Theme: Leaves Are Falling

Thank you for braving the cold dampness to come to storytime. It is a perfect week for autumn & harvest stories!  The trees around the library are spectacular with color.  This is my favorite time of year.

Leaf Man – EP Ehlert
Ska-tat! – EP Knutson
“Autumn’s Beginning” from Good Rhymes, Good Times – E811 Hopkins
“To Each His Own” from Pieces: A year in poems & quilts – E811 Hines

Leaf Man is a little abstract but I still like it for its use of color, collage, and die-cut pages.  The story is what you make of it and it can be used with small groups to talk about what else the Leaf Man sees as the wind blows him hither and yon.  I’m not a crafty person, but there is an undeniable opportunity to go leaf gathering and make your own Leaf Man (Leaf Woman?) and then write a story about all he or she sees.

Ska-tat! has been one of my favorite fall books since I started doing storytime many years ago.  I think what I like is the mix of real words, made-up words, alliteration, and onomatopoeia.  “Smells like spicy toast” gets me every time!  If you read this book one-on-one, let your child try to sound out the made-up works.  It improves letter recognition and the ability to combine letter sounds.

I had planned to conclude storytime with The Very Busy Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri but I was running long and decided to end sooner than expected. The best word to describe Nancy Tafuri’s picture books is “gentle.”  Nice, simple story with soft illustrations that fill the page.  This book has a nice refrain that I usually have the kids repeat with me.  The story ends suddenly, but squirrel’s work ethic finally makes sense on the very last page.

I tossed in a couple of poems into this storytime.  The books where these specific poems can be found are listed above.  Finding kid poems that match a theme is sometimes difficult, but I do enjoy sitting in the E 811s and looking at the poetry books.

Two gross motor movement activities today – Shake Your Sillies Out was first followed by Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down.  For Autumn Leaves, I asked each child to stand and gave them red, orange, brown, green, or yellow die-cut leaf.  We then started to sing (ala London Bridge is Falling Down):

Orange leaves are falling down
Falling down
Falling down
Orange leaves are falling down
To the ground.

In theory, I planned to repeat with the other colors until everyone is seated. In practice, most kids wanted to stand up and fall down for each color. Worked out great and it gave us all a little extra workout!

There’s more fall fun to be had:

When Will the Snow Trees Grow – EP Shecter
When Summer Ends – EP Fowler
Pumpkin Pumpkin - EP Titherington
The Cinnamon Hen’s Autumn Day – EF Dutton
Harvest – EP Waldherr
Peepers – EF Bunting
The Busy Little Squirrel – EP Tafuri

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