Storytime: Way Up High!

Storytime: Way Up High!

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky – it’s a bird!

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help build his or her vocabulary. A large vocabulary is important for a child who is learning to read.

Activity

Play the “ask” game while talking with your preschooler. Ask lots of questions that don’t have a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer which allows them to use their vocabulary. Then try and find the words in their environment, on the computer, or in a book!

Books Presented

Birds by Kevin Henkes

Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common.

Ten on a Twig by Lo Cole

Illustrations and an easy-to-read countdown rhyme follow ten birds that, one by one, fall off the twig on which they were sitting, but the last one finds a surprise waiting.

 

Up Tall and High by Ethan Long

In three laugh-out-loud situations, an irresistible cast of colorful birds illustrate the concepts of “up,” “tall” and “high.” First, a short peacock proves that he may not be tall, but he definitely isn’t small. Then, a resourceful bird helps his penguin friend find a way to fly. Finally, two birds want to live in the same tree, but what goes up must come down! Each short story features a flap that reveals a surprise twist.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

There’s a Bird in This Egg

There’s a bird in this egg.
Hear it crack! Crack! Crack!
There’s a bird in this egg.
Hear it crack! Crack! Crack!
There’s a bird in this egg and it’s ready to come out.
There’s a bird in this egg.
Hear it crack!

There’s a Bird in the Air

There’s a bird in the air, in the air
There’s a bird in the air, in the air
There’s a bird in the air, now he’s flying in my hair

There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg
There’s a bird on my leg, on my leg
There’s a bird on my leg and he is pretty big

There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand
There’s a bird on my hand, on my hand
There’s a bird on my hand but now he is my friend

Birds are flying in the air
Flying here, flying there!
They are flying way up high in the sky.
Yellow* birds are in the air
Flying here, flying there!
Yellow* birds are way up high in the sky.

 

Scarf Song: Popcorn Kernels

Tune of Frere Jacques

Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
Popcorn kernels
In the pot (bunch scarves up in fists)
In the pot
Shake it, shake it, shake it (shake fists)
Shake it, shake it, shake it
Til they pop (throw scarves)
Til they pop

Bird in the Egg

Tune of Frere Jacques

Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
Popcorn kernels
In the pot (bunch scarves up in fists)
In the pot
Shake it, shake it, shake it (shake fists)
Shake it, shake it, shake it
Til they pop (throw scarves)
Til they pop

 

Crafts and Activities

Kid Made Bird Feeder

Click the below to find instructions for making your very own bird feeder!

Make these adorable birdie binoculars at home!

Additional Books

More Than Fluff by Madeline Valentine

Daisy the chick is cute, fluffy, soft, and tired of others hugging and petting her, so her mother suggests she tell them what she would prefer, such as a wing bump or a pinkie shake.

Mel Fell by Corey R Tabor

Follow Mel on her journey from downward fall to triumphant flight in this tale of self-confidence and taking a leap of faith.

All the Birds in the World by David Opie

Take a beautifully illustrated journey — with an adorable kiwi bird as your guide — through the vast and colorful world of birds, with its tapestry of textures, sounds, and sights.

Friends Stick Together by Hannah E Harrison

When a loud-mouthed tickbird lands on Mortimer the rhino’s nose and starts a symbiotic relationship, the reserved Mortimer is mortified, until he realizes they just might be the perfect pair.

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Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

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Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it’s also fun to show them concept terms of “over” and “under.” Ask them what lives over the water… like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water… perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it’s fun to talk about what lives over AND under the water!

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Have your preschooler tell you the story. By age 5, children can sit still for longer books and can create their own stories based on the pictures. Ask your preschooler to tell you the basic plot of the book or to make up stories based on what he sees on each page.

Activity

After you attend Storytime, talk with your child about what they enjoyed most. Then sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post.

Books Presented

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner

Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. He’s particularly interested in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors, from the blue-feathere bird to a furry brown mouse. Until one day, he meets a big green animal with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious.

 

There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long

Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs.
Yuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm…yuuummm!

One jumped into the pool,
where it was nice and cool.
Then there were four green speckled frogs,
Glub glub.

Four green and speckled frogs…
Three green and speckled frogs…
Two green and speckled frogs…
One green and speckled frog…
…Then there were no green speckled frogs!
Glub glub, glub, glub

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat
Gently on the pond
Merrily, merrily, merrily
This is so much fun!

PBS KIDS: Elinor Wonders Why – Pond Life 

Explore and learn about nature as you collect nature adventure tools to help all of Elinor’s friends!

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Click the link below to find and print out an “Over and Under the Pond” coloring page

Have a party with this frog party blower craft!

Additional Books

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.

Life in a Pond by Allan Fowler

The natural world comes alive for young readers with Rookie Read-About “RM” Science! With striking, full-color photos and just the right amount of text, this series immediately involves young readers as they discover intriguing facts about the fascinating world around them.

I'm a Duck by Eve Bunting

One day, an egg rolled out of a nest and right into a deep pond. Now that egg is a little duck, and the water is still very scary. Jumping into the pond at all seems impossible, never mind swimming in a line with all his brothers. “You’re a duck, and ducks don’t sink,” Big Frog points out. Practicing in a puddle helps a little, while backrubs and snacks from his mother help a little more. Big Frog offers to hold his friend’s wing and dive in together, but our little duck knows that some challenges need to be faced alone. Even when they are very scary!

Ducks on the Road: A Counting Adventure by Anita Lobel

Ten little ducks go for a walk with their parents but one by one, they get distracted and go off on their own adventures, meeting new friends along the way

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Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

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Storytime: Forest Friends

Storytime: Forest Friends

Storytime: Forest Friends

“Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!” Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the Cardboard Roll Shadow Puppets and make up your own stories with your new forest friends.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

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

- Lambert

Activity

After you attend Storytime, talk with your child about what they enjoyed most. Then sing the songs that were presented. You can find the words and links on this blog post.

Books Presented

Shake the Tree by Chiara Vignocchi

Various animals take turns shaking a tree in search of a tasty meal. It starts with Mouse who wants a nut so she shakes the tree a little to the right, and a little to the left. But it isn’t the nut that falls from the tree, it’s Fox who thinks that Mouse looks pretty tasty! Soon a warthog and then a bear come along with similar ideas. Little readers will enjoy the just-made-it escapes and the fun shaking-action that readers can do along with this interactive picture book

Find Fergus by Mike Boldt

Fergus the bear wants to play hide and seek with the reader, but will need help–and practice–to hide well.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Shake My Sillies Out

Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
Clap, clap, clap my crazies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
Jump, jump, jump my jiggles out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
Yawn, yawn, yawn my sleepies out
And wiggle my waggles away

I gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away
And wiggle my waggles away

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Attention all astronauts

Please report the rocket ship
Prepare yourself for blast off

Thank you!

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

If you want to take the trip
Climb aboard my rocket ship

Zoom Zoom Zoom
We’re going to the moon

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
We have blast off!

If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands

 

If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it stomp your feet

If you’re happy and you know it nod your head
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it nod your head

If you’re happy and you know it do all three
If you’re happy and you know it do all three
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it do all three

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this cute forest scene and enjoy coloring! 

Make a fun cardboard roll shadow puppet!

Additional Books

Fear the Bunny by Richard T Morris

In a forest where everyone fears rabbits, a fierce tiger tries to persuade the animals that they should fear him, instead.

Who Wants a Hug? by Jeff Mack

 Everyone likes Mr. Bear except grouchy Dr. Skunk, who devises a plan to make Mr. Bear stop being happy and hugging others.

Animal Hide and Seek by Dahlov Ipcar

Sometimes, you need to know what to look for in order to see an animal, even if it’s hiding in plain sight! In Animal Hide and Seek, author and artist Dahlov Ipcar first offers young readers portraits of woodland animals and then, on the companion page, sets the animal into its natural setting, camouflaged for the careful reader to find. Gentle prose describes the animals and their habits, from deer to rabbits, from squirrels to salamanders.

Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson

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

More Story Times

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year's summer reading theme is "Tales and Tails." So, pick up a "tale" about something with a "tail" and have fun with the activities and books we have...

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Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil, burrow, and fossils.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Reading to your child with excitement and enthusiasm helps make reading a special time for you and your little one.

Activity

Try reading a story with your child using funny voices. Practice with a high, low, fast, or slow voice, and try using funny expressions on your face.

Books Presented

Underground by Denise Fleming

Pulp paintings and rhyming text spotlight the underground world of burrowing, tunneling, and digging animals. Includes “Creature Identification” page.

A Dog Named Doug by Karma Wilson

 
Egged on by a ground squirrel, a dog named Doug digs miles underground–taking a detour through the White House–until he returns home, goes to bed, and dreams of digging some more.

Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Betton

Hedgehog wakes up needing a hug, but has trouble finding a friend who will get so close to his prickles.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Herman the Worm

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
weeooo weeooo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along came Herman the Worm
And he was thiiiiis big / fingers a few inches apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my sister

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / hands about six inches apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my mother

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / hands about two feet apart
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my father

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / hands as far apart as possible
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I ate my grandpa

Sitting on a fencepost, chewin’ my bubblegum
chomp chomp chomp chomp
Playin’ with my yo yo
Weeoo weeoo / pretend to use a yo yo
When along cam Herman the worm
And he was thiiiiis big / fingers close together again
So I said, Herman, what happened? / put arms out and shrug
And he said, I burped

 

Let’s Dig a Hole

Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!
Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!

A… Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Hole!
A… Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Hole!

Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!
Let’s … Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a, Dig-a Hole!

 

Five Hungry Ants

Five hungry ants, marching in a line,
Came upon a picnicwhere they could dine.
They marched into the salad,they marched into the cake,
They marched into the pepper….uh oh, that was a mistake!
AHHHH-CHOOO!

 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this cute coloring page – click below!

Create an adorable hedgehog by weaving paper strips

Additional Books

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.

Hedgehugs and the Hattiepillar by Steve Wilson

Horace and Hattie watch a caterpillar become a butterfly … and are inspired to attempt a transformation of their own!

The Ants Go Marching

One by one the ants march to get to shelter from the rain in this illustrated version of the classic children’s song.

Hop by Jorey HUrley

A day in the life of a rabbit family, from sleeping to grazing to hiding from danger

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Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

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A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

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Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

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We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year’s summer reading theme is “Tales and Tails.” So, pick up a “tale” about something with a “tail” and have fun with the activities and books we have planned for this summer.

Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room.

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Make Books a Part of Your Daily Routine — The more that books are woven into children’s everyday lives, the more likely they will be to see reading as a pleasure and a gift.

Activity

At Meal Times- Sing or read a story during a moment of quiet nursing or to gather the kids around the noisy breakfast table.

- www.zerotothree.org

Books Presented

Who Has this Tail? by Laura Hulbert

Short and fuzzy, long and scaled: no matter their size and shape, tails aren’t just hanging around–they’re useful! This book invites readers to guess the owner of nine tails, and then turn the page to see the animal and its tail in action.

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow

After their mama reads to them, it’s bedtime for the Five Little Monkeys. But they can’t resist reading just one more book . . . or three! Soon Mama is so tired of trying to get her monkeys to quiet down and go to sleep, she picks up their books and takes them with her. At last, the monkeys are ready to settle down . . . until they hear strange sounds from down the hall. Could it be that Mama likes to read in bed too? 

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Ten Reading Monkeys

One little, two little, three little monkeys.
Four little, five little, six little monkeys.
Seven little, eight little, nine little monkeys
Ten little monkeys reading in bed.

Ten little, nine little, eight little monkeys
Seven little, six little, five little monkeys
Four little, three little, two little monkeys
One little monkey reading in bed.

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Create this swinging monkey craft!

Additional Books

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.

What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins

Readers can explore the many amazing things animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, feet, and tails in this beautifully illustrated interactive guessing book.

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a book store.

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney

Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s becoming a reader!

More Story Times

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year's summer reading theme is "Tales and Tails." So, pick up a "tale" about something with a "tail" and have fun with the activities and books we have...

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time Now Live   Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies are now LIVE in our Community Room starting June 15th! Story Time Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. NEW After Dinner Story Time Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (This is the same program as the other...

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time Now Live

 

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies are now LIVE in our Community Room starting June 15th!

Story Time

Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
NEW After Dinner Story Time Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (This is the same program as the other two, but now offered in the evening!)
Each week’s Story Time Take n’ Go kit will be available during our live Story Times, and any extras will be at the Children’s Reference Desk at the end of the week.

Toddler Time

Ages 11-23 months
(for walking toddlers)
Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m.

Book Babies

Ages 1-10 months
(for babies not yet walking)
Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m.
As always, we will post all our books, crafts, songs, and literacy tips on our blog at madisonlib.org/kids-corner.
We’re so excited to be able to offer these programs live! A big thank you to those who have joined in our online Story Times – we’ll see you at the library!

AUGUST Adult Activities

NO AUGUST ACTIVITIES Enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you at activities in September!    EXPLORATION KITS The Adult Exploration Kits are back on the shelves! Each kit is built to take you on a journey of learning. There are a myriad of subjects to...

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Summer STEM: UV Animal Challenge

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Make a cute little animal from pipe cleaners and beads. The kit includes beads...

JULY 16th – 31st Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB Monday, JULY 19th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.   Come join fellow Anime lovers and watch "My Roommate is a Cat," a fun show about the lives of Haru, a cat from the streets, who is found and adopted by Subaru, an introverted writer.  For ages 12...

Summer STEM: Exploding Soap

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Let's have some fun with soap and a microwave! What happens to an ordinary piece...

SUMMER STEM: Food Web Puzzle Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!It's the Circle of Life... Use the supplies in the kit to learn about nature's...

July 1st – July 15th TEEN Activities

Young League of Writers Monday, July 12th, at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room.   Connect with fellow writers to learn how to create characters who grow, transform, and have greater depth.  Our Discord Server is another place to chat and discuss writing. Click below to...

JULY Kid and Tween Activities

Summer Reading Final month of Summer Reading - last day to sign-up is July 24th and program ends July 31st.  Each year, from June through July, we host Summer Reading. We have programs for all ages.  The 2021 Summer Reading Theme is “Tails and Tales.” The...

JULY Adult Activities

Adult Summer Reading Explore Tails and Tales at the Library this summer by researching animals in all their habitats. Each time you complete a “Research Area” by reading 1000 pages of your choice, bring your log into the Library for a small reward.   If you...

Summer STEM: Toothbrush Critters

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!Learn about circuits while making a neat little bot critter that vibrates!...

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter “L”. It’s good for the spirit, and it’s just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

“A daily dose of laughter from reading funny books is good for the soul — and great for growing readers. Naturally, most children enjoy reading and listening to humorous stories. As parents, we can use this interest in silly books to boost literacy skills.”

- https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/raise-a-reader-blog/4-ways-humor-enhances-literacy-kids.html

Activity

“Grab a stack of funny books and let your child’s love for reading grow one giggle at a time!” You can find humorous books in our online catalog here.

Books Presented

Laugh Out Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliot

A collection of one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and tongue twisters.

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head–two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.

A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas

Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on adding a special ingredient to the cake they are making to celebrate Cow’s birthday.

The Croaky Pokey! by Ethan Long

Put your right hand in,
Put your right hand out,
Put your right hand in,
And wave it all about,

Hop the Croakey Pokey
As flies buzz all around,
Right in the froggy’s mouth!

Don’t miss the froggy fun in this hopping and bopping version of a favorite traditional song and game.

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

The Laughing Song

Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
Daddy did a funny dance, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle

*Chorus:
Ha ha, ha ha ha
Ho ho, ho ho ho
Hee hee, hee hee hee
It’s fun to laugh together

Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
Mommy’s gonna tickle me, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
Brother made a silly face, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
Sister blew some bubblegum, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
Baby made a funny noise, what’ll I do?
I’ll laugh and chuckle and giggle
*Chorus

– CoComelon
 

If You’re Happy and You Know It

 – Storybots, Netflix Jr.

I Love to Laugh

– Disney
 

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

Cut and fold this template to make your own laughing hippo! We adapted this craft from the link below, and made our own templates that you are welcome to use. We also used styrofoam for the hippo's teeth.

Additional Books

Don't Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Win the staring contest and you don’t have to go to bed! An interactive bedtime story that gives young readers a chance to avoid bedtime, provided they don’t blink, but for every blink, a page turns, bringing the end of the story and sleep closer.

It's Raining Pigs and Noodles by Jack Prelutsky

A collection of humorous poems such as “The Dancing Hippopotami,” “You Can’t Make Me Eat That,” “My Father’s Name is Sasquatch,” and “Dear Wumbledeedumble.”

Dude! by Aaron Reynolds

A platypus and a beaver who love surfing encounter a shark — with unexpected results. Using just the one word “dude” this almost wordless picture book shows how much gnarly fun the dudes have surfing together.

Warning: Do Not Open This Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt

Monkeys, toucans, and alligators unleash mayhem.

More Story Times

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year's summer reading theme is "Tales and Tails." So, pick up a "tale" about something with a "tail" and have fun with the activities and books we have...

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time Now Live   Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies are now LIVE in our Community Room starting June 15th! Story Time Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. NEW After Dinner Story Time Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (This is the same program as the other...

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or… Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you’d like to have more fun with llamas and Spanish, try some of these books and songs.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Children love singing. A great option to encourage not only reading, but also singing, is to read books that can be sung. These can include nursery rhymes, books that promote singing, or books that can be sung to a specific tune.

- www.clel.org/fiveearlyliteracypractices

Activity

Find or checkout a book with your child such as “Llamas in the Field,” then read and sing the book together. Check out these other books you can sing in our catalog.

Books Presented

La Llama Llama Rojo Pijama by Anna Dewdney

Un cuento antes de dormir. Un beso de buenas noches. Y mamá Llama apaga la luz. ¿Pero está todo bien? ¡No! Al menos, no lo está para Bebé Llama…

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Llamas by Valerie Bodden

A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of llamas, the long necked mammals native to South America’s Andes Mountains. Also included is a story from folklore explaining how llamas came to be.

The Llamas in the Field by Aly Fronis

The farm sure is a noisy place! It’s filled with myahing llamas, mooing cows, purring alpacas, yipping coyotes, and so much more! Little ones will love this springtime twist on the song “The Wheels on the Bus”!

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Action Song: Marcha/March

Marcha marcha marcha
Marcha marcha marcha
Marcha marcha marcha
Deja de marchar

Salta salta salta
Salta salta salta
Salta salta salta
Deja de saltar

Baila baila baila
Baila baila baila
Baila baila baila
Deja de bailar

 

Una Llama, Dos Llamas

 

 – Adapted from “Una Papa, Dos Papas” by Super Simple Español

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We used some llama cutouts (link below) made for holding scraps of yarn and then made a 3D llama by combining 2, taping the face, and folding out the legs in front and back.

Additional Books

Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney

Throughout the school day, the teacher helps Llama Llama and the other children practice their letters, shows word cards, reads stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a favorite book. By the end of the day, Llama Llama is recognizing words and can’t wait to show Mama Llama that he’s becoming a reader!

Llama Unleashes the Alpacalypse by Jonathan Stutzman

Llama clones his friend Alpaca in order to avoid cleaning up after himself, but while Llama is eating the day away the Alpacas he set loose are causing pandemonium.

Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.

Llamas by Emilie U. Lepthien

Describes the physical characteristics and habits of llamas and their relatives, and the ways they have been used throughout history, particularly by the Incas.

More Story Times

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year's summer reading theme is "Tales and Tails." So, pick up a "tale" about something with a "tail" and have fun with the activities and books we have...

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time Now Live   Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies are now LIVE in our Community Room starting June 15th! Story Time Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. NEW After Dinner Story Time Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (This is the same program as the other...

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Story Time: Ladybugs

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know… Ladybugs don’t have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or “sleep” through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most “helpful” bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and your child discover about ladybugs? Try some of these activities, books, and videos to find out.

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

Ages 2-5

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

Tip

Young children are able to absorb an amazing amount of information on topics of interest to them. They become experts, often knowing more than we do on some subjects. By taking advantage of their eagerness to learn, you can build their scientific knowledge at an early age.

- Lambert

Activity

Choose a factual book on a topic related to science, such as “Are You a Ladybug?” or another book about bugs in the garden. Read the book with your child, however, you need not read it from cover to cover. Pick out a few interesting facts and illustrations, then talk about them with your child. To extend the book, go outside and find a few ladybugs!

Books Presented

Can You Make a Scary Face?

A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of “let’s pretend.”

Ladybug by Clair Llewellyn

Describes the physical characteristics and behavior of ladybugs, including their development from egg to adult.

Snappy Little Bugs by Claire Nielson

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

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Rhyming Game: The Lovely Ladybug

Let’s play a ladybug color game, I’ll give you rhyming clues
If you know it, say the name of each color that I use!

The first color for our buggy fellow
Is the color of sunshine – it’s the color yellow.

Frogs in the pond and a fresh snap bean
Did you guess the color green?

The sky above and the ocean too
Such a beautiful color, it’s the color blue.

Strawberry ice cream, come on now, think.
You are right! It’s the color pink!

Grapes for jelly on a P B & J
Purple is the color we say!

Pumpkins or basketballs rolling by
Orange is the color that we now spy.

Fluffy clouds and the moon at night
Did you say the color white?

Roses that grow in a garden bed
Are this beautiful color, the color red.

Ladybug, ladybug up in the sky
Thanks for the fun and now we say, “Goodbye!”

Counting Rhyme: Pretty Ladybug

Ladybug has 1 black spot,
1 black spot, 1 black spot;
Ladybug has 1 black spot,
Pretty ladybug!
(Continue until there are 6 spots.)

 

Ladybug

Sung to: “Three Blind Mice”
Fly, fly, fly
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly.

 

Ladybugs’ Picnic

 

 – Sesame Street

Crafts and Activities

Coloring Page

Print out this coloring page!

We love this little ladybug craft. Read the assembly instructions at the site that inspired ours, and download our template here.

Additional Books

Ladybugs: Red, Fiery, and Bright by Mia Posada

Written in rhyming text, describes the life cycle of ladybugs.

Are You a Ladybug? by Judy Allen

Introduces the life cycle of a ladybug, showing how it changes from an egg to an adult ladybug.

Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis

After her brother tells her she is too little to play with him, Lulu, dressed as Ladybug Girl, makes her own fun.

More Story Times

Storytime: Way Up High!

Look up in the sky - it's a bird!Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5 Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip When you’re talking with your preschooler, look for opportunities to use different words to help...

Storytime: Cool, Cool Water

When you talk with your child about the water, it's also fun to show them concept terms of "over" and "under." Ask them what lives over the water... like ducks and other water fowl. Then ask them what lives under the water... perhaps fish and tadpoles. Finally, it's...

Storytime: Forest Friends

"Over in the forest underneath the pine trees sat a brown mother bear and her babies three!" Can you make some new friends in the forest? Try out some of these books and activities below to see the creatures who live in the forest. You can also put together the...

Storytime: Deep Down Underground

A lot of children love to play in the dirt and mud, but do they know what lives underground? Explore the earth beneath their feet with these books, activities and videos. Then talk about what they have discovered and the new words that they have learned such as soil,...

Story Time: Big and Tall

Stories and activities about large animals.Join us Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room. Ages 2-5Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play Tip Practicing fine motor skills, such as making small finger motions while singing a song,...

Story Time: The Animal Book Club

Who loves to read? We love to read! Summer is a great time to establish reading habits with your children, and this year's summer reading theme is "Tales and Tails." So, pick up a "tale" about something with a "tail" and have fun with the activities and books we have...

Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies Now Live

Story Time Now Live   Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies are now LIVE in our Community Room starting June 15th! Story Time Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. NEW After Dinner Story Time Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. (This is the same program as the other...

Story Time: Love to Laugh!

We love to laugh! Ha, ha, ha, ha! Laughing begins with the letter "L". It's good for the spirit, and it's just plain fun! So have a little fun with these books, songs, and activities. And perhaps, you might yourself laughing out loud, too.Join us live Tuesdays at...

Story Time: Llamas and Alpacas!

Hola! Hoy hablamos de llamas, or... Hello! We talked about llamas today! We love llamas and their cousins like alpacas and camels. We also love to speak Spanish which is the language they speak in Chile and Peru, where you can find both llamas and alpacas. If you'd...

Story Time: Ladybugs

Did you know... Ladybugs don't have have their black spots when they hatch? Or, they hibernate or "sleep" through the winter like a bear? Or, they are one of the most "helpful" bugs in our garden? Not only are ladybugs cute, they are awesome! What else can you and...

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