Friendship Story Time!

This week at toddler/preschool story time, we read books about friendship. Our color of the week is green.

First, we read the book, “Grandpa Green” by Lane Smith.

It’s a beautifully illustrated book that’s told from the great-grandson’s perspective of his great-grandfathers life. His great-grandfather loves to create topiary’s and that’s how the story is told; through various topiary’s. The sad note in this book that the parents picked up on but the kiddos didn’t, is that his great-grandfather has Alzheimer’s Disease and is starting to forget things.

To celebrate the color green and to tie in with the book, we made paper doll elephants and used our dot-dot markers to color them green. I really think the kids enjoyed this craft. My problem is that we had six kiddos here but only two markers.

In hindsight, I should have brought my dot-dots from home and asked a story time mom to bring in hers as well. Ah well. This gave the moms a chance to talk, the kids a chance to learn how to take turns and to play with one another and me a chance to check out books for our story time friends.

We then sang, “If You’re Friendly and You Know It” which I think the kids enjoyed. I was the only one singing so that was terrifying but it worked out well because the kids had big grins on their faces.

If You’re Friendly… added 1-26-00 Original Author Unknown

Sung to: “If you’re happy and you know it”

If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands.

If you’re friendly and you know it,
and you really want to show it,
If you’re friendly and you know it,
clap your hands!

I know that type is tiny but I’m not sure how to make it bigger. Please bear with me! I’m learning more every time I blog! Here’s the website that I found a variation of the song we did today:


Our second book of the day was “Pine and Boof” by Ross Burach.

This is a great book about friendship and has lots of silly giggles thrown in. The kiddos were a bit distracted because we had that down time in between with the craft. I won’t put the craft in the middle of story time again! Either at the very beginning or at the end. I’ve learned my lesson! But, I got loud with this book to help draw their attention back and that seemed to work well.

Finally, we did a finger-play called “Two Little Friends”. At my conference last week, one of my classes was about diversity in story time and tips on how we can make everyone feel welcome while adding some cool things to our kiddos worlds.


We did this finger play using American Sign Language. First, we counted to ten using ASL and then we did this finger play:

Two little friends are better than one,

And three little friends are better than two

And four are much better still

Just think what four little friends can do!

Here our friends are painting their elephants.

My children’s school was selling this old kindergarten stand because they didn’t need it anymore. I picked it up for $5 you guys! I was super excited. It’s our new story time corner toy shop. The kids really like it because it’s their size and all of our fun toys fit perfectly on it’s shelves. We had to drag them away for story time!


Author Spotlight: Shel Silverstein

This week at preschool/toddler story time, we read “The Little Yellow Leaf” by Carin Berger because our color of the week is yellow! It’s a great tale about a leaf that’s just not ready to let go of the tree until she makes a friend. The kids really liked this book.


Our craft today was painting a yellow leaf. This was our messiest craft so far this school year. I took contact paper and cut it out into the shape of leaves. Then the kids painted the paper and the moms and I pulled off the contact leaves to leave a white space where the leaf had been. Here’s our mixed results: This is before we pulled the contact paper leaves off. Some kids just wanted to paint the leaf and some wanted to paint all over.

Here is when the contact paper leaf was pulled off. It’s not too bad.

This is the sample one I did, using a permanent paint.

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For our author spotlight, we read books by Shel Silverstein because his birthday was on Tuesday. I love his books and poems. I read about four poems that the kids really seemed to enjoy. I think some of the humor and irony was too mature for the kids though so I probably won’t do Silverstein with this age group again.

I also read “The Giving Tree” by Shel Siverstein to the kids because it’s one of my favorite books! However, I had to paraphrase it because it’s too long and the pictures aren’t as engaging for this age group. I had worried that might be the case but I wanted to try it out just to make sure. I had one little girl that was really listening well but the other kids got really restless.

Here’s our moms and daycare providers helping the kids with their paintings:

We also did the song, “What Color Are You Wearing?” and each kid got a chance to stand up. I found it on this great website called Teaching Mama. Here’s her link:

10 Preschool Songs About Colors

We had some kids that popped up every time, regardless of what color they were wearing. We had kids that didn’t want to pop up at all. We had kids that listened really well and only popped up when it was their color. I was happy with all of it! I thought it was reinforcing some color names, working on listening skills and helping them learn one another’s names. All great skills to work on so I was thrilled.

What Color Are You Wearing Song



Autumn Story Time!

This week, we read books all about autumn. We read “Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert and “In the Middle of Fall” by Kevin Henkes. We read poems about leaves and played with some during our story time. The color of the week is orange.

I posted the few books we have that either have an orange cover or are about autumn. That’s a category that we definitely need to beef up for next year.


We even tried out the new flannel board that I just finished yesterday. I found this website SUPER helpful in creating our flannel boards.

DIY: Make your own flannel board for preschool

The kids really had a blast looking for the blue bird and naming the different colors of trees.

I found this website called “Sunflower Story Time” and that’s where I got today’s ideas for our autumn themed story time. You can click here to see more fun ideas for autumn:

Fall Leaves Fall

Our craft today was fingerprint trees.



Next week, we’ll read books about leaves and talk about Shel Silverstein because his birthday is next Tuesday. Our color of the week will be yellow.


On a side note, this years story time is really a lot more fun and less stressful than last years. I feel like the kids are learning more things and the ability level is spot on for what they can do. I’m so glad I changed how I was running story time. Best.decision.ever!

Apples Story Time!

Today at preschool story time, we read “Ten Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss and “Apples: How They Grow”. We also learned about the color red. This week, we had four friends join us. Today our activity was putting red apples on top of the animals heads from “Ten Apples Up on Top”. We also sang songs about apples. There was a lot of giggling! We also now have a couple of displays set up that focuses on that weeks color and theme. Next week, our theme is Autumn and the color of the week will be orange. Remember, you can bring in a show and tell item that either matches our color or Autumn.

Back to School Story Time!

Today was the first day back to library story time. We had three friends join us this morning. We said our opening rhyme which is “Hands Go Up!” Then we read “Pinkalicious and the Pink Parakeet” and talked about our color of the week. Can you guess what it is?! Then we sang the song, “Where is?” to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”. Next we read the book, “The Kissing Hand” and painted our own kissing hands. We even worked on writing our own names. It was a great morning and I’m looking forward to next week when our theme is apples! Our color of the week will be red. We’ll dig out the red dot dot markers and do some counting.

September at the Sutherland Library!

This school year at the library, we’re going to try out some new story time ideas. We will meet every Thursday at 11 a.m. and we should be done by 11:30 but we might run a bit later sometimes. We will read a couple of books, do finger plays, sing songs and do some fun activities. We will also focus on learning our colors and alphabet this year. We start with the color of the week and then we’ll switch to the letter of the week. Children are encouraged to bring in a show-and-tell type item that relates to that weeks color or letter. September colors (in order) are pink, red, orange and yellow. We will also focus on fun topics that should relate to preschoolers and toddlers. Our September themes are: going back to school, apples, autumn and our author spotlight will be Shel Silverstein.

April Story Time Events

April 5th: April is National Library Month. We will read “Olivia Goes to the Library” and “Tiny Goes to the Library”. We will make foam hand-print flower bookmarks.

April 12: April is also National Poetry Month. We will read various poetry books and then make our own hand-print poems.

April 13th: Amy will be at Moms Connect to talk about our upcoming summer reading program.

April 19th: To celebrate Earth Day, we will read “Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day!”. We will go on a nature scavenger hunt in the parking lot.

April 26th: We will celebrate Arbor Day by reading “The Night Gardener” and “Shake the Tree”. We will do leaf rubbings.

In honor of National Library Month, all overdue books returned (in good condition) will have their fines waived! If you have overdue books or fines, April is the perfect time to get your library account back in good standing. We hope to see you soon.

March Story Time Events

March Story Times!
March 1st: Let’s celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday! We’ll read “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” and we’ll make green eggs with our green dot dot markers.

March 8th: We’re going to focus on Australian author, Mem Fox. Her birthday is March 5. This week we will read two books by her; “Ducks Away” and “Hello Baby!” Our craft will be paper plate ducks.

March 15th: We’ll celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by reading “It’s St. Patrick’s Day!” and “How to Catch a Leprechaun”. We will make dot dot shamrocks and beaded shamrocks.

March 22nd: Spring is Here! Let’s read “Finding Spring” and “And Then It’s Spring”. Our craft paper daffodils and we will plant seeds.

March 29th: Easter is coming! We will read “There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick” and “Pete the Cat’s Big Easter Adventure”. We will paint eggs with pom poms so please wear old play clothes.

February at the Library!

Maxine White/Sutherland Public Library

Calendar of Events:


Storytime Program for toddlers and preschoolers:

Every Thursday from 11:30 to 12:00


February 1st: Will the Groundhog See His Shadow?!

Theme: Groundhog Day

Books: “Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off” and “Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow”

Craft: Groundhog Face


Pokemon After School Club restarts today at 4! 🙂


February 8th: Valentines Day!

Theme: Love

Books: “The Best Thing About Valentines” and “Sweet Hearts”

Craft: Heart Stamps (please wear painting clothes!)


February 15th: Celebrating Presidents Day!

Theme: Abraham Lincoln

Book: “This Little President”

Craft: Abe Lincoln “Mask”


February 22nd: Roar!

Theme: Dinosaurs!

Books: “How Do Dinosaurs…Play With Their Friends & Choose Their Pets?”

Craft: Paper plate dinosaurs

October News!

The library will be having Story Time for toddlers and preschoolers every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Maxine White/Sutherland Public Library!

Schedule of events:

October 5th – Leaves

October 12th – Autumn

October 19th – Monsters

October 26th – Haunting Bats

Specials Hours this month:

October 11th we will be open 1:15 to 5

October 31st we will close at 4:30.

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