Bears

What We Read

I really loved all of these books, and both the kids and adults seemed to enjoy them, too.

Honey by David Ezra Stein

There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson

Other book suggestions:

How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

The Bear Who Wasn’t There by LeUyen Pham

Bear and Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not, Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

A Brave Bear by Sean Taylor

Bear Counts by Karma Wilson
(pretty much all Bear books by Karma Wilson)

Themed Song

Two Little Black Bears

Two little black bears 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 black bears digging in the snow,
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little black bears feeling very proud ,
One named Quiet and one named Loud..

From: Jbrary

Flannel Board

5 Little Bears

To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Grizzly bears are big and brown, big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown, and live in the woods.

Polar bears are soft and white, soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white and live where it’s cold.

Panda bears are black and white, black and white, black and white,
Panda bears are black and white, and live with bamboo.

Koala bears have great big ears, great big ears, great big ears.
Koala bears have great big ears and live high in a tree.

Black bears are big and tall, big and tall, big and tall.
Black bears are big and tall, and live in the woods.

From: Storytime Katie

 

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Hats

What We Read

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won

Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin

Other book suggestions:

The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

I Had a Favorite Hat by Boni Ashburn

The Hat by Jan Brett

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox

Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion

Red Hat by Lita Judge

Millie’s Marvellous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen

 

Themed Song

Put on your magic hat.
Put on your magic hat.
Oh, you can do most anything in your magic hat!

You can… hop… shake… make a face…
You can sit right down on the ground.

Credit: LIBRIONYIAN

Flannel Board

Bat in a Hat!

Like little mouse in a house, hide the bat behind one hat and have the kids help you find it.

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Birds

What We Read

Froodle by Antoinette Portis

Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

Nest by Jorey Hurley

Other book suggestions:

I Hatched! by Jill Esbaum

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead

Themed Song

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Check out more verses from Jbrary!

Flannel Board

Knock, Knock Duck

5 Little Eggs & Duckling & Chick

Sorry, my little chick’s eyes have fallen off! eek! I’ve fixed her since this picture was taken!

You put your baby bird in an egg, and you and the kids go “knock, knock, knock, baby duck (or chick), baby duck, are you behind the green egg?” Look behind each one until you find your little duck!

Fruits & Vegetables

What We Read

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood

Go, Go, Grapes!: A Fruit Chant by April Pulley Sayre

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

Other book suggestions:

I Yam a Donkey! by Cece Bell

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert

Runaway Tomato by Kim Cooley Reeder

Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root

Rah, Rah, Radishes!: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre

Themed Song

Fruit Salad from Jbrary

Watermelon
Watermelon
Papaya
Papaya
Bananas
Bananas
Fruit salad!
Fruit salad!

Add different fruits! – we ended up doing raspberries, pineapple and strawberries!

Flannel Board

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Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One green strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

From: RovingFiddlehead KidLit

Whales

What We Read

We only had time for two books today. Both were pretty great; The Whale in My Swimming Pool is one of my all-time favorites!

Beachy and Me by Bob Staake

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Other book suggestions:

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

Plankton is Pushy by Jonathan Fenske *whales eat plankton!

How Long Is a Whale? by Alison Limentani

Breathe by Scott Magoon

Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino

The Whales by Cynthia Rylant

I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick

A Whale in the Bathtub by Kylie Westaway

Themed Song

An Orca Whale, from Jbrary (love these songs!!)

An orca whale
An orca whale
Little sea scallops
And an orca whale
An orca whale
An orca whale
Little sea scallops
And an orca whale
Sea otter, sea otter
The little sea scallops, and the orca whale.
Sea otter, sea otter
The little sea scallops, and the orca whale.

Flannel Board

5 Little Whales

I slightly amended this story from One Little Librarian

Five giant whales, dancing near the shore,
One went to off to play and then there were four.
Four giant whales, swimming in the sea,
One saw a shark and then there were three.
Three giant whales, talking with some dolphins that they knew,
One dived to the bottom and then there were two.
Two giant whales, splashing just for fun,
One got tired so then there was just one.
One giant whale longing for the sun
He swam up to spout, and that left none!

 

Bugs 2018

What We Read:

Time flew by today and we only read two books. I thought Hank’s Big Day was so sweet and touching. Frank the Seven-Legged Spider was really hard to read (small type) and the humor was lost on the kids, but liked by the adults, so I guess it was a wash!

Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman

Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi

Other book suggestions:

Some Bugs by Angela Diterlizzi

I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd

Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horáček

Please Please the Bees by Gerald Kelley

Super Bugs by Michelle Meadows

My Awesome Summer by P. Mantis by Paul Meisel

Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs by Carol Murray

Bugs Galore by Peter Stein

See also: Bugs 2017

Themed Song:

Can You Move Like Me?
(to the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?)

Can you wiggle like a worm?
Can you squiggle? Can you squirm?
Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly?
Can you crawl upon the ground
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me?

Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like bee
Who is buzzing round a tree?
Can you move with me?

Credit: Sunflower Storytime

Flannel Board:

Bugs in a Rug

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Show the kids all of the bugs and go over them. Then turn the board around and hide one of the bugs under the rug. Turn the board back around and ask which one of the bugs is missing. Repeat with as many bugs as you like!

Summer 2018

What We Read:

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

  • I was excited about this book because we live in bear country and I thought this was a funny story about a bear doing bear things, and the illustrations are beautiful, but the kids thought the bear was mean! At the end of the story they were not happy!

Pignic by Matt Phelan

Other book suggestions:

And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner

Cheers for a Dozen Ears: A Summer Crop of Counting by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky

Maisy Makes Lemonade by Lucy Cousins

Summer Is Summer by Phillis Gershator and David Gershator

Flowers Are Calling by Rita Gray

Mama, Is It Summer Yet? by Nikki McClure

Playground Day! by Jennifer J. Merz

Summer Color! by Diana Murray

Summer Wonders by Bob Raczka

Don’t Splash the Sasquatch! by Kent Redeker

Blackout by John Rocco

Brownie Pearl Take a Dip by Cynthia Rylant

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson

The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan

Themed Song:

The Carnival Song

From: Jbrary, who got it from Melissa Gabrielle, youth services librarian at Harborfields Public Library.

Oh, the carnival is great
And the carnival is grand
There are games and rides,
Cotton candy in your hand
Better get your ticket fast
‘Cause you don’t want to be late
This is what we do when we go through the gate
Ride the roller coaster up
Ride the roller coaster down
Ride the roller coaster up
Ride the roller coaster down
Ride the roller coaster up
Ride the roller coaster down
And we turn around

Flannel Board:

5 Little Flowers

5 Little Flowers & Bee

5 little flowers growing in the ground
Teasing Mr. Bumblebee “we can’t be found!”
Along comes Mr. Bumblebee with bzzzzing sound
And SNAPS! that flower right out of the ground!

Continue until all the flowers are gone!

From: The Buckeye Librarian