Storytime with Jen goes to the Movies-Brave

This past weekend my son (age 11) and I had a movie date. We went to see Disney-Pixar’s Brave. I had high expectations and this movie met every single one of them. It was funny, and beautiful and heart warming. I loved hearing my son laugh out loud at the antics of Merida’s three little brothers. Be sure to see it in the theatre, I’m glad I did as I know that my TV would not have done the movie justice.
 What was an unexpected surprise was the short animation that came before the feature film.
La Luna:


Summary (from IMDB)
A fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Tonight is the very first time his Papa and Grandpa are taking him to work. In an old wooden boat they row far out to sea, and with no land in sight, they stop and wait. A big surprise awaits the little boy as he discovers his family’s most unusual line of work. Should he follow the example of his Papa, or his Grandpa? Will he be able to find his own way in the midst of their conflicting opinions and timeworn traditions? 

This short was absolutely stunning.  Only 7 minutes, but powerful and really impacted both of us. I will never look at the moon in quite the same way. I really hope this will be a part of the Brave DVD when it releases. 

Just had to share my thoughts with you.

Program of the Week (2)-Family Storytime

Feature at Storytime with Jen
Introducing a new feature at Storytime with Jen
“Program of the Week”

Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a school age program even programs for teens. 
Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! Please include a mention of the feature in your post and link back here too:)
 I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.

Family Storytime: 

Can you Make a Scary Face?

Can You Make a Scary Face?

This summer’s reading club theme in Ontario is “Imagine” and this book by Jan Thomas is perfect for it.
It’s a wonderful participation book, and will get the whole family up and moving. I use this one to open the storytime. (there is a part in the book where everyone is invited to stand up and do the chicken dance!)

Not a Box

Not a Box
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis is the story of a rabbit that discovers a box only it’s not a box, it’s whatever he imagines it to be. After this story I show a small box and we all think (imagine) what else it could be…a boat? (we then sing row row your boat) a robot? (we stand up and act like robots.)..a space ship? we pretend to blast off into space.
Freeze Dance-one of my favourite games to play. Put on some great tunes (child friendly) and dance away!
Press Here

Press Here
Press Here by Herve Tullet is an interactive book.We followed the “instructions” in the book and the children and their grown ups loved it!

Rhyme Time: -Soft Kitty

Today’s rhyme time is brought to you care of “The Big Bang Theory” I love the rhyme/song “soft kitty” and the children in my programs love it as well. (parents get a kick out of it because they know it too)
Soft Kitty
Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur,
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, pur, pur, pur.

LOVE it!

Childhood Dreams

Growing up, my Mom took me to the library every Saturday. I would borrow a stack of books for the week. I remember the smell of that library vividly, the sound of the stamping cards as they put them through the machine, the crinkling of the dust jackets as we put our books in the book bag. I’d take them home, take out all the date due cards and play librarian (for hours).

Years later, when I began working at a library I surprised my co-workers by tearing up as I stamped my first due date cards. I’m sure they thought I was silly, but for me it was the fulfilment of something that I had dreamed about.

I was checking out the website: Gone Reading and came across this:

It’s a Librarian play set and it made me think of those days growing up. Of course libraries have come a long way from date-due cards, and card catalogues but I still think its would make a lovely gift for a child who is as book crazy as I was:)

Be sure to check out the GoneReading Website too, lots of great gifts for book lovers and the proceeds from items sold go towards building new libraries and helping reading-related charities.