Life Lessons

Today and for the past week I have been making some hard decisions. I have stepped down from my job of working in the Youth Services Department at the Lee County Library. I will still be blogging about children’s books, crafting, songs, and poems. I will never be tired of writing.

If there are prayer warriors out their please pray I will step into my new job and work just has hard as I did with the young children. My blogs will start back after I get back from vacation. Love all my followers!

Bunny Craft and Interview with a children’s book character

“Bunnies are so cute, soft, and huggable. My guest today is a young man who always wanted a bunny.” Hi, we are glad to have you here today to tell us about your character and how you are used to make this story special.”

“Start by telling us today the name and the author of the children’s book.”

Young man

The name of the book is, “My Funny Bunny.”  The author and illustrator is Christine Roussey. She has written several children’s books, “My Stinky Dog and My Lazy Cat.”  She is the illustrator of “In My Heart”, “Hello In There”, “In My Room”, “Brave as Can Be”, and All My Treasures.  Christine lives in Paris.

“Thank You.  Can you tell us about your character?”

Young man

I like bunnies and on my birthday my Uncle gave me one for my birthday.  I could not wait to meet my cool bunny.  When I opened the box, I was a stinker.  I cried because he did not look like I thought he would look.  Disappointment took over me before I knew it.

Read the book and you will meet my funny bunny.  He was not mean or disappointed in me as I was with him. 

“First I want to say, “Happy Birthday!  Next I have to say I have looked at this book and the drawings of funny bunny are adorable.”

Young man

He grows on you.  I wished I had not been so ugly to him because he is the best pet I ever had.

“Well, thank you for coming and everyone check out this book or go and buy your own copy today.”

Bunnies

By Vicky Manning

Have you ever played with bunnies?

With bunnies, with bunnies?

Have you ever played with bunnies?

I hope you can soon.

They are soft and furry

And can hop away in a hurry.

Have you ever played with bunnies?

I hope you can soon.

Craft

Follow instructions below
Two Paper Towels
Fold in half
Fold again
Put the small rubber band in the middle of the paper towel fold

Baked Potato Dog Project

“I have the cutest book character with me today and he has a strange name, Baked Potato.”  We are glad you could come today.”

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

Baked Potato

“I’m a Baked Potato,” is the name of the book I’m in.  My creators are author Elise Primavera and illustrator Juana Medina. Elise was written illustrated books for twenty-five years and has received many awards. Juana lives in Washington, DC with her family and dog, Rosita. She was born in Bogota, Colombia.

“How did you get the name, Baked Potato?”

Baked Potato

I was named after baked potatoes because my owner loved them. She said I was smooth, warm, and she loved me so much she could eat me up just like a baked potato.

“Tell us about your owner.”

Baked Potato

I loved her. She taught me so many things. We ate together and slept together. Then one day I lost her and had to go find her.  In the story you will meet the animals I asked for help to find my owner. It was an adventure. I had a hard time and my name did not help me.

“You sound like a dog that would go through many hurts and trials to find your owner.”

Baked Potato

I am I love my owner.  Please read about how I found her. The children’s book is available in libraries and stores.

“We will surely get the book to read and Baked Potato thank you for giving us a chance to get to know you.”

Baked Potato Dog

Drawing Project for ChildrenTheme Pets

“What is the perfect pet?  My guest today is a character in the book, “Molly Mischief, My Perfect Pet.”

“Hey Molly, I’m guessing this book is about you finding the perfect pet, I’m I right?”

Molly

Yes Ma’am, but it also is about me getting into trouble.

“Molly, tell us who created your character and who wrote the book.”

Molly

The author is Adam Hargreaves and he is also the illustrator.

“Why are you always getting into trouble?”

Molly

I don’t know, I guess I just make really bad mistakes when I’m around animals.  In the book I tickle a penguin and I don’t know why my parents don’t like it.  I’m confused about how I’m to relate to them. I really wanted a new pet my pet is too small.

“Did you find a new pet?”

Molly

I tried but, I always had to take them back for one reason or another.

“I’m sorry.”

Molly

It’s okay, I found my perfect pet but you will have to read the book to see my decision.

 “Molly we are going to do just that. I can’t wait to read about the pet you chose.”

Poem

Yarn, Kittens and Margaret

By Vicky

Five balls of yarn are lying in a basket.

Five silly kittens playfully toss it.

One ball of yarn rolls into the closet.

One ball of yarn rolls on the carpet.

One ball of yarn rolls into a bonnet.

One ball of yarn rolls into a rocket

One ball of yarn rolls right to Margaret!

Drawing Project

Make a copy and have class to draw their favorite pet around the face

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.

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