Month: April 2019


We are getting ready for summer reading! I had some items come in the mail for one event. I love all the programs we plan. Every Thursday a special program is held downstairs with the summer’s theme in mind. We usually have over 300 students attending.

This year I have three maker’s space events, a Star Wars event, and a play in July. I guess you can see my summer’s fly by.

Today I have a new book to share with you called Raj and the Best Day Ever! By Sebastien Braun

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can have fun without spending money?” Well I heard it a great deal of the time growing up because we did not have a lot of money. In this book, Raj and his Dad plan to have a great day in town. Dad forgets his billfold so they have no money, but you can enjoy the day without money, right?  They go to the park and float a boat and then make a picture on the ground with nature items. While eating a picnic lunch the wind blows their list of things do. Dad holds up Raj to get the list out of the tree but a bird beats him to the list, takes it and flies away. Dad once again saves the day by becoming a superhero that flies them home.

When they get home the door is lock but Raj remembers he has a key in his backpack. Guess what was also in the backpack, the billfold.


A map for Raj’s day

Read the book to the class and tell them to listen as you read about all the activities Raj and his dad enjoy after finding they have no money.

After you read the story let them draw on the map above the parts they remember from the story.

Mystery Blogger Nominee

The Rules of the Mystery Blogger Award

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  9. Share a link to your best post(s)

Thank you Mel from http://DecorCraft Design by Mel

Thank you for nominating me for this great award. It was a shock to see I was nominated! Everyone please drop by Mel’s Blog and see his great crafts. I loved the uncycling Fry Pan blog.

Let me see three things I like about myself – I’m sympathetic, Love to try new adventures, and I love to tell stories

My nominations for the Mystery Blogger Award


2. http://flowersinthebrain

3.  http://tinstar05


5. http://JacquiMurray

6. http://adrioct

7. http://frenchc1955

8. http://918kissrml

9. http://Destiny@HowlingLibraries

10. http://beetleypete

Five questions for you to answer:

  1. Do you blog on weekends?
  2. Do you have pets?
  3. Have you ever self published?
  4. Do you have a job outside of blogging?
  5. (This is my silly question) When you sneeze is it dramatic action?

I’m asked to share a link to my best post

  1. http://vicky’s Rowdy Book House Trains
  2. http://vicky’s Rowdy Book House Airplane
  3. http://Vicky’s Rowdy Book House Caves
  4. http://Vicky’s Rowdy Book House Snakes


Night Train by Annie Cronin Romano

I have said before I have never been on an airplane. Today I will say I have never traveled on a commuter train or a large passenger train. I have traveled from Durango to Silverton on a coal mining open train and it was wonderful! The only thing we had to watch out for was the soot flying into the open area where we were sitting.

Today the book “Night Train,” took me on another kind of ride through the country while others are sleeping. I could almost feel the movement of the train as it traveled the rails. I would love to read this book for a night story time. Serene book.



  1. Cardstock
  2. Paper roll
  3. Glue or tape
  4. Two copies of the engine
  5. Four copies of the boxcars or more if you want to make it longer
Box Car


By Vicky Manning

The wheels on the train go bumpy bump,

Bumpy bump,

Bumpy bump.

The wheels on the train go bumpy bump,

All the way home.

The whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot.

Toot, toot, toot

Toot, toot, toot

The whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot,

All the way home.

The people on the train go yak, yak, yak

Yak, yak, yak

Yak, yak, yak

The whistle on the train go yak, yak, yak

All the way home.

The Conductor on the train says, ticket please,

 Ticket, please,

Ticket please

The Conductor on the train says, ticket please

All the way home.

All aboard

By Vicky Manning

All aboard on the little red train

Get on aboard the little red train.

Hop on aboard the little red train.

Before she rides the rails!


Don’t fall out of your chair, I have never flew on an airplane. Now I’m not saying I would not fly but I can tell you right now I would be very nervous. So today I have picked the book Fly High Katie, Katie Woo by Fran Manushkin. This book is an easy reader about airplanes. Katie takes us with her on her first ride in an airplane. All kinds of things happen to her on her flight so she is not too sure she likes flying.

Our library has a very large selection of Katie Woo books and they check out very well. As a matter of fact all our readers check out a good bit. The stories our interesting and the children love learning to read through each story.

Fly with Me!

By Vicky Manning

(Sung to If You’re Happy and you know it)

If you like to fly and you know it

Climb aboard!

If you like to fly and you know it

Climb aboard!

If you like to fly and you know it

Then you surly ought to try it

If you like to fly and you know it

Climb aboard!

Five stewardesses

By Vicky Manning

Five stewardesses fly off in a jet.

Jeanette serves the passengers.

Juliette talks on the speaker.

Rosette works in the kitchen.

Henriette calms the nerves.

Yvette announces the landing.

Five stewardesses help passengers of the jet.


Paper airplane model


  1. Cardstock
  2. Markers
  3. Scissors
  4. Pom-pom
  5. Glue or tape
  6. Popsicle sticks (2)
Cut a slit on the top of the window airplane piece, for the single dot piece. Glue the wings around the popsicle stick on either side, glue body and two dot piece on the popsicle stick after folding


I dug into our book selection today in the children’s department and came up with one of my favorite children’s book. It was published in 1998.

Snake Alley Band by Elizabeth Nygaard – Cooperation is the lesson learned in this book but the students will have so much fun listening as they tap their way through the book, the lesson learn will need to be brought up afterwards. After reading through once, it would be fun to give the class instruments to play along through the second time reading.

Toot your horn and Tap your drums

By Vicky Manning

I’m playing in a jazz band, play with me.

Toot your horn and slap your knee

I’m playing in a jazz band, play with me.

Toot your horn and play for me.

I’m playing in a rock and roll band

Tap your drums and clap your hands

I’m playing in a rock and roll band

Tap your drums in our rock and roll band.


Snake in a basket


1.Brown Paper Bag

2. Grey Paper

3. Chop stick

4. Black marker

Cut the paper bag a little over half way down each side at the creases

Fold edges into bag

The back of the bag needs to be cut into the snake head and the hood on the sides.

Draw the snake’s face, hood and basket weave.

Cut out two teeth and a tongue

Cut the grey paper to fit under the snakes head and glue or tape to the back of the bag. I stapled the snakes head at the very top to his grey body.

Draw little black circles on the chop stick for the horn and place it across the basket.

Paper Chair

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. I’m ready to get back to work on finding children’s books that are great reads for pre- school age children.

Today I have the book The Perfect Sofa. Can you remember making furniture for your Barbie dolls? I may be giving my age away by asking this question but I can remember my mother sitting me and my sister down to show us how she made chairs for her dolls to sit in when she was a little girl. You will find the chair today at the bottom of this blog. I made my chair out of cardstock. Back when my mother made her chairs they were made from Sears catalogs or cereal boxes.

The perfect sofa by Fifi Kuo –

I know for a fact the illustrating this book had to be fun. Colorful pictures with a simple storyline of two animals, Panda and penguin, going shopping for a sofa is what you will find when you open the book. I’m going to have a blast putting together things for the students to build their perfect sofa.


By Vicky Manning

One little, two flora, three paisley chairs

Four little, five dotted, six striped chairs

Seven little, eight plaids, nine checked chairs,

Ten little colorful chairs

Come sit with Me

By Vicky Manning

Come and sit down with me, down with me, down with me.

Come and sit down with me on my comfy chair.

Come and swing slow with me, slow with me, slow with me.

Come and swing slow with me on my restful swing.

Come and rock awhile with me, awhile with me, awhile with me.

Come and rock awhile with me on my rocking chair.



Cardstock, cardboard, cereal boxes

Let your class make their own chairs from the materials you give them. I would love to see some of their creations!

Fold paper in half and cut on the fold; Open and adjust arms; You can round off top or bottom


Mermaids Fast Asleep by Robin Riding – When I have my next night time Storytime this book will be on my list to read. Written in rhyme the story takes you on a trip where mermaids live and sleep. This is a quiet tone story which will send your little ones to bed with good dreams

Mermaids Bedtime song

By Vicky Manning

Go to sleep, go to sleep

Go to sleep little mermaid.

Listen to the ocean waves,

As it rocks you to sleep.

All the fish will embrace you

As you go to La La sea

And you can dream

of how much we love you.

Enlarge Mermaid to the size youe want.

Give class colored pencils, markers, or crayons to design the Mermaids Fins

Before you cut the fins, put colored paper behind it.

From the top of the fin to the hip cut outside the line to give room to glue the fin.

After the glue dries slide the fin up the Mermaid’s legs.

I would use thicker paper for this project.

Have Fun!


Little Fox and the Missing Moon by Ekaterina Trukhan    Once awhile back I tried very hard to get a book published on this theme. I got one rejection letter that said it was an interesting topic but they were not able to print my manuscript at the time. So that being said I loved the book! Little fox wakes up and he can’t find the moon. The author gave a very fun storyline and I really think the children will love this book. I’m going to read this book to the class this summer for or space theme. 

Singing to the Moon

By Vicky Manning

Sung to (There I was just a walkin’ down the street)

There I was just a-walking down the street, singing “Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do”

Looking for the moon and shuffling my feet, singing “Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do”

The moon’s gone (really gone), she was bright (really bright)

The moons gone, she was bright and I can’t see her tonight

Before I knew it the moon reappeared “Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do”

Shinning over me just as natural as can be, singin’ “Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do”

Did you ever know, the moon could sing, Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do

Well guess what (guess what), she can (really can)

Guess what, she can sing and I can sing under her light

Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do






Swarm of Bees by Lemony Snicket & Rilla Alexander – At first I was getting bored with the storyline but enjoying the pictures very much. I have always heard the illustrations are very important for a children’s book and this book is that example to me.  The students might get restless in the middle of the book but keep entertaining them with the pictures. (I want to make note I read to 3 and four year olds.) The end of the book gives away the meaning of the story by the action words; angry bees are now warm and cozy, calm. Also the next page is “It can feel good to be angry, and it can feel better to stop.

Here is the Beehive                                                                Bee Sting       

(Not sure who wrote this poem.)                                          By Vicky Manning

Here is the beehive.                                                                 Here’s a bee on my nose

Where are the bees?                                                                Here’s a bee on my toes

Hidden away where nobody sees?                                         Here’s a bee on my knee

Here they come creeping                                                        Here’s the bee that stung me!

Out of the hive

1,2,3,4,5, Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

Busy little Bee

By Vicky Manning

Busy little bee

Crawling up my sleeve

Please don’t sting me!

Making Honey

By Vicky Manning

Bee to clover

Bee to flower

Bee to honeycomb

Honey to my home!

Fingerprint Bee

Let the students use their fingerprints to color up the bee. Have fun!

Storytelling Festival

Last night started off our first ever Story Telling Festival at the Lee County Library. Our line up of speakers were: Rebecca Jernigan and Wendy Garrison and Antonio Rocha. Today we have the speakers from last night plus Carrie Sue Ayvar, and Laurie McBride. We also put in one workshop given by Mary Frances Massey.

Last night we had a small crowd of thirty. I think this is a good number for the first program. Rebecca Jernigan and Wendy Garrison told us the story of a Prince of Darkness at the crossroads in the Delta. The story and blues music set the tone as creepy entertaining. After the storytelling they gave a sign language version of the story.

Antonio Rocha, this man had some moves, pantomime moves, that drew the audience into his program. He was funny and his story settings were from other countries.

I’m sitting here waiting for our next programs hoping we have a great audience for the group of storytellers today. It is raining and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day, fingers are crossed!