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Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles Library Storytime

In August, I had the pleasure of presenting my book Jobs of a Preschooler at a library during preschool storytime two days in a row, which I wrote about here. I had said that I would like to go back to do storytime at the library again for my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles. Well, yesterday and today I was given that opportunity.

I enjoyed presenting my book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles yesterday and today at the same library during preschool storytime and toddler time. The preschoolers were able to do a little more than the toddlers, but all of the kids were able to help me read Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles by saying pickles, pickles, I like pickles at the appropriate times.

Since the main character in Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles grew cucumbers in his garden using seeds he and his mom bought at a store, I decided to bring some seeds to show the kids. I had the seeds divided into four bags to see if they could guess what kinds of seeds each bag contained. Here are the bags of seeds:

Guess that beans, cucumbers, carrots, and peas

Top left are green bean seeds, top right are cucumber seeds, bottom right are pea seeds, and bottom left are carrot seeds. I think some of the kids were amazed by how tiny the carrot seeds are compared to the other seeds.

The kids then had the opportunity to taste test three different kinds of pickles: dill, bread and butter (my favorite), and a zesty sweet pickle. Most of the kids liked the dill pickle the best and thought the zesty sweet pickle was too spicy.

Afterwards, they decorated their own cucumbers/pickles. The toddlers simply used crayons and colored the green construction paper cut out like cucumbers. The preschoolers were given two googly eyes (some chose different sizes), 2 glue dots (I love these for the little ones!), styrofoam stickers, and crayons to decorate their cucumbers/pickles.

Ready to decorate pickles!

We had quite a few fun creations. Here is a pirate:

Pickle Pirate

Here is a farmer and a couple of friends:

Pickle Family

Here is a “Pickle Man” and a mermaid:

Pickle Man and Pickle Mermaid

Here is another creation with a heart for a nose, letters for ears, and a yellow oval as a belly button:

Decorated Pickle Face

There were many more adorable little cucumbers/pickles that the kids decorated. They took their cute creations home with them along with a coloring page and an activity sheet. To print your own coloring pages and activity sheets to go along with Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles, click here.

Pickle coloring pages and pickle activity for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles

With tomorrow being Thanksgiving, I was surprised there were between 40-45 kids who showed up between the two days for the activities. I hope they all had a wonderful time. I really enjoyed being able to read to them and see all of their finished creations. Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles!

May you have a happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!




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Jobs of a Preschooler Library Storytime

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I had a lot of fun yesterday and today presenting my book Jobs of a Preschooler at a library during their preschool storytime. I hope the kids enjoyed it as much as I did. Today we were able to do a little bit more than yesterday. Here is what we were able to do today once the program began:

  • We discussed different jobs that people may have – writer, cleaner, librarian, and more. The kids also shared some jobs that they have at home such as helping with laundry and cleaning up their messes.
  • We talked about words that rhyme since Jobs of a Preschooler has rhyming words. I had glued some pictures with words on to notecards (cat, bat, hat, mat, rat, car, guitar, star, etc.), which I held up for the kids to tell me which words rhymed.
  • I read Jobs of a Preschooler as the kids sat on the floor listening. I told them to try to listen for some more rhyming words as I read. I also asked questions as I read the book such as: Do your parents have a lot of things they have to do throughout their day? What is a meteorologist? Do any of you know how to sing your ABC’s? Who likes to build towers really high? Do you ever help to make a snack or a meal? Do any of you have pets at home? What is the girl doing on the last page? Are you tired at the end of your day doing all of your fun activities?
  • I showed the kids a bag with some seeds to demonstrate what the girl was doing when she was a “scientist”. Some of the kids told me that they have planted seeds to grow vegetables and flowers.

Jobs of a Preschooler- I'm a scientist...

  • The kids gathered at a few tables, and we decorated “microphones” with various stickers and crayons. I created the microphones ahead of time using toilet paper rolls, paper, tape, aluminum foil, and hot glue. (I taped the paper around the toilet paper tubes. I rolled aluminum foil into balls and hot glued them to the top of the toilet paper tubes.) Here is a picture of three of the unfinished microphones:

Jobs of a Preschooler- I'm a singer...

  • After they were finished decorating their microphones (and we pretended to turn them all on), we sang the alphabet together just like the girl in Jobs of a Preschooler.
  • In the story, the girl uses string and large beads to make jewelry. Instead of using string, we made bracelets with pipe cleaners and pony beads. A couple of kids decided to combine more than one pipe cleaner to make necklaces. Here are a couple of the bracelets with a pipe cleaner and pony beads:

Jobs of a Preschooler...I'm a jewelry maker...

  • At the end, the kids were able to go home with the items they had made, coloring and activity pages to go along with Jobs of a Preschooler, and a bookmark. (Click here if you would like to print coloring pages.)

Jobs of a Preschooler coloring pages and activity sheet

The time went by really fast. I really hope I am able to go back again to do a storytime for Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles.