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Snoring through the Night….

The theme this storytime was snoring, which had Preschool Storytime children trying out some loud and quiet snores before the first book was read.


In the book “Roar of a Snore” by Marsh Diane Arnold, Jack can not sleep. A snore that “rocked the floor and shook the door'” has awaken him. Determined to search out who is snoring like that, Jack wakes the whole house and barn to stop that snore. A kitten, fast asleep in the hay was the culprit. Jack tries to wake the kitten but everyone says just let him sleep. So every ones decides to sleep and snore, with the kitten. What a noise that snoring group made.

We did a trio of hand plays, starting with Boom! Bang! Thunder, then Fireflies, and Two little Apples.  The action rhyme Boom! Bang! Thunder is a fun favorite with the children.

mr night

“Good Night, Mr. Night” by Dan Yaccarino was a quiet lyrical story. A young boy imagines the night, as a man, that wakes after the sun sets. “Mr Night” closes the flowers, quiets the animals and calms the seas. The boy knows that when Mr. Night is out side his window it’s time to go to sleep.  A good book overall.


“Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson had great illustrations that caught the attention of the children.  In this story, a hibernating bear and his den become a gathering place for creatures during a snow storm.  All the creatures are eating and drinking and having a good time, until a fleck of pepper makes bear sneeze – thus waking him up!  At first bear is mad because he had missed out on all the fun, but then joins the group to have a good time.  After many tales, everyone falls asleep and snores, EXCEPT bear.

The character Bear from “Bear Snores On” was the craft. The bear’s shape was one cut out with paws and his belly glued on. The details of the bear were added with markers.

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Digging with Dogs and Trucks

Who loves  to dig up dirt and have lots of fun doing it?  Why construction trucks and dogs, of course!  Our last “Just Dig It” storytime for the summer was about a little backhoe trying to dig out a rock, a construction crew building a neighborhood truck and a bunch of dogs digging in all the wrong places.

A dump truck name Tom, mentors  Digger, diggera little backhoe, in “Digger and Tom” by Sebastien Braun.  Digger attempts to move a rock at the construction site, but realizes it is much bigger than he first thought. Soon the other construction trucks boast that they will move it with no problem, but they can’t, either!  With encouragement from Tom,  Little Digger starts anew to dig the rock out, and he does! Cheers go up for Digger’s accomplishment from the truck crew.

“The Construction Crew” by Lynn Meltzer was a good book with rhyming text that had the children joining in and finishing the sentences.  If the children couldn’t read the rhyming word for the truck, they crew2were able to identify the vehicle from the pictures.  Children also joined in to talk about their neighborhood and some that were moving to another town.


The last book  was “See Me Dig”by Paul Meisel.  This was just a fun book.  A group of dogs first start digging in the “front yard” of some woodland creatures.   The creatures get mad and start to chase the dogs.  The dogs then run far enough away to start digging in some tropical sand where they then open it to unleash pirate ghosts.  Oh boy – do the dogs run now!  This all ties into construction when the group of dogs end up finding a backhoe at a construction site.  Finally a place to dig!

A dump truck with a moveable parts was the craft. Using  brass fasteners, the bed of the truck was attached to the body of the truck. The wheels were glued on with markers rounding  out the craft experience. Children drew in people and other details on their trucks.

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A Dog’s Life Storytime

Tuesday’s Preschool storytime brought Rover and Spot to life in three fun filled books. We started with the classic, “Harry, the Dirty Dog” by Gene Zion.  It told the story of Harry the dog who runs away from home for adventure and all the dirt messes he can get into.  Harry buries his  scrub brush just before heading out.  Soon Harry goes from being a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots!  Upon returning home, his family doesn’t recognize him.  Harry knows what he must do: dig up the scrub brush and and make his way to the bathtub!

Flannel boards are fun and educational. With our supplies of colorful felt, we tried creating an interactive flannel board. What we came up with was a flower center with eight numbered petals that cover attached numbers underneath. We sang the counting song 1 little, 2 little, 3 little petals, counting up to to the number 8 ending with 7 little, 8 the little orange petals all around the flower. Each child came up and took a petal off from the flower revealing the same number underneath. We sang the song one more time then asked the children one at a time to match their petal to the right number. It worked well with the small group.

In “What is your Dog Doing” by Marilyn Singer, the author describe our pet dogs good and bad behavior with rhyming text.  She also described dogs personalities through the book. It’s a fast read with pictures that go well with the text.

Emma Dodd”s is one of our favorite author’s and we approached the title “Dog’s ABC a Silly Story about the Alphabet” leaving out the the alphabet part (that part would work better with one on one read). The main character, Dog,  has  adventures  with  other animals throughout the story. When rain approaches, Dog’s human Vicky comes to let him in — ending  all of his ABC adventures.  Dodd illustrates her books with big, colorful, and simple pictures that work well for a read-a-loud.

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No Three Blind Mice Here!

Welcome back to preschool storytime 2013!  It’s been a busy January, with some new faces joining us for storytime!  Today the group were are all able to guess what today’s theme was going to be from the cover art on our books – MICE!


“Cat and Mouse” by Ian Schoenherr grabbed the pre-schoolers attention with  life sized drawings of a playful cat and mouse. Within the story were the Mother goose rhymes Hickory Dickory Dock, and Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo, which the majority knew and recited very well, and loudly.

The group quietly listen to the next book ,“Mouse Party” by Alan Durant.  It was a cute story, but the pictures were too detailed, for the group.  Bigger pictures are always better!


The last book “Lunch” by Denise Flemming, had everyone shouting the names of fruits and vegetables that a very hungry mouse was enjoying.  Most were stumped when it came to guessing a “white crisp turnip” but after naming a yellow sweet corn, blue berries and purple sour grapes,  the group caught on.

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Here a Moo, There a Moo…Everywhere a Moo Moo!

Do you need help?  Then COWS TO THE RESCUE is the book for you!  “Cows to the Rescue” by John Himmelman follows a family’s day at the county fair.  The cows took pictures for Mrs. Greenstalk, rode with Emily on the ferris wheel (because she was scared), and gave Ernie the duck a bath in order to with the Handsomest Duck Contest.  It was a an exhausting day for the cows…


For the story “The Cow Loves Cookies” by Karma Wilson, we learned that everyone loves cookies, with the majority saying that chocolate chip was their favorite.  In this rhyming story the farmer goes about feeding all the farm animals but when it comes to feed the cow; she get cookies. We find out that the cow and the farmer made a deal; realizing that they both love milk and cookies.  The cow would share her milk and the farmer would share his cookies.


“A Birthday for Cow” by Jan Thomas is a simple story. Mouse and Pig decide to make a birthday cake for Cow only to have Duck insisting each time that they use a turnip in the process!  Mouse and Pig have to say “NO!” to Duck everytime.  Does Duck know  what Cow really wants for his birthday? Or do Mouse and Pig? It’s a cute ending with a little chuckle.


Our cow craft following storytime kept everyone involved.  There were leg parts, a twine tail, wiggle eyes, ears, mouth and brown spots to complete the cow.  As it happens, the twine tail was used by one preschooler as the string to hold up the craft!

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We’ve Got the Blues

The color blue was the theme for this week’s preschool storytime.  With a lot of high energy, we started with the story“The Artist who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle.  Everyone knew thier colors and with ethusiasm pointed out that elephants are not orange and that lions are not green – along with the other mixed up coloring of animals.


“The Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle, told of a friendly farm truck named Blue.  His many farm animal friends greet him as he travels down the road.  Blue encounters a stuck dump truck.  Blue gets stuck in the mud with the dump truck; and it wasn’t until the help of Blue’s animal friends that they both get out of the mud.

Everyone needs a friend and so does the chameleon in “Blue Chameleon” by Emily Gravett.  Our chameleon tries to befriend a banana, a brown boot, and even a  stripy sock!  One preschooler piped up that the sock would not make a good friend because the sock would be stinky!  Our chameleon finally meets  another chameleon and the two become friends.

Staying with the theme of blue, the craft involved making a blue bird.  The blue birds had orange breasts, wings with feathers and a gimp to give it flight.  Some preschoolers even had their birds doing flips and tricks in the air!

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Dragons and a Princess

Our September 25th Preschool Storytime had me waiting till the stroke of eleven when grandmothers, dads, and moms arrived with children ready for the program.


In our first book a young squire conceives a daring plan to get fire in” Henry and the Dragon” by Jeanne Kaufman.  All Henry needs is just a bit of flame to cook and warm himself from the dragon he has found, but the dragon won’t oblige.  So Henry tries to make the the dragon laugh to get some fiery flames.  Does Henry get to cook his turnip fricassee?  We found the dragon did have a sense of humor after all…even though he didn’t laugh at Henry’s jokes.


Can a dragon be substituted for a baby brother as a playmate?  In, “If I Had a Dragon” by Amanda and Tom Ellery, Morton is reluctant to play with his baby brother and believes a dragon would make a better playmate. Morton envisions going to the movies, playing basketball, and swimming with his dragon.  It isn’t till Morton tries whistling with his dragon that his baby brother seems like more fun.


What would a dragon story be without a princess?  In “Falling for Rapunzel” by LeahWilocx, the young Prince coming to rescue Rapunzel yells the words to lower her hair only to have Rapunzel misunderstand what the Prince is asking.  After Rapunzel throws down  dirty socks, a cantaloupe  and  a pig to the Prince’s requests;  he gives up.  We find that Rapunzel had a back door to the tower the whole time, if only the Prince had known!

The  program craft that followed  was to make a dragon with construction paper complete with fire, teeth, a body and tail.  One young patron’ s idea was to give their dragon wings, an idea that quickly caught on with our other kids.  Soon we had roaring and swooping dragons racing through the Children’s Department!

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Duck, Duck, Goose

Eileen Spinelli’s “Silly Tilly” told of the antics of a very silly goose. One day Tilly goes too far with her silliness buy sitting on Rooster’s birthday cake! “That’s enough of all your silly stuff”, the farm animals say to Tilly. But once boredom sets in, Tilly’s animal friends apologize after missing the excitement she created.


“Come Along Daisy” by Jane Simmons, has Daisy duck and her curiosity leading  her  away from Mama Duck. Although, Mama Duck calls to daisy to stay close; Daisy curiosity begins her adventures.  After chasing dragon flies  and befriending a frog, Daisy soon realizes she is no longer with Mama Duck. There are some scarey moments for Daisy, but Mama finds Daisy just in time.


Doreen Cronin’s, “Giggle, Giggle, Quack”, was a funny story in which Farmer Brown, who is going on vacation, leaves his brother Bob in charge of the farm. Farmer Brown tells his brother to watch the Duck because he is a bad influence on the other animals.  It turns out that Duck has been leaving the notes for Bob, saying there should be a pizza night  and bubble baths for the pigs. It is Farmer Brown who catches onto Duck just as all the farm animals were sitting down for a movie.


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Fuzzy Wuzzy Bears

September’s first Preshool Storytime had the  theme of bears. The stories told us about Norris the wise bear, Big Smelly Bear and why he smelled, and a distraught bear who had lost his hat.

Catherine Rayner’s delightful story, “The Bear Who Shared” told of Norris waiting patiently for a “plorringe” to drop from the tree; but he wasn’t the only one waiting to eat the plorringe. Who will get the fruit first?  The story’s title is a hint!


Jon Klassen’s “I Want My Hat Back” told of a bear who had lost his hat. The bear misses his hat very much.  He asks each woodland creature he encounters if they have seen it.  After thinking it over the bear realizes who exactly stole his hat. There is a confrontation, and let’s just say… the bear gets his hat back.



In  Britta Teckentrup’s “Big Smelly Bear”, we find out what makes Big Smelly Bear smelly – he doesn’t bathe! But things change one day when Big Smelly Bear meets Big Fluffy Bear.  Big Fluffy Bear tells Big Smelly Bear that if he bathed he won’t smell anymore.  Reluctantly he takes the advice and Big Smelly Bear becomes just Big Bear.

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Tickets, please!

With the theme of trains this week, everyone climbed aboard for a rollicking good time.

When dinosaurs take a train ride and wave goodbye to family, adventure ensues in “All Aboard the Dinotrain” by Deb Lund. This fun filled ride soon turns into danger for the dinosaurs, but as things turn out the dinosaurs get back home safely; just minus the train.


In a race to see who is the fastest, a sports car challenges a train to see who gets to Chicago first. The story ,”I’m Fast” by Kate and Jim McMullan, has both train and car racing through mountains, snow storms, and cattle on the track. It’s a close race with a good ending.


In “Train Song” by Harriet Ziefert, a young boy’s anticipation of a coming train brings us into a quiet story. The boy wonders about where the train will go and and it’s many cars of cargo. As the train goes from sight the boy is comforted knowing the train will be back again.


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