOR … with Appalachian rhythm and action.
THOSE DARN SQUIRRELS
OL’ MAMA SQUIRREL will protect her babies!
MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! is what the rabbits do.
The RABBIT PROBLEM
BRAVEST Of The BRAVE
WEASELS

"U" is for "Up" and "Under"

Ms. Rachel told stories for concepts of up and under.
Mr. Rabbit tricks Mr. Bear with choices of TOPS and BOTTOMS … "Which part of the vegetable would you choose … uppers or unders?"
Banjo Betsy accompanied Bell Horses” and "Grand Old Duke Of York" … with ups and downs ... for our action songs!
These songs (and more) can be heard on the CDs SONGS & GAMES For TODDLERS and WHERE IS THUMBKIN?.
Mr. OWL at HOME … has problems with “Strange Bumps” … under the covers!

For more stories that have something underneath try the following titles:
UP In The GARDEN And DOWN In The DIRT
GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL … but stays under Sophie’s desk.
OVER And UNDER The SNOW
THERE’S An ALLIGATOR UNDER MY BED
ALPHABET UNDER CONSTRUCTION
UNDER A PIG TREE ... a confusion of words.
UNDER My HOOD I HAVE A HAT

"T" is for Tricks and Treats

Ms. Rachel brought tricky farm stories to Storytime.
We learned how to be a farm dog with "Ragweed" who his currently touring with his book RAGWEED'S FARM DOG HANDBOOK.
Banjo Betsy led the participation song "Oh I Wanna Be a Dog" ... versions can be found on the CD 10 CARROT DIAMOND with Charlotte Diamond ... and OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS with Barry Polisar.
Then we found the animals playing with the tractor when the farmer slept late in GOBBLE GOBBLE MOO TRACTOR.

For more TRICK and Farm stories try the following favorites:
OTIS … an older tractor … still important on the farm.
HENRY’S MAP … Henry made a map of the farm so everyone would know their place.
BIG TRACTOR … four seasons … with tractor equipment.
ARTHUR’S TRACTOR … study the pictures. There’s more than one story going on … in addition to the tractor.
McTOAD MOWS TINY ISLAND … a silly story of transportation … and a lawn tractor.
TURKEY TOT ... creative thinking … for when the sweet, juicy berries are out-of-reach.
DRIVING MY TRACTOR … a CD and Book KIT.
Remember ... dogs really, really love BISCUITS !!!

PreK - "S" is for Shoes


Storytime was all about shoes this week.
SHOE TOWN … begins with Ms. Mouse in her empty shoe ... now that the children have moved on.
Banjo Betsy played her banjo and Ms. Rachel led the action song “Walk Walk Walk" around the block … which can be found on the CD RISE And SHINE by Raffi.
We learned the shoe song from Pete The Cat who loves his new shoes ... I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES.
It’s all GOOD!

Here are more shoe stories you might like:
SHOE BABY… rhyme and fantasy for the youngest kids.
A BOY Had A MOTHER WHO BOUGHT HIM A HAT … and shoes, and boots, and skis … and he always had them with him.
TAKING A BATH WITH The DOG And OTHER THINGS
LOUISE The BIG CHEESE And The LA-DI-DA SHOES
SHOEBOX SAM … shoes and dignity.
SAM BENNETT’S NEW SHOES … a growing story …

Don't forget ... Music on CD leads SHOES to dance!
PUT ON YOUR DANCING SHOES with Joanie Bartels
I GOT SHOES with Sweet Honey In The Rock
RHYTHM IN MY SHOES with Jessica Harper
JIM GILL SINGS MOVING RHYMES FOR MODERN TIMES
TRAIN SONGS And Other TRACKS.
Now go ahead and … put on your choo-choo shoes!

PreK Bits - "R" is for Russian stories

Ms. Rachel brought Russian stories to Storytime this week.
“Naughty Rozalina” is an oral tradition story told with nesting matryoshka dolls.
Ms Sara played guitar and sang “May There Always Be Sunshine”. She even sang the first verse in Russian language!!
The song can be found on the CD GLOBALullabies and the CD SONGS Of Our WORLD.
The TURNIP: An Old Russian Folktale is a classic tale with Dedoushka, Babushka, Mashenka and the animals all pulling together.
Pierr Morgan's version is a favorite of mine for the illustrations and the simple telling.
Unfortunately it can no longer be replaced so we keep the last copy for story programs.
Fortunately there are more versions to borrow in this list.

For more favorite Russian folklore try the following titles:
BABUSHKA’S MOTHER GOOSE … nursery rhymes with Russian themes
AT The WISH Of The FISH … be careful what you wish for …
LUBA And The WREN … a version of the fisherman story illustrated and told by x|l&sort=oldest|Patrica Polacco
GRANDMA CHICKENLEGS ... a traditonal Baba Yaga story.
The LITTLE SNOWGIRL … Pavel makes a snowgirl for his wife.
The LITTLEST MATRYOSHKA … teamwork saves the day.
MAY THERE ALWAYS SUNSHINE ... a poetically perfect song to grow with.

PreK Bits - "Q" is for Quiet

This week Ms. Rachel presented stories that needed quiet.
The SQUEAKY DOOR had a Grandma putting her Grand-daughter to bed ... she needed quiet.
Ms. Sara played guitar and Ms. Rachel led the copycat song "I Got New Boots”... a song by Charlotte Diamond. She's one of my favorite recording artist for yound children's songs, but I could not find a recording of this song.
SLEEPYHEADS ... where every quiet creature lays their sleepy head.

For more books that find "quiet" try the following favorites:
QUIET BUNNY'S MANY COLORS ... find them in the garden.
The QUIET BOOK ... very thoughtful, lovely prose, and beautiful gentle illustrations.
SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN ... who needs to be quiet?
TIPTOE JOE ... tiptoe to be quiet.
HANK FINDS AN EGG ... on a quiet walk in the woods. What shall he do?
The FAMILY BEDTIME TREASURY: Tales For Sleepy Times and Sweet Dreams ... a treasure trove in one book!
BEDTIME FOR BEAR ... with a "small but effervescent" overnight guest. Delightful storytelling and illustrations!
Find a cozy space.
Good Night!
Sleep Tight.

PreK Bits - "P" is for Pie Please!

Ms. Rachel performed "pie" stories for Preschool Storytime this week at Malletts Creek Branch and Traverwood Branch.
Mr. Bingle makes an APPLE PIE every day when the apples are ripe. The book can be borrowed through MelCat with your AADL Library Card.
Ms. Rachel led the action rhythm “A Pumpkin Pie" to the beat of "A-Tooty-Ta" to keep the "p" sound going....
The BEST MUD PIE … is a story from the Easy Reader collection. Ms. Rachel demonstrated exactly how to make one. It is very important to remember HOW you serve it.

If you like pies, and you like stories, try these favorites:
PIE IN The SKY … waiting for cherry pie.
The BLUEBERRY PIE ELF … if no one can hear you and no one can see you … how do you let them know you like blueberry pie?
MORE PIES! … a pie story by a favorite author Robert Munsch.
THELONIUS MONSTER’S SKY-HIGH FLY PIE … fine enough for friends?
The GOOD PIE PARTY … especially for someone moving away.
ALL FOR PIE PIE FOR ALL ... where the pie is shared and enjoyed by many more than you think!
UGLY PIE includes a recipe for how to make it.

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