Wednesday, November 30, 2016

No storytime today? Why visit the library?


Weekly storytimes are done until after the holiday season, so why bother heading to the library with your little ones in tow?  Here are five great reasons:

Playaway View

  1. Regular visits lead to more reading.  Whether you sit and read together in a comfy corner of the library or check out a stack of books to read at home, you will be starting your child on a lifetime of learning.   
  2. Exposure to more books, toys, puzzles, puppets, CD's, and other materials than you have in your home.  There's no pressure to be ultra-selective when the items are free to check out.   Remember too, that our children's librarians can recommend books that may broaden your child's tastes and expose him to something completely new, such as wordless picture books,  Playaway Views, or kits featuring books with accompanying CD's.  
  3. Library time is quality time spent with your child.  There is such a variety of activities for your child to choose to do with you as his playmate in the Early Learning Center - do the weekly craft, the literacy or STEAM activity,  complete a puzzle together, talk about the fish in the tank, pretend to make dinner in the play kitchen, and many, many more!  
  4. Learning how to take care of things is a valuable lesson for your child. Encourage him to treat materials with care in the library and on loan in your home so that they last and can be enjoyed by everyone in the community.
  5. Practice social skills.  The library is a busy place for your child to practice his developing skills of sharing, taking turns, communicating with others, problem solving, empathy, and so on.    
Of course, there are many special programs taking place at the library over the storytime break.  Click on the following link to access our calendar for complete information.  Events at Gail Borden Public Library    






Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week Six

Welcome to the final week of Fall II storytime programs.  We hope that you'll be joining us this week and for the special holiday events over the coming weeks. Be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
The Big Sleep Book by Genechten Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Time For Bed by Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Where's Teddy Bear?
(Hide a teddy bear or familiar toy as you sing this rhyme)
Where's teddy bear?
Over there!
Now where's bear?
Look, he's there!
Goodnight, bear.
Go to sleep in baby's chair.

Make up songs or rhymes about everyday activities with your child.  As he gets older, encourage him to do the same.  Singing and chanting rhymes are ways of practicing and exploring language.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Goodnight Moon by Brown Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Red House (presented as a prop story)

Action Rhyme: My Blanket
I once had a blanket, it was fluffy and new
I once had a blanket, and its color was blue
I once had a blanket, the prettiest I've ever seen
I once had a blanket, and its color was green
I once had a blanket, as soft as a pillow
I once had a blanket, and its color was yellow
I once had a blanket, at the foot of my bed
I once had a blanket, and its color was red

Practice color recognition with your toddler every day.  As you help your child get dressed, say, "Let's put your (color) shirt on."  Point out the colors of foods on his plate, the toys in the bath tub, and groceries you put in the cart at the store.   

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Book
I Know a Rhino by Fuge Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We've All Got Bellybuttons! by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Zoo
We're on our way, we're on our way
On our way to see the zoo
We're on our way, we're on our way
On our way to see the zoo
Over at the zoo there is a polar bear
Over at the zoo there is a polar bear
The bear he makes a sound like this, GROWL!
The bear he makes sound like this, GROWL!
Lion - ROAR!
Monkey - EEE-EEE! 

Read books about your toddlers's favorite things - animals, transportation, colors.... Don't worry about reading the same book over and over again.  Repetition is how toddlers learn!

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Who Loves the Fall? by Raczka Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Look Whooo's Counting by MacDonald Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Hoot Owls
Five hoot owls sitting in a tree,
One flew away!
How many do you see?
(4, 3, 2, 1)
No hoot owls sitting in a tree,
One flew back!
How many do you see?
(2, 3, 4, 5)

Repeat this rhyme at home and practice counting with your toddler using fingers.  What other things can you count together?

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books  
I Dream of an Elephant by Rubinger Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Strictly No Elephants by Mantchev Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bella's Fall Coat by Plourde Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Albuquerque Turkey by Ford Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Fat Turkeys
5 fat turkeys out for a walk
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
That’s how they talk
So 5 fat turkeys took a walk through the woods
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
Is what they say
And 1 fat turkey trotted away
4 fat turkeys…flew away, 3 fat turkeys…waddled away,
2 fat turkeys…hopped away, 1 fat turkey…sneaked away
So the 5 fat turkeys knew what to do
Off to the woods and away they flew
When the farmer came looking in the woods that day
He couldn’t find the turkeys for Thanksgiving Day      

Talk with your child about Thanksgiving or another celebration.  Does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?  Do you enjoy any special food or pastimes with family and friends?

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Thankful Book by Parr Click here to find the book in the catalog.
 Splat the Cat Says Thank You by Scotton Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Music Video: Happy Thanksgiving Song by Maple Leaf Learning
If you'd like to sing and dance along to this hilarious video again, click on the image below.


The lyrics in the song ask, "What are you thankful for?"  How would everyone in your family respond to this question?














Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of Fall II storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
My First Touch and Feel Pets by Tiger Tales Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Babies and Doggies Book by Schindel Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Bouncing Rhyme: I Had a Little Mouse
I had a little mouse
Who never would eat his cheese
All he ever wanted to do was bounce upon my knees
Bounce upon my knees
Bounce upon my knees
All he ever wanted to do was bounce upon my knees

Read books and sing rhymes that tell stories.  This will help your baby develop sequencing skills.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Where to Sleep by Radzinski Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Sleep Song by Ray Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Stars
At night I see the twinkling stars (open and close hands)
And a great big smiling moon (circle arms over head)
My mommy tucks me into bed
And sings a goodnight tune (rocking motion with hands)

Children love and thrive on routine.  What is your bedtime routine with your toddler?  Be sure to include some quiet, snuggling time with a story or two.  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Book
If You're Happy and You Know It by Cabrera Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I'm a Lion 
I love to sleep out in the sun (rest cheek on hand)
And chase other animals just for fun (run in place)
In the jungle I'm number one! (hold up one finger)
I'm a LION! (roar loudly)

Roar loudly.  Can you roar quietly too?  Can you sing loudly and quietly? Walk loudly and quietly?  What else can you do loudly and quietly?

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Fall Is Not Easy by Kelley Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Feel Fall Weather by Schuh Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Rain Is Falling Down
Rain is falling down, splash! (wiggle fingers from high to low as if raining)
Rain is falling down, splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down, splash!
Sun is peeking out, peek! (peek from behind hands)
Sun is peeking out, peek!
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out, peek!

Action rhymes like this one are a fun way for toddlers to strengthen muscles in fingers and hands in preparation for writing.  The ability to move fingers independently of each other is also necessary for this skill.

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books 
My Crayons Talk by Hubbard Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Blue Chicken by Freedman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Grumpy Pants by Messer Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You're Wearing Red (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you're wearing red, shake your head
If you're wearing red, shake your head
If you're wearing red
Then please shake your head
If you're wearing red, shake your head
Additional verses:
Blue, touch your shoe
Yellow, shake like jell-o
Brown, turn around
Pink, give us a wink
Grey, shout hooray!

Repeat this rhyme together at home.  Can your child make up rhyming actions for black and white?

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
I'm Bored by Black, M. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Baseball Hour by Nevius Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Let's Do Nothing by Fucile Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Power and Glory by Rodda Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Music
I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup by Laurie Berkner on Victor Vito CD Click here to find the CD in the catalog.

Talk about things you like to do together as a family.  Do you have interests that aren't shared by other family members?













Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of Fall II storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Tall and Short by Litton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Opposites by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: This is Big!
This is big, big, big (hold arms out wide)
This is small, small, small (make a circle with hands)
This is short, short, short (hold hands low to ground)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold hands up high)
This is fast, fast, fast (clap hands fast)
This is slow, slow, slow (clap hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head "yes"))
This is no, no, no ((shake head "no")

Acting out rhymes helps your baby learn about size and shape.  You can also develop your baby's vocabulary about these concepts by comparing the sizes and shapes of objects around the house.  
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Let's Go Visiting by Williams Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Three Little Sheep
Three little sheep jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
The mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more sheep jumping on the bed!"
Two little sheep jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
The mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more sheep jumping on the bed!"
One little sheep jumping on the bed
He fell off and bumped his head
The mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"Put those sheep straight to bed!"

Sheep aren't usually green!  Find things that are green in your house or neighborhood.  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
A Monkey Among Us by Horowitz  Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Two Little Monkeys by Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You Want To Be a Monkey
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
If you want to be a monkey, if you want to be a monkey
If you want to be a monkey, jump up high
Elephant - swing your trunk
Lion - roar out loud
Giraffe - stand up tall

Sing songs and rhymes with your toddler!  Sing and dance to your heart's content, just for the joy of it!   

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Hocus Pocus, It's Fall by O'Brien Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Fall Leaves by Shores  Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Saw a Leaf (Tune: My Darling Clementine)
Saw a leaf
Saw a leaf
Saw a leaf falling down
It was floating
It was twirling
As it spun and spun around
Tried to catch it
Tried to catch it
When it landed on the ground
But it kept right on twirling
As it danced across the town

Enjoy the beautiful leaves of the season when you are outside together.  Talk about the leaves on the trees and on the ground.  Find some to crunch through or jump in!  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books 
Lucy and Lila by Fletcher Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Sally and the Purple Socks by Bechtold Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Purple is Best by Rau Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: PINK (Tune: Are You Sleeping?)
P-I-N-K
P-I-N-K
That spells pink
That spells pink
Bubble gum is pink
Piggies can be pink
Pink, pink, pink
Pink, pink, pink

This week's action rhyme is a fun way to help your child recognize the letters in the word "PINK". Write "PINK" on a piece of paper and point to each letter as you sing the song together.  Once your child has mastered this, cut the letters apart and see if he can put them in the correct order again.  

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
All Through My Town by Reidy Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Johnson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Music
Sesame Street: B is for Book (with Pharrell Williams)

If you'd like to listen to this fun song again, click on the image below.


Book does starts with the letter "B".  What else can you find that starts with the same letter?   










Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Fall II storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Goodnight Owl by DwellStudio Click here to find the book in the catalog.
That's Not My Hedgehog by Watt Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Little Squirrel (with puppet)
Little squirrel, little squirrel
Shake your bushy tail (sit baby on lap and shake lower body)
Little squirrel, little squirrel
Shake your bushy tail (sit baby on lap and shake lower body)
Wrinkle up your funny nose (touch nose)
Put a nut between your toes (touch toes)
Little squirrel, little squirrel
Shake your bushy tail (sit baby on lap and shake lower body)

Relate books and rhymes to your baby's experiences.  Use rhymes like these as a springboard to talk about things you see and hear on a walk - leaves, animals, wind, etc.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Red light, Green Light by Suen Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Babies Don't Walk, They Ride! by Henderson Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: Choo-Choo Train
This is the choo-choo train
Puffing down the track (pretend to drive "train" down your arm)
Now it's going forward (swing arms forward)
Now it's going back (swing arms backward)
Now the bell is ringing (pretend to ring bell)
Now the whistle blows
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes

This week's storytime was all about vehicles!  Talk about the different kinds of vehicles you see when you are outside.  Police cars, school buses, trucks, fire engines, and so on.  What colors are they? Who rides in them?  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Little Why by Lambert Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Heart Is Like A Zoo by Hall Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Elephant Walk
Right foot, left foot, see me go (step with feet and sway side to side)
I am gray and big and slow (hold hands out to side)
I come walking down the street (stamp feet)
With my trunk and four big feet (move arm like a trunk)

In our story Little Why, a baby elephant constantly asks the question, "WHY?"  Ask your toddler open-ended questions such as why, how, where, what, and so on.  In doing so, you give your child the opportunity to express his thoughts and problem solve.    

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Apples and Pumpkins by Rockwell Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Piggies In The Pumpkin Patch by Peterson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Pumpkin, Pumpkin On The Ground
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How'd you get so big and round?  (make a big circle with arms)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How'd you get so big and round?  (make a big circle with arms)

Do you have a pumpkin at your house?  Do you and your toddler see them at stores? Have a conversation together about them.  What color are they? Are they hard or soft? Heavy or light? What can you do with them?

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books 
Hocus Pocus, It's Fall! by O'Brien Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Little Yellow Leaf by Berger Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Little School Bus by Roth Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Close Your Eyes (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Close your eyes and hide them now  
Hide them now, hide them now
Close your eyes and hide them now
Which one is missing now?

The action rhyme was part of a fun guessing game in storytime. The children looked at all the pictures on the flannel board and then they covered their eyes while a picture was removed. When they opened their eyes, they tried to guess what picture was gone!  Play this game at home! Use pictures or real objects. 

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Child Click on the link to find the book in the catalog.
Harriet's Halloween Candy by Carlson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Music
Peanut Butter and Jelly on Fun and Games CD by Greg & Steve Click here to find the CD in the catalog.
Shakin' Down the Sugar on Victor Vito CD by Berkner Click here to find the CD in the catalog.

Some people love peanut butter and jelly.  Some people love tomatoes. What foods do people love in your family?  Does everyone enjoy helping prepare meals and snacks together?  









Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Fall II storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Where Is Baby's Pumpkin by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Five Little Pumpkins by Scott Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Here's A Little Pumpkin
Here's a little pumpkin (make circle with thumb and forefinger)
Here's a bigger one too (make circle with hands)
Here's a great big pumpkin (make circle with arms)
Just for you!
I kept the little pumpkin (make circle with thumb and forefinger)
I kept the bigger one too (make circle with hands)
But I saved the biggest pumpkin just for you! (give baby a great big hug)

Acting out rhymes such as Here's A Little Pumpkin helps your child learn about size.  You can also develop baby's vocabulary about this concept by comparing the sizes of objects around the house.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Monkey And Me by Gravett Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Cuddle Book by Van Genechten Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Animals At The Zoo
(Tune: The Wheels On The Bus)
The tigers at the zoo go roar roar roar
Roar roar roar, roar roar roar
The tigers at the zoo go roar roar roar
All day long!
The snakes at the zoo go hiss hiss hiss..
The monkeys at the zoo go ooh ooh aah aah...

Hearing and making animal sounds is a fun way to prepare your toddler for when he's ready to learn to read.  The ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in language will be helpful when he is trying to sound out words. So, read, sing, and talk about animals!

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Who Hops? by Davis Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Move! by Jenkins & Page Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
How I wonder where you're at
Up above the world you fly
Eating bugs that flitter by
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat
How I wonder where you're at

Repeated exposure to books and songs with rhyming words, such as "bat" and "at", and "fly" and "by" in this week's action rhyme, help children become familiar with sound structures as well as letters. As they get a little bit older, they begin to recognize that certain letters frequently go together. Practice this skill at home when reading a familiar book or singing a favorite song together.  Pause and ask your child to fill in the blank (rhyming) word to finish the phrase.

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Tickle Monster by Manceau Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Monsters Go Night-Night by Zenz Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Monster Monster, Turn Around
Monster monster, turn around
Monster, monster, touch the ground
Monster, monster, reach up high
Monster monster, touch the sky
Monster monster, touch your nose
Monster monster, grab your toes
Monster monster, touch your knees
Monster monster, sit down please

Active rhymes and songs are a great way to increase a child's vocabulary in a fun way!  The more words he hears, the larger his vocabulary will be.  The more words he knows, the easier it is to recognize words when he starts to read.  So, make sure every day is filled with words, words, and more words!   

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books 
Not Quite Black And White by Ying Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Happy Halloween Witch's Cat! by Muncaster Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Shivery Shades of Halloween by Siddals Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Little Bats
Five little bats on a dark, dark night
Five little bats are quite a sight
Five little bats.  Are you keeping score?
One flies away and then there are four

Four little bats as happy as can be
One flies away and that leaves three

Three little bats swooping in towards you
One flies away and that leaves two

Two little bats having lots of fun
One flies away and that leaves one.

One little bat and we’re almost done!
He flies away and then there are none.

Read some of the silly words from this week's storytime with your preschooler!
Dreamy-gleamy, glowy-showy, shiny-tiny – Glint of yellow
Inky-slinky, hairy-scary, creepy-seepy – Blot of black
Rusty-crusty, goldy-moldy, flaring-glaring – Blaze of orange

Can you make up more silly words? 

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Parts by Arnold Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Colors of Us by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Some family members look very alike, some look very different.  We are all unique though!  Play a fun guessing game together on this theme.  Have one person describe another family member - color of eyes, length of hair, size etc.  Everyone else guesses who it is.  Take turns describing and guessing. For more of a challenge, describe a relative who doesn't live with you!








Thursday, October 20, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall II, 2016 - Week One

Welcome to the first week of Fall II storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
The Baby Book by Morris Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Show Me Happy by Allen Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Baby Tickles
Give baby a hug,
Give baby a squeeze,
Give baby a tickle on his knees!
Give baby a kiss,
Give baby a drum, (drum fingers on baby's knees)
Give baby a tickle on his tum!

Babies love to hear the sound of your voice!  Making sounds is the first way your child tries to imitate speech and builds beginning language skills.  So, talk, talk, talk to your baby!


Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Bubbles, Bubbles by Appelt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bathtime With Theo and Beau by Shyba Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Toothpaste Trouble
I can use the flannel to scrub, scrub, scrub.
I can use the soap,
But when I use the toothpaste I give up all hope.
I get toothpaste on my cheek,
Toothpaste on my nose, toothpaste on my ear,
Toothpaste on my hair,
Toothpaste on my tummy, toothpaste on my knee,
And in lots of other places,
That toothpaste shouldn't be!

Toddlers love bathtime!  There are many ways to make it a learning experience too.  While your little one is in the tub, sing the alphabet, nursery rhymes, or other songs together.  Read vinyl books.  Name body parts as you help your toddler wash himself.  Count all the toys in the tub.  The possibilities are endless when you have a captive toddler!  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Little Big by Bentley Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Abigail by Rayner Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Giraffe
I'm a tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
A big, tall giraffe, I almost touch the sky (stand on tiptoes)
I eat the leaves from the tallest trees (pretend to eat)
And when I run, I move with ease (pretend to run)
I'm a big, tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
Way...up...high! (stand on tiptoes)

The books read in storytime this week are just two of the fabulous books about giraffes that Gail Borden Public Library owns.  We also have giraffe puzzles and puppets.  Check some out!  

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Monsters Love Colors by Austin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Walter's Wonderful Web by Hopgood Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Flannel Rhyme: Shapes
I can see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape,
I can see a circle shape, how about you?
(square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)

This rhyme was presented on the flannel board during storytime but is easily repeated at home to further your child's knowledge of shapes.  Cut out some simple paper shapes to show your child while singing the rhyme.  Then go on a shape hunt in your house!

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books 
Aberdeen by Previn Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Llama, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Dewdney Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ten Red Apples by Miller Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Apple Pie
One an apple
Two an apple (stack fists one over other as you count up)
Three an apple
Four!
Five an apple
Six an apple
Seven an apple
More!
Put them all together and stack them up so high!
Smash them all together and make an apple pie!
                 
Apples are everywhere at this time of year!  Have a conversation about apples with your preschooler.  Has he seen them in an orchard, at the store, or in your house?  How do they grow?  What colors and shape are they?  Does he like to eat them in slices, in applesauce, in pies....?   

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
If I Had a Robot by Yaccarino Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Robot Burp Head Smartypants! by Simon Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Robots by Brownlow Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Mechanimals by Tougas Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Families enjoyed dancing together and pretending to be robots while they watched The Robot Song video by Just Dance Kids 2.   If you would like to enjoy it again, click on the following YouTube link.



Of course our robot themed storytime is no coincidence!  If you haven't already done so, stop in the Main Library to experience our Robot Zoo exhibit before it leaves us mid-December.