Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Cozy Chair Storytelling Channel

Check it out!

We've just discovered
a Reading Channel for Kids

Wonderful books told in delightful way

Since it's October, we suggest you start with an appropriately scary story,:

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzai

Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Visitors guide to a Scare-orrific Tour of your Local Library

SCAry THinGs
that aren't really all that scary

Librarians do tours. There is nothing I like more than to spend an hour with a school group. This is one such booktalk, book care discussion, and storytelling as told to a group of second-graders.

October Tour Ideas
Some books to Share others to Read

Who's afraid of spiders? Anyone?

Aaaarrgghh Spider by Lydia Monks
OPL Link

You are all much too big to be afraid of those teeny tiny itsy bitsy spiders, aren't you? You aren't afraid. Right? 

Aha, but a fly, now a fly has every right to be afraid of a spider

Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt / illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi 
OPL Link

Or, maybe it's BUGS you are afraid of? No? Maybe?

Not Beetle McGrady, she's not afraid of bugs. She EATS bugs.

Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs! by Jane Manning
OPL Link

As a matter of fact, the library has cookbooks that have RECIPES for eating bugs.

Oh, but Charlotte from Charlotte's Web certainly isn't afraid of bugs. I know they make Wilbur a little ill. But then, pig slop makes ME feel ill.

Or, even the

Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
OPL Link

He certainly loves bugs. No need to be afraid there.

What else do people think are scary?

The dark?


Alfie Is Not Afraid by Patricia Carlin
OPL Link

Scary Times?

What about the first day of Kindergarten?



My Brave Year of Firsts by Jamie Lee Curtis
OPL Link 


Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
p.s. there's a recipe in the back to bake as the storm approaches

Scary Stories?

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel
OPL Link 

Bunnicula by James Howe

Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer
OPL Link


or the super super scary . . .  


Maybe just being different can be a little scary

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
A story of a Rat who can't say his R's and is teased.
OPL Link 

Ugly by Donna Jo Napoli
The story of the Ugly Duckling

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
Do you kids know why Babe was different? What did he want to be? That's right, a SHEEPpig, a pig that herds sheep like a sheepdog. 
OPL Link

a monster who can't scare anyone

... ah, but our friends help us through.
Friends like

Elephant and Piggie, My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
OPL Link 


BabyMouse: Our Hero by Jennifer Holm
OPL Link 

Brave Squish Rabbit by Katherine Battersby


Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff

OPL Link


Bertie was a Watchdog by Rick Walton
OPL Link 

Maybe you have a favorite stuffed animal that gets you through tough times

Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
OPL Link

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
OPL Link

But, of all the scary things out there, the scariest thing I was ever scared of as a kids was . . .

Yes. The Librarian.

I knew she knew I had a fine and she, in her all-knowing way she had, she also knew I didn't have a single penny to pay that .10 cent fine and because of that fine, I would not be allowed to check out a book. Not a single solitary book. . .  anyway . . .

Speaking of scary Librarians, the children at Sunrise Elementary School also had a problem,

The Library Dragon by Carmen Deedy
OPL Link

Whew, I'm so glad she turned out to be nice after all. I'm sure my librarian might have been nice after all, but I was too scared to ever find out.

That is why I, as a librarian, am determined to never ever be a scary librarian!

Now, there are a few things that do scare us librarians - - - 

(refer to the Rules as posted in Miss Lotty's New Kid Friendly Library)

Now that all of you kids know how to take care of your library books, and you also know how to check hurt books into the book hospital--I can trust you with the most fragile of all of our books--

POP-UP books like this one we saw earlier . . .

Wide Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
(at this point the kids need a movement break--add actions, repetitive phrases and the like to this telling) OPL Link

mmm, do I trust you all yet? Maybe? Maybe not ;) 
(Let them opt for the flannel story, or the pop up, or even a telling with the puppets)

Once again, those flies need to really watch out, don't they? Not just for spiders, but frogs too!

Oh, dear. We haven't talked about the scariest of the scary yet . . .


Monsters lurking under the bed,

Monster Bed by Jeanne Willis
OPL Link 

or . . . maybe, maybe...

Monster Mama by Liz Rosenberg
( I know I turn into a Monster Mama after a certain time late at night!)
OPL Link

Ah, but those are just stories. Right?

I mean, as one of my favorite storytellers Bill Harley says, there are a lot of kids that think they have a monster that lives under their bed. But, really, it's just their imagination. 

 . . . except for Alicia, now Alicia really had a monster that lived under her bed . . .

Alicia and the Little Monster by Bill Harley
(as told on the CD One More Time)  
OPL Link

And last, but not least--

I know what scares Monster and Moms. Truly terrifies them . . .

it's, it's . . .

(and sing it!) 
OPL Link to Bill Harley's Play it Again CD

Black socks, they never get dirty, the longer you wear them the stronger they get!

Now run on home, check under your bed, make sure there are no monsters, no hairy heebly jeebly creatures, and most importantly, no dirty socks left to rot under your bed--for you never know, you might just get a stinky sock-loving creepy crawly or two that happen to love BLACK SOCKS!

 Goodbye everybody and remember to check out lots of books!