Preschool Programs Chapter

By Heather Coleson

Texas Treasures: Books and Libraries

Books to Share

Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book by Alexander Stadler.

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss.

Lewis the Librarian by Charnan Simon.

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra.

Wild About Books by Judy Sierra.

Nametag

Open Book Nametag

Make nametags shaped like open books using the pattern provided.

Rhymes and Poetry

Here is My Book

Recite the rhyme, “Here is My Book” at the The Best Kids Book Site at


http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/funfingerplay.cfm?fingerplayid=322.

I’m a Little Book

(Adapted by Heather Coleson and Krystale Garrett. Sing to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.”)

I’m a little book, Open me wide. (make a hand motion like opening a book)
I have lots of great things Just inside. (point to tummy)
If you want to take me home, (place imaginary book under arm and march in place)
Just hold me tight, Then put me on your library card, (take imaginary library card out of pocket)
And read me tonight! (fold hands and lean head going to sleep)

Recite “Books” on P. 83-83 in A Storytime Year by Susan Dailey.

Recite “Five Little Books” on P.96 in Storytimes...Plus! by Kay Lincycomb.

Songs

Old Miss________(add your name here) Had a Library.

(Adapted by Heather Coleson and Krystale Garrett. Sing to the tune of “Old MacDonald.” Sing the verses below, then ask the kids if they can think of any other things that are at the library and insert them appropriately.)

Old Miss/Mr _________ (add your name here) had a Library
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
And in her library she had some children.    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
With a hi, hi here and a hi, hi, there.   (wave hello)
Here a hi, there a hi, everywhere a hi, hi.   (wave hello)
Old Miss _______ had a Library    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
     
Old Miss/Mr _________ (add your name here) had a Library    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
And in her library she had some books.    
With a book, book, here and a book, book, there.   (point around the room)
Here a book, there a book, everywhere a book, book.   (point around the room)
Old Miss _______ had a Library    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
     
Old Miss/Mr _________ (add your name here) had a Library    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
And in her library she had some computers.    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
With a click, click, here and a click, click, there.   (pretend to type on computers)
Here a click, there a click, everywhere a click, click.   (pretend to type on computers)
Old Miss _______ had a Library SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
     
Old Miss/Mr _________ (add your name here) had a Library
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
And in her library she had some movies.    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
With a movie here and a movie there.   (point around the room)
Here a movie, there a movie, everywhere a movie.   (point around the room)
Old Miss _______ had a Library    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
     
Old Miss/Mr _________ (add your name here) had a Library
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
And in her library she had some children.    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    
With a bye, bye here and a bye, bye there.   (wave goodbye)
Here a bye, there a bye, everywhere a bye, bye.   (wave goodbye)
Old Miss _______ had a Library    
SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH-SHH    

Recite “Story Hour” from The Best Kids Book Site at http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/funfingerplay.cfm?fingerplayid=193.

Sing “I Wish I Were a Librarian”, to the tune of “The Mulberry Bush”, from Jean Warren’s Preschool Express at http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station06/oct06_librarian.shtml

Sing “Over the Street and Through the Town” on P. 64 in Toddle On Over by Robin Davis.

Sing “We go to Storytime” on P. 95 in Storytimes...Plus! by Kay Lincycomb.

Puppet Shows

Perform “Fox Learns a Lesson” on P. 144-148 in One-Person Puppet Plays by Denise Wright.

Stories

Tell “Checking Out the Library” on P. 87-88 in A Storytime Year by Susan Dailey. Modify the story to describe your library.

Crafts

Fun Foam Book Marks

Materials
  • Sheets of fun foam
  • Fun foam assorted symbols and letters
  • Glue
Directions

Cut 4 x 8 inch rectangles out of the fun foam sheets. Let the children decorate the rectangles with fun foam assorted symbols or letters.

Bookmark - I HEART IMAGE BOOKS - 5 Pink and Red Hearts

Bookworm Bookmarks

Materials
  • Cardstock
  • Pom poms
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Crayons or markers
  • Glue
Directions

Trace a bookworm on cardstock and cut it out, using the pattern provided. Let the children glue a pom pom to the top of the bookworm for a head, and glue two wiggle eyes onto the pom pom. For a finishing touch, have the children color the body of the bookworm with crayons or markers.

Bookworm - Green Head and Yellow Body - Sue's Place Written on it

Games and Activities

Library Scavenger Hunt

Conduct a library scavenger hunt to help the children get to know the library better. Most preschool age children cannot read, so take pictures of about four to eight well known areas of the library. Place one letter of the name of a well-know children’s book character, such as Arthur or Maisy, in each area of the library. Give the parents and children a paper with the pictures on it. Explain to the parents that a letter is located somewhere on or nearby the area in the picture, and ask them to write down the letters to discover the name of a well-known children’s book character.

Guest Speakers

Rent a book character costume from a local costume shop or from Costume Specialists at http://www.costumespecialists.com/childrens_book_characters.html. Have the character visit the children at the end of storytime.

Books to Display or Booktalk

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.

Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk.

The Little Red Fish by Tae-Eun Yoo.

“Mr. Wiggle Series” by Carol Thompson.

A Visit to the Public Library by B.A. Hoena.

When the Library Lights Go Out by Megan McDonald.

Bulletin Board

Book It To Your Library

Cover your bulletin board in light blue paper. Make a palm tree, similar to the tree in Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom by Bill Martin. Place the letters coming down off of the tree as in the book. Or, create a scene from another popular book.

Display

Put together a display on the proper way to care for books. Include children’s books that have been damaged in various ways, such as water damaged, chewed, colored on, and torn books. Next to the damaged book, add hints on proper care. For example, next to the water-damaged book, add signs that say, “Never read while in the bathtub or swimming pool” and “Keep your books out of the rain.” Next to the chewed book, add a sign that says, “Do not let your puppy read your book!” Include similar hints next to all of the damaged books.

For a second display, include a book that has had its pages dog-eared. Add a sign that stresses using a proper bookmark. Display improper bookmarks such as a slice of bacon, a dirty tissue, or anything else that might damage the book, along with items that readers would not want to leave in a library book accidentally, such as money or a birth certificate.

Decorations

Decorate your children’s room with posters with well-known characters from children’s books. You may order posters from Demco at http://www.demco.com/ and the ALA Store at http://www.alastore.ala.org/.

Incentives

Give the children bookmarks featuring popular book characters such as Arthur, Garfield, etc. Bookmarks may be purchased from Demco at http://www.demco.com/ and the ALA Store at http://www.alastore.ala.org/.

Refreshments

Serve gummi “bookworms.”

Audio Recordings

“These Are My Glasses” on Whaddaya Think of That? By Laurie Berkner.

Videos/DVD’s/Films

My Community: Library. (15 minutes)

Web Sites

Talk about your library’s web site and what it has for children.

Multnomah County Library


http://www.multcolib.org/kids/linksyng.html



This is a great web site for children with many helpful links. This link features resources for preschoolers and kindergartners.

International Children’s Digital Library


http://www.icdlbooks.org/index.shtml


This is a digital library of children’s books from around the world. The books are in full color, in numerous languages, and for children ages 3 to 13.

Starfall


http://www.starfall.com/



This web site is designed for beginning readers through second grade. There are four main sections: “ABCs”, “Learn to Read”, “It’s Fun to Read”, and “I’m Reading.”

Professional Resources

One-Person Puppet Plays by Denise Wright.

A Storytime Year: A Month-to-Month Kit for Preschool Programming by Susan Dailey.

Storytimes...Plus! by Kay Lincycomb. Toddle on Over by Robin Davis.

The ALA Store


http://www.alastore.org/


You may purchase library promotional materials from the ALA Store.

The Best Kids Book Site


http://www.thebestkidsbooksite.com/


Storytime ideas, books, crafts and fingerplays are available on this web site.

Costume Specialists


http://www.costumespecialists.com/childrens_book_characters.html


Character costumes can be rented fairly inexpensively from this web site. You might even consider splitting the cost with a neighboring library.

Demco


http://www.demco.com/


You may purchase library materials and library promotional materials from this company. It is a great place to find character bookmarks and puppets.

Jean Warren’s Preschool Express

http://www.preschoolexpress.com/


Toddler and Preschool storytime activities, songs, crafts and patterns. The pattern section is useful when trying to make nametags.

Multnomah County Library


http://www.multcolib.org/


Lots of good resources for librarians, parents, children, and teens.

Craft Materials

Open Book Nametags

Bookworm Outline

Bookworm Bookmark

Open Book Nametags Sheet - Eight Open Book Outlines



Texas Reading Club 2009 Programming Manual / Libraries: Deep in the Heart of Texas!


Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011