Moon Moon Moon by Laurie Berkner with Chords

Moon Moon Moon by Laurie Berkner with Chords

I have always loved Laurie Berkner’s song Moon Moon Moon and when I recently started helping out a pajama storytime, I knew it was time to figure out the chords on my ukulele. I recorded a quick video and have posted the lyrics with chords for either guitar or ukulele below. This is posted with permission from Laurie Berkner.

 

Moon Moon Moon by Laurie Berkner

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Moon Moon Moon, shining bright

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Moon Moon Moon, My nightlight (chk… turn it on!)

C                     F
Moon Moon Moon

C       F
I can see

C                     G
Moon Moon Moon

F                     C
You’re taking care of me

 

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Look up! It’s the moon.

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Look up! It’s the moon.

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Look up! It’s the moon up in the sky.

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It’s big and round
G
And I have found

C                   G                  C
That it looks just like a pizza pie.

 

Shared with permission from Laurie Berkner. Thank you, Laurie!

#PictureBook Review: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

#PictureBook Review: Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

Up, Down, and AroundUp, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published: 2007

Adorable book about all of the wonderful things you can find and grow in the garden! “Corn grows up. Carrots grow down. Cucumbers climb around and around.” “Fresh and tasty, get a bunch. Pick some. Pull some. Let’s have lunch!” Simple, sweet, and a great reminder that growing and eating vegetables can be fun and delicious!

This would be another great action storytime title. Ask the kids to pop up, crouch down low, or twirl around and around.

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#PictureBook Review: Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

#PictureBook Review: Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp!Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! by Margaret Mayo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

picture book

Published: 2010

Bright and beautiful book that cleverly informs about several different dinosaurs in rhyme. The repetitive action rhymes would be great for storytime encouraging the children to get up and do the actions along with each dinosaur.

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#PictureBook Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

#PictureBook Review: Supertruck by Stephen Savage

SupertruckSupertruck by Stephen Savage

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
2015

picture book, Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor, storytime

There are so many trucks that help take care of the city. The bucket truck fixes power lines and the fire truck puts out a blaze. But the garbage truck just collects the trash. Or does he? When the city is hit by a blizzard, the garbage truck sneaks away and transforms into SUPERTRUCK! He digs out the city and saves everyone… even the other brave trucks. The next day he quietly goes back to collecting the trash.

A seemingly simple story, I was unimpressed with this book at first. But after reading it with the kids several times (in a row, of course) I saw that it opened up some great discussion. While plowing through the snow and saving the day during the blizzard, garbage collection is a tough, extremely important, and often thankless job. I don’t know if that was Savage’s intention or if this was meant to be baby’s first superhero story.

I would use this for a Community Helper storytime where we read books about firefighters, police, doctors, etc. It would be great to have a Community Helper come and talk to the children. One GREAT idea I heard at a Summer Reading Program workshop was for a pediatrician to come and give a Teddy Bear Clinic after storytime, talking about to keep your favorite lovely happy and healthy.

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#PictureBook Review: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

#PictureBook Review: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy ButtonsPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

picture book, storytime, song

Pete dons his favorite four groovy button shirt. But as he goes about his day, he keeps loosing buttons! Oh no! But does he get down about it? Goodness no! Once all of the buttons have popped off of his shirt, he realizes that he still has one that he will never loose… his belly button!

I. Adore. This Book.

SUCH an amazing storytime book. You can’t help but groove along with Pete’s button song (which you HAVE to sing during storytime. Not sure how it goes? Check out http://www.petethecatbooks.com/). After loosing a button, we are asked, “How many buttons are left?” So there is the obvious math you get from subtracting one when each button pops off. The equation is even included along with the numeral (3) and the number written out (three)…. a very important early literacy bonus. Dean also provides us with lots of colorful illustration to point to and talk about. What color are the buttons? What is Pete the Cat doing while all of these buttons pop off?

And here is a super simple craft to go along with it that we have been talking about in our summer reading program 2016 workshops!

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Take a paper plate, fold it in half, and cut the center out. While the center circle is still folded, use a hole punch to make four holes. Take some stray yarn, wrap tape around the end, and let the littles lace the yarn through the holes. They can color or use stickers to decorate their buttons. With the left over of the paper plate, you have a steering wheel! Next up, sing Laurie Berkner’s Drive My Car!

 

 

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Where the Wild Things Are Decorations & Craft

Where the Wild Things Are Decorations & Craft

My son turned 2 earlier this month and we had a Where the Wild Things Are party. My husband and I had fun decorating and coming up with ideas. And of course, I must think the great brain that is Pinterest for much inspiration! I thought if anyone might appreciate what we did, it would be anyone reading this blog!

All of our decorations were simple made with standard craft supplies. Construction paper for tree leaves, crepe paper for vines and tree trunks, craft paper for tree trunk, and balloons for coconuts.

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Here we used craft paper rolled and crinkled to make tree trunks.

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And our friends made crowns out of paper plates, glitter glue, gem stickers, and colors. This was a very inexpensive, passive craft that wasn’t too messy or too complicated. It was great for a crowd with a wide variety of ages. Would be great for an all-ages storytime! The only prep it requires is cutting the plates which doesn’t take much time at all.

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Fold the plates in half and cut slices like a pie, not cutting to the edge of the plate. Cut along where you folded the plate, again not cutting to the edge. Decorate it while it is flat.  The points will naturally push out more when you are crowned king or queen of all the wild things! This video was a great tutorial.

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#PictureBook Review: Water Is Water by Miranda Paul

#PictureBook Review: Water Is Water by Miranda Paul

Water Is Water: A Book About the Water CycleWater Is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle by Miranda Paul

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

nonfiction, picture book, storytime

“Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless… it heats up.”

I LOVE THIS BOOK! With beautifully simple rhyme, Paul takes readers through all of the different phases of water from ice to steam to snow melting in the spring. Chin’s illustrations are gorgeous taking us through the seasons with fog in the autumn, a frozen pond in the winter, and (my favorite two-page spread) looking for shapes in the clouds at sunset.

The last four pages give further information about water giving examples from the book. They show us that water is everything giving percentages of how much of something is made up of water. For instance, earthworms are 80% water and an oak tree is about 75% water. They show that water is everywhere covering 71% of the Earth’s surface. Finally they show that water is important so we should conserve it as much as possible as we can only drink less than 1% of the water on Earth.

This would be a great storytime book with lots of opportunity for call-and-response from preschool age kids. As you are about to turn the page saying unless, ask them to give some ideas as to what will happen to the water next. And then you could easily demonstrate different phases of water after reading for some STEM activity, too.

Such a wonderful introduction to this concept. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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#PictureBook Review: Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

#PictureBook Review: Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

Toys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber BallToys Meet Snow: Being the Wintertime Adventures of a Curious Stuffed Buffalo, a Sensitive Plush Stingray, and a Book-loving Rubber Ball by Emily Jenkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books

picture book, winter, mock-caldecott 2016

Summary
Lumphy, the stuffed buffalo, StingRay, the plush stingray, and Plastic, the rubber ball, are sitting on the windowsill watching the first snow of the year. They try to understand what they are seeing. StingRay is poetic comparing the snow to a blanket of peace and the snowflake to a ballerina dancing through the air. Plastic is the intellectual explaining that snow is rain that freezes when it gets cold enough.

They venture out into the snow to examine it more closely. They build a snowman and make snow angels. They find icicles and frozen puddles before watching the sun set. Their day of adventure comes to an end in their warm and dry house.

“Outside, the tiny ballerinas have made a blanket of peace over the world. The strawberry-syrup sun has gone down. And yes, the world is sweet.”

My Thoughts
I really loved this book. I am unfamiliar with the other books in the Toys series and can’t wait to check them out!

Jenkins and Zelinsky truly capture the curiosity and awe of a child seeing their first snow. I really appreciate the balance of StingRay’s flourid descriptions of the beauty of the snow and Plastic’s more concrete information. At the end of the day, we see that the ground can be covered with frozen water AND a blanket of peace. There is something magical about watching it snow!

I can see sharing this at storytime with another winter theme book and then having some STEM related activities on the science of snow. Here are a couple of ideas:

How Animals Stay Warm With Blubber

Leak-proof Plastic Bag:

Bottom Line
This is a great book to share as we come closer to winter!

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#PictureBook Review: The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine

#PictureBook Review: The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine

The Little Shop of MonstersThe Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

picture book

Summary
If you are brave enough, head to the Little Shop of Monsters. It is the best place to get your monsters. They have stinky, smelly monsters, sticky and icky monsters, squeezer and teaser monsters, and piggler-giggler monsters! But before you go, you should really know… you don’t choose your monster. A monster chooses YOU!

My Thoughts
R.L. Stine and Marc Brown teaming up is like 20-year-ago Katelyn’s dream team. And it even works well today! As an animated picture book reader, this is a really fun title to share with children. There is a lot of opportunity to interact with your audience and really ham it up… holding your nose when talking about the stinkiest, pukiest, rottenest, yuckiest monsters; tickling the Tina-not-ticklish monster, and wiping the sneek off of the pages after we encounter the friendly Sneezer monster.

My only issue with this book is some of the language. At times, Stine-being-Stine suggests the monsters will jump out and eat you or might have eaten your friend that lives next door. I had to intentionally smooth over those passages by making sure to use a light, silly voice so as not to actually spook anyone. That said, over all Stine (and thankfully Brown’s illustrations) do a great job at making the word “monster” more silly than scary!

Bottom Line
Those that enjoy the classic Monster At The End of This Book, will really love Little Shop of Monsters! This would be a great title to share in storytime for a monster theme or around Halloween. Such a lot of fun!

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#PictureBook Review: Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

#PictureBook Review: Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Leonardo, the Terrible MonsterLeonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

picture book, storytime

Mr. Willems, I pretty much adore you and everything you create. I am such a huge fangirl! Time and again Willems presents issues that everyone deals with, shows growth, provides a solution, and teaches a lesson without being preachy.

Leonardo the Terrible Monster is an excellent example. Leonardo is a terrible monster because he just can’t scare people. So he does research to find the biggest scaredy-cat kid of all. After giving it all he has, Sam, his target, begins to cry. Leonardo rejoices at his final victory, but Sam gives him a very long list of all of the reasons why he is crying, none of which involves Leonardo’s scare attempt. Leonardo then decides to stop being a terrible monster and start being a wonderful friend by giving Sam a big hug.

As I have read this to kids, I have watched their faces grow more concerned that Leonardo is so delighted to have finally scared someone and made them cry. Sam’s rant lightens the mood and gets a giggle. And then Leonardo’s hug brings a big smile!

This would be a great title for storytime mostly because of Sam’s long rant. The kids won’t be expecting it and it will definitely get their attention. Take a big exaggerated breath before you start. Practice it before hand so you don’t stumble on the words. You will be sure to impress!

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