Following all the app chatter at the BCLA Conference this year the West Vancouver Memorial Library just launched their app advisory Tumblr, as well as their new website. Lindsey and I were lucky enough to be involved with writing and reviewing apps for the Tumblr which provides a quick overview of the characteristics of the app, includes a picture or trailer and a brief annotation. Life is tough when you’re dissecting a virtual frog while manning the reference desk!
This piece is part of our larger column which will appear in the Fall issue of the YAACing newsletter. Stay tuned for our round-up of all things awesome on the web this Fall!
Finding the right book for the right group of kids is one of the main components of a successful storytime. To assist those of us hunting for the perfect read- aloud, we’ve created a Storytime Book Review playlist that will feature quick, two-minute reviews of our favourite storytime books. These videos will include:
A brief plot summary
A few glimpses of the illustrations
Reasons the book is a great storytime pick
Early literacy tips
To help us out, we’ve enlisted the aid of our friend Mackie! Here’s a little about Mackie:
Mackie is excited to be entering her second year of her MLIS program. She has a background in Community Development, and in the future wants to work in a public library with underserved children. Her favourite characters are Nobody Owens (from the Graveyard Book), Olivia (the pig), and Princess Elizabeth (the Paperbag Princess). She spends most of her free time curled up with a good book and one of her two cats.
If you have any books that you’d like to see Mackie review, please leave us a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This storytime was inspired by the great city I live in, Vancouver, BC and wanted to share this love with children and families. These are the songs and books I used for a 30-minute Preschool Storytime. You can hear all of the songs and rhymes by clicking on the Watch Here links. For more ideas about city living with kids check out our Pinterest board here.
Books I Shared:
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer
This folktale explains why some animals appear in certain places, while other animals don’t. We’ve slightly modified it to fit into a city themed storytime. You can find the basic outline of the story which can be told by as many or as few people as you’d like in the About section under our Youtube video.
A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus Got on, got on, got on a city bus And all, and all, and all the people said, “You’re squishing us!” (hug baby) A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on a city bus and all, and all, and all the people said, “Baaaack up!” A cow, a cow, a cow got on a bus And all, and all, and all the people said, “Mooooove over!”
The seals on the bus go arp, arp, arp arp, arp, arp, arp, arp, arp The seals on the bus go arp, arp, arp All around the town.
The rabbits on the bus go up and down… The snakes on the bus go hiss, hiss, hiss The monkeys on the bus go eeh, eeh, eeh, The tigers on the bus go roar, roar, roar The geese on the bus go honk, honk, honk The people on the bus go help, help, help!
This is the key to the city. The city is on a hill. And on the hill is a street. And on that street there is a house. And in that house there is a room. And in that room there is a bed. And on that bed there is a basket. And in that basket there is a blanket. And under that blanket there is a baby. The baby in the basket The basket on the bed The bed in the room The room in the house The house on the street The street on the hill The hill in the city And this is the key to the city.
This is the way we pound the nails, pound the nails, pounds the nails This is the way we pound the nails so early in the morning. This is the way we saw the wood, saw the wood, saw the wood. This is the way we saw the wood so early in the morning.
Other Verses: Stack the bricks, Stir the paint, Paint the wall
One little house all alone it stood Then another was built There grows the neighborhood. Two little houses… Three little houses… Four little houses… Five little houses All together they stood On a beautiful street in a happy neighborhood.
Oh the city is great and the city is grand There’s a whole lot of people on a little piece of land And we live way up on the 57th floor and this is what we do when we go out the door. We take the elevator up and the elevator down, take the elevator up, take the elevator down Take the elevator up and the elevator down and we turn around.
Zoom down the highway Zoom down the highway Zoom down the highway Fast! Up goes the drawbridge Up goes the drawbridge Up goes the drawbridge The ship is going past. Down goes the drawbridge Down goes the drawbridge Down goes the drawbridge The ship has past at last. Zoom down the highway Zoom down the highway Zoom down the highway Fast!