Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Library Haul: Picture Books About Construction and Thanksgiving

We have cards in several library systems, and we often have books checked out from multiple systems at once. This past week, our playgroup met in one of the local libraries, so while we were there, we returned a few titles we were done with, and checked out some new ones. I'm still working my way through the haul I posted a couple of weeks ago, so I didn't borrow anything for myself, just a few picture books.

Most of the books I borrowed were for the second session of my story time, which is coming up tomorrow. I decided I wanted to do a construction theme, and I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to read, so I borrowed a few familiar titles (plus Bulldozer's Big Day, which is new to me), knowing I could test them out on Miss Muffet before making my final plan.

  • Building a House by Byron Barton
I'm probably not going to read this at story time because it's not really a story, and I think it's too short, but for Miss Muffet, who has been observing new construction on our stroller walks, it will be a perfect way to introduce the vocabulary she needs to talk about what she sees.

  • I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
  • Bulldozer's Big Day by Candace Fleming
  • Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
These are the likeliest story time titles of the bunch, though only Bulldozer's Big Day is really a story with a plot. The others I have used before in story times in the past, but I have to spend some more time with them to figure out the best way to make them engaging. 

  • Roadwork by Sally Sutton
  • Demolition by Sally Sutton
I borrowed these because I knew they were decent rhyming texts with a lot of onompatopoeia. Miss Muffet has heard Roadwork already, and she did enjoyed learning the names of some of the vehicles she has seen around town. Demolition, about knocking down a building, should also appeal to her, since a building not too far from us was demolished recently.

  • Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki
While I was browsing the shelves for construction books, I noticed Wait! Wait! on a display, and remembered how much Miss Muffet enjoyed it when she was one. I figured Bo Peep would enjoy it now that she is at that age, and really into pictures of babies, so I added it to our stack.

  • My First Thanksgiving by Tomie de Paola 
  • Over The River And Through The Wood by Lydia Maria Francis Child 
  • Thanksgiving Day by Gail Gibbons
It can be difficult to get our hands on holiday-themed books in our local libraries, so when I noticed that the Thanksgiving shelf was still pretty full, I snagged a few titles just in case we didn't have enough. Miss Muffet is finally old enough for Gail Gibbons's somewhat wordier texts, so her Thanksgiving book was the first one I grabbed, and then I figured a board book would be useful for Bo Peep. (It's not Bo Peep's first Thanksgiving, but that's fine because the book is not really about a baby's first Thanksgiving.) I was originally considering Over the River and Through the Wood for story time, but it's not really formatted well for that, so we'll probably just sing it at home.

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  1. I keep switching back and forth between here and our library page. So many lovely titles to place on hold! Our kids liked Mike Mulligan. Your construction titles would be a good partner books to that one. :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    1. Mike Mulligan was our bedtime story tonight! It's one of my all-time favorites. :-)