Winter 2019

What We Read

All You Need For a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Other book suggestions:

One Hundred Snowmen by Jen Arena

Snow! Snow! Snow! by Lee Harper

You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow

Best in Snow by April Pulley Sayre

Arctic White by Danna Smith

See also:
Winter 2017

Themed Song:

We did this without scarves. Just with our arms stretched out.

Dance Like Snowflakes

Tune: Frere Jacques

Dance like snowflakes, dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Everywhere, everywhere

Flannel Board:

Let’s build a snowman!

Snowman

I went walking through a winter wonderland
I spied a snowman who needed a hand.
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need 2 eyes so I can see.”
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need 1 carrot nose so that I can sniff”
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need 2 stick arms so I can wave.”
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need 2 blue mittens to warm my hands”
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need 2 red boots on my feet”
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need one purple scarf to stay cozy”
“Hey Mr. snowman what do you need?”
“I need a top hat to look snazzy!”

From: Storytiming

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Valentine’s Day 2019

What We Read

Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator

  • I really enjoyed this one. Just so sweet.

The Biggest Kiss by J.M. Walsh

The Perfect Hug by J.M. Walsh

  • I let the kids pick the other two books, and I didn’t really like either of them. I also couldn’t tell if the kids liked them.

Other book suggestions:

Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond

Hugs and Kisses for the Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

I’ll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi

If Kisses Were Colors by Janet Lawler

How to Hug by Maryann Macdonald

I Hug by David McPhail

Did You Know That I Love You? by Christa Pierce

See also:

Valentine’s Day 2018
Valentine’s Day 2017

Themed Song

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
‘Cause your friends are my friends
And my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

Flannel Board

Kissing Hands & Hearts

Kissing Hand
by Analisa Carrillo

Chester the Raccoon
really missed his mom.
So she gave him a kiss
in the middle of his palm.
The kiss helps him,
when they are apart.
Can you help him
find the matching heart?

Place one heart on one hand, and then match it with the children’s help. Go through all the hearts.

From: The Preschool Procrastinator

Pigs

What We Read

I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman

Pignic by Matt Phelan

Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

Other book suggestions:

I Love You Like a Pig by Mac Barnett

When Pigs Fly by James Burks

Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman

Toot & Puddle: Puddle’s ABC by Holly Hobbie

The Dreamer by Il Sung Na

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

Peddles by Elizabeth Rose Stanton

Themed Song

To Market, To Market

To market, to market,
[March slowly in place.]
To buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again,
[Say faster & hop in place.]
Jiggety jig.

To market, to market,
[March slowly in place.]
To buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again,
[Say faster & hop in place.]
Jiggety jog.

From: SurLaLune Storytime

Flannel Board

Clean and Dirty Pigs

clean and dirty pigs

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big THUD
Then there were four clean squeaky pig

Printable from Sunflower Storytime

African Animals

What We Read

Roar!: A Noisy Counting Book by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O’Neill

A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes

Other book suggestions

The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergmann

If You’re Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera

I Wish I Were a . . . by Werner Holzwarth

Giraffe Problems by Jory John

The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory

I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger

That’s Not Funny! by Jeanne Willis

Themed Song

I adapted this song (one of my favorites!) to include African animals!

An elephant (make a trunk with your arm)
An elephant
A tall giraffe (raise your arm above your head and make a head with your hand)
And an elephant
An elephant
An elephant
A tall giraffe
And an elephant
Meerkat! Meerkat! (look around like a meerkat!)
A tall giraffe
And an elephant
Meerkat! Meerkat!
A tall giraffe
And an elephant

Credit: Me and Jbrary

Flannel Board

Elephants Went Out to Play

10 Little Elephants

One elephant went out to play.
In the jungle one day.
He had such enormous fun.
He called for another elephant to come.

OH ELEPHANT!  (slap thighs/stomp feet)

Two elephants, went out to play…

Credit: Falling Flannelboards

Counting 2018

What We Read

It’s our first time back after the big earthquake, there’s no school, and it’s been raining and freezing all week so you can’t play outside. What does that make? A bunch of wild kids! Therefore we only read two books today.

Everybunny Count! by Ellie Sandall

Let’s Count Goats! by Mem Fox

Other book suggestions

Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

One Pup’s Up by Marsha Wilson Chall

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox

Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox

The House of 12 Bunnies by Caroline Stills & Sarcia Stills-Blott

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers

See also: Counting 2017

Themed Song

Bubble, Bubble, Pop!

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water.

One little red fish
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble…POP!

Verses: Increase the number and change the color

From: Jbrary

Flannel Board

5 Little Fish & Shark

Five little fishies
Swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark
“You can’t catch me!
Along comes Mr Shark
As quiet as can be
And SNAP!
Now there are four little fishies swimming in the sea.

Repeat until there all the fish are gone.

Thanksgiving 2018

What we read:

The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

Over the River and Through the Wood by Emma Randall

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

Other book suggestions:

The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie B. Friedman

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson

This Is the Turkey by Abby Levine

Thank You, Thanksgiving by David Milgrim

The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

Themed Song:

Pumpkin Chant

From Jbrary, who got it from Jane Willis Johnston.

This is a favorite at our library. We use it consistently during the fall.

Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin bread!
(Hold hands flat in front, palms up, on lying on top of the other)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin head!
(Put hands on head)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin pie!
(Hold hands in a big circle)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin eye!
(Curve hands around eyes)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin cake!
(Hold Hands flat, one palm up, one palm down five inches above the other)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin shake!
(Hold fists up close to ears and shake hard)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin stew!
(Pretend to stir stew)
Pumpkin, pumpkin,
Pumpkin BOO!

Flannel Board:

Turkey Wore a Red Feather

Turkey & Rainbow Feathers

Turkey wore a red feather, red feather, red feather,
Turkey wore a red feather all day long.
repeat with other colors until all of the feathers are on the turkey.
Turkey wore rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers, rainbow feathers.
Turkey wore rainbow feathers all night long.

 

Horses

What We Read

Horses: Trotting! Prancing! Racing! by Patricia Hubbell

Noni the Pony by Alison Lester

Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee

  • The kids thought this book was soooo funny! I did not expect their reactions!

Other book suggestions:

Horseplay by Karma Wilson

Appaloosa Zebra: A Horse Lover’s Alphabet by Jessie Haas

Giddy-up! Let’s Ride! by Flora McDonnell

Themed Song

Ten Galloping Horses

Ten galloping horses, (hold up ten fingers)
Came through town. (slap hands on legs like galloping)
Five were white, (hold up five fingers)
And five were brown. (hold up five fingers on other hand)
They galloped up, (slap up toward top of thighs)
They galloped down, (slap down toward knees)
Ten galloping horses, (hold up ten fingers)
Came through town. (slap hands on legs like galloping)

From: Storytime Katie

Flannel Board

Colorful Horses

“If your horse is the color blue,
Gallop it on your shoe!
If you have a blue horse,
Come put it in the barn, of course!”

(yellow – gallop it on your elbow
green – gallop it on your knee
purple – gallop it in a circle
red – gallop it on your head)

From: Anne’s Library Life

Colorful Horses