Monthly Archives: September 2014

Storytime: Birds

Since school has started, the age for family storytime is skewing younger. I am going to make some slight changes to it, adding songs/rhymes. I just took over toddler time, and I am starting a baby storytime, and I’m realizing focused on songs both of those are.


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Birds by Kevin Henkes
Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale


Little Birds Action Rhyme (from Greatest Resource Educational Childcare)
Little birds, little birds, fly to the door.
Little birds, little birds, sit on the floor!
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down.
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound!
Little birds, little birds, tip toe to me.
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees!
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep.
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep.


1. Eating Worms – I found this on the PreKinders website.  I cut pipe cleaners into small sections and bent them to look like “worms”. The children used clothes pins as “beaks” to pick them up. Some of the children didn’t have the motor skills, so I had them make pinchers with their thumb/pointer finger.

2. Bird Seed Cake – The original site calls for making ornaments, but I don’t have enough useable cookie cutters at home to do this (plus, the cookie cutters would have had to go home with the families while the bird seed mixture hardened). Instead, we used little cups (3oz?). I sprayed them with cooking oil, then the  children used spoons (we tried hands at first but it is incredibly sticky) to push the mixture in. I was able to pop mine out after about 6 hours, though I suggested to leave it overnight to harden.

bird seed cake

husband’s books

My husband went on a graphic novel run recently (mainly because I checked them out from the library thinking he would like them).


proofafter america

(After America is the second book, but he read it first since our friend gave it to him by mistake. He’s reading the first book now.)

Graphic Novels

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Storytime: Clouds

This was my first post-summer break storytime. There was a much smaller turn out – 4 children.


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Once Upon a Cloud by Rob D. Walker
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Other Book Possibilites
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Shapes in the Sky by Josepha Sherman
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld


1. Shaving Cream Rain Clouds – This is a repeat form my thundertorm storytime. I still had plenty of shaving cream, so why not? I skipped the hail this time.

2. Cloud Paint – Mix shaving cream and glue, use a paintbrush to glob it onto blue construction paper.

August Books

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*Mary Balogh – I read 10 of her books back to back at the beginning of August. Some I like more than others, some I will read again. I like the light romance. It’s great for escaping schoolwork.
*Life As We Knew It – One of the books on my YA lit reading list. My best friend has been after me for a while to read it, so I figured I would give it a shot. Not a fast paced book by any means, and nothing dramatic happens (other than the moon-orbit thing). What made it enjoyable was seeing how the characters coped with the ensuing nastiness. It felt believable.
*H2O – An ARC my library received about deadly rain (iron-consuming bacteria from the dust of a meteor that was blown up by missiles before hitting Earth). Once the kids are out of the house, I will do a write up on it. The short of it though was it was not a terribly good book. The main character was useless, there were inconsistencies regarding the effects of the rain, and I want to know how that girl survived towards the end of the book when there was pretty much no food to be had.

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*Giants Beware
*American Born Chinese
*Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, vol 1 – My 8-yr old likes it, but I had a hard time with the shortness and incompleteness of the chapters. A lot of them ended abruptly without any real conclusion.

There are no read alouds for this month as we are still slogging our way through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. (Egads! We finally reached page 300!)