Shoes & Socks

We rocked stories about shoes and socks last week in Toddler Time. “Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes” by Eric Litwin tells the tale of Pete the cat, a kitty who keeps his cool even when his new shoes go from white to brown as messes follow him wherever he goes. This book has a positive message and a lyrical beat that had toddlers snapping their fingers as Pete sang “it’s all good.” Check out fun Pete the Cat activities at ! Kids who have a favorite outfit will be able to relate to chicken’s excitement in Bob Shea’s, “New Socks;” a story about a chicken who loves his new orange socks. Kids then got to make their own paper socks that double as a stocking!

Last week was our regularly scheduled Toddler Time. December 6 and 7 we will be having a Holiday Palooza Storytime Mashup with Miss Karrie from Preschool Storytime. You can find out more information by visiting . We will resume Toddler Time in January! Have a safe and happy holiday!


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 .


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.


With Halloween just around the corner we read some fun spooky books filled with pumpkins, ghosts, and a doghouse this week! Our first story was “It’s Pumpkin Time!” by Zoe Hall; a great informative picture book explaining how a pumpkin grows from a seed in the ground to the orange pumpkin we know and love.

Finding a Halloween picture book that isn’t too spooky for toddlers can be a challenge, so I was happy to happen across this book. A little witch tames ghosts in her house by washing them and using them as curtains and blankets in the “Ghosts in the House” by Kazuno Kohara. The illustrations are rendered in orange, black and white, giving it an old school Halloween book styling. A great resource for finding not too scary picture books can be found here-

This is the second week Jan Thomas has struck Toddlertime! Cow and friends are playing when their ball goes into “The Doghouse;” unfortunately anyone who enters the doghouse does not come back again. Playing this book up as super spooky was great since it has such a silly non-spooky ending.

We explored emotions with pumpkin faces which can be viewed at

The kids helped us come up with ways we can feel happy, surprised, mad and sad; along with the facial expressions that accompany these emotions.

To celebrate fall we had three pumpkin crafts. Kids could make their own emotion pumpkin by using a pumpkin shape cutout, crayons, glue stick and popsicle sticks. Using black construction paper and chalk kids could also make their favorite fall shape like an autumn leaf, pumpkin or ghost. The last craft is a great sensory and color concept project. Using a snack baggie we mixed yellow and red paint together to create the color orange. We then took a black sharpie and, under grownup supervision, the kids or Mr. T and I made a pumpkin shape on the bag (see below).

Storytellers Choice

This week Mr. T and I shared some of our favorite picture books. I am a huge fan of the Olivia books by Ian Falconer, so my book choice was “Olivia and the Missing Toy.” After her best toy suddenly disappears, everyone is a suspect and it is up to Olivia to solve the case. The Olivia books are humorous and a joy to read for both kids and adults.

Mr. T got the kids up and moving with the silly story, “Is everyone ready for fun?” by Jan Thomas. Chicken invites a group of cows over only to find out their idea of fun is jumping, dancing, and wiggling on his couch-what’s a chicken to do? Read and find out!

Shapes were hidden in the story room, so everyone put their explorer hats on for a shapes scavenger hunt! When everyone found a shape we came back to the carpet and sang this song to the tune of “Here we go round the mulberry bush:”

If you have a blue square,

A blue square, a blue square

If you have a blue square, please stand up!

Substituting the color and shape in the song our explorers found blue squares, red circles, and yellow triangles. Way to go explorers!

Be sure to check out Ian Falconer’s Olivia page at and Jan Thomas website  at for fun activities.

Next week we will be reading about pumpkins-see you there!

Great Toddler Authors

Here is a list of tried and true authors for toddlers-enjoy!

Linda Ashman
Keith Baker
Byron Barton
Karen Beaumont
Sandra Boynton
Sebastian Braun
John Butler
Jane Cabrera
Eric Carle
Lucy Cousins
Anna Dewdney
Emily Dodds
Lois Ehlert
Leonid Gore
Kevin Henkes
Eric Hill
Petr Horacek
Patricia Hubbell
Rachel Isadora
Karen Katz
Ezra Keats
Helen Ketteman
Eileen Spinelli
Philemon Sturgess
Nancy Tafuri
Jan Thomas
Lauren Thompson
Melanie Walsh
Margaret Wild
Mo Willems
Karma Wilson
Audrey & Don Wood


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