Story Time: Loving Our Library

Story Time: Loving Our Library

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It’s National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so much more.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When your children have happy experiences, they want to repeat them. Starting kindergarten can be seen as an extension of informal library “classes.” Children who have joyful experiences in the public library often approach school with a positive attitude, ready and excited to learn.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “If You’re a Reader and You Know It!” with your child. Don’t forget to “do all three” at the end!

Books Presented

Dinosaur Vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Dinosaur is going to one of his favorite places: the library! On the way, he invites his friends—a lonesome turtle, a sad owl and more—to ROAR along with him. But how will his roaring go over at the library? Has Dinosaur finally met his match in Storytime?

The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli

The Book Hog loves books – the way they look, the way they feel, the way they smell – and he’ll grab whatever he can find. There’s only one problem: he can’t read! But when a kind librarian invites him to join for storytime, this literature-loving pig discovers the treasure that books really are.

I Am a Book by Linda Hayward

Describes how a book is created, manufactured, and distributed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Flannel Board: Five Little Books

(Sung to the tune of Farmer and the Dell)
Chorus:
Come and take a look
In my storybook.
There are friends galore
And so much more
In my storybook.

Verse 1:
You might find three little pigs,
And a wolf who’s bad and big.
A tortoise, a hare,
A family of bears
In my storybook.

Verse 2:
You might find three billy goats
A girl with a red-hooded coat,
A gingerbread man,
Or Peter Pan
In my storybook.

Flannel Board: Five Little Books

Five little books at the library,

Five little books as great as can be.

Along comes (name) with her library card

To take one home and read.

Continue to zero.

 

If You’re a Reader and You Know It

If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re a reader and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a reader and you know it, clap your hands
(shoot hooray, read a book)

 

The Library Boogie

– Tom Knight
 

The Library Song

 

 – Sesame Street

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Cut and fold this template to make your own story book!

Additional Books

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Learn about the library, checking out books, and story time with Lola.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do.

Biblioburro: A True Story From Colombia by Jeanette Winter

After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros–one for himself, one for books–and heads off.

Lost in the Library: A Story of Patience and Fortitude by Josh Funk

Patience, one of the New York Public Library lions, is missing and Fortitude, the other lion, searches the building from top to bottom seeking him.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, “Ew! That’s gross!” Because gross things can be fun!

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Young children are naturally curious about the world around them and often use their senses to explore and learn. By taking advantage of this eagerness to learn, you can help build their scientific knowledge.

Activity

Play this Mix ‘n Match game in your kitchen with your child. Wear a blindfold and try to guess what something is by its smell, taste, or touch. Show your child how to describe something with words before taking off the blindfold. You can also make crazy concoctions together and practice describing your creations using all five senses.

Books Presented

Splat! by Jon Burgerman

Encourages the reader to predict what will happen and keep turning pages as a face is splattered with a pie, a sandwich, and more.

Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

Big Fluffy Bear insists that Big Smelly Bear visit the pond for a bath before she will scratch the itch he cannot reach.

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

Improbable, ridiculous remedies accumulate when there is gum stuck in your hair.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Pairs of Smelly Socks

Five pairs of smelly socks
On my bedroom floor
Mom washed the BLUE pair
And then there were four

Four pairs of smelly socks
They belong to me
Dad washed the PINK pair
And then there were three

Three pairs of smelly socks
What’s a kids to do?
Brother washed the PURPLE pair
And then there were two

Two pairs of smelly socks
I wear them when I run
Sister washed the GREEN pair
And then there was one

One pair of smelly socks
One and only one
I guess I’ll wash the ORANGE pair
And then there will be none.

No more pairs of smelly socks
We washed them all today, But wait until tomorrow
More are on the way!

 

Icky, Sticky Bubble Gum

Icky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum, bubble gum.
Sticky, sticky, sticky, sticky bubble gum, bubble gum.
Makes your hands stick to your knees.
And you pull ’em,
and you pull ’em,
and you pull’ em away.

(Head… Belly… Mouth… Nose… Elbows)

 – David Landau

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We hope you enjoyed this slime craft! Just pour the clear activator liquid from the tube into your cup with the lid and stir! The less activator you use, the stretchier the slime will be.

Additional Books

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Stinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals by Steve Jenkins

Describes the odors that some animals have developed to stay safe and thrive in their environments, including the striped skunk, the bombardier beetle, and the honey badger.

Once Upon a Slime by Andy Maxwell

Beginning with Goldilocks, various fairy tale characters are drenched in slime and join forces to discover who is responsible.

Crazy Concoctions: A Mad Scientist's Guide to Messy Mixtures by Jordan D. Brown

Presents simple chemical reaction science experiments and recipes for mixtures of varying viscosity.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter “E”. And it’s the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing his teeth, picking up garbage outside, or even recycling the bottle from the juice he drank for lunch. You might find some other ideas in the books and rhymes below.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

It’s fun and easy for children to learn about topics that are relevant to them. For instance, songs about everyday experiences, body parts, senses, and their environment help children make sense of the world we live in.

- Lambert

Activity

Sing “We’ve Got the Whole World” with your child and then change the lyrics to things in your home or outside. For example, “We’ve got yummy bananas to eat…” or “We’ve got the chirping birds in the trees…” or “We’ve got a playful puppy who loves to bark…” Then read a book about the Earth and sing the song with the illustrations.

Books Presented

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Year by Stacy McAnulty

The Earth introduces readers to key moments in the planet’s life, from its formation over four billion years ago to the present, including the Earth’s position in the solar system, its layers, and when plants and animals began to inhabit the planet.

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. 

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring by Kenard Pak

In simple text, a young boy watches how nature changes from winter into spring.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Once There Was a Litter Bug

(Tune:  “Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
Once there was a litter bug
Who went from town to town,
Throwing out his garbage,
That landed on the ground.
The garbage grew so high
That when he turned around,
The litter bug got buried
And he was never found!

 

Five Bottles of Juice on the Wall

(Sung to: “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall”)
Five bottles of juice on the wall,
five bottles of juice.
Put one in the recycling bin.
Four bottles of juice on the wall.
Continue until there are no more bottles left.

 

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Use our template to create an earth-themed flannel board activity.

Additional Books

I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches

Max is a little monster who likes to litter and never, ever recycles. Then the electricity goes out and he sees how exciting and beautiful the Earth is– and that it will need his help to stay that way.

Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre

A love letter to the Earth shares striking photographic images from around the world that introduce such concepts as nature and science. Water, air, light. Patterns, curves, shapes, colors. Things that crawl, fly, float, run, bloom, ripen. Think of everything Earth gives us. What are you most thankful for? Includes notes from the author about related activities and resources.

The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess

In each season, Earth has something special to enjoy–and we can find ways to be good stewards to the planet too!

Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter

Before everyone recycled…there was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do?  Enter the Garbage Barge! This mostly true and completely stinky story is sure to make you say “Pee-yew!”

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally “egg”ceptional, and a lot of children don’t realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the “egg” in it’s many forms and possibilities. Below you will find activities and books to aid you and your child in this exploration.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Preschoolers thrive on lots of love and language. Reading together is fun and easy, and it prepares children to be successful and happy in school.

- www.readingfoundation.org

Activity

Read together with your preschooler for 20 minutes every day this week. Try two familiar books and one new book each time. You can keep track of how many books she reads on a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten circle chart. You can find these at the Children’s Reference Desk. When your child has filled in all the circles, bring it to the Circulation Desk for a free sticker sheet or book.

Books Presented

Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman

The story of Splotch and the adventure of her roly-poly egg. Follow the dotted line and see where it goes. When Splotch’s egg finally cracks, children can lift flaps to find a colorful surprise.

Guess What is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada

Gives facts about the many ways animals care for their eggs and young.

The Egg by Gallimard Jeunesse

Readers turn colorfully painted transparent pages to reveal each stage of a chick’s growth inside an egg, and then watch it hatch in the most recent volume of a nonfiction series for the inquisitive preschooler.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Little Egg

Once there was a little egg
That jumped down to the floor
It started rolling all around
Then rolled right out the door.

Little egg, roll, roll, roll,
Roll all around
Little egg roll, roll, roll
All across the ground.

 

Jeninthelibrary.com

What Comes From an Egg?

Chickens hatch from eggs, but what about other animals? Explore PBS’ book to learn about a variety of animals from spiders to platypuses that start their lives as eggs.

 
 

If You Like Your Eggs Scrambled

(Tune: Happy & You Know It)
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands
Yes, they’re yummy and they’re yellow
So you’ll be a happy fellow
If you like your eggs scrambled, clap your hands

If you like your eggs fried, jump up high…
If you want bacon with your eggs, wiggle your legs…
If you want toast instead, nod your head (Mmm-hmm)…


-Jeninthelibrary.com
 

I Know a Chicken

 – Laurie Berkner

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Try this craft from Woo! Jr.

Additional Books

The Donkey Egg by Janet Stevens

After fast-talking Fox leaves him with a large, green egg, Bear spends minutes, hours, days, and weeks lovingly caring for it with the help of his neighbor Hare.

An Egg is Quiet by Diana Hutts Aston

A beautifully illustrated work which introduces young naturalists to more than 60 types of eggs and an array of egg facts.

An Extraordinary Egg by Leo Lionni

A little frog discovers an extraordinary egg on Pebble Island.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

“There’s an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!” Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it’s even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and “guess” where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try some of the songs below as you have fun pushing the buttons on an elevator, imaginary or real.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

There are so many wonderful benefits to reading interactive stories with your kids. In addition to the entertainment you can get from them, they can make your reading time more productive, create cherished memories, and even help teach your kids to read.

- www.babiestobookworms.com

Activity

Next time, when your child feels too energized for reading, try and interactive book such as “Press Here” or “The Button Book,” and do the actions indicated in the books. This will make story time extra fun for your preschooler. Find more interactive books at this link.

Books Presented

Lift by Minh Lê

Iris loves to push the elevator buttons in her apartment building, but when it’s time to share the fun with a new member of the family, she’s pretty put out. That is, until the sudden appearance of a mysterious new button opens up entire realms of possibility, places where she can escape and explore on her own.

Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Using no special effects other than the reader’s imagination, a series of dots multiplies, grows, or changes color by pressing, tilting, or blowing on the previous page.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Action: Elevator Song

Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we go out the door.

We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.

 

Jbrary.com

Parachute Song: Let’s Go Riding on an Elevator

Let’s go riding on an elevator,
Elevator, elevator,
Let’s go riding on an elevator,
Come along with me!
(gather children at the edges of a parachute, and swish back and forth gently)
First floor, Second floor, Third floor, Fourth floor, Fifth floor,
(hold parachute near floor, then raise up in steps with each floor until high overhead)
And…. down-down-down-down-down.
(pull parachute down over heads of children as they duck under parachute)

-Kcls.org
 

There’s an Alligator in the Elevator

There’s an alligator in the elevator.
I can’t believe what I see.
There’s an alligator in the elevator
And it’s making eyes at me.

Alligator (clap clap) please push (clap clap)
Number (clap clap) one.
I’m going up to the first floor.
Would you care to join me for some fun?

There’s an alligator in the elevator.
I can’t believe what I see.
There’s an alligator in the elevator
And it’s making eyes at me.

Alligator (clap clap) please push (clap clap)
Number (clap clap) two.
I’m going up to the second floor.
Gee, I’d like to make friends with you.

There’s an alligator in the elevator.
I can’t believe what I see.
There’s an alligator in the elevator
And it’s making eyes at me.

Alligator (clap clap) please push (clap clap)
Number (clap clap) three.
I’m going up to the third floor.
Would you care to have some lunch with me?

There’s an alligator in the elevator.
I can’t believe what I see.
There’s an alligator in the elevator
And it’s making eyes at me.

Alligator (clap clap) please push (clap clap)
Number (clap clap) four.
I’m going up to the fourth floor.
Tell me what are your big teeth for?

There’s an alligator in the elevator.
I can’t believe what I see.
There’s an alligator in the elevator
And it’s making eyes at me.

Alligator (clap clap) please push (clap clap)
Number (clap clap) five.
I’m going up to the fifth floor.
And I’d like to make it there alive.

There’s an alligator in the elevator.
I can’t believe what I see.
There’s an alligator in the elevator
And it’s making eyes at me.

– Rick Charette

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Try this craft from Toddler Approved - or pick up our ready-made kit today.

Additional Books

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

Follow a group of animal friends as they discover a collection of mysterious buttons, all of which do different things!

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author’s quilt painting of the same name.

Little Elephant, Big City by Mike Curato

Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.

Curious George in the Big City by Margret and H. A. Rey

When they go to the city to see the sights, Curious George gets separated from his friend and has many adventures before they are reunited.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Moving to music, dancing, swaying, running, and jumping help young children feel rhythm and begin to understand how their bodies work. Such movements also help them gain muscle control and improve balance. All of this contributes to a child’s gross motor development.

- Lambert

Activity

Make a playlist of favorite songs for you and your child, and encourage your child to develop gross motor skills by dancing, running, and jumping to the music.

Books Presented

Whose Feet Are These? by Peg Hall

Examines a variety of animal feet, noting how they look different and function in different ways.

The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

A toe-tapper babies will love–the classic Seussian book about opposites: “Wet foot, dry foot. Low foot, high foot…”

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

Funny Fingers, Funny Toes by Laura Damon

A creature demonstrates the many uses of our fingers and toes.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Ring Around the Rosie

Ring around the rosie,
A pocket full of posies:
“A-tishoo! A-tishoo!”
We all fall down!

The king has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water.
“A-tishoo! A-tishoo!”
We all stand up!

Lambert

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Feet

Head, shoulders, knees and feet,
knees and feet
Head, shoulders, knees and feet,
knees and feet
And eyes and, ears and, mouth and teeth!
Backwards-
Feet, knees and shoulders, head,
shoulders, head
Feet, knees and shoulders, head,
shoulders, head
And teen, mouth, ears and eyes!

– Adapted from childhood

We Like Feet!

(tune “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
We like feet, yes we do!
Especially when they __[action]___ with you!

-Gina
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Pick up these friend story time kits today.

Additional Books

Gakky Two-Feet by Micky Dolenz

Although the other hominidees tease him, Gak prefers to walk on two legs instead of four, and one day his difference turns out to be helpful, just as his mother said it would.

Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson

Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zig-zag, and hug and shrug.

Be Where Your Feet Are! by Julia Cook

Be Where Your Feet Are! reinforces the concepts of mindfulness and being present in a way children will remember, while showing how good life can be when we learn to appreciate the world — and people — around us.

What if You had Animal Feet!? by Sandra Markle

What if you had animal feet? will teach kids about the amazing variety of feet in the animal kingdom and their specialty functions! From cheetahs’ fast feet to mountain goats’ nimble climbing hooves, to flies’ sticky feet!

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Friends!

Story Time: Friends!

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child “how” to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don’t forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you will great links, songs, videos, and books about friends. And remember… your child will always find a friend in the library!

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Research shows that establishing friendships is an important developmental goal for children under the age of seven. Friendships developed during the preschool and early school years give children valuable contexts in which to learn and practice skills related to social, cognitive, communicative, and emotional development.”

- Exchangefamilycenter.org

Activity

Print off the “How to Play with Friends” game circles at https://www.powerfulmothering.com/how-to-play-with-friends-a-preschoolers-visual-guide-and-game/. Then play Charades with your child taking turns acting out the activity on the game circle. Take time to talk about why that activity is good for playing with friends. You can also read a book about friendship and talk about how to be a good friend.

Books Presented

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

Join In and Play by Cheri Meiners

It is fun to make friends and play with others, but it is not always easy to do. You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules, like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. In simple words and real life illustrations, this book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant and Snake fear that Piggie and Brian Bat will have so much fun together they will no longer need their best friends.

Big Friends by Linda Sarah

Best friends Etho and Birt love going up Sudden Hill and sitting in simple cardboard boxes imagining they are kings, soldiers, astronauts, or pirates until Shu asks to join them, and their “two-by-two rhythm” is disturbed.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Sesame Street: Be a Good Friend (with Gwen Stefani)

If You’re Friendly and You Know It

(Tune: If you’re happy and you know it)
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
then you really want to show it,
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands!

– Literaryhoots.com

Make a Heart

I put my hands together, (hands together like praying)
This is how I start
I curve my fingers right around, (curl fingertips)
And I can make a heart!
 
– Veronastorytime.com

F-R-I-E-N-D

(Tune: There Was a Farmer Who Had a Dog)
___(name)__ is so very __(positive attribute)__.
And she/he is our good friend.
F-R-I, E-N-D, F-R-I, E-N-D,
F-R-I, E-N-D
And she/he is our good friend.

Adapted from childhood

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Pick up these friend story time kits today.

Additional Books

A Friend Like You by Andrea Schomburg

Squirrel and Bird are very different, but willing to try new things–and they’re the best of friends.

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate contemplates how to make her feel better and what it means to be kind.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

Bear and his friends persuade a bashful owl to play with them.

The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable–he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Fashion!

Story Time: Fashion!

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It’s fashion! This week we learned that “F” is for fashion, and “fashion” can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“Dress-up play allows anyone to dream, hope, and use their imagination. It gives kids permission to pretend to be someone or something different and extraordinary that reflects their personality and current interests and promotes more independence by allowing kids to practice self-care skills.”

- Thegeniusofplay.org

Activity

Gather a bunch of clothes and have a dress-up fashion show. Talk about what each clothing item is used for, what weather would be good in which to wear it, and where you might go in each outfit. You can also take some old clothes and “remake” them into something new!

Books Presented

Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade by Rob Sanders

Blaine loves to shine… well, actually, he loves to sparkle. Blaine’s all about the bling, just like Sue’s all about orange, and Alberto is all about high-tops. But when Blaine’s bling rubs some people the wrong way, he begins to lose his shine — and so does his entire school. Can Blaine’s friends work together as allies and convince everyone to throw glitter, not shade?

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants by Erik Litwin

Hazel Nut wants to sing and dance, but Mama, Papa, and Wally Nut are too busy, so Hazel calls in a special family member to get everyone moving.

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London

Love grows between two ducklings as they bill and coo around the farmyard.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Despite the advice of others in her family, Ellah Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Nuts: Sing and Dance in Your Polka Dot Pants

I’m Going to Take a Sweater

(Tune: Jolly Good Fellow)

I’m going to take a sweater, a sweater, a sweater
I’m going to take a sweater when I go out today
When I go out today, when I go out today
I’m going to take a sweater when I go out today
(Additional: Umbrella, hat, raincoat, etc.)

– Storytimekatie.com

Old Shoes, New Shoes

Action Rhyme: “Old Shoes, New Shoes”
Old shoes, new shoes,
(Child) is wearing (description) shoes
One, two, three four,
Now I stomp them on the floor!
– Storytimekatie.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page activity!

Pick up these fashion story time kits today.

Additional Books

Shoe-la-la! by Karen Beaumont

Four girls go in search of the perfect pair of party shoes.

Crafts for Styling Your Wardrobe by Susannah Blake

A variety of crafts for kids to make their clothes their own. Includes upcycling old clothes and basic sewing stitches.

Along Came Coco by Eva Byrne

In a time when children were meant to be seen and not heard, along came Coco, a small French orphan with an eye for style, a talent for sewing, and a big imagination. An exploration of Coco’s early life and a celebration of her creativity, Along Came Coco shows the ways in which Coco Chanel’s imaginative spirit led her to grow into one of the world’s most beloved fashion icons.

Sadie and the Silver Shoes by Jane Godwin

Family members try various ways to cheer up their grouchy bulldog.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

Story Time: Feelings

Story Time: Feelings

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that “F” is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully there are a lot children’s books to help. Try some of the titles below, or go to the online catalog and do a subject search for, “emotions juvenile fiction,” where you will find many, many stories about feelings.

Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  – Online on Facebook

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Helping your child put words to feelings develops vocabulary in a meaningful way. You can talk not only about your child’s feelings, but also about yours as well. Children can understand the words long before they can say them.

- Lambert

Activity

Ask your children to listen for words related to feelings as you read “Grumpy Gloria” by Anna Dewdney or other books with words that pertain to feelings. Then talk about how those feelings might be translated into a color.

- Lambert

Books Presented

I'm Feeling Macaroni and Cheese by Tina Gallo

What kind of day are you having? Are you feeling Razzmatazz excited? Or Tickle Me Pink silly? Or maybe you’re feeling brave–like Wild Blue Yonder! When was the last time you felt a little Macaroni and Cheese? Learn how to express your feelings through colors.

Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

Monsters of different colors explain what makes them feel glad, sad, loving, worried, silly, and angry. Fold-out masks encourage readers to talk about their feelings.

I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck by Frank Loesser

Love grows between two ducklings as they bill and coo around the farmyard.

Weasel is Worried by Giara Gavin

When Weasel is caught in a storm, he builds a fortress to hide in. But then he meets Mole, who loves to play in the wind and splash in the rain. Wait to see if Weasel learns to overcome his fears and find joy, whatever the weather.

Grumpy Groundhog by Maureen Wright

On Groundhog’s Day, the townspeople try to entice the groundhog to leave his den, but the furry character refuses as it is warm and cozy inside.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Signing Song: Old McDonald Felt So Glad

(to tune of “Old MacDonald had a farm”)
Old MacDonald felt so glad (Happy)
HA-HA-HA-HA-HA
And when he’s glad we sign it like this:
Happy Happy Happy Happy Happy
With a Happy Happy here and a Happy Happy there
Here a Happy, there a Happy everywhere a Happy Happy
Old MacDonald felt so glad.
Happy Happy

Repeat this, substituting the following emotions and signs:
Grumpy = Grumpy
Sad = Sad
Silly = Silly

– Jeninthelibrary.com

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page activity!

Learn how to make colorful pasta necklaces.

Additional Books

Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson

Bear’s animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost and frightened in the woods.

A Little Book About Feelings by Abbie Schiller

From the award-winning Ruby’s Studio: the Feelings Show. Learn about feelings and how to express them.

The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result.

Grumpy Gloria by Anna Dewdney

Family members try various ways to cheer up their grouchy bulldog.

More Story Times

Story Time: Loving Our Library

It's National Library Week! We love our library and everyone who comes to visit. Try doing a scavenger hunt at the library to find all the different items you can check out such as movies, easy CD picture books, graphic novels, magazines, informational books, and so...

Story Time: Eew! That’s Gross!

Children love to explore the world, especially when something is a little bit unusual. Use these books and activities to help them see the world through all of their senses, even if they say, "Ew! That's gross!" Because gross things can be fun!Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Earth, We Love You!

The Earth is awesome! It starts with the letter "E". And it's the only place we have to live, so we better take care of it. Try talking with your child about some of the small things he can do to help take care of the Earth such as turning off the water while brushing...

Story Time: Eggceptional Eggs

Eggs are totally "egg"ceptional, and a lot of children don't realize the differences and similarities between eggs of different species. Some children also think that the eggs we purchase in the store will eventually hatch. Have fun with your child as you explore the...

Story Time: Elevator Escapades!

"There's an alligator in the elevator! Ahhh!" Riding in an elevator can be a great counting activity for your child, but it's even more fun when you and your child engage your imaginations and "guess" where you might end up or who you might meet on each floor. Try...

Story Time: Elephantastic Elephants!

"E" is for elephant! Elephants are one of the most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom. They are so strong enough to lift 700 pounds, yet they are so gentle they can pick up a tiny leaf without crumpling it. Children love elephants. They are big and have large...

Story Time: Fabulous Feet!

Have you and your child looked closely at feet lately? Feet are fabulous! And they are used for so many different things in the animal and creature kingdom! Check out some of these books to find out how.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5...

Story Time: Friends!

Making friends is easy for some children and more difficult for others, but when you show your child "how" to be a friend, it makes the task seem easier. As you do so, don't forget to point out that not every one will be kind in return, but to be patient. Below you...

Story Time: Fashion!

Lights! Camera! It's fashion! This week we learned that "F" is for fashion, and "fashion" can help you express how you are feeling, where you want to go, and what is good for the weather outside.Join us live Tuesdays at 10:30 AM  - Online on Facebook Ages 2-5 Sing,...

Story Time: Feelings

This week in Storytime, we learned that "F" is for feelings. Sometimes children have a difficult time expressing or understanding their feelings. When you help them attach a color to a feeling, it helps them understand and how to deal with their emotions. Thankfully...

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