Author: vmanningreads

Self-Esteem theme

“A cute little penguin is our guest children’s book character.”  We are glad you could come to tell us about your new book.”

Penguin

I’m so happy to be here to celebrate you!

“You came to celebrate me and others?”

Penguin

Yes, we are all special.

“Tell us the name of the book, author, and illustrator.”

Penguin

The book of course name, “Celebrate You!”  The author is Sherri Duskey Rinker and the illustrator is A.N. Kang.

“We would love to hear something about the author and illustrator.”

Penguin

Sure, I’ll start with the author; Sherri is the #1 author of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site; Steam Train, Dream Train; Silly Wonderful You; and other popular picture books.  She lives in Chicago with her husband.

A.N. Kang created me and the great illustrations in the book. She is a Korean-born designer. She debuted as an author and illustrator with her picture book, “The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon.

“Tell us about the book and what part you take in it.”

Penguin

I was created to show everyone how life needs to be celebrated.  We are special and have overcome many obstacles.  This story makes me feel good inside about myself and it will make you feel good about yourself too. When you read the book you will see other characters helping celebrate me and you.

What a wonderful book that makes people think back about their lives and to give themselves a pat on the back for their accomplishments in their live.  Do yourself a favor and read this book today.”

CELEBRATION!

Have a party celebrating who you are.

Ideas

  1. Craft – Write child’s name on one side of paper. Have the student to trace name with paint and then fold paper in half. Open the paper to see their name design.

2. Trace Student’s body on butcher paper and let them color in their face and color in their clothes.

3. Have students to write a poem about themselves.

4. Buy cupcakes and let students decorate them with their favorite color.

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Dragon, Tempers

“I may need a water hose with me while I interview my next children’s book character, Fergal. Robert Starling wrote and illustrated this great children’s book.  He lives in Norwich, UK.”

“Fergal, you are a fire breathing dragon, right?”

 Fergal

Yes, but I promise I will not smoke up this room.

“Great, can you tell us about your character in the book, “Fergal and the Bad Temper.”?

Fergal

I have a problem with being told what to do, it makes me mad and that’s not a good thing for a dragon.

My temper is nasty but I really do not want to be this way because people do not like hot heads.

“I can understand people not wanting to be around someone who get angry all the time.  Does this anger issue have something to do with the story?”

 Fergal

Yes Ma’am. I had to find a way to control my temper.  I had family and friends show me how they dealt with anger.  My Mother gave me the best advice for holding my temper and you know what, I have time for so many other useful things since I’ve learned how to control my temper.

“That is wonderful!  This book is going to teach us about anger issues and we all get angry sometimes.”

Fergal

Yes Ma’am we do!

Temper, Temper

By Vicky Manning

If you’re mad and you know it, watch your temper!

If you’re mad and you know it, watch your temper!

If you’re mad and you know it

Find a way to control it.

If you’re mad and you know it, watch your temper!

CRAFT

Make two copies of the dragon feet and one copy of the head on card stock.

Cut out

Roll green construction paper around a paper roll.

Glue the dragon head to the top of the paper roll.

Cut four slits on the bottom of the paper roll for the feet to slide into.

Road Trips in Cars

Everyone, are you ready for our next interview? I hope you are ready because I have a room full of book characters coming to tell you about their author and illustrator.

“So, who is going to speak for everyone today?”

Pip

“I can speak for everyone and can you not ask them about our little road trip?  We had a few guests along the way and I’m not sure everyone was happy about it.”

“Sure, we can first talk about the author and illustrator.”

Pip

“The author of our book is Pat Brannon and she has written fifteen Christian and children’s books.  The illustrator is Natalie Totire Brinley.  Natalie is also a writer, crafter, and child care worker. She has written 22 books.

“Thanks Pip, can you now give us a clue about this group of characters I’m seeing with you?”

Pip

“Sure, they are all the animals I picked up on our vacation!  I love animals and they love me. I also think animals do not need to be alone.  Everyone loves company!”

“I enjoyed the vacation, like I said before, but I’m sure others was not as happy as I was.”

“It sounds like you had a great adventure you did not plan.”

Pip

“Exactly!  It was not planned but it worked out in the end. We had a wild ride and we made it home safely.”

“It sounds like a book filled with animals and an unplanned vacation excitement. We have all had vacations like this and I’m sure children will enjoy reading about Pip’s family vacation.”

Road Trip

By Vicky Manning

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

It’s vacation time.

We are going on a road trip

We’re playing I spy in rhyme.

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

I spy a cat.

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

I spy a _______________.

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

I spy a dog.

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

I spy a _______________.

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

I spy a mouse.

Honk, honk, zoom, zoom

I spy a _______________.

(Add your, I spy animal or thing)

Make a copy on card stock.

Give students tracing paper or light weight paper to trace on.

Trace pig and color.

Pigs & Hogs

The book to be interviewed today is, “The Book Hog,” and we have him with us today.  I have to tell you working at a library myself, I’m in love with this book.  When I got to the end of the book and saw the green date card, I smiled.

“We have the Book Hog himself here to tell you about his book character.”

Book Hog

Hi everyone, I love books and that is what the author wants you to know about me. I like you too and want you to read about my big secret.  Did you know you can go to the library and check out lots of books?  I check out books at the library and you can too.

“Book Hog, I’m so glad you like books and thank you for telling everyone where they can check out books.”

“We would love for you to tell us the author of The Book Hog.”

Book Hog

The guy who thought me up is Greg Pizzoli and guess what?  He likes books too! He visits libraries in Philadelphia, and you can find him online at www.gregpizzoli.com

Books & Pig

By Vicky Manning

I had a pig

In a purple wig

and he could dance the jig.

Pig

Wig

Jig

Pig

Wig

Jig

He could dance the jig.

I put some books

In my sacks

And took them to my folks

Books

Sacks

Folks

Books

Sacks

Folks

I took them to my folks.

Together we danced the jig

With my pig in purple wig.

Jig

Pig

Wig

Jig

Pig

Wig

Together we danced the jig.

Make a copy; give students a blank page; let them trace pig and color

Father’s Day Drawing Project

Father’s Day is fast approaching and I have the perfect book for you to read!

“I have Daddy and his young son with me today.”  Thank you for coming to tell us about your new life through the book, Daddy, Me, and the Magic Hour written by Laura Krauss Melmed and illustrated by Sarita Rich.”

“Can you tell us about your character and your family?”

Daddy

My son and I love our afternoon walks and we call it the magic hour. We have a few chores to do before we take our walk but we never miss our walk together.

“Little fellow what do you like the best about your walks at night?”

Son

I like the playground and playing with the dogs. Dad and I also play games in the dirt.

“Dad can you tell us your favorite part of the evening walk?”

DADDY

Sure, being with my son is the best part. It gives us time to play together and explore together. We meet many people at the park and on the walk but I enjoy the time by teaching my son about nature the most.

This story tells about our time together and I hope it will encourage Dads to spend special times with their kids.

Daddy Time

By Vicky Manning

Clap, clap,clap

Daddy loves me.

Clap, clap, clap

I love daddy.

Clap, clap, clap

We play together.

And sometime we even

Play with my mother.

Stomp, stomp, stomp

Daddy loves me.

Stomp, stomp, stomp

I love daddy.

Stomp, stomp, stomp

We play together.

And sometime we even

Play with my brother.

Run, run, run

Daddy loves me.

Run, run, run

I love daddy.

Run, run, run

We play together.

And sometime we even

Play with my sister.

Copy frame and let students draw a picture of their magic hour with dad.

Summer Reading -Theme Space

This summer we have two very successful programs at our public library. I was so worried we would not have many people to show up because we have one large program each week that brings in around three hundred children.

Our Storytime had 96 children who enjoyed our story, game and songs. We had 46 children attend our Makers Space program. Below you will see a few of the Aliens they made.

Alien #1

Aliens

Theme Sliding

“Voting for our leaders is a great privilege in the United States.  Today Nicolette a book character from the book. “Lambslide,” is here to tell us about her character in the book.”

“Nicolette, tell us about the author and illustrator who created you and the lambs.”

Nicolette

Ann Patchett from Nashville, Tennessee is the writer for, “Lambslide.”  Robin Glasser is the illustrator who drew me, the lambs and my family.

“Tell us about yourself.”

Nicolette

Sure, I was created to run for class president.  My lambs are always around me and I love them. They are smart but think the universe was made just for them.  They were close to me the day I was working on my campaign posters.  My Mother said I would win by a landslide. The lambs thought she said lambslide and wondered where this place was.

“So that’s where the title came from.  Can you tell us if you won class president?”

Nicolette

I did but that was only part of this great story. The lamb’s mother helped them figure out what they needed to do to find the lambslide and the story grew from that conflict. Everyone is going to love my lambs and see how smart they are.

“Great! I can’t wait to read the book.  Thank you for coming and have fun with your lambs and being class president.”

Nicolette

I sure will!

Sliding

By Vicky Manning

I’m sliding down my momma’s leg, Wee!

Won’t you come and slide with me?

I’m sliding down my momma’s leg, Wee!

I hit the floor and count to three.

1,2,3

I’m sliding down my daddy’s leg, Wee!

Won’t you come and slide with me?

I’m sliding down my daddy’s leg, Wee!

I hit the floor and count to three.

1,2,3

(You can add things your child can slide down while you sing the poem to them.)

Place colorful dot stickers on lamb (I found the small dots at Wal-mart and they work well with this project.

Tree with plate ornaments

“Raccoons are cute little creatures but they are also little devils at times.  I have picked up around my garbage can so many times from their nightly visits.  Today are character guest is Muddy.”

“Muddy, what is the name of the book you are a character in?”

Muddy

The book is named after me, Muddy, The Raccoon who Stole dishes.

“Who created your character?”

Muddy

The illustrator is Linda Wolfsgruber born in South Tyrol, Italy.  You can find her work throughout Europe and in the United States and Japan.  She has won many awards. 

The writer of the book is Griffin Ondaatje born in Kingston, Canada. He has written “The Mosquito Brothers” and “The Camel in the Sun.” Griffin has three children and they live in Cambridge, Ortario, Canada, with his family.

“Muddy, I like your name.  How do you think you got that name?”

Muddy

I live by Mud River, so that may be why Griffin gave me Muddy as a name.

“Can you tell us about your character?”

Muddy

I love to eat out of the garbage can and I love to eat off plates.  It taste so good and I never know what I will be eating. I like surprises when it comes to eating. I guess you could say I’m a picky eater.

“Does the rest of your family like to eat out of trash cans?”

Muddy

They like garbage can food but they think it is dangerous to eat it. They also think I could get in trouble if I keep crossing the river to eat out of the restaurant’s garbage can.

“Can you tell us just a little more about the story?”

Muddy

I was stubborn and went on over to the restaurant for food and got caught by my father.  I had the plate with me and the oldest, wisest raccoon wanted me to make amends.  You will never believe what happens when I go back.

“I guess we need to read the story to find out.  Thank you for coming by and Muddy you are a cute little fellow, stay safe.”

CRAFT

Decorate the paper plate around the edges with stickers, or paint on the rim of the plate
Draw a tree. Hang the paper plate ornaments on the tree. If you have a large tree limb you can put the limb in a large planter and pour sand or dirt to hold it up.

Inside, Up, Down Over Under and By

By Vicky Manning

Raccoon went inside the trash can

Up with his supper

Down to the ground

Over the river

Under a tree

By a lake

To eat  left over steak.

Raccoon went inside the trash can

Up with his supper

Down to the ground

Over the river

Under a tree

By a ditch

To eat his fish.

Inside

Up

Down

Under

By

Little Raccoon is a hungry guy.

Pattern Dog for paper art.

“Today I’m interviewing Ms. Leonora and Mr. Carmelo and they are pet owners. We also have their pets here.   

“What is the title of the book you are in Ms. Leonora?”

Ms. Leonora

Who Cares, the name of the book I mean. Ha, ha.

“Mr. Carmelo, can you tell me who created you and Ms. Leonora?”

Mr. Carmelo

Certainly, our creator is Barbara Steinitz.  The German edition was published in 2009. The second edition was published in 2018 by Von dem Knesebeck GmbH & Co. Verlag KG.  The English translation is by Aisha Prigann.

“Ms. Leonora, can you tell us about how you and Mr. Carmelo met?”

Ms. Leonora

We met on while walking our dogs by chance. 

“Mr. Carmelo, what is the children’s book about?”

Mr. Carmelo

Have you ever noticed how dogs usually look like their owners?  The storyline starts by showing pictures of pet owners with their dogs.  Everyone resembled their dogs but me and Ms. Leonora.  We didn’t mind much but the mocking and laughing at us hurt.

“You no longer care what people think or say to you?”

Mr. Carmelo & Ms. Leonora

We certainly don’t.  (They smile at each other as they pet their dogs.) When you read our book you will find out why.  Everything works out for us and our dogs.

“Who Cares!   I love the name of the book. It is perfect.  Thank you for sharing your story with us.  This book is funny and entertaining and parents the pages in the book are waterproof and tear resistant.

ART

Copy and cut out dogs from magazines, books, wallpaper
Example

Zappy Dog

By Vicky

Zap, zap, zap

Tap, tap, tap

Zappy dog change colors for me.

Zap, zap you are red

Like the bug on your head.

Zappy dog change colors for me.

Zap, zap you are brown

Like the dirt on the ground.

Zappy dog change colors for me.

Zap, zap you are pink

Like the flamingo in my drink.

Zappy dog change colors for me.

Zap, zap you are yellow

Like the banana in my Jello.

Zap, zap you are purple

Like the flower in my journal.

Zappy dog changed colors for me

Now I’m happy as can be!

Interview with a Children’s Book Character – Monkey theme

We have Mr. Monkey with us today. He is the main character in the book, Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike, by Jeff Mack.

“Mr. Monkey, tell us about your character?”

Mr. Monkey

I like to play games on my computer. I’m athletic and determined.

“In the story you have a problem, can you tell us what happen to you?”

Mr. Monkey

Yes a bird stole my computer controller. I spent a whole day trying to get it back.

“What happen?

 Mr. Monkey

I ran, jumped, and swung and duck to get to the bird.  If you read the book you will see all the places I went that day.

“Did you get the controller for the computer back?”

  Mr. Monkey

Read the book please. I’m too tired to tell you.

“Fair enough, we will read the book and thanks for sharing today.”

Movement Poem

Monkey Goes Hiking

By Vicky Manning

You see the monkey

I see the monkey

So let’s take monkey hiking.

Through the trees

Feel the breeze?

Through the water

See the otter?

Through the weeds

Monkey leads.

Over the rocks

We meet a fox.

Monkey, Fox, and everyone go hiking.

(Repeat the hike and add an animal at the end until the class can’t recall all the animals.)

Craft

Cut and glue in the middle of the circle below
Cut around the monkey face and curl the strips around a pencil