In case you missed our Duck storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own quacking storytime at home.

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When Mama Duck's eggs hatch, revealing Feather, Flap, and Spike she feels like the luckiest duck in the pond.

 

IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT

          If you're happy and you know it, flap your wings.

          If you're happy and you know it, flap your wings.

          If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it

          If you're happy and you know it, flap your wings.

          (repeat with: quack quack, waddle waddle, and other ducky actions)

 

Maybe you want to read Sisters. Or maybe you love her work on The Baby-Sitters Club. Maybe you have no idea who Raina Telgemeier is, but you want a bright and fun graphic novel, and the ones your friends talk about are always checked out. Here is a list of Telgemeier's books (including alternative formats to check out), the popular titles that are just like Telgemeier, and some other suggestions for when those aren't available. Good luck, and happy reading.

Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself.

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Also available in: e-book

In a semi-autobiographical graphic novel, Raina's disappointing bond with a cranky, independent younger sister is further challenged by the arrival of a baby brother and an estrangement in their parents' marriage.

In case you missed our Star storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own twinkly storytime at home.

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Stars by Mary Lyn Ray

Explores the wonder of stars, whether they are in the night sky, on a plant as a promise of fruit to come, or in one's pocket for those days when one does not feel shiny.

 

FIVE STARS COUNTING UP

          No little stars, next to the sun. One shoots by, and then there is one.

          One little star, with nothing to do. Another shoots by, and now there are two.

          Two little stars, winking at me. Another shoots by, and now there are three.

          Three little stars, blinking once more. Another shoots by, and now there are four.

          Four little stars, wait for another to arrive. Another shoots by, and now there are five.

In case you missed our Pink storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own rosy storytime at home.

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Poised and pink by Kelly Calhoun

Guess What provides young curious readers with striking visual clues and simply written hints. Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. 

 

A FLOCK OF PINK FLAMINGOES

          A flock of flamingoes
          A flock of pink flamingoes, the finest in the zoo,
          People come from miles around to see what they can do.
          They flap their wings
          They turn around

          They squawk and squeak

          And make astounding sounds

          They splash in the mud
          And they stand with 1 leg off the ground

 

In case you missed our Frog storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own jumpy storytime at home.

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Spotted singers by Kelly Calhoun

Using the photos and text, readers rely on visual literacy skills, reading, and reasoning as they solve the animal mystery. 

 

IF YOU'RE A FROG AND YOU KNOW IT (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)

          If you're a frog and you know it jump up and down

          If you're a frog and you know it jump up and down

          If you're a frog and you know it, and you really want to show it,

          If you're a frog and you know it jump up and down

          (Repeat with: Catch a fly, Make puffy cheeks, Hop into your seat, Say "ribbit")

 

In case you missed our Rain storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own stormy storytime at home.

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Raindrops roll by April Pulley Sayre

In her latest gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

 

IT AIN'T GONNA RAIN NO MORE (From jbrary)

          It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more, it ain’t gonna rain no more…

          Oh, no! It’s up to my toe! But it ain’t gonna rain no more.

          (repeat with:

                    Oh gee! It’s up to my knee!

                    Oh, my! It’s up to my thigh!

                    Oh, fiddle! It’s up to my middle!

                    Oh, blech! It’s up to my neck!)

          Finish with: Oh, dread! It’s up to my head! So I guess I’ll just swim home…

Sleepover Storytime

Thorndyke with Plushie Friends

We invite children ages 3-7 to join us for a special storytime with their stuffed animal friends. Come together for stories, songs, and fun, and leave your stuffed friend for a nighttime adventure at the library. In the morning, pick up your friend at the Children's Reference Desk and find out about their overnight escapades. Registration will begin April 24.

Upcoming sessions

There are no upcoming sessions available.

 

In case you missed our Feet storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras to do your own stompy storytime at home.

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A counting book featuring animals with different numbers of feet.

 

THIS LITTLE PIGGY

     (Wiggle a toe for each piggy, starting with the big toe)

    This little piggy went to market

    This little piggy stayed home

    This little piggy had roast beef

    And this little piggy had none

    And this little piggy cried, "Wee, Wee, Wee, Wee" all the way home

Learn about real life poets and their work. The stories included below are roughly listed by increasing depth and complexity. While these books are located in the Children's Department, there is a strong possibility that they may appeal to a wider audience.

Maya Angelou by Lisbeth Kaiser

Offers an illustrated telling of the life of Maya Angelou that focuses on how she overcame childhood trauma and realized her dream and became one of the world's most beloved writers and speakers.

Presents the life and work of the twentieth-century American writer, focusing on his fascination with words from a young age and highlighting his poetry's inspirational properties.

A beautiful story that folds poetry and history into recent events, resurrecting the work of Misuzu Kaneko and bringing the gentle grace of her poems to a new generation.

Many books that hold poetry live on the nonfiction shelves between J808.81J811 and J821, but don't forget that poems live all over the library. Below are a few illustrated poems that require a little more exploration to find. While all are located within the Children's Department, they may have a wider appeal. Click on each title for location and availability information.

 

Simple poetic language and close-up photographs invite readers to join two fireflies as they try to find each other among the many flashing firefly lights on a summer evening.

The land of nod by Robert Louis Stevenson

A young boy explores the magical dreamworld he goes to when he falls asleep.

If- by Rudyard Kipling

The famously inspirational poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1895, which first appeared in a 1910 collection of short stories and poems, is here accompanied by illustrations.

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