Here’s a rhyme that will help young children with their colors while also having fun for the season. I’m pretty sure I learned it from a librarian (absolutely the best sources in the world!); use color felt pieces or anything else that would represent those colors mentioned.
Rudolph! Rudolph! What will you do? You can’t guide Santa is your nose if BLUE.
Rudolph! Rudolph! You’re such a silly fellow. Who will know it’s you if your nose is YELLOW.
Rudolph! Rudolph! Your way cannot be seen through the wintry weather if your nose is GREEN.
Rudolph! Rudolph! Santa gave a wink, but what do you think he’ll say if your nose is PINK?
Rudolph! Rudolph! It’s time to fly at night. You can’t get through the snow if your nose is WHITE.
Rudolph! Rudolph! It’s time to go to town but you can’t help Santa if your nose is BROWN.
Rudolph! Rudolph! Santa has his sack. But you’re not ready if your nose is BLACK.
Rudolph! Rudolph! The children are in bed. And now we can get on our way because your nose is RED!
I don’t click well with a lot of horror movies. Something about everything rushing onto the screen makes it hard for me to build a decent headful of suspense. But horror stories, now—that’s something else. Especially children’s stories.
This story has been going around for a while, but it’s news to me. I was all set to write a list of books about gratitude and Thanksgiving and turkeys with places to go, but I can’t think of a cooler way to give back than this:
Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, bought himself an ice cream truck. Then, lacking a license to sell, he drove around giving ice cream to people. How cool is that? (Ahem. Pun not intended.)
Have a great Thanksgiving!
…because Danger Club-ers are brave, curious sorts like the heroine of the book, Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald.
Eating bugs will be optional at the Danger Club program this Saturday, 2:30 PM in the Children’s Department at Main, Oakland. Continue reading
Julie and Ruth pull out the enormous turnip from Dedushka’s garden in Passport to the World : Russia (Nov. 9, 2013).
Snow and gray skies getting you down? Take a virtual vacation in Hawai’i with us on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014!
It’s Picture Book Month again–time to look at Caldecotts or just marvel at your favorite illustrations. But what about a picture book that depicts invisibility?
Dive into the story of The Nutcracker using all your senses, Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 PM at the Main Children’s Department in Oakland. Experience the story through movement and dance, touching costumes and pointe shoes and listening to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. Each child in attendance will be entered into a drawing for tickets.
Halloween was definitely in the air Tuesday evening in the Children’s Department!
Great pumpkins . . .
Wonderful costumes . . .
A fun parade . . .
Terrific tellers . . .
Plus staff and volunteers!
“Do you remember what fun you had stealthily tying two cabbages to Deacon Ellis’ front door knob on cabbage night in 1867 or 1868?” Continue reading
I love Halloween . . . dressing up, getting candy and especially telling stories!
If you feel the same way, you won’t want to miss the Brilliant Bookworms, a youth storytelling group from Winchester Thurston School, telling (slightly) scary stories Tuesday, October 29, 7 pm, at our annual Halloween Costume Party and Bring-Your-Own-Decorated Pumpkin Contest. Come in costume and join the trick-or-treat parade after the stories!
Here are some of my favorite stories for Halloween:
“The Strange Visitor“ piece by piece, body parts come to the woman who is at the fireside; she finally asks what they’ve come for and the surprise answer is . . . YOU! Find it in any one of these sources–
English folk and fairy tales / collected by Joseph Jacobs
Spooky stories for a dark & stormy night / compiled by Alice Low
When the lights go out : twenty scary tales to tell / by Margaret Read
“Ghost with the Bloody Fingers“ never trust anyone that says a room ISN’T haunted; this scary (but funny) story will make you think otherwise–
Scary stories to tell in the dark / collected from American folklore by
Scared witless : thirteen eerie tales to tell / Martha Hamilton &
“Heckedy Peg“ always do as your mother says and never let in strangers–
Heckedy Peg / by Audrey Wood
“Dark Dark Tale“ you never know what you’re going to find in a deep, dark corner–
A dark dark tale : story and pictures / by Ruth Brown
“The Ghoul“ a deliciously, frightful poem that will have you shaking in your shoes–
Nightmares : poems to trouble your sleep / by Jack Prelutsky
“Yellow Ribbon“ no matter what the color, don’t ask anyone wearing a scarf to remove it–
In a dark, dark room, and other scary stories / retold by
The August House book of scary stories : spooky tales for telling out
loud / edited by Liz Parkhurst
Favorite scary stories of American children [sound recording] : grades
K-3 / [edited by] Richard and Judy Dockrey Young