Story Time

Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler • Pre-school
Full, Full, Full Of Love by:Cooke, Trish
For young Jay Jay, Sunday dinner at Gran's house is full of hugs and kisses, tasty dishes, all kinds of fishes, happy faces, and love.
Guess How Much I Love You by:McBratney, Sam
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
I Love My Mama by:Kavanagh, Peter
A baby elephant describes how he and his mother spend their days together.
I Love You, Little One by:Tafuri, Nancy
Mama animals tell their little ones all the ways they are loved, forever and always.
I Love You With All My Heart by:Kern, Noris
Polo the polar bear asks his mother how she loves him, and she explains that she loves him with her eyes, her nose, her paws, and all her heart.
Counting Kisses by:Katz, Karen
A book to share with a child anytime, day or night.
Are You My Mother? by:Eastman, P. D. (Philip D.)
An "I can read it all by myself" book.
A Chair For My Mother by:Williams, Vera B.
A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.
Does A Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too? by:Carle, Eric,
Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd.
Is Your Mama A Llama? by:Guarino, Deborah.
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
Mama, Do You Love Me? by:Joosse, Barbara M.
A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.
Mama Love by:Mallat, Kathy
A young chimpanzee describes the different ways his mother shows her love for him; and how he loves her in return.
My Dad by:Browne, Anthony
A child describes the many wonderful things about "my dad," who can jump over the moon, swim like a fish, and be as warm as toast.
Hugs and Kisses
(Song for Home)
Sung to: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean

My mother says, "I love you"
My father, "I love you, too."
I give them hugs and kisses,
'Cause I love them, too!

Hugs and kisses
Hugs and kisses, I love you.
Hugs and kisses,
Hugs and kisses for you.
You Are My Sunshine

Words and Music by Jimmy Davis and Charles Mitchell (1940)

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.

The other night dear, as I lay sleeping,
I dreamt I held you in my arms.
When I awoke dear, I was mistaken,
So I hung my head down and cried.

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are grey.
You'll never know dear, how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.
I love You
(Barney Song in English and Spanish.)
I love you.
You love me.
We're a happy family.
With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you.
Won't you say you love me too.

Te amo.
Tu me amas.
Somos son un gran familia.
Con un gran abrazo si y besos para ti.
Dime que me quieres t? a m?.
Handprint craft See poems below.
Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls.

But every day I'm growing -
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away.

So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

miss you when we're not together
I'm growing up so fast
See how big I've gotten
Since you saw me last?
As I grow, I'll change a lot,
The years will fly right by.
You'll wonder how I grew so quick
When and where and why?
So look upon this handprint (these handprints)
That's hanging on your wall.
And memories will come back of me,
When I was very small.


Children have a certain way
of growing bigger every day,
But these little hands
and this special smile
will stay in our
hearts a long, long while.

I have listed several books so you may choose the items that will meet your needs. I like to have about 5 books for my storytime programs. Parents love to get the handprint craft. I am aware that many parents save these over the years. If you do the craft, I would use posterboard or a paper plate. The weight of the paper will hold the paint better.