Notes from Storytime

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs

Picture books often have lots of rhythm and rhyme, which help children hear the sounds of language.  This gives children a good foundation for distinguishing sounds in reading. 

To get in a rhyming mood, do this fun fingerplay together before reading a favorite dog-related picture book.

Five little puppies were playing in the sun. (Hold up hand, fingers extended.) 
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run. (Bend first finger.) 
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race. (Bend second finger.) 
This one saw a pussycat, and he began to chase. (Bend third finger.) 
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round & round. (Bend fourth finger.) 
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound. (Bend thumb.) 

Move Over Rover by Karen Beaumont

I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion