SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Silly Stories Storytime

(it felt like there were quite a few hits and misses in this program, maybe it was just the week after Christmas funk.)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub – Audrey Wood

 

(well recieved, it’s got some pretty stunning illustrations.)

Poem: I’ve Turned into a Carrot – Jack Prelutsky

 (I made a carrot puppet to recite this poem. It wasn’t a hit, but it wasn’t a complete flop either. I had a rabbit puppet that chased away the carrot at the end.)

Book: Oh Daddy! – Bob Shea

 

(This was popular, Shea has such great illustrations!) 

Activity: Silly Willy – fromt he CD Dr. Jean sings silly songs by Dr. Jean

(My first group wasn’t very eager to play along…I feel like the format of the song was a little strange, sometimes adding everthing together, sometimes just moving to the next body part. The second group liked it better…maybe it’s just that I wasn’t a fan!)

Book: Easy to See Why – Fred Gwyne

 

(this didn’t work with either group. It’s a pretty simple story, but the humor comes from the illustrations. Some of the parents got it, but I think it went over the kids heads, even when we talked about the pictures.)

Poem: I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor – Shel Silverstein

 (Super populer, converted a sleeping bag into a Boa Constrictor with eyes and fangs [inspired by our great Liesl Johnson]. It eats you as you recite the poem. My first group had one kid who said ‘Eat me!’ and it was a small enough group that each of the kids got a turn being eaten by the ‘Boa Constrictor’…or just running from it)

Book: Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name  – Tedd Arnold

 

(this was engaging at the beginning, but it maybe ran too long. Interest was lost along the way.)

Activity: Silly Dance Contest – from the CD Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes by Jim Gills

(This was popular, once the kids got into it…they were a little slow to warm up but it’s still a great song. Maybe it was a laxidasical week in general.)

The Parts:

I’ve Turned into a Carrot by Jack Pretlutsky

I’ve turned into a carrot,

It’s baffling and strange.

Somehow while I was sleeping,

I underwent a change.

Last night I was a human,

With head and hands and feet,

This morning I’m a vegetable

I’ve rarely cared to eat.

I look into the mirror,

And see I’m long and lean.

I have an orange body,

May hair is leafy green.

A further complication

Compounds my current woe,

A rabbit is approaching…

So long!  I’ve got to go.

Boa Constrictor by Shel Silverstein

Oh, I’m being eaten
By a boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
A boa constrictor,
I’m being eaten by a boa constrictor,
And I don’t like it–one bit.
Well, what do you know?
It’s nibblin’ my toe.
Oh, gee,
It’s up to my knee.
Oh my,
It’s up to my thigh.
Oh, fiddle,
It’s up to my middle.
Oh, heck,
It’s up to my neck.
Oh, dread,
It’s upmmmmmmmmmmffffffffff . .

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Christmas Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: I’m Not Santa! – Jonathan Allen

 

(Simple and cute with some nice emotional outbursts.) =]

Activity: Ring those Christmas Bells (see at end)

 (gave the kids bells to shake, they always like it when they can make noise!)

Book: Rock-a-bye Christmas – Matt Novak

 

(A cute story with a nice surprise ending…if only it weren’t so small!)

Song: Going to the North Pole – from Songs for all seasons by Geoff Johnson

(did the actions, and I had a polar bear hidden behind the flannel board I would bring out at the appropriate times.)

Book: Christmas Mice – Bethany Roberts

 

(This I stuck in because I needed another Christmas book…but it went over just fine.)

Activity: A Star for my little tree – Flannelboard

(A nice variation of Partridge in a pear tree… I should have made it bigger though!)

Book: Have You Been Naughty or Nice? – Eric Long

 

Activity: Reindeer Pokey

(The Hokey Pokey as a reindeer! Put in antlers, hooves, shiny nose, fluffy tail, etc.)

The Parts:

Ring Those Bells
Sung to: “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
(Loudly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.

(Softly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so quietly.

(loud and deliberate)
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.

A STAR FOR MY LITTLE TREE
Tune:  “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”

One the first day of Christmas,
My mother gave to me –
A star for my little tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
My mother gave to me –
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the third day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Four candy canes.
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Five Christmas bulbs.
Four candy canes,
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.
Adapted Traditional
By Jean Warren

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Cookie Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies – jp Wilson

 

(Fun pictures, and a nice repetition makes this a great storytime book.)

Song: 5 Yummy Cookies (see at end)

(had cookies for the flannel board)

Book: The Best Mouse Cookie – jp Numeroff

 

(A cute story with a familiar protagonist.)

Puppets: Sam’s Cookie – from the book by Barbro  Lindgren (see at end)

(This book easily converted to a puppet script, it was a little tricky switching between the Dog and Mommie though)

Book: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? – jp Beaumont

 

(Cute story that’s good to engage the kids.)

Activity: Making Cookies (see at end)

 (a pantomime activity)

Book: May I Please Have a Cookie? – jr Morris

 

(Teaches manners, but also creativity and resourcefulness!)

Activity: Decorate cookies

(This storytime was for our annual Gingerbread Jamboree, so we end it with decorating pre-purchased gingerbread men!)

The Parts:

5 Yummy Cookies

5 yummy cookies all chocolate chip,

Were sitting in the cookie jar

When the table tipped.

The cookie jar tumbled,

One cookie crumbled,

How many cookies were left?

Sam’s Cookie by Barbro  Lindgren

Narrator: Look, here comes Sam! Sam has a Cookie. Sam Likes his Cookie.

Sam: Good, good cookie.

Narrator: Here comes Doggie. Doggie wants Sam’s cookie. Doggie takes Sam’s cookie. Sam is Angry.

Sam: Dumb doggie.

Narrator: Doggie is angry.

Doggie: Grrr

Narrator: Sam is scared. Sam cries. Mommy comes.

Mommy: No, no. Don’t take Sam’s cookie.

Narrator: Sam gets another cookie.

MAKING COOKIES CHANT (modified from the Jean Warren version)

First we take the butter and we cream it, we cream it (twist fist in palm)

Then we add the sugar and we blend it, we blend it (open and close fingers, like mushing something up)

Then we pour in the milk and we stir it, we stir it. (stirring motion)

Then we take the dough and we roll it, we roll it. (rolling motion)

Then we take the cutter and we cut it, we cut it. (twisting hand)

Then we bake it in the oven and we smell it, we smell it. (sniffing)

Then we set it on the rack and we cool it, we cool it. (Wave hand)

Then we pop it in our mouth we eat it, we eat it! (mime eating cookie.)

(The Jean Warren version:

First we add the butter and we mash it, mash it.
Then we add the sugar and we blend it, blend it.
Then we add the eggs and we whip it, whip it.
Then we add the flour and we stir it, stir it.
Then we make a ball and we roll it, roll it.
Then we choose a cutter and we cut it, cut it.
Then we set out a cookie sheet and we place it, place it.
Then we bake it in the oven and we smell it, smell it.
Then we set it on a rack and we cool it, cool it.
Then we pop it in our mouth and we eat it, eat it.)

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What We Wear Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Ducks Don’t Wear Socks – jp Nedwick

 

Song: Bring Your Clothes – from the CD Whaddaya think of that? by Laurie Berkner

 (act out the song as it goes!)

Book: No! That’s Wrong! – jp Ji

 

Flannel Board: I’m Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems

 (used the same text, acted out with stick puppets. They would switch during each change.)

Book: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed – jp Chodos-Irvine

 

Song: Mitten Song – from the CD H.U.M. all year longby Carole Peterson

 (A really basic song, not sure I’m a big fan of it, but it was something to do!)

Book: Froggy Gets Dressed – jp London

 

Activity: If Your Clothes Have Any Red

(A fun activity, I did have to interject a purple for a little girl that was just waiting to have a turn doing something! I don’t remember what I rhymed with purple, but it was there when I needed it.)

The Parts:

If Your Clothes Have Any Red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red,

put your hands above your head,

If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if your clothes have any blue,

jump up and down inside your shoes,

…if your clothes have any white,

scrunch your face up small and tight,

…if your clothes have any yellow,

jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,

…if your clothes have any green,

tilt sideways ‘till you lean,

…if your clothes have any brown,

turn around and around,

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