Construction Storytime

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Stanley the Builder by William Bee
The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer

Flannelboard: Shape House
Before we started Stanley the Builder, we built our own house out of shapes.


Magnetic Rhyme: “Five Dump Trucks”
Five dump trucks on construction day,
The blue one dropped its load (insert sound effect),
And drove away.

Source: Original

imageDump truck pattern

Magnetic Rhyme: “Humpty Dumpty”

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses
And all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty
Together again.

imageSource: Kididdles

Action Rhyme: “London Bridges”

London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady!

Source: Kididdles

This theme was a bit challenging to pull together.  It was the first time I presented a construction storytime.  All three books held the group’s attention.  Some of the parents spontaneously joined in reciting the rhymes in The Construction Crew.


Cookie Storytime


gingerbread cowboyGinger BearIf You Give a Mouse a CookieMmm, Cookies

Flannel Board Rhyme: The Runway Cookies


Source: King County Library System

Counting Rhyme: Five Little Cookies


Source: Read Rabbit Read

Counting Rhymes: Five Ginger Cookies


Source: BayViews Storytime Ideas

Counting Rhyme: Five Gingerbread Men

FullSizeRender(11)Source: Preschool Education

Flannel Board Rhyme: Cookie Shop

Down around the corner in the bakery shop
Were five little cookies with sprinkles on top…
Along came someone with a nickel to pay
And they bought a little cookie and they took it away.

FullSizeRender(10)Source: Storytime Katie

Craft: Gingerbread Cookie Ornament



Book Review: Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: Danger in the Darkest Hour

Magic Tree House Super Edition #1: Danger in the Darkest Hour by Mary Pope Osborne. (Random House Books for Young Readers). 2015. 208 pages. Ages 7-10.

Danger in the Darkest Hour

I have read every single Magic Tree House book.  After all these years, I still enjoy reading about the adventures of Jack and Annie.  This latest book still follows the same format with a slightly longer story and a bit more mature subject matter.

Jack and Annie find themselves in 1944 during the last days of War World II.  The two time travelers have the daunting task of rescuing their friend Kathleen, a “young enchantress from Camelot”.  Annie and Jack have only one day to complete their mission before the Allied invasion of Normandy, France.  They must accomplish their mission while navigating the French Resistance and avoiding being captured by the Nazis.

During the recent, Merlin Missions editions,  Annie and Jack have relied on using magic to complete their mission.  This book utilizes their bravery, intelligence and experience to save their friend.  Danger in the Darkest Hour will serve as a great introduction into the subject for this age group.

Review copy received from NetGalley.


Apple Storytime

Action Rhyme: Criss Cross Applesauce

Book: Ten Red Apples: A Bartholomew Bear Counting Book by Virginia Miller


Rhyme: Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Way up high in the apple tree
Two little apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down fell the apples
Mmmm, they were good
Source: King County Library System

apple treeFullSizeRender(3)Book: A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek


Flannel Rhyme: Juicy, Red Apples
Juicy, red apples hanging on the trees,
They look so good, bring me some please.
Sweet, yellow apples hanging on the trees,
They look so good, bring me some please.
Tart, green apples hanging on the trees,
They look so good, bring me some please.
Source: www.susanmdailey.com

The children add the apples to the flannel tree.

Book: The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler


Flannel Rhyme: Five Little Apples Hung on a Tree

Five little apples hung on a tree
The farmer didn’t care
So guess who came to eat?
Source: Preschool Education

This rhyme is fun to perform with puppets eating the apples off the tree.

apple tree & farmerCraft: Apple Tree



Book Review: Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis (Hyperion) 2014.  336 pages.  Grades 7& up.

Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow is a clever retelling of the fairy tale, Snow White.  Essie is a fiercely independent heroine who trusts no one and rightly so.  An act of kindness draws her back into a life that almost killed her the first time and one she swore to keep away from all costs.

Essie’s life is far from perfect.  She lives on Thanda where the temperatures are often below freezing, the mining colony of men need her technical expertise but hate her independence and she earns extra money by participating in brutal cage fights.  Yet, this is the one place she feels safe.  Every thing changes when Dane’s ship crashes near her home .  Essie is forced to face her past and embrace the destiny she struggled to avoid for the last eight years.

Review copy received from NetGalley.


Maker Faire Atlanta

This weekend I went to Maker Faire Atlanta. Maker spaces have been on my mind for the last year. I have looked into 3-D printers, laser cutters, Arduinos, sewing machines, jewelry making, stop-motion videos – the list goes on. There is so much to offer, but where to start. No one wants to purchase expensive equipment that will sit untouched. I want to know what will attract people and keep them engaged with the library and each other. So far I have decided on a mobile maker space, but what to add. A grant opportunity is looming so now is the time to strike. I took to the streets to observe what the people wanted.
Maker Faire 2
The first exhibit drew my attention. It was surrounded by a dozen little boys and I soon discovered why. Two homeschool parents and their children had a table full of “Weapons of Miniature Destruction.” Now, I do not condone weapons, but those kids were having a lot of fun with the crossbows, catapults and other “implements of mayhem” made from clothespins, rubber bands and Popsicle sticks. The kids wore safety goggles and aimed beans at a cardboard castle. As I picked up the catapult, I could not help but admire the engineering and the spirit of sharing that led this group to share their talents with other makers. I quickly moved on before I was blinded by a bean.
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Next, I saw a librarian helping children sew LED lights into fabric squares. The children and librarian had so much patience. I didn’t even know that kids knew how to sew these days. There were flying machines, screen painting, and a kite making table. A mobile maker space truck soon caught my eye. In front of the truck, were mini-maker trunks set on a table. Taped to each trunk was a maker challenge. Inside the boxes, there were everyday materials such as fabric, paper cups, pipe cleaners and tape. The table was so crowded I had to wait in line to peek over the kids’ shoulders. Moving on, I saw people making Morse code bracelets and trying a Morse code machine, using various keys to find the right lock, terrariums, more LED light stations, and of course lots of 3-D printers. Unfortunately, the only people demonstrating squishy circuits did not show up. I guess I have to make my own.
Maker Faire
I was surprised at how popular the no-tech and low-tech stations were with the kids. So what is my take away? I should listen to the many people who have urged hesitant folks like me not to become intimidated or stymied by the big flashy items. Those kids really enjoyed those Popsicle catapults and so did I.