Birds Storytime

Birds Storytime

Bird Storytime! I did this one a couple weeks ago and it was a lot of fun!

Bird Picture Books

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, illus. by Kenard Pak
A great one for learning different bird calls! And a fun interactive story
birds
Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek
cuckoo
Cuckoo! by Fiona Robertson
Hello, My Name is Ruby
Hello, My Name is Ruby by Phillip Stead

Bird Songs & Rhymes

Two Little Blackbirds
source: traditional

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

other verses:
sitting on a stick, named slow and quick
sitting on a cloud, named soft and loud
flying through the sky, named low and high

We also always do Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau

Click HERE to see my flannel story based on the story Wise Blackbird by Ann Gadzikowski

Bird Craft

This was super easy for prep…All I needed was some TP tubes, feathers, blue, beaks (from paper or felt) and googly eyes…
Bird Storytime Craft

I also made Bird coloring sheet using graphics from mycutegraphics.com

Bird Coloring Sheet

Other Bird Storytime Ideas

Tweet! Storytime for the Birds– thelibraryann
bird storytime (Pinteret page)– jbrary
Birds!– Storytime Katie
Birds– Sunflower Storytime
PreSchool Lab: Birds -Abby the Librarian
Story Time! Birds! -Library Goddess
For the Birds: Stories about our fine feathered friends– Loudest Librarian

Flannel Friday: Wise Blackbird

Flannel Friday: Wise Blackbird

I heard this story when a 2nd grade library patron asked to read me his take home book from school and loved it and immediatly wanted to turn it into a flannel story.  I e-mailed the author, Ann Gadzikowski and she was all cool with it so here it is!

This is adapted from The Wise Blackbird by Ann Gazikowski.
(I did adjust and adapt and add to the story a bit…the original story and illustrations can be found here: http://luzhou.meiwo.com.cn/photo/99/zp/201312115453.pdf )

Once there was a bluebird who liked to brag. He looked at the sky, he looked at his wings, and he smiled. “How fine I look!” thought the bluebird. “I am as blue as the sky!” The bluebird flew high and low in the blue sky.

Wise Blackbird

The bluebird saw a mouse. “Hello!” said the bluebird to the mouse. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes, it is a beautiful day,” said the mouse. “The sky is a beautiful blue.” “I am blue, too,” said the bluebird. “I am beautiful, like the blue sky.” “Oh,” sighed the mouse. “I am not blue. I am gray. I am not the color of the sky.” The bluebird laughed and flew away.

The Wise Blackbird

The bluebird saw a flamingo. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes,” said the flamingo. “It is a fine and sunny day.” “Look at the beautiful blue sky,” said the bluebird. “I am blue, like the sky.” “I am pink,” said the flamingo. “Blue is better than pink,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky!” “Oh,” said the flamingo. “I am not the color of the sky.” The flamingo was angry. He flew away without saying good-bye.

The Wise Blackbird

The bluebird saw a frog. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes,” said the frog.  “It is a fine and sunny day.”  “Look at the beautiful blue sky,” said the bluebird.  “I am blue, like the sky.” “ I am green,” said the frog. “Blue is better than green,” bragged the bluebird.  “Blue is the color of the sky!” “Oh,” said the frog.  “I am not the color of the sky”.  The frog was sad.  He hopped away.

The Wise Blackbird

The bluebird looked up. He saw a blackbird at the top of a tree. “Hello!” said the bluebird. “It is a beautiful day, isn’t it?” “Yes it is,” said the blackbird. “I am blue, like the sky,” said the bluebird. “I am not blue,” said the blackbird. “I am black.” “Blue is better than black,” bragged the bluebird. “Blue is the color of the sky.”

The blackbird was wise. “Yes, blue is beautiful,” he said. “Blue is the color of the sky.” “But the sky is not always blue. Sometimes it is gray, like a mouse. Sometimes it is pink, like a flamingo. Sometimes it is green like a frog.  Sometimes it is black, like me.”

Wise Blackbird

The bluebird was surprised. “When is the sky gray, like a mouse?” he asked. “The sky is gray on a cloudy day,” said the blackbird. “It is as gray as a mouse.”

“When is the sky pink, like a flamingo?” asked the bluebird. “The sky is pink at sunset,” said the blackbird. “It is as pink as a flamingo.”

“When is the sky green, like a frog?” asked the bluebird.  “the sky is green just before a storm, like a thunderstorm” said the blackbird.  “it is as green as a frog”.

“When is the sky black, like you are?” asked the bluebird. “The sky is black at night when the stars are shining,” said the blackbird. “It is as black as I am.”

The bluebird thought and thought. He thought about the gray mouse and the sky on a cloudy day. He thought about the pink flamingo and the sky at sunset. He thought about the blackbird and the sky at night. “You are right,” he said to the blackbird. “A mouse is as gray as the sky. A flamingo is as pink as the sky. A frog is as green as the sky. A blackbird is as black as the sky. And I am as blue as the sky.”

“We are all the colors of the sky. We are all beautiful.” The bluebird still liked being blue, but he never bragged again.

The Wise Blackbird


Thanks to Rebecca from Singing in the Stacks for hosting Flannel Friday this week!

Flannel Friday – Purple Little Bird (guest post)

Flannel Friday – Purple Little Bird (guest post)

guest post finalYay! Flannel Friday is FOUR YEARS OLD!  This means that storytime bloggers have been paired up with other’s who may not have a blog and want to share their flannel friday creations!

Today, Miss Meg’s Storytime is hosting a post from Laura Chipman!  


 

I absolutely love Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley and thought that it would make a great flannelboard. I drew the characters freehand, cut them out of felt, and added details with puffy fabric paint.

While I have done the whole book as a flannelboard story, I have also used just the parts I wanted. This one was part of a “Whose House Is It?” storytime. I read Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley, Flora’s Surprise by Debi Gliori, Too Tall Houses by Gianna Marino, and Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic.

Homes

For the flannelboard I put up the felt pieces for the cave, the mountain, the desert, the pond, and the tree.

Homes - Camel

“I bet the camel lives in the tree.” I got a resounding, “No!”

Homes - Goat

“I know. The goat lives in the pond!”

Homes - Possum

“Maybe the possum lives in the cave.” The kids really loved it. I mixed them up a few times before they helped me put the animals in the right places.

Homes - Correct

“There we go. Everybody is back in their favorite home. Thank you for helping me!”

Thank you to Miss Meg for allowing me to do a guest post on her blog. I enjoyed being a part of

Flannel Friday!

Miss Laura



Thanks to Mollie at What Happens in Storytime for hosting Flannel Friday this week!


-Miss Meg

Frog Storytime

Frog Storytime

Ribbit Ribbit! Today we had FROG storytime!  Frogs have been on my mind ever since I very recently learned about how frogs hibernate.

Frog Picture Books

Froggy Learns to Swim
Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London, illus. by Frank Remkiewicz
the Croaky Pokey
The Croakey Pokey by Ethan Long
Big Frog Can't Fit In
Big Frog Can’t Fit In by Mo Willems
Wide Mouthed Frog
The Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner, Illus. by Jonathan Lambert

Frog Songs & Rhymes
The entire time I was planning this storytime I was reminded of summer camp…I can remember going on hikes and walks while singing some of these silly froggy tunes…

Mmm Ahh Went the Frog
source: aforementioned summer camp

Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day
Mmm ahh went the little green frog
Mmm ahh went the little green frog one day
and the little green frog went Mm ahh!

BUT we all know frogs go
(clap) Na na na na na
(clap) Na na na na na
(clap) Na na na na na
We all know frogs go
(clap) Na na na na na
and they don’t go Mm Mm Ah!

Bonus! Video of me singing it…

BONUS BONUS Jbrary also sang this song!(after I already recorded myself doing this song… should’ve checked with them first!)

Two Little Frogs
adapted by me from Two Little Blackbirds

Two little froggies sitting in the lake
One named Jane, and one named Jake
Swim away Jane, swim away Jake
Come back Jane, come back Jake!

Two little froggies sitting on the bay
One named Greg, and one named May
Jump away Greg, jump away May
Come back Greg, come back May

Five Green Speckled Frogs
source: traditional

Five green and speckled frogs
Sitting on a speckled log
eating the most delicious grub, YUM YUM
one jumped into the pool
where it was nice and cool
now there are 4 green speckled frogs
Ribbit ribbit!

….and continue done until there are no frogs left
I made a story tube for this that I got from Librarian Vs. Storytime!

I printed off the frog image from My Cute Graphics!

We also always do The Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau (the kids would probably revolt if we didn’t)

Frog Craft

This was definitely a crowd favorite! We made pop up frogs, using the template from The Craft Train!

Pop Up Frog Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Other Frog Storytime Ideas

Pre School Storytime- Frogs- Library Village
Frogs- Storytime Katie
PreSchool: Frogs- Never Shushed (with a similar version of Mm Ah!)
Frog tag- Librarian Vs. Storytime
All About Frogs Storytime- Wisconsin Water Library
Storytime: Frogs- Off the Library Shelf
Storytime: Frogs!- Falling Flannelboards