Friday, October 17

Read for the Record

So I've got a special post today...

On Tuesday (October 21st), our library is going to break a world record! (Well, participate in the attempt to do so, anyway...) But, the point is, you can, too! The idea is to see how many people we can get to read the same book the same day.

Here's the description from Jumpstart:

"Jumpstart's premiere national campaign, Read for the Record, mobilizes millions of children and adults to celebrate literacy by participating in the largest shared reading experience. On October 21, 2014, people across the country will unite to read the children’s book Bunny Cakes, a comical story of sibling bonding and birthday shenanigans, by bestselling author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, in support of Jumpstart's mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed."

So you know you want to join in, right? Well you can do this one of two ways. You can see if your local library is participating and join in so you can get counted OR you could do it yourself with a group of your friends. Or actually get your library to do it. Just sign the pledge on the website and report back your numbers.

Dude, it's time to break a world record.

If you want some other fun activities, check out Jumpstart's reading guide and videos (Oh yeah, did I mention Josh Duhamel is helping out? Mmhmm.) or get a sneak preview of what our library will be during our storytime... (Credit due to my coworker for finding this stuff!)

Songs and Rhymes

Song: The Bunny Song
(Tune: The Itsy-bitsy Spider)
Can you be a bunny, with ears so very long?
(wiggle hands behind head to make bunny ears)
Can you hop around the room on legs so small and strong?
(jump and hop around the room)
Now, here are yummy carrots that I brought for you to eat.
(pretend to nibble food)
And when you've finally had enough, just curl up at my feet.

Song: Did You Ever See a Bunny?
(Tune: Did you ever see a lassie?)
Did you ever see a bunny, a bunny, a bunny
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops--so slow?
He hops, and hops, and hops, and hops,
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops so slow?

...that hops--so fast?
...that hops--backwards?
...that hops--on one foot?

Rhyme: Baby Bunnies
Baby bunny bounces high (jump high)
Baby bunny bounces low (jump low)
Baby bunny blinks his eyes (blink eyes)
Baby bunny waves good-bye

Games and Activities

Felt: Countdown carrots

Rabbits like carrots, right? Well, and did you know that there are different colors of carrots? For real. Google it. So here is our little rhyme to go with our multi-colored carrots.

5 little carrots
I wish I had more!
I'll eat the (color) one
Now there are four!

4 little carrots
Tasty as can be
I'll eat the (color) one
Now there are 3!

3 little carrots
Only a few.
I'll eat the (color) one
Now there are 2.

2 little carrots
Eating them is fun
I'll eat the (color) one
Now there is one.

1 little carrot
The last one for me
I'll eat the (color) one
I'm as happy as can be!

Birthday cake making!

In lieu of a real cake, we're going to take the ingredients mentioned in the book and make our own cake. Our craft for the day will be letting the kids decorate (sequins and confetti anyone?) their own cakes afterwards. Here's a rhyme to go along with some actions:

It's Grandma's (whomever) birthday!
Let's make a cake!
Mix and stir, stir and mix, (action of stirring)
Then into the oven to bake (pretend to hold cake in two hands)

Here's our cake so nice and round (make a circle with arms)
We frost it pink and white (action of spreading frosting)
We put five (any number) candles on it,
To make a birthday light.


Are you excited? I am! I've always wanted to break a world record. So put it on your calendars and get yourself a copy of Bunny Cakes!

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