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Did you miss our Flowers Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own blooming storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

Caterpillar and bean by Martin Jenkins

What's that wedged in a crack in the ground, small and hard and wrinkly and brown? A bean seed! Soon it develops roots and leaves. And whats that on the leaf? An egg! The egg hatches a caterpillar, and the caterpillar eats the leaves, getting bigger until it forms a chrysalis. Meanwhile, the plant grows, too: it develops flowers, then bean pods as it reaches up toward the sun. 

 

SNAP SNAP WENT THE VENUS FLY TRAP (inspired by jbrary)

Snap snap went the venus fly trap one day, snap snap went the venus fly trap.

Snap snap went the venus fly trap one day, and they all went snap snap snap. But…

We know fly traps go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

[clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

We know fly traps go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], they don’t go snap snap snap.

 

Buzz buzz went the bee on the flower one day, buzz buzz went the bee on the flower.

Buzz buzz went the bee on the flower one day, and they all went buzz buzz buzz. But…

We know flowers go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

[clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

We know flowers go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], they don’t go buzz buzz buzz.

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Small Bear on Large Bear's Shoulder

 

Hey Kids,

I have a friend who created a guideline of cute animals, from most cute to least. Bears aren't on it, but I'd like to think we are somewhere between owl and elephant. So for those looking to read about adorable animals, look no further. Here are some suggested titles, beginning with the cutest. 

Bear Hugs,

Thorndyke

Itty bitty mice by Jay Moose

Since 1992, the United Nations has designated December 3 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The goal is to raise awareness of the global community's understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities. An estimated 48.9 million Americans have a disability. Not all disabilities are visible. A disability is any condition of the body or mind that causes impairment. The impairment can be minor or severe. Day-to-day activities are restricted and interactions with the community can be limited. Here are some resources to learn more about the importance of inclusion...

From the Periphery consists of nearly forty first-person narratives from activists and everyday people who describe what it's like to be treated differently by society because of their disabilities. Their stories are raw and painful but also surprisingly funny and deeply moving--describing anger, independence, bigotry, solidarity, and love, in the family, at school, and in the workplace. Inspired by the oral historians Studs Terkel and Svetlana Alexievich, From the Periphery will become a classic oral history collection that increases the understanding of the lived experiences of people with disabilities, their responses to oppression, and the strategies they use to fight for empowerment.

With his signature wit, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace. On the surface, these essays are about day-to-day life as a wheelchair user with a degenerative disease, but they are actually about family, love, and coming of age. Shane Burcaw is one half of the hilarious YouTube duo, Squirmy and Grubs, which he runs with his girlfriend, now fiancee, Hannah Aylward. 

 

Did you miss our Laughing Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own hilarious storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every silly word, no matter what.

 

Did you miss our Rainbow Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own colorful storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell

On a rainy day, three children and their grandpa pick vegetables in his garden and then cook and share a delicious meal of his famous Rainbow Stew. Includes recipe.

Looking for picture books for Thanksgiving but everything's checked out? Below is a list of books about family meals and being thankful that are perfect for getting you into the Thanksgiving spirit. 

Stories About Family Dinners

In Storytime we are able to pretend a great many things. This time around, we decided to ignore the blustery, rainy weather and focus on Gardens. There are so many kinds of gardens you can grow and if you make a container garden indoors, you don't even have to wait for Spring. 

Stories and Songs from Storytime

Ernest J. Gaines was born outside of Baton Rouge, LA in 1933. At age 15, Gaines moved with his family to California, where he encountered greater equal access to education. After attending San Francisco State University, he was awarded fellowship at Stanford. Gaines returned to Louisiana in 1963 and garnered critical acclaim with his 1971 book The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. That book and his 1993 novel, A Lesson Before Dying, were both made into feature films. You may find these titles and other powerful works by Gaines in our collection.

 

Did you miss our Bat Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own batty storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Hello, bumblebee bat by Darrin P Lunde

My name is Bumblebee Bat. I may be small, but I'm a great flyer.
Want to know more? Then open this book and fly with Bumblebee Bat into the night.

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