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Moms, Mommys, and Mothers: A Picture Book Round-Up

Turns out that after I imported my old blog posts, I discovered that I’ve actually posted a Mothers storytime. Well my mom is the best, so clearly there can be more then one storytime to celebrate the awesomeness of mothers everywhere. Plus the subject of mothers is a staple of children’s books every year, so in the two years since my last post new books have been published.

This week was not just Moms, but also Grandmas. This was nice, as we have lots of G’mas that bring the grandkids to storytime.

So here are some fun stories on moms and some on the mothers of our parents (kids liked to think about the mom’s of their mom’s or their dad’s mom.

A Mother for Choco (Paperstar) A Mother for Choco, Keiko Kasza. While I do like the “are you my mother” stories (and will include some here), this avoids the idea that a mother needs to be just like her kids.

Llama Llama Mad at Mama Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Anna Dewdney. Classic tantrum book, once saw a kid throw a tantrum because his Mama wouldn’t read this to him. The others in the series are also good choices.

Bedtime for Mommy Bedtime for Mommy, Amy Kraus Rosenthal. Funny role reversal.

Mommy Mine Mommy Mine, Tim Warnes. Very cute pictures and simple story.

Where's My Mommy? Where’s My Mommy? Jo Browne. Fun to do the actions and make crocodile noises.

My Mom My Mom, Anthony Browne. Classic, simple story, with great illustrations. I did have one kid tell me that a woman couldn’t be an astronaut. I told him about Sally Ride.

What's the Matter, Bunny Blue? What’s the Matter, Bunny Blue?, Nicola Smee. A story about a missing Grandma! Perfect for toddlers.

Sleepover at Gramma's House Sleepover at Gramma’s House, Barbara Joosse. A fun Grandma story!

Just What Mama Needs Just What Mama Needs, Sharlee Mullins Glenn, helping Mom around the house can be fun!

Most Loved Monster Most Loved Monster, Lynn Downey, another classic formula–who is the favorite child? Mommies can love a lot!

You're All My Favorites You’re All My Favorite, Sam McBratney, more sappy than the above title, but sweet.

I Love It When You Smile I Love It When You Smile, Sam McBratney. Another cute book about all the things moms do for their kids.

Flip, Flap, Fly!: A Book for Babies Everywhere Flip, Flap, Fly: A Book for Babies Everywhere, Phyllis Root, A little long, but fun!

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?, Eric Carle, fun parade through different animals and babies.

Also see the non-fiction picture books I posted a couple weeks ago on Non-Fiction Monday, both feature Moms, Grandmas, and families.

Besides reading some fun stories, we did this fun song, it is to the tune of Frère Jacques, the kids really got into it, and ran to hug grandmas and mom’s

We love Grandmas, We love Grandmas
Yes we do! Yes we do!
Grandmas are for hugging!
Grandmas are for kissing!
We love you,
Yes we do!

We love Mommies, We love Mommies
Yes we do! Yes we do!
Mommies are for hugging!
Mommies are for kissing!
We love you,
Yes we do!

We also did Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee. I really wanted to use the version from Toddler’s on Parade, but I could only find the second verse, so we just did two verses, the bumblebee and the baby dinosaur.


Funny Ha-Ha: A Picture Book Round Up

In light of my last week’s post about planning ahead, I thought I’d start rounding up my favorite funny picture books for this week’s storytime. My problem with this theme is that there are SO many funny picture books that I like. It did help to have the books all pulled together before, but I did struggle with fingerplays and stuff to go along with it. We ended up doing “if you’re happy and you know it” and shaking our sillies out.

Humor is a relative thing, especially for little kids. Here are some funny (to me) picture books, some of which I shared in storytime this week:

Bark, George Bark George, Jules Feiffer. One of my favorite books to read aloud–I get the whole group to help tell the story.

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? What will Fat Cat Sit on?, Jan Thomas. Another favorite story, funny and fun to read.

Pigs to the Rescue Pigs to the Rescue, John Himmelman. Funny things happen when pigs try to help out around the farm.

Green Wilma (Puffin Pied Piper) Green Wilma, Tedd Arnold. What would happen if you woke up and you were a frog or went to sleep a girl and woke up a frog?

Chicken Big Chicken Big, Keith Graves. Hilarious story of an enormous chick, who is mistaken for a whole bunch of things. The kids really got into this one.

Chicken Cheeks Chicken Cheeks , Michael Ian Black. Very funny, and helps kids learn funny new vocabulary words.

Let's Count Goats! Let’s Count Goats, Mem Fox, Goats are silly, and the words and Jan Thomas’ illustrations are awesome.

My Lucky Day My Lucky Day, Keiko Kasza. When a pig shows up on a fox’s door step, it is someone’s lucky day, but whose?

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothes, Judi Barret. I brought a bear in a wig and scarf to point out the humor of animals in clothes.

Children Make Terrible Pets Children Make Terrible Pets, Peter Brown, a bear finds a child in the woods and wants to keep it, humor ensues.

Interrupting Chicken Interrupting Chicken, David Ezra Stein. Very funny chicken, the kids can all relate.

My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World Gilles Bachelet, Silly story, for cat lovers.

Dog BreathDog Breath, Dav Pilkey, funny story for dog lovers.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Click, Clack Moo: Cows that Type, Doreen Cronin. Really funny, but most of the kids have heard it dozens of times.

A Girl and Her Gator A Girl and Her Gator Sean Bryan. This is a seriously underrated book, it is good for phonological awareness, plus it is funny. I’ve read it numerous times with a gator on my head.

I’d love to hear about other funny storytime staples, so please share!

Bunny Hop–Picture Book Round Up

A perfect spring time theme, bunnies are cute, funny, and have a lot of kid appeal. Cradling my bunny puppet in my arms, twitching it softly, all of the kids line up to give it a pet and ask if it is real, which of course it is. Where I live, rabbits are pets, and are almost never seen in the wild. The idea of a rabbit in the garden is one children are exposed to in books, not real life (true story, the only bunny I saw in the wild growing up here was someone’s pet, and it was followed by a group of kids trying to catch it). That said, bunnies are all kinds of fun!

This week was spring break so storytime was full of older siblings and grade school kids. My picture book round up thus has a few titles for older kids. Here are some bunny rabbit books for your enjoyment:

What's the Matter, Bunny Blue? What’s the Matter, Bunny Blue? Nicola Smee. Very cute story, particularly good for toddlers, I like to hide the missing family member and search. It doesn’t work in my room which is just a little cove, and opens to the main children’s room.

Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Mo Willems A classic for a reason!

What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers What Does Bunny See?: A Book of Colors and Flowers Linda Sue Park, cute and colorful!

Bunnies on the Go: Getting from Place to Place Bunnies on the Go: Getting from Place to Place, Rick Walton. There are a whole series of these bunny books.

Rescue Bunnies Rescue Bunnies, Doreen Cronin. Funny, but the humor is for the older kids.

Rhyming Dust Bunnies Rhyming Dust Bunnies, Jan Thomas a fun read aloud, and a bunny is a bunny, right?

The Bunnies' Picnic The Bunnies’ Picnic Lezlie Evans. Another cute rhyming book, plus spring is good for picnics–there are also other bunny books by this author.

Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa, Gerald McDermott. A relatively simple trickster tale, though cleverness/wisdom is something that even grade school kids don’t always get.

Hey, Rabbit! Hey, Rabbit!, Sergio Ruzzier. This bunny has a suitcase full of surprises for all of his friends–I like to imagine it is imagination, but it is fun!

Moon Rabbit, Natalie Russell. Beautiful illustrations, sweet story of friendship.

Duck! Rabbit! Duck! Rabbit!, Amy Krouse Rosenthal (one of my favorite authors ever) Whether or not it is it duck or a rabbit, it IS a lot of fun!

My Friend Rabbit My Friend Rabbit, Eric Rohmann, another simple story, yet fun, particularly for the littlest kids.

Little White Rabbit Little White Rabbit, Kevin Henkes. A new book, but super cute–can you imagine you are green, a rock, taller then a tree?

Lots of cute books this week–I was interested to notice in putting together this list that it has three of the four or so children’s authors I’ve actually met are on it. We did some fun finger plays, counted carrots, and jumped around like bunnies with our egg shakers. Then the kids made their own bunny puppets. It was lots of fun, and my niece came too, which made it the best!