A place to share cool science ideas for storytime!

Building

Building Structures and Towers by Tammy Enz

Building Our House by Johnathan Bean

Dreaming Up : a Celebration of Building by Christy Hale

This is an inspiring building book with artwork showing children at work building with everyday materials. Poems echo the shape of the child’s creation with photographs of real-world buildings that have the design features from the children’s constructions.

Resources https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/dreaming

Block play ideas: http://www.youclevermonkey.com/2013/08/block-prompt.html

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bigger! Bigger! by Leslie Patricelli

Blocks by Irene Dickson

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

 

 

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Wind and Rain

Wind by Marion Dane Bauer

Easy to understand explanation of wind and how it works.

I Face the Wind by Vicki Cobb, illustrated by Julia Gorton

Explanations of wind including activities within the book to help children engage with the concepts.

The Wind by Monique Felix

Fun wordless book about a mouse who sees flying things in the sky. He builds a pinwheel out of the paper in the book so he can fly as well.

Willa and the Wind retold by Janice M. Del Negro and illustrated by Heather Solomon.

This is an original story based on a Norwegian Folktale. A beautifully illustrated picture book about a girl who goes to visit the Wind and gets priceless gifts each time she visits.

Splish, Splash, Ducky! By Lucy Cousins

Quack, quack, quack! Ducky Duckling loves playing outside in the rain. He hops with frog, squirms with wriggly worm and splashes with the fishes.

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld

Cloudette is a little cloud who is looking to do something big. She discovers new friends, new adventures, and her own silver lining.

Cloudette bookmark coloring activity here : https://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/images/activity_guides/BookmarkLichtenheld.pdf

The Rain Came Down

Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon captures the mayhem after an unexpected rainstorm.

Drip painting activity https://inspirationlaboratories.com/the-rain-came-down-drip-painting/

Wind activities: http://keepinglifecreative.com/creative-learning/the-windy-day-book-of-week

Weather Watchers

The Weather Girls by Aki

Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring the Weather Girls are ready for whatever the seasons might bring! Follow these busy girls as they climb mountains, fly hot-air balloons, and soak in a rainbow-sky sunset.
Red sky at night by Elly MacKay
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. And, the next morning, when the dew is on the grass, no rain will come to pass. These are the perfect conditions for a grandfather to take his grandchildren out on a fishing trip.
Weather by Clare Oliver
Experiments with weather by SalvatoreTocci
Weather facts:
Printable weather game:
Printable weather wheel to color:
Weather activity ideas:
Fun weather coloring sheets:

Moon and Stars

Sun, Moon and Stars by Stephanie Turnbull

Easy to read nonfiction book that answers such questions as “What is the sun made of?” and “How did astronauts get to the moon?” plus others on what’s out in space.

Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim

One night, Rabbit takes a wish and makes it float down to earth and when it comes true, he makes new friends. This whimsical story told in rhymes is inspired by Korean folklore and includes many fantastical elements.

Earth Space Moon Base by Ben Joel Price

A funny quick read about life on other planets.

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

A little girl wants to play with the moon, but she can’t quite reach it. This story literally unfolds as the pages extend both outward and upward as her father goes on a journey to get the moon for his daughter.

Moon Dreams by Ruth Martin

Moon Theater by Étienne Delessert

Moon activities

http://www.onceuponalearningadventure.com/2013/01/space-case-and-100th-day-sneak.html?spref=pi

Sun, moon, earth model printable

file:///C:/Users/lclbr3/AppData/Local/Temp/Sun,%20Earth,%20Moon%20Model.pdf

Moon phases printable chart

https://homeschoolclipart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/MoonChart.pdf

Bubble Science

Pop!: a Book about Bubbles by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Experiments with Bubbles by Robert Gardner

Science Experiments that Fizz and Bubble: fun projects for curious kids by Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

Big Bad Bubble by Adam Rubin

Bubble Trouble by Margaret Mahy

Bubble Power! By Josephine Nagaraj

Links to bubble activities:

Recycled Bottle Bubble Art  https://www.hellowonderful.co/post/recycled-bottle-bubble-art-with-kids/

How Bubbles Work   https://leftbraincraftbrain.com/how-bubbles-work-20-things-to-do-with-them/

Bubble Science  https://www.thoughtco.com/bubble-science-603925

 

 

Octopus Adventures!

Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger

Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka

My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker

Oswald by Dan Yaccarino

Follow Me! By Bethany Roberts

Octopus facts:

https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/sea-life/octopus-facts/

Octopus paper crafts :

http://www.minieco.co.uk/ss-octopus/

https://kna.deviantart.com/art/Octopi-Papercraft-Pattern-428620935

https://artsycraftsymom.com/paper-cup-octopus-craft/

Symphony City by Amy Martin

A girl gets lost on the subway as she travels with her father to a concert. Music is symbolized as different objects that convey the emotion she feels as she listens. This is a beautifully illustrated book  and a wonderful way to introduce children to the different sounds of  instruments.

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle and illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Based on the true story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl, this book tells the story of a girl breaking tradition to follow her dreams of playing the drums. Millo is passionate about drumming, but in Cuba, females are not allowed to drum.

The girl dreams of playing freely and in public. Her father refuses to let her play with her sisters’ band, but eventually he allows her to have drum lessons. The girl’s teacher marvels at her skill and urges her on until finally she plays for an enthusiastic audience in a starlit garden café.

López’s vivid symbolic illustrations immerse readers in the world of the drum dream girl’s aspirations; she floats above the earth, drumsticks outstretched to the round face of the moon.

Classroom activities for the book can be found here: http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2016/02/drum-dream-girl-how-one-girls-courage-changed-music-2016-pura-belpre-illustrator-award/

Bats in the Band by Brian Lies

The bats are back and they’ve formed a band! Rhyme sets the rhythm for this special night of fun and dance. A soulful ballad brings tears, a performer entertains the little ones, and a chorus brings them all together. Wonderful details and education on different instruments and music genres.

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson

Monkey need help getting out of bed so Mama has some rhymes to help him wake up and be ready to start his day.

A great active read for spunky little monkeys out there. Children will want to participate and do the actions along with monkey.

Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Pena

An original story based on the characters of the film, Disney Pixar’s Coco. Told from the point of view of La Música (presented in the form of a delicate golden sprite), the reader follows the spirit of music through the streets of a Mexican town.

One Bear Extraordinaire by Jayme McGowan

Bear is “a rambling musician, an entertainer, a legend.” When he comes up with a new song he feels that “something is missing.” He sets out to discover what this “something” is,  he encounters various instrument-playing creatures who join with him to form a band.

Old MacDonald had a Farm by Gris Grimly

Preschoolers will love singing along as they join Farmer on his morning stroll across the farmyard and he greets each of his farm animals and gets them to join his parade.  His farm is full of  silliness and mayhem, filled with animals whose necks and legs are impossibly stretchy. His hens are stout (one is hatching something that… doesn’t seem to be a chicken), he finds his donkey chowing down in the pumpkin patch, and he gives a runt piglet to his cow to nurse. Little ones will enjoy when the parade ends in an unexpected twist ending!

Farmer Joe and the Music Show by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Farmer Joe soon realizes that the way to liven up the farm is through music. With the help of his instrument-playing friends, Farmer Joe soon has the hens clucking, the pigs hoofing, and the cows mooing to a hillbilly music show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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