Thankful for Thanksgiving

Last week we read stories about what we are thankful/happy for to gear up for the holiday season. In “Thanks for Thanksgiving” by Julie Markes children think of all the people and things they are thankful for in their lives. Interchanging the word thankful for happy (and vice versa) is a great way to expand toddlers vocabulary and make the term thankful more relevant to them. As a little girl helps her mom prepare for Thanksgiving Day she says thank you to all the things around her in David Milgrims, “Thank you, Thanksgiving.”

A great Thanksgiving story we did not get to do this year, but highly recommend is, “One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims” by B.G. Hennessy. Not only does this book have counting, it touches on the historical events of Thanksgiving featuring the Wampanoag’s and pilgrims.

 We rhymed with colorful turkeys as the kids showed off purple, yellow and green turkeys. Wednesday we had a special story telling guest, Miss Tara from the Perry library, who brought a turkey friend to help us sing “I know a turkey.”  Taking a page from the stories we read kids got to draw and write what they are thankful/ happy for on a die cut shape and pin it onto our storytime cornucopia-see below.  Happy Thanksgiving!


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

This past Friday we hosted our first Stuffed Animal Sleepover Storytime! Kids brought a stuffed animal friend with them to an afternoon storytime. Miss Lizzie told a story about Poppy (written by Dick Gackenbach); a stuffed panda who is too upset to sleep until he finds the perfect thing to wear to bedtime. Teaching our stuffed animal friends how to do the Hokey Pokey we listened to the Wiggleworms rendition of the Hokey Pokey. We also read “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra Stein about a little red chicken who wants to hear a bedtime story, but cannot help interrupting the stories to give spoiler alerts to characters within the books. Using sign language we sang our closing song “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” with our voices and hands. Children then tucked their friends into bed and left. Our library mascot, Copa the Coyote, took pictures of what happened during the sleepover. On Saturday morning kids came back to the library to retrieve their friend, as well as, view a slideshow of the shenanigans that took place at the sleepover. Kids left with some pictures of the festivities and a picture frame keepsake. Below is the slideshow of the sleepover-enjoy!

Stuffed Animal Sleepover 2011

Space & Robots

We travelled to outer space this week in Toddler Time. A pig imagines what it would be like to be an astronaut in “Astronaut Piggy Wiggy” by Christyan and Diane Fox. From being properly outfitted to making repairs on a spaceship piggy is ready to travel through space and make friends with aliens, as long as he’s home in time for breakfast.

Jon Scieszka is an author who can make parents and kids laugh. In Scieszka’s most recent book, “Robot Zot!” is on a mission to conquer earth, but did not expect to find love and battle kitchen appliances in the process. David Shannon also does a fantastic job with the book’s illustrations.

Kids colored their own robot coloring sheet-you can make your own too by visiting

Stuffed Animal Sleepover Friday Nov. 18 @ 3:30!

Bring your stuffed animal to the library Friday November 18 at 3:30 for stories, songs and a craft. You’ll go home while your stuffed animal stays behind at the library for sleepover fun. Pick up your stuffed animal on Saturday, November 19 at 9:30 along with a photo of all the fun and watch a slideshow. Your stuffed animal will be spending the night, so please don’t bring a stuffed animal you need to get to sleep.
Registration is required, only one stuffed animal per child please. Register at !

Let’s Go!

Horses, trucks and things that go took over storytime this week. In “Clip Clop” by Nicola Smee, barnyard animals catch a ride on Mr. Horse, each one wanting Horse to go faster and faster. Kids love the rhythmic text as clip-clop gets faster and faster, resulting in a silly end. A boy describes his father’s work as a truck driver in “Drive” by Nathan Clement. The large illustrations will captivate audiences, especially truck enthusiasts.

Saxton Freymann is known for his vegetable sculptures and he brings them to life in his book “Fast Food.” Vegetables are seen in all the different types of transportation; from rockets to the simplest of transportation- feet!

Trains, rockets, flying saucers, and horse die cuts were used to make transportation crafts. You can make more transportation crafts by visiting or .

November Toddler Time Songs

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round, round n’ round, round n’ round

The wheels on the bus go round n’ round. All through the town

Other Verses:

  •  Door on the bus goes open & shut
  • Money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink
  •  Horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep
  • Wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish
  • Driver on the bus goes “move on back,” “move on back,” “move on back”
  • Windows on the bus go up & down, up & down, up & down
  • People on the bus go bumpity bump, bumpity bump, bumpity bump
  • Babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah
  • Grownups on the bus say, “I love you!” “I love you!” “I love you!”
  • Kitties on the bus go meow, meow, meow
  • Doggies on the bus go woof, woof, woof
  • ? of the week

Hokey Pokey

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out;
You put your right foot in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey-Pokey,
And you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about!

Other Verses:

  • You put your left foot in…
  • You put your right hand in…
  • You put your left hand in…
  • You put your head in…
  • You put your bottom in…
  • You put your whole self in…


Toddlers are at a stage where they are becoming more aware of how they feel and learning to identify those feelings. Showing them it’s o.k. to feel happy, mad, or sad, when expressed in an appropriate manner, can be a difficult concept for them to learn. This week we focused on feeling grumpy and ways to feel better. “Grumpy Bird” by Jeremy Tankard is about Bird who wakes up feeling so grumpy he doesn’t want to eat, play or fly. Luckily his animal friends know just what Bird needs to turn his frown upside down… friends and a bit of walking. 

“Mouse was Mad” by Linda Urban is about a mouse who is trying to find a way to express his anger. He tries hopping like the hare, stomping like bear, screaming like bobcat and rolling like hedgehog only to discover being still and breathing is the best way to shake his bad mood.

This month’s concept is colors, so Mr. T shared the fabulous, interactive story of, “Scat the Cat.”

Once there was a little black cat. He was a magic cat because he could change his colors ~ (snap fingers) ~ just like that. All he had to say was:

CHORUS:     I’m Scat the Cat. I’m sassy and fat.
                      And I can change my colors ~ (snap) ~ just like that!

       One day Scat decided he was tired of being black. He wanted to be a new color so he said: CHORUS.  And he changed blue! Scat went down to the pond to look at himself in the water. Unfortunately, he fell in, and he couldn’t swim. Timmy Turtle came along and helped Scat get back on shore.

       Scat decided he didn’t want to be blue anymore, so he said: CHORUS.And he changed red. He went walking down the street, and everybody started laughing at him. “Whoever heard of a red cat!” they said.

       Scat decided he didn’t want to be red anymore, so he said: CHORUS.  And he changed yellow. Scat went walking in the woods, and who did he run into but his cousin Leo the lion. “Grrrrrr!” roared Leo. “I’m the only cat who can be yellow.”

       Scat decided he better not be yellow any more, and he quickly said: CHORUS. Scat wanted to play with his brothers and sisters in the grass. He tried to play with them, but he was green like the grass, and they couldn’t see him.

       Scat decided he didn’t want to be blue, or red, or yellow, or green, so he said: CHORUS. Scat knew that being himself was the best thing to be. And do you know what? Being yourself is the best thing you can be, too. Because there’s nobody else exactly like you. And I like you just the way you are!

For directions on how to make your own “Scat the Cat” check out

Janan Cain has two great books on emotions, “The Way I Feel” and “The Way I Act” along with a lesson plan that works with kids ages 2+. We created “I’m feeling…” pictures from this lesson plan which the kids enjoyed. You can find this lesson plan here.