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

C
Moon Moon Moon, shining bright

G
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

 

C
Look up! It’s the moon.

G
Look up! It’s the moon.

C                                        G
Look up! It’s the moon up in the sky.

C
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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