Enter the Land of Littles!

Enter the Land of Littles!

Welcome to your first week of Youth Summer Reading! 

The Land of Littles!

We hope you had a chance to view all of our Rally for Reading videos this weekend to kick off this year's exciting theme, Imagine Your Story. If not, you can catch up on all of the fun on the Handley Regional LIbrary System Facebook page. 

Here are some important links to help you navigate this year's challenge:Reading animal graphic

As the tutorials above will show you, logging your reading earns you badges and tickets. You can use these tickets for drawings for prizes. Additionally, you can do activities to earn more badges and tickets, and more chances to win.

Most of these badges come with reading suggestions, which leads to more reading, which leads to more badges and tickets! Plus, if you watch a virtual program with a story included, it counts towards your logged reading and activity badges. Virtual programs have their own activity badges, so when you go online to watch, look for the corresponding badge and activity through Beanstack. The calendar will give you a hint for the badges to look for. 

Each week we'll highlight an activity badge and activities, but keep in mind, you can work on these badges at any time during our summer reading challenge. 

This week, we'll focus on the Land of Littles Activity Badge and all of the virtual programs that accompany this. You will find these when you click on the tab for Activity Badges. 

If you have a Pre-Reader who is logging books read, scroll until you see this picture:

Land of Littles Black and White

Complete 3 activities related to this theme that include the Five Practices of Early Literacy - Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing - to earn a virtual raffle ticket. Options include:

  • Talking - Flutter Fair Game:
    Parents and caregivers can flutter a fairy over their child, and to the sides. You can use a washcloth or dish towel as the fairy. The parent or caregiver places the child on the ground or in their lap. Flutter the fairy over the child’s face, repeating the following rhyme.
    Flutter, flutter, here and there (flutter the fairy over the child)
    Flying high up in the air (flutter the fairy higher in the air)
    Closer, closer, right on top (flutter the fairy over the baby)
    Where will the fairy make a stop? (flutter the fairy and then make it stop on baby’s tummy, toes, etc.)

  • Singing - Sing and play “The Fairies in the Yard” to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus” while acting it out.
    Fairies in the yard are twirling around, twirling around, twirling around.
    Fairies in the yard are twirling around, all around the yard.
    Fairies in the yard are flying around, flying around, flying around.
    Fairies in the yard are flying around, all around the yard.
    Fairies in the yard are leaping around, leaping around, leaping around.
    Fairies in the yard are leaping around, all around the yard.
    Fairies in the yard are skipping around, skipping around, skipping around.
    Fairies in the yard are skipping around, all around the yard.
    Fairies in the yard are running around, running around, running around.
    Fairies in the yard are running around, all around the yard.
    Fairies in the yard are hopping around, hopping around, hopping around.
    Fairies in the yard are hopping around, all around the yard

  • Reading - Once we're open for book holds and checkouts, pick up and read any book from this week’s search tag: #landoflittles. Until the library is open, choose a book from one of our digital resources. Here are a few suggestions from authors and titles on our hashtag, including the Hoopla titles, Every Little Thing by Bob Marley, Little Bear's Little Boat by Eve Bunting, Not So Small by Sandra Magsmamen, and Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Scherlte. On Libby by Overdrive, you can find a few of Amy Krouse Rosenthal's "Little" books, such as Little Pea, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, Twinkle, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, and sing along with Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera. 

    Digital Book Suggestions

     

  • Writing - Create-a-Critter: Fill a bag with crafting odds and ends (rick rack, felt, fabric, sequins, pipe cleaners, google eyes, any crafting extras you have around the house). Provide glue, tape, and other fasteners and have your child use their imagination to create a whole new critter from those items.

  • Playing - When the library opens, check out a gnome from the Handley Library, or you can make one at home yourself. Take photos of some of the things you do together. 

  • Watch one of the Land of Littles virtual storytimes during the week of June 1, found LIVE on social media. Details at HRLS Virtual program

  • Watch a virtual program on the Youth Services YouTube playlist: HRLS Youtube Playlist

If you have a Reader logging minutes read, you'll want to look for this badge: 

Land of Littles Readers Black and White

When you click on the badge, you'll be taken to the challenges! 

Complete 3 activities related to the theme of Land of Littles to earn a virtual raffle ticket.

  • Read/Listen to a book inspired by this theme: search the Handley Regional System catalog using the the search term #youthlandoflittles or #yalandoflittles for ideas. Or search Hoopla or Libby for a book that reminds you in some way of this week's theme. 

  • Create a Fairy Garden from items around your home or park.

  • Make a homemade bug house

    Bug House
  • Explore different types of insects on dkfindout.com and take the insect quiz.

    Insect Quiz
  • Find or create a gnome and take a picture of it on an adventure at your home (can be inside or outside)

    Gnome picture
  • Make a fairy potion

    Fairy Potion
  • Make fairy dough.

    Fairy Dough

Post your fun on our social media page or tag @handleyregional. We'd love to hear about your favorite activities! 

Have fun this week in the Land of Littles!