MARCH Book Babies + Toddler Time: Eric Carle

by | Mar 11, 2024 | Blog, Book Babies, Kid's Corner, Toddler Time | 0 comments

If you haven’t discovered the bold, colorful world of Eric Carle, you are in for a enchanting experience. “Eric Carle (1929-2021) was the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. But that’s not the only reason why he received nearly 10,000 fan letters every year. Carle wrote or illustrated more than 70 other children’s books, including favorites such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Very Quiet Cricket. Carle made these friendly insects and animals by painting on tissue paper, cutting out shapes, and pasting them together. The bold, eye-catching collages pop off the page in vibrant colors and rich textures. Even so, it is the “simple, simple feelings,” Carle believed, that have made his books so popular with young children.” ~ReadingRockets.org

Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 0 – 10 months

Toddler Time: Monday & Tuesday @ 9:30am in Community Room

Ages 11 – 23 months

 

Welcome Songs

Here We Are Together

Here we are together, together, together! Oh, here we are together in our library. There’s (sing names)… Here we are together in our library!

Hello Everybody

Hello everybody let’s clap our hands*, clap our hands, clap our hands. Hello everybody let’s clap our hands today! *pat our head, stretch up high, wiggle our fingers, tickle our knees, kick our feet, bounce up high!

S, T, R, W, P

(Sing while pointing to each finger on your child’s hand.) Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play! Sing, talk, read, write, play each day!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play

TIP

Active use of arms and legs encourages development of gross motor skill, which contributes to school readiness and learning. Activities like, “This is Bill Anderson. This is Tom Trim,” children will do what is called crossing the midline – that is, crossing the center of the body. It helps develop children’s minds as well as their bodies. -Reading Picture Books With Children by Lambert

Activity

While sitting on the floor, lay your toddler on her back on your outstretched legs. Hold one of your child’s legs in each hand and guide her through the movements of, “This is Bill Anderson. This is Tom Trim.” Then, stand up and repeat the motions with her arms.

Books Presented

Book cover for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

Book cover for The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.
Book cover for From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.

Book cover for The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food, until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
Book cover for Can You Guess Food with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Can You Guess? Food With the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Use the close-up art to guess which food item will appear on the next page as The Very Hungry Caterpillar eats through this book, giving clues along the way

Book cover for The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley

The Greedy Python by Richard Buckley

 
“The Greedy Python” is quick to gobble up every creature he meets–including to his own great misfortune, himself, when he mistakes the tip of his tail for a lunchtime treat. With drawings by one of the country’s most popular illustrators, this story of a python who is quick to eat everything in sight, including the end of his tail on one sad day, is sure to delight and amuse young readers. Full-color illustrations.
Book cover for Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way.
Book cover for My First Busy World by Eric Carle

My First Busy World by Eric Carle

What do you see in your busy world? Do you play with blocks, or a ball, or a kite? Is the sun shining, or are there sparkly stars in the sky?

Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays

Cha, Cha, Chobogin

Cha, cha, chobogin
Cha, cha, cha BIN
Watch out little baby
You might fall IN!

Cha, cha, chobogin
Cha, cha, cha BOP
Watch out little baby
You might go UP!

Cha, cha, chobogin
Cha, cha, cha TOWN
Watch out little baby
You might fall DOWN!

Cha, cha, chobogin
Cha, cha, cha CHOO
Watch out little baby
I might kiss YOU!

Source: Jbrary

This is Bill Anderson

This is Bill Anderson. (Hold up one leg.)
And this is Tom Trim. (Hold up other leg.)

Bill over Tom, (Cross legs, one over the other.)
Tom over Bill, (Cross legs the other way.)

Bill over Tom, (Cross legs faster.) 
Tom over Bill, (Cross legs faster.) 

Bill over Tom, (Cross legs faster.) 
Tom over Bill, (Cross legs legs the other way and continue, going faster and faster.)

Additional verse:
Repeat using arms instead of legs. 

The Color I See

Red, red is the color I see.
If you’ve got red, then show it to me.
Stand up, take a bow, turn around.
Bring up your red and sit back down.

Yellow…
Blue…
Green…
Purple…
Orange…

Source: Verona Storytime

Red and Green and Yellow and Blue

Red and green and yellow and blue.
These are the colors over you!
Red as an apple and green as a tree.
Yellow as the sun and blue as the sea.
Red and green and yellow and blue.
These are the colors over you!

Source: Storytime in the Stacks

The Duck in the Pond Says…

The duck in the pond says quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
Quack, quack, quack!
The duck in the pond says quack, quack, quack
All day long!

Source: Storytime in the Stacks

The itsy bitsy spider 

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Source: Twinkle Little Songs – Nursery Rhymes

 

Baby Sign Language

More Book Babies

FEBRUARY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Music & Movement

Music and movement can improve a child’s mood and help to reduce stress all while stimulating the formation of important brain connections. So, sing those lullabies, dance in the kitchen, play an instrument, and sing a book with your baby each and every day! ​ ​ Book...

JANUARY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, we love you! We love the way you stomp! We love the way you chomp! We love the way you soar! And, we especially love the way you, ROAR! There are so many things to do with your budding dinosaur. ​Book Babies: Wednesday @ 9:30am in Community Room...

NOVEMBER Book Babies + Toddler Time: Under the Sea

Glub! Glub! Glub! went the slippery little fish! Children love “diving” under the sea and meeting all the different creatures who reside in the deep blue ocean. In addition to the activities listed below, try filling a large container with water, possibly tinting it...

OCTOBER Book Babies + Toddler Time: Opposites

Children love learning about the world around them, and using concept words with compare/contrast are a great way to help them see things differently. So, try talking about movement, textures, feelings, etc. with its conceptual opposite such as, “Look at the car...

SEPTEMBER Book Babies + Toddler Time: Farm Animals

Let’s go to the farm! Some of the first sounds a child will make are the sounds of an animal like a cow. You can help him make a sound/image association with a DIY flip-the-flap picture book. Using a small spiral notebook, paste pictures of animals on every other page...

September Kids & Tween Events

Story TimeJoin Miss Gina, Grace, and Marybeth for Preschool Story Time, Toddler Time, and Book Babies! For September, we will have fun with the letter F and farm animals! Preschool Story Time is for ages 2-5 and meets Tuesdays at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM or Wednesdays at...

JULY Book Babies + Toddler Time: Friends Forever

Let’s make friends! Toddlers and infants, despite their stage of individual play, can begin the process of making friends. Babies observe facial expressions. Toddlers begin learning how to share. All of these stages lead to social and emotional growth, so have fun...

JUNE Book Babies + Toddler Time: Let’s Watch the Weather Together!

Watching the weather change with the seasons can be fun for baby and you! When getting ready in the morning, talk about the weather and why baby is wearing warm pants and boots or a cool sun shirt, shorts and sandals. You can also associate the seasons to colors such...

July Kid & Tween Activities

CHESS AND GAME CLUB Learn the art of chess and other games from the master of fun and strategy, Nick Allison. Game supplies will be provided. Every Monday from 4:30-5:30 P.M. in the Community Room For ages 9-184TH OF JULY CLOSURE The Library will be closed Tuesday,...

APRIL Book Babies + Toddler Time: BUGS!

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! Oh, how we love bugs in all their varieties and the nursery rhymes that accompany them! The Itsy Bitsy Spider, The Ants Go Marching, Little Arabella Miller, and The Bees in the Beehive are favorites of ours. Can you remember some “bug” songs from...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This