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A Swampy Storytime

It Came from the Swamp!

The Preschool Story time theme this Tuesday was alligators.  We read about Alfie with  a bump on his head, three gators surviving the Big Bottom Boar, and four friends deciding what to do on a rainy day.

Helen Ketteman’s “Three Little Gators” brought us into a east Texas swamp where three gators set off on their own, along with a warning from their mother.  She tells her three gators to watch out for Big Bottom Boar!  Each gator builds their own houses to keep safe, but only one house withstands Big Bottom Boar.  Can you guess which one?

In Nicole Rubel’s “It  Came from the Swamp”, Alfie the alligator gets “konked” on the head while playing baseball and having a snack at the same time. He wakes to think that he is no longer a alligator and runs away from the others. Alfie’s hunger gets him into more predicaments, until finally another “konk” on the head  brings Alfie back to his senses.

When the forecast called for rain, four alligator friends venture out to have fun in Patricia Lakin’s “Rainy Day!”.  Sam, Pam, Will, and Jill’s  fun in the rain takes them from a golf park in the fog, to a baseball game played with hail. Their travels finally bring them to a library which they decide is perfect for a rainy day.


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I Spy With My Little Eye…

Our Storytime Detectives found all the clues in this “I Spy” themed storytime!  April’s last preschool story time had everyone sleuthing around to find out who ate all the cookie dough, find a lost smile, and spot the animal hidden in the crowd.






In “Who Ate All the Cookie Dough” by Karen Beaumont, Mrs. Kanga searches to find the hungry person who ate the dough.   She asks the usual suspects, only to find out is was her baby joey Boo! It was no surprise to our preschoolers, who had a hunch all along about who it was.

“Augustus and His Smile” by Catherine Rayner had everyone wondering what had happened to his smile.  The clues all lead to finding happiness in everyday things that surround him.   He only had to look around to get his “tigery” smile back.

We found out how good everyone was at figuring out the clues to identify each hidden animal, in “I Spy with My Little Eye” by Edward Gibbs. The color of each animal was given with a follow up clue, which wasn’t needed with these sharp sleuths  in attendance.

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2013 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominations

Nominated by school and public librarians throughout Rhode Island, the annual RICBA nominations are some of the best books recently published in children’s literature.  Best of all, they are all available at your local library.  Click on the titles below to check availability or to place a reserve with your library card.

The PS Brothers by Maribeth Boelts

Grades: 3-6

Sixth-graders Russell and Shawn, poor and picked on, work together “pooper scooping” up dog droppings to earn money for a rottweiler puppy who will protect them from bullies. When they learn that the puppies’ owner is running an illegal dog-fighting ring, they are torn on how to respond.

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Because of Mr. Terupt

Grades: 4-6
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by “rookie teacher” Mr. Terupt.

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Floors by Patrick Carman

Grades: 4-6
Ten-year-old Leo’s future and the fate of the extraordinary Whippet Hotel, where his father is the maintenance man, are at stake when a series of cryptic boxes lead Leo to floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances.

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Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

Grades: 4-6
While spending a summer in New Mexico with her grandmother, twelve-year-old Izzy makes new friends, learns to cook, and for the first time hears stories about her father, who died before she was born.

Jake by Audrey Coloumbis

Grades: 4-6
What is a family? It has always been just Jake and his mom until she is hospitalized suddenly and he finds himself alone. Jake needs help and finds it in unexpected places.

Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt A. De la Pena

Grades: 3-6
When an African American boxer has a 1938 bout with Adolph Hitler’s “Master Race” German heavyweight, it becomes more than just a boxing match: the honor of the entire racially divided United States is at stake!

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The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy

Grades: 3-6
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected visit.

Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Grades: 4-6
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

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Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Grades: 4-6
Based on the author’s own life, a ten-year-old girl experiences the culture shock of moving to America from Viet Nam; this story expresses both the humor and the heartbreak of this time in her life.

Marty Mcguire by Kate Messner

Grades 3-6
When tomboy Marty is cast as a princess in a school play, she doesn’t want anything to do with it until her parents force her to take part. It’s only then that she discovers that she can adapt and still be herself.

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Fractions = Trouble by Claudia Mills

Grades: 3-4
When Wilson Williams is struggling with fractions and his parents hire a math tutor for him, he is mortified. He is determined to make sure that no one finds out, not even his best friend, Josh.

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Sidekicks by Dan Santat

Grades 3-6

In this graphic novel, Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, so he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his super power pets have different ideas. When the arch villain Dr. Havoc returns to town Captain Amazing finds himself in trouble. Can his pet save the day?

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Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Grades: 4-6
The lives of Rose and Ben, two deaf children growing up 50 years apart, intersect at the American Museum of Natural History. Why is Rose running away? Who is Ben’s father? Are their lives connected? Explore the words and the pictures to discover the truth.

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang

Grades: 3-6

Eleven-year-old aspiring basketball star and interior designer Lucy Wu is excited about finally having her own bedroom, until she learns that her great-aunt is coming to visit from China and Lucy will have to share her bedroom with her for several months. Will this and her parents forcing her to attend Chinese school bring an end to her plans for a perfect sixth-grade year?

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Grades 3-6
As a boy, Tony Sarg invented a method for feeding his family’s chickens while still in bed. As an adult, he created awe inspiring, floating, balloons to star in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

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My Life as a Stuntboy by Janet Tashjian

Grades: 3-6
Derek Fallon has the opportunity of a lifetime when he gets to perform skateboarding stunts and other disciplines of parkour in a movie opposite teen idol, Tanya Billings. But when he learns that he must wear a wig, and his friends post the embarrassing videos of him on the Internet, he wonders if life can get any worse.

Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw

Grades: 3-6
A skeptical shelter cat finally finds a home with the perfect boy. Typical in senryu (a form of haiku) with expressive illustrations; this whole literary package is heartwarming and unforgettable.

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Pie by Sarah Weeks

Grades: 4-6
Alice’s Aunt Polly is the best pie maker in the country. When she dies suddenly, the whole town tries to discover how to make pies like Aunt Polly. Alice, however, is trying to find out who the mysterious stranger is that is lurking around town looking for the answer…

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The Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and the True Story of an American Feud by Suzanne Jurmain

Grades: 4-6
These two best friends worked together to help form a new nation, but can they fix their broken friendship?

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl

Grades: 3-6
Zelly Fried wants a dog more than anything, so at the urging of her grandfather, during the summer before sixth grade, she takes care of a “practice dog” made out of an orange juice jug to show her parents that she really is ready for the responsibility, even though she is sometimes not entirely sure about the idea.

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Storytime on the Move!

The December 13th storytime  theme for our Playful Preschoolers was about construction vehicles.

Sally Sutton’s book “Roadwork” had a rhyming text throughout the book that played off the sounds of construction. The rhymes started with the planing of a road and ends with the  finished highway.




Also read was “Melvin Might”by Jon Sciecszka. It is a story of Melvin the Cement Mixer.  He’s worried ABOUT worrying, yet overcomes this problem to save a fellow truck in need.




The next book read was “Truck Stuck”, by  Sally Wolf.  This book was hit! The group enjoyed the simple text and pictures where the young character solves the truck’s  dilemma. 





The theme ended with the book “Roadwork Ahead” by Anastasia Suen. A mother and son, along with their pet dog, travel to Grandma’s and encounter different situations along the way.



The story time craft involved the making of a bus, firetruck and a construction vehicle. With simple shapes the items were completed with delight.

Bulldozing our way through another craft!

Suggested Summer Reading


Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Grades 5- 6
Is Origami Yoda real? Or is it just Dwight who is answering everyone’s questions with his Origami Yoda? Tommy enlists the help of his classmates, gathering stories and sketches to find out the truth.  Tommy needs to know if Origami Yoda is real because he needs to know if he can trust him with a very important question…

Baskin, Nora Raleigh. Anything But Typical
Grades 5- 6
Jason is a boy with autism. Kids at school think he is “weird” and usually avoid him. Jason finally finds friendship with a girl in his online writing group. Will a face-to-face meeting change their friendship?

DiCamillo, Kate. Bink and Gollie
Grades 3-4
Bink and Gollie, two imaginative best friends, share a tree house and a love of pancakes. In three very funny adventures, without leaving their neighborhood, they climb the Andes, befriend a goldfish, and have a big fight about rainbow colored socks.

Fleming, Candace. Fabled Fifth Graders of Aesop Elementary

Grades 4- 6
When Mr. Jupiter’s class starts fifth grade, the students and their teacher arrive wearing identical toucan headdresses. The moral of the story: Birds of a feather flock together. Mr. Jupiter and his class spend the school year together: learning, and having fun with lessons like singing hamsters and George Washington’s teeth.

Holm, Jennifer L. Turtle in Paradise
Grades 4- 6
It’s 1935 and 11-year-old Turtle moves to Key West to live with her Aunt Minnie. Her Mom is a live-in housekeeper, and her new employer doesn’t want children around. Key West turns out to be fascinating, complete with a Diaper Gang, hidden pirates’ treasures, and first cousins named Beans, Buddy, and Kermit.

Lord Cynthia. Touch Blue
Grades 4- 6
“Touch Blue and your wish will come true.” When the state of Maine plans to shut down her island’s schoolhouse, Tess’s family may be forced to move to the mainland. Will her luck hold out and her wish come true?

Macy, Sue. Bylines: A Photobiography of Nellie Bly
Grades 4-6
Daring news reporter, globetrotter, and advocate for women’s rights, Nellie Bly made people stand up and take notice.

McCarthy, Meghan. Pop:The Invention of Bubble Gum
Grades 3- 5
Accidents can sometimes be fun! The true story of how an accountant at a candy company, who likes a good puzzle, stumbles upon the perfect recipe for bubble gum.

Mone, Gregory. Fish 
Grades 4- 6
Get ready for a swashbuckling pirate adventure! Join Fish as he swabs the decks on the Scurvy Mistress.  When Fish finds himself caught between the noble Captain Cobb and the deceitful first- mate
Scab, he puts his clever nature to good use.  A story of mutiny, sea battles and of course, hidden treasure!

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Emily’s Fortune
Grades 3- 6
Eight year old Emily sets off on a rip-roarin’ ride as she travels by stagecoach in a Wild West adventure.  She teams up with a boy named Jackson to outsmart her wicked uncle who wants her fortune.

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Grades 3- 6
It is 1875 and the West needs deputies.  Former slave, Bass Reeves is hired to keep the peace.  He is an honest man with a strong sense of right and wrong.  Through courage and expert marksmanship Deputy Reeves brings 3,000 criminals to justice.

Paulsen, Gary. Masters of Disaster
Grades 4- 6
Henry and best friends, Riley and Reed share wacky and daring adventures.  “Call 9-1-1” as these friends jump off a roof on a bicycle try to break a world record, spend the night in the woods with wild animals, and attempt to solve a hundred year old murder mystery.

Polacco, Patricia. Junkyard Wonders
Grades 3- 5
Young Trish finds herself welcomed into the “junkyard”, a class of very special friends, led by a very special teacher, who all learn to fly as they overcome tragedy and trials to triumph together!

Roberts, Laura Peyton. Green 
Grades 4- 6
Lilybet Green’s 13th birthday begins with a bang. Literally! An exploding present is the start of a colorful adventure. Kidnapped by a trio of leprechauns, Lily is next in line to be Keeper for the Clan of Green’s gold – but only if she passes three tests that could change her
life forever!

Singer, Marilyn. Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse
Grades 3- 6
Presto!  Change-o!  Ever read a poem in reverse?  Prepare to be entertained as you read each poem two ways: top to bottom and…bottom up!

Spinelli, Eileen. The Dancing Pancake
Grades 4- 6
Can eating pancakes make tough times better? When her mom opens a restaurant Bindi gets a taste of a new life with new friends, new experiences and a new apartment.

Springstubb, Tricia. What Happened on Fox Street 
Grades 4- 6
Mo Wren, Dad and “wild child” younger sister live on Fox Street.  The long, hot summer is full of alarming letters, mysterious packages and difficult changes.  Growing friendships and the hope of finding a real fox in her neighborhood inspire Mo to find the courage she needs.

Stauffacher, Sue. Gator on the Loose! 
Grades 3- 5
Carter’s Urban Rescue is the place to call when you find a wild animal where it shouldn’t be. Especially, when it’s a baby alligator – loose at the city pool! Follow the fun and adventures of this delightful family who work together to get the job done.

Viorst, Judith. Lulu and the Brontosaurus 
Grades 3- 4
Bossy! Demanding! Spoiled! That’s Lulu! Is it possible for a polite brontosaurus to be the pet she wants for her birthday?  Or will Lulu find she has met her match and finally change her ways?

Williams-Garcia, Rita. One Crazy Summer 
Grades 5- 6
As they board a plane to visit their mother in California, Delphine and her sisters imagine themselves visiting Disneyland, and meeting movie stars.  Instead they learn about the Black Panthers, and a mother who’s a mystery to them.

Counting Down to Kindergarten

The countdown to Kindergarten may be on for some parents, and with that comes a lot of questions, excitement, and maybe even a little nervousness and anxiety for your little one heading off to their first day of school (maybe for you, too!).  To help with that, here is a suggested reading list of books for your future Kindergartner.

  • On the way to kindergarten / by Virginia Kroll; illustrated by Elisabeth Schlossberg 

  • Miss Bindergarten has a wild day in kindergarten / by Joseph Slate; illustrated by Ashley Wolff 

  • I’m telling you, Dex, kindergarten rocks! / by Katie Davis 

  • My kindergarten / by Rosemary Wells  

  • Henry’s 100 days of kindergarten / by Nancy Carlson 

  • The twelve days of kindergarten: a counting book / written by Deborah Lee Rose; illustrated by Carey Armstrong-Ellis

  • Countdown to kindergarten / by Alison McGhee; illustrated by Harry Bliss 

  • Welcome to kindergarten / by Anne Rockwell 

  • The last day of kindergarten / by Nancy Loewen; illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa 

  • The pirate of kindergarten / by George Ella Lyon; illustrated by Lynne Avril 

  • Kindergarten day USA and China; Kindergarten Day China and USA: a flip-me-over book / by Trish Marx and Ellen B. Senisi 

  • Eliza’s kindergarten pet / by Alice B. McGinty; illustrated by Nancy Speir 

  • Kindergarten diary / as told to Antoinette Portis by me, Annalina 

  • Adventure Annie goes to kindergarten / by Toni Buzzeo; illustrated by Amy Wummer 

  • Is your buffalo ready for kindergarten? / by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein 

  • The kindergarten cat / by J. Patrick Lewis; illustrated by Ailie Busby 

  • Miss Bindergarten’s Kindergarten Tales / by Joseph Slate