SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

In the Dark Dark Woods

Each of these sheets took about on hour, I tried just copying an image but they came out too dark, dark. So I permanent markered them. For the transitions I would lift the transparency and the image would go out of focus, then I’d swap the new one and lower it. I think it was pretty cool and effective (the ghost just ‘popped’ out though, for scare factor).

In the dark, dark woods…

…there was a dark, dark house. In the dark, dark house..

.there was a dark, dark room. And in the dark, dark room…

…there was a dark, dark cupboard.

(I have a rectangle of paper that covers the cupboard, which I remove for the shelves.)

In the dark, dark cupboard there were some dark, dark shelves. In the dark, dark shelves…

…there was a dark, dark box. In the dark, dark box…

…there was a Ghost!


Halloween Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Mouse’s First Halloween – Lauren Thompson


Song: Ghosts on Halloween (see at end)

(I’m just sticking these in from memory…if I find my original …which is of course much better, =P I’ll update it.)

The Ghosts on Halloween say Boo! Boo! Boo!

Boo! Boo! Boo!, Boo! Boo! Boo!

The Ghosts on Halloween say Boo! Boo! Boo!

All through the night.

Witch…says Hee, hee hee! (rub your tummy)

Skeleton… says clatter, clatter, clatter. (shake your arms)

Monster… says Growl, Growl, Growl. (hands up like claws)

 (A variation of Wheel on the Bus, acting like different Halloween monsters)

Book: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything – Linda Williams


Activity: Boo! It’s Halloween

Boo! It’s Halloween
(Pop Goes the Weasel)

Sometimes I like to walk in the dark,

I like to shout and scream,

I walk up behind somebody I know,

BOO! It’s Halloween!

 (A fun, simple chant. You can do it again and again.. getting more and more quiet with louder Boo!’s.)

Book: Los Gatos Black on Halloween – Marisa Montes


Shadow play: In the Dark Dark Woods (see full version here)

 (I made transparencies for the classical story. We did it twice, asking before each shift…’should we go in the house?’ etc.)

In a Dark, Dark, Wood…

In a dark, dark wood

there was a dark, dark house.

And in that dark, dark house

there was a dark, dark room.

And in that dark, dark room

there was a dark, dark cupboard.

And in that dark, dark cupboard

there was a dark, dark shelf.

And on that dark, dark shelf

there was a dark, dark box.

And in that dark, dark box

there was a . . .Ghost!

Book: What’s in the Witches Kitchen? – Nick Sharratt


(a fun book with the perfect gross factor appeal. For a smaller group I let the kids open the flaps.)

Craft: Trick or Treat bags

(The kids decorated sandwiches and then trick-or-treated to our reference desks and circulation desk.)


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Nighttime Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Night’s Nice – jp Emberly


Song/Sign: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (see at end)

 (Used sign language with the song to make it more engaging.)

Book: Dark Night – jp De Monfreid


Song: Last Night I Had a Dream – from the CD Whaddaya think of that? by Laurie Berkner

 (acted out all the different animals that we dreamed we were.)

Book: Quiet Night – jp Singer

 Flannelboard: Napping House by Audrey Wood


(made a flannelboard with each character separate but stackable. Then had the ‘woken’ characters as well.)

Book: Good Night, Mr. Night – jp Yaccarino


Song: 10 in the Bed

(Used this from a CD, don’t remember which. I’d post it once I figure it out!)

The Parts:

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
How I wonder what you are

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Robot Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Robots Everywhere – Denny Hebson


(I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.)

Flannel board: Five Noisy Robots (see at end)

 (A variation of 5 green and speckled frogs.)

Book: Rolie Polie Olie – William Joyce


Activity: Lights on the Robot (see at end)

 (A variation of Wheels on the Bus.)

Book: If I Had a Robot – Dan Yaccarino

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Puppets: from Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka (see at end)


(Used a toy robot, and battled kitchen appliances with it. Then the ‘Queen’ wins Zot’s heart. It was really popular, got an encore.)

Book: Robot Dog – Mark Oliver


Activity: Build a Robot (see at end)

(Emphasizing shape recognition, we assembled a robot!)

Play with Instruments

The Parts:

Five Noisy Robots (to the tune of “5 green and speckled frogs”)

Five noisy robots ran, around an oil can

trying to keep their joints all free

creak, creak,

One felt a drop of rain, and could not move again,

Now there were four robots that ran.

Huff, Huff

(count down remaining)

Lights on the Robot (To the tune of “Wheel on the bus”)

The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.

The legs of the robot move back and forth…
The head of the robot turns side to side…
The lights on the robot blink on and off (blink eyes)…

The hands of the robot open and close…
The voice of the robot says beep, beep, beep…

-build on each thing, so by the end all of the actions are being done-

Robot Zot: from the book by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon

Bring Robot into view,

“Robot Zot—Wham Bot! Robot Zot—Bam Bot!

Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

“Robot Zot crashed his attack ship on earth, there he meets a dangerous enemy!

Bring appliance into view (follow pattern with each)…interact with kids…”does this look like a dangerous enemy? Robot Zot thinks so! Who will win? Robot Zot yells his battle cry,”


“Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

Mock battle with Robot Zot and the appliance, Robot Zot wins, hurrah! Then, another appliance (three in all, a lamp, blender, and mixers )…until the last round, with the pink and blue toy.

“Does this look like an enemy?

“This not enemy, is Queen of all Earth.

Robot Zot—rescue bot, Robot Zot—hero bot!”


Robot rescues toy and runs off behind flannel board.

” And off they go in the spaceship to another distant galaxy. “

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