Spooky Stories

Spooky stories swept the library this week! “Go Away, Big Green Monster” by Ed Emberley showed us we have the power to tame monsters with just a turn of the page in this spectacular die-cut story. We met an old lady who liked to eat unusual things in, “I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat” by Lucille Colandro. Ed Emberley struck again with his song/book, “If You’re a Monster and You Know It.”  Very unplanned, but nicely tied in, we discovered Ed Emberly’s birthday was October 19. Visit Ed @ http://www.edemberley.com/pages/main.aspx!

Singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” kept us limber and knowledgeable when it came to finding our claws and tails for, “If You’re a Monster and You Know It.” Here is a finger play we did to celebrate the season called, “Five Little Jack-o-Lanterns” from Three Minute Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald:

Five little jack-o-lanterns, sitting on a gate.        [five fingers upright]          

The first one said, “It’s getting late.”                  [first finger wiggles]         

Second one said, “There’re witches in the air.”  [second finger wiggles]        

Third one said, “I don’t care.”               [third finger wiggles]                

Fourth one said, “Let’s have some fun.”         [fourth finger wiggles]       

Fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run.”[fingers run back & forth in air]               

Ooooh went the wind.                                    

 Out went the light     [clap on “out”]                

And the five little jack-o-lanterns rolled out of sight! [hand runs behind back]

Craft: Paper Plate Spiders

You will need:

  • 1 Paper Plate (white/black)
  • Markers/Crayons for decorating
  • Googly eyes (optional, choking hazard for kids under 3)
  • Hole punch
  • Black yarn (for legs)

 Hole punch the left and right side of the plate 4 times each, so there are 8 holes total. Feed and tie the yarn through the holes to create the spider’s legs. Decorate plate, add goggly eyes, and wallah, you have your very own spider!

Join us Nov. 2& 3 @ 10:15 for a Special Firefighter Stories & Craft in the Zane Grey Room of the library!

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Great Authors for Babies

Most babies are drawn to books with bright colors, familiar experiences, or actual images, such as other baby faces. This list is a starting point for those looking for authors babies will enjoy. Next to the authors name is either the author’s actual website or a list of books they have written. Bon ape-Read!

Sandra Boynton  http://www.sandraboynton.com/sboynton/Introduction.html

Karen Katz  http://www.karenkatz.com/index.html 

Annie Kubler http://www.amazon.com/Annie-Kubler/e/B001KIF5ZQ

Peter Linenthal http://www.amazon.com/Peter-Linenthal/e/B001ILIFLQ

Mary Murphy http://www.amazon.com/Mary-Murphy/e/B001ITRME4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Helen Oxenbury  http://www.amazon.com/Helen-Oxenbury/e/B000AP9MX6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Helen Oxenbury interview: http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/oxenbury

Leslie Patricelli http://www.lesliepatricelli.com/

Call of the Wild

This week we took part in celebrating the Big Read Arizona by reading wild stories! The first story, “Pancake Party” from Three Minute Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald, is a retelling of the little red hen placed in Siberia featuring a mouse, raven, and snowy ptarmigan.  If you don’t know what a Snowy Ptarmigan is, you will after reading this story (see picture above)!

Gerald and Piggie are at it again in, “Pigs Make Me Sneeze” by Mo Willems. With the soon arrival of Flu season (October) the moral of the story is very relevant-friends don’t have to share everything! Learn more about flu prevention at http://www.azdhs.gov/flu/.

Each wolf has their own special song, but all little wolf can muster is a squeak in, “Little Wolf’s Song” by Britta Teckentrup. It isn’t until the full moon is out that little wolf finds his own song to sing.

Kids have the chance to make their own wolf paper bag puppet by visiting http://ow.ly/2P3xp. We got our wiggles out with the songs “Head Shoulders, Knees & Toes” and “Two Little Blackbirds.”

The next Stories & Craft will be Oct. 19& 20!