Monday, July 28, 2014

Storytime for July 29th: What's That Smell?


This week's storytime is about smells (good and bad) and how we use our noses!




Here are the books we'll be reading this week, along with some videos, links, and activities to accompany them!


Listen to the book here:

















You can also download this week's Takeaway page by clicking here.





And be sure to check out the related online activities about our sense of smell:

Kids Health--Learn about the parts of your nose and how they work

Sid the Science Kid--Learn about the five sense in this interactive game

More for Less--Learn how to make a silly sock-matching game with your kids

Sanitation Services--Print these garbage truck coloring pages and activities




And, finally, if you liked today's stories, here are some more great books about smells!

  • Super Schnoz and the Gates of Smell by Gary Urey
  • Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald
  • Skunkdog by Emily Jenkins
  • Nasty Stinky Sneakers by Eve Bunting
  • My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven



Have a great week, and we'll see you next Tuesday!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Storytime for July 15th: Pet Parade


This week, we'll be sharing stories about those furry members of our families--our pets!




Here are the books we'll be reading this week, along with some videos, links, and activities to accompany them!


Read more about Eric Rohmann and his book, Bone Dog.

Meet Eric Rohmann in the video below:






Here's a preview of A Pet for Petunia






Watch this animated adaptation of Children Make Terrible Pets!






You can also download this week's Takeaway page by clicking here.





And be sure to check out the related online activities about pets:

NationalGeographic Kids—check out these hilarious and adorable pet photos!

DiscoveryKidshelp the dog catch the Frisbee in this game!

DLTKarts and crafts featuring cats, dogs, fish, and other pets

EnchantedLearningPet-related rhymes, crafts, activities, and printables



And, finally, if you liked today's stories, here are some more great books about dads!

  • City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
  • Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer
  • The Cat Came Back by Fred Penner
  • Pocket Pets by Alvin Silverstein
  • The Class Pet from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
  • The Ferret's a Foot by Colleen A. Venable



Have a great week, and we'll see you next Tuesday!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Storytime for July 8th: Christmas in July


This week at storytime, we're taking a break from the heat and celebrating the imaginary chill in the air for Christmas in July!




Here are the books we'll be reading this week, along with some videos, links, and activities to accompany them!


Make your own (virtual) snowman at ABCya!

Build a snowman and listen to the "Ten Little Snowmen" rhyme at Starfall.






Help the Grinch grow his heart by delivering presents to Whoville at Seussville.

And here's the famous Grinch song from the classic animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's book!







What was Santa like as a kid?  Here are a few ideas:


Listen to an interview with author/illustrator Jon Agee here.





You can also download this week's Takeaway page by clicking here.





And be sure to check out some of these fun online Christmas activities:

Activity Villagecoloring pages, jokes, and games

Merry Christmas Kids Zonestories, Santa letters, games, and more

Enchanted Learningfun and easy Christmas crafts for kids

‘Tis the SeasonCheck out these fun ideas for celebrating Christmas in July with your kids!


And, finally, if you liked today's stories, here are some more great Christmas books!

  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  • Who's That Knocking on Christmas Eve by Jan Brett
  • The Christmas Box by Eve Merriam
  • Shall I Knit You a Hat?  by Kate Klise
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston



Have a great week, and we'll see you next Tuesday!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Storytime for July 1st: America the Beautiful


In preparation for the Fourth of July, this week's storytime celebrates America the Beautiful!




Here are the books we'll be reading this week, along with some videos, links, and activities to accompany them!


Watch this video about Of Thee I Sing:




At storytime, we read the book together; watch the video below to hear the song and to view some of the actual scenes illustrated in our story!



Read more about the author of Happy Birthday America, Mary Pope Osborne.



You can also download this week's Takeaway page by clicking here.




And be sure to check out the related online activities for the Fourth of July:

DLTK—coloring pages, printables, songs, poems, and puzzles

Time for Kidslearn the story behind the holiday

Surfnetkidsget moving on the fourth with these fun party games

Lil’LunaUse glue and tissue paper to create these patriotic flags




And, finally, if you liked today's stories, here are some more great books about the U.S.A!

  • America Votes by Linda Granfield
  • Here's to You, America! by Charles M. Schultz
  • The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
  • John, Paul, George, and Ben by Lane Smith
  • My Teacher for President by Kay Winters
  • Liberty's Journey by Kelly DiPucchio


Have a great week, and we'll see you next Tuesday!


Monday, June 23, 2014

Storytime for June 24th: Creepy Crawlies


This week, storytime is about creepy crawlies--insects, spiders, and all of the other critters that live all around us!




Here are the books we'll be reading this week, along with some videos, links, and activities to accompany them!


Here's a great list of free printables and activities to accompany The Grouchy Ladybug.

Download and print some Eric Carle coloring pages.






Watch this book trailer for Some Bugs!






Here's a quick up-close look at a pill bug!





You can also download this week's Takeaway page by clicking here.





And be sure to check out the related online activities about insects and other creepy crawlies:

National Geographic Kids—check out these close-ups of all kinds of cool bugs!

Build a Bug—First choose your parts to build a bug, then try to get it through the maze.

Insect World—learn about different types of insects and play related games.

Orkin—printable coloring pages, games, and other information about bugs!




And, finally, if you liked today's stories, here are some more great books about creepy crawlies!

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
  • Crickwing by Janell Cannon
  • Two Bad Ants by Chris VanAllsburg
  • Bug Faces by Darlyne Murawski


Have a great week, and we'll see you next Tuesday!