Books and More

My blog this week includes the titles which we read during our  mornings Story Pals program.  If you were in attendance you may add these items to your Summer Reading Program logs. You will also find the lyrics to many of the songs that we sang. As always, it was wonderful to see your smiling faces and I hope that everyone is enjoying their summer. 

Grizzly Dad Joanna Harrison

Everyone knows that sometimes dads can be grumpy and grouchy and grizzly. . . . Dad woke up in a grizzly mood. All morning he groaned and grizzled and grumped. And then he went back to bed! But when I pulled back the covers to see how he was, it wasn't Dad in bed at all . . . it was a GREAT BIG GRIZZLY BEAR! I should have been frightened but the grumpy look on his face reminded me of someone. . . . This is the story of how one little boy looks after a very grizzly bear for the day. He brushes his fur (and his smelly teeth!), lets him forage in the fridge, and then they zoom into town in a bright red sports car for the best day out ever! At home they have honey sandwiches and a big bear hug, and when Mum gets home, everything is back to normal. Or is it?

 

Dini Dinosaur  Karen Beaumont 

This energetic and silly picture book, by the author of such preschool bestsellers as "I Ain't Going to Paint No More," is ideal for toddlers who love to get messy and the moms who get them clean again.

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

Animals and campers join together in the woods one evening and shake their sillies, clap their crazies, and yawn their sleepies out. Includes unaccompanied melody.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin

A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree. In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? Oh, no - Chicka Chicka Boom! Boom! Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault's rhythmic chant and Lois Ehlert's exuberant collage illustrations have made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a read-aloud favorite for over twenty years. 

Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown 

 

Storytime Songs

Little Red Caboose
Little red caboose,
Choo, choo, choo,
Little red caboose,
Choo, choo, choo,
Little red caboose
Behind the train, train, train, train.
Smokestack on its back, back, back, back-
Coming around the track, track, track, track-
Little red caboose
Behind the train, choo!

Grand Old Flag  by George M. Cohan
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

 This Old Man  

This old man, he played one,
He played knick-knack on my thumb.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on my door.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack on my hive.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack on my sticks.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played nine.
He played knick-knack on my spine.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.
This old man, he played ten.
He played knick-knack once again.
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone.
This old man came rolling home.

5 Little Butterflies
Five little butterflies by the door.
One flew away, then there were four.
Four little butterflies by the tree.
One flew away, then there were three.
Three little butterflies up in the blue.
One flew away, then there were two.
Two little butterflies out in the sun.
One flew away, then there was one.
One little butterfly now all alone.
She was so lonely, she flew home.

Interlibrary Loan

I thought that this might be a good time to let you know about one of the services which we offer to all library card holders. You might have noticed that one of the books which I read at storytime is not available through the Harris County Library system. Luckily, we are able to request books from other library systems. The information below is a direct quote from the HCPL website. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. 

"Materials that are not available in the Harris County Public Library collection can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at any of our branches. To request an ILL, you must have a valid HCPL library card. Items must be 6 months past the publication date to do interlibrary loan. You can also make ILL requests online.

It may take up to several weeks for the item to arrive. Some materials may not be borrowed due to restrictions by the owning libraries or state ILL guidelines. These restrictions as well as fees are beyond the control of HCPL.  Please see the Interlibrary Loan Policy for additional information."