Friday, June 29, 2018

Parades Theme

Parades Theme

READ: Books
Christmas Parade By Sandra Boynton 
Pippa at the Parade By Karen Roosa
Clifford and the Big Parade By Norman Bridwell
Parade By Donald Crews 
Hooray for Hat By Brian Won 
Baby Parade By Rebecca O'Connell 
A Parade of Animals By Roger Priddy
A Parade of Elephants By Kevin Henkes (Coming Sept 2018)
Olivia Leads a Parade By Kama Einhorn
Curious George at the Parade By H.A. Rey 
Curious George Parade Day By H.A. Rey 
A Parade of Puppies By Charles Ghigna  

The Great Doughnut Parade By Rebecca Bond
Eloise and the Big Parade By Kay Thompson
Milly and the Macy's Parade By Shana Corey (ages 5 and up)
The Best Bug Parade By Stuart J Murphy 
Biscuit and the Big Parade By Alyssa Satin Capucilli 
Parade Colors By  Barbara Barbieri McGarth


 ABC Song -- sing will parading around the room!

Tempo Marches On By Jim Gill CD - Called Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi CD (green cover)

Toe, Leg, Knee Song By Jim Gill (Same CD (Green Cover) Sings Do Re Mi CD

We Are the Dinosaurs Song By  Laurie Berkner CD 

Debbie Clements Marching Band Song



Make a simple windpipe instrument with straws

Gather together your kids- have them pick put stuffed animals and go on an animal parade. Paint faces or make simple animal costumes too.

Have a Halloween Costume Parade or Dress like your Favorite Book Character Parade

Practice lining up with instruments and play a simple song together and then go on a marching parade in your school hallway, neighborhood, or as part of storytime at the library.

Musical Marching Band-Scholastic

Everyone loves a Parade in a box 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Stephanie's Top 2017 Picture Book Picks Part 3 -- also see part 1 & 2 UPDATED

Stephanie's Top 2017 Picture Book Picks Part 3 -- also see part 1 & 2

I have been reading up a storm as usual! I did not want these favorites to be missed from 2017. Check out this fun eclectic bunch of more favorites! 

 READ: Books

Pete With No Pants By Rowboat Watkins
Blue vs Yellow By Tom Sullivan
We Are The Dinosaurs By Laurie Berkner
Small Walt By Elizabeth Verdick 
Brave By Stacy McAnulty  
Anywhere Farm By Phyllis Root  
How To Find and Elephant By Kate Banks
I'm Smart By Kate and Jim McMullan
A Pirate Alphabet: The ABC's of Piracy By Anna Butzer 
Clap Your Hands By Nicholas Ian (Book with Music CD) 
Hats Off To You By Karen Beaumont 
Sister Day By Lisa Mantchev  
Someday, Narwhal By Lisa Mantchev

The Bad Seed By Jory John 
There Might Be Lobsters By Carolyn Crimi 
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur (My First --I Can Read Series)  By Kallie George
Sun By Sam Usher 
I Wanna Be a Cowgirl By Angela DiTerlizzi 

See below links for more of my fun favorites from 2017. 

Links to Stephanie's Top Picks 2017 Parts 1&2 below

Stephanie's Top 10 Picture Book Picks for 2017 Part1 

Stephanie's Next Top 15 Picture Books for 2017 Part 2  

Friday, June 22, 2018

Cats & Kittens

Cats & Kittens

Show pictures of cats or use clipart or a puppet. 

Ask questions  about size, color, characteristics like tail, ears, eyes, nose, mouth etc. What sound do they make? Are they Soft or rough? How many of you have a cat at home either real or a stuffed animal? 

READ: Books

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat Are You Waking Up? by Bill Martin Jr.
Pete the Cat and the Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
Posy by Linda Newberry and Catherine Rayner

Mama Has Three Kittens By Denise Fleming
Big Cat, Little Cat By Elisha Cooper
Cleo's Color Book By Caroline Mockford 
Pete The Cat By Eric Litwin 

Me and Mrs. Fluffernutter By Jennifer Gray Olson

Meow By Mick Inkpen
Kitten for a Day By Ezra Jack Keats
Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue By  Peter Callantano

I’m Too Busy By Helen Stephens
Cookie's Week By Cindy Ward 
Princess Penelope and the Runaway Kitten By Alison Murray

I Don’t Want a Cool Cat By Emma Dodd

Three Little Kittens By Jerry Pinkney
 Fancy Nancy Oodles of Kittens By Victoria Kann
Hi Cat! By Ezra Jack Keats
Have You Seen My Cat By Eric Carle


This Kitty
(Start by holding up all 5 fingers. At each line take one away.On the last line have the final finger run through a hole made by the left hand.)
This kitty said, “I smell a mouse,”
This kitty said, “Let’s hunt through the house.”
This kitty said, “Let’s go creepy creep.”
This kitty said, “Is the mouse asleep?”
This kitty said, “Meow, meow, I saw him go through
This hole just now.” Credit

FLANNEL RHYME: Hey Diddle Diddle
You can print my clipart file here.
Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Credit Sunflower Storytime

Flannelboard: “The Three Little Kittens”

Action Rhyme & Puppets: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so
They run to the left, they run to the right
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
Along comes a dog, who’s in for some fun
M-e-oooow, see those kittens run!
Credit: Los Angeles Public Library & Storytime Katie

Fingerplay: “Little Kittens”
Five little kittens (hand in a fist)
All black and white
Sleeping very soundly
All through the night
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow (raise each finger individually)
It’s time to get up now.
Credit: Pierce County Library & Storytime Katie

Song: “Soft Kitty”
Soft kitty, warm kitty
Little ball of fur
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty
Purr, purr, purr
Credit: Big Bang Theory Show & Storytime Katie

 I’m A Little Cat
(Sung to “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little cat.
Soft and furry.
I’ll be your friend.
So don’t you worry.
Right up on your lap I like to hop.
I’ll purr, purr, purr and never stop.


 I Know A Cat 
Sung to: "Bingo"

I know a cat with perky ears,

And kitty is her name-o.
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
And Kitty is her name-o.

She makes a sound and it's "meow,"
And Kitty is her name-o.
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y,
And Kitty is her name-o.
Credit Preschool Express 

Two Little Kittens 

Sung to: "Two Little Blackbirds"

Two little kittens sitting on a hill

One named Jack and one named Jill
Run away Jack, run away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill
Two little kittens sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill

 Credit Preschool Express


Have children pretend or act out being a kittens/cats
Ask them to show you their kitten ears
Ask them to show you their claws
Ask them to stretch like a kitten
Ask them to meow or purr like a kitten
Can they Pounce like a kitten

 Cat Stretches

1. Have your children get on their hands and knees.
2. Tell them to slowly “walk” their arms out in front of them, one at time, until arms and upper body are fully extended.
3. Have them stretch like cats by leaning each shoulder one way, then the other.

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes Craft Printable Template

 Paper Plate Cats Craft

Pin the Tail on the Cat Color Match

Pete the Cat Story Slider Printable Template  $2.60 avail. from TPT

2 D shape Animal Cat Craft  

Cat Whisker Lacing Activity (Use Printable template, hole punch and pipe cleaners)

 Yarn Balls
Set up baskets at varying distances from a masking tape line on the floor. Toss yarn balls into the baskets. Credit

Cat Printables  

Make a Cat Face Head band- using wiggle eyes, sticker eyes or drawing eyes on the front of the headband strip (either large paper strip or sentence strips work great!Add a pom pom or paper nose, attach paper whiskers and triangle ears-- measure and staple around child's head.