Originally published in 1958, Animal Orchestra is by Ilo Orleans, with pictures by Tibor Gergely. This story gives children the opportunity to be a part of the audience, as a variety of animals celebrate music by performing in an animal orchestra. The rhyming text of this Little Golden Book provides the perfect rhythm for an exuberant read-aloud!
“The Elephants Come Home ~ A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship” was written by Kim Tomsic and illustrated by Hadley Hooper. “One day in 1999, Lawrence Anthony and Françoise Malby hear that a herd of wild African elephants need a new home. They welcome the elephants to their wildlife sanctuary—Thula Thula—with open arms. But the elephants are much less sure they want to stay. How will Lawrence prove to them that they are safe and loved? What follows is a gorgeously illustrated real-life story of a friendship . . . and the story of the miraculous way that love given freely will return—greater and more wonderful than it began.” This is Storytime Saturdays Episode #92 with Children’s Author & Librarian, Phoebe Fox.
Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Kim Tomsic.
“Bad Monkey Business” was written and illustrated by Michael Hale. “It’s a rainy, rainy day and Mrs. J.C. McGoody has just finished cleaning her house. She is about to have a cup of tea when she hears a faint knock on her door. When she opens the door, she finds a wet little monkey sitting on her doorstep. And he means business… Bad Monkey Business. Will Mrs. McGoody be able to stop this Bad Monkey from ruining her clean house or is there something else going on that she does not understand? This illustrated story, told in rhyme, is a humorous tale about an unsuspecting woman and monkey on a mission. A reminder as to why it is important to get all of the facts before you rush to judgement.”
*Permission for the reading of the book was granted by the author/illustrator, Michael Hale.
“Blue on Blue” was written by Dianne White and illustrated by Beth Krommes (winner of the Caldecott Medal). “It’s a bright, beautiful, blue-on-blue day, but a storm is on its way, and soon… Thunder! Lightning! Raging, roaring! Rain on rain on rain is pouring. Will the sun ever be back?”
*Permission for the reading of the book was granted by the author, Dianne White.
Today’s Storytime Saturday is brought to you from Coronado Island, California! “This is How I Grow” was written by Dia L. Michels and illustrated by Wesley Davies. “All newborn mammals–whether they have hooves, claws, or wings–rely on mother’s milk to help them grow. In order to survive, every cub, calf, and kit must eventually figure out how to find their own food.” After you watch this video, you can download a free Teacher’s Guide from the publisher. It’s full of fun activities that build on the ideas presented in “This is How I Grow.” Just go to https://www.platypusmedia.com/educational-resources.
*Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Platypus Media.
A Flamboyance, a Crash, and a Dazzle: Children’s Book Read-Aloud with Phoebe Fox Welcome to Storytime Saturdays (Episode #69) with Children’s Author & Librarian, Phoebe Fox. A Flamboyance, a Crash, and a Dazzle was written by Susan R. Stoltz and illustrated by Melissa Bailey. This picture book for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, is full of clever rhymes and beautiful illustrations. And with a focus on animals and collective nouns (nouns we use to name a group of things, i.e. a flock of birds or school of fish), this book is a wonderful teaching tool!
Permission for the reading of this book was granted by the publisher, Pygmy Giraffe Publishing.
“Panda Proud” was written by Phoebe Fox to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the non-profit, PANDA – People Acting Now Discover Answers. This book was illustrated by Michael Hale. “Bumbly, tumbly Panda is worried she’ll trip and fall in the upcoming fashion show. Knowing her best friend needs her, she is determined to make him proud.” This is a story of true friendship, loyalty and courage.
After the the read-aloud, don’t miss Michael Hale demonstrating how to draw Panda!
Have you helped a friend in need? How did it make you feel? Maybe you could write your own story about it!
Just in time to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week! “Mama’s Milk” is a sweet rhyming book about nursing, written by Michael Elson Ross and illustrated by Ashley Wolf. After you listen to this book, you could try making a comparison chart. At the top of your paper (you’ll need a big piece!), write the names of all the mammals pictured in the book (make sure to include humans). Then, on the left side of your paper, list the mammals’ various qualities (for example: has fur, swims under water, lives in a tree, etc.). You may be surprised how much these animals have in common (or not)!
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Michael Elson Ross.
“Look Who Lives in the Ocean!” was written and illustrated by Brooke Bessessen and published by Arizona Highways. “Splashing and dashing, nibbling and quibbling, blending and fending!” This book is exploding with fascinating facts about amazing creatures who inhabit the ocean. Enjoy the fun rhymes, colorful illustrations, and beautiful photos on every page!
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the author, Brooke Bessessen.