SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Tops and Bottoms Storytime

(The group on Tuesday was pretty subdued, perhaps because of the rainy day, but I think they were still engaged and enjoyed themselves. Thursday was one of those perfect days where the kids were engaged and participated just where they were supposed to but didn’t disrupt from what was going on. Goes to show that often it’s the energy rather than the program that can make all the difference! )

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Sally and the Purple Socks – Lisze Bechtold Chicken Cheeks

(Sally’s socks just keep growing! But she continues to find new uses for them. The kids were quite engaged during this story, it’s nice!)

Flannel Board: Cupcake – (from the book by Charise Mericle Harper)

(Little Cupcake feels too plain, so candle tries to fancy him up! Nothing quite works. Spaghetti is too squiggly!! A little bit short/basic maybe, but I suppose that makes a good flannel board!)

Book: No! That’s Wrong! – Zhaohua Ji

(Bunny finds a great hat, but then learns that it isn’t a hat after all. He realizes that what’s best for others isn’t necessarily best for him!)

Activity: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes – Traditional

(We start it slow, and increase the speed with each repetition. Kids love it!)

Book: Chicken Cheeks – Michael Ian Black

(This is just a bunch of animal heinies! One little girl was giggling and repeating each one.)

Activity: Magic Magic, in My Hat

(MAGIC) – “Hat Trick” by Deanna Romriell.

(Use a top hat/rabbit puppet along with a selection of other animals to perform this rhyme.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

Aaaaaa!!  What is that?!!

(Pull anything other than a rabbit out and repeat.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

 See!!  Look at that!!

(I love this little rhyme, and so do the kids! I like to have them help on the last time to get the rabbit out.)

Book: A Boy and His Bunny – Sean Bryan

(I don’t know how well this was received. I think it was pretty good!)

Activity: Parachute Play

(We bounced things on the parachute, up and down!)

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Book Babies 5.1

(One of the programs rotated with our younger group)

Baby Hop from the CD Diaper Gym

Snuggle up together, babies in your lap.

Snuggle up together. Clap, Clap, Clap!

Snuggle up together, don’t you nap.

Snuggle up together. Tap, Tap, Tap!

You’re working out together, baby don’t stop!

You’re working out together. Hop, Hop, Hop!

(repeat first two verses)

Now our song is over, get ready to stop.

Now our song is over, so Hop, Hop, Hop!

Book

When Cats Get Up in the Morning (From the CD Wiggleworms Love You)

(With stuffed animals)

When cats get up in the morning

They always say “Good day!”

When cat’s get up in the morning

This is what they say, they say

“Meow, meow, meow,

meow, meow, meow

meow, meow meow”

This is what they say.

(continue with bird, cow, duck, etc.)

Rainbow Colors

tune: Hush, Little Baby

(With flannel board rainbow. Introduce each color as it’s built then sing the song!)

Rainbow purple, rainbow blue
Rainbow green and yellow, too
Rainbow orange, rainbow red
Rainbow smiling overhead.

Can You Be?

Can you be an elephant?

Stomp, stomp, stomp!

Or a big green alligator,

Chomp, chomp, chomp!

Can you be a little mouse?

Creep, creep, creep.

Chow about a little chick?

Peep, peep, peep.

Can you be a little frog?

Hop, hop, hop.

Now it’s time for quiet, so

stop, stop, stop.

Book

Five Little Frogs (from the CD Five Little Monkeys)

Five green and speckled frogs,

sat on a speckled log,

eating the most delicious bugs,

Yummm! Yummm!

One jumped into the pool

where it was nice and cool,

then there were

four green speckled frogs!

Glub! Glub!

(count down remaining frogs)

Airplane

The airplane has great big wings, (stretch arms wide)

It’s propeller spins and sings, “Vvvvvv….”

(arms spin around)

The airplane goes up, (lift arms up)

The airplane goes down, (lower arms)

The airplane flies high, (raise up)

all over town! (spin in circle)

Little Hands

tune: Wheels on the Bus

You take you little hands and go

Clap, clap, clap Clap, clap, clap

Clap, clap, clap.

You take you little hands and go

Clap, clap, clap. Clap your little hands!

You take your little feet and go

Tap, tap, tap…

You take your little arms and go

Hug, hug, hug…

You take your little head and go

Nod, nod, nod…

You take your little hand and wave

Bye, bye, bye…

-End with Bubble machine for duration of Personal Penguin from the CD Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton-

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Book Babies 4.1

(One of the programs rotated with our younger group)

Baby Hop from the CD Diaper Gym

Snuggle up together, babies in your lap.

Snuggle up together. Clap, Clap, Clap!

Snuggle up together, don’t you nap.

Snuggle up together. Tap, Tap, Tap!

You’re working out together, baby don’t stop!

You’re working out together. Hop, Hop, Hop!

(repeat first two verses)

Now our song is over, get ready to stop.

Now our song is over, so Hop, Hop, Hop!

Book

 

Something In My Garden

(With stuffed animals, about four each time)

There’s something in my garden,

That I can’t really see.

There’s something in my garden,

Now what can it be?

 (noise)

Hear its funny sound?

(noise)

a _____ is what I found!

Itsy Bitsy Spider (With music from the CD 118 Songs Kids Love to Sing by Star Song Music)

The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout,

Down came the rain and washed the spider out!

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,

And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again!

 

 

 

If you’re Happy and you Know it

(With sign language for the emotions, and faces to put on the flannel board)

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands,

If you’re happy and you know it,

Then your face will surely show it,

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands!

(Continue with other emotions)

Book

 

 

 

Hop your bunny

(tune: Tommy Thumb)

Hop your bunny up and (hold up two fingers and lift hand)

Hop your bunny down (bring two fingers down toward floor)

Hop your bunny side to side (wave hand back and forth))

Hop him all around! (move fingers around in a circle)

Hop him on your shoulder,

hop him on your head,

hop him on your knee,

and then put him right to bed!

(Repeat with two bunnies)

 

 

              

5 Hungry Ants

(With a flannel board display, the kids love the sneezed ants flying through the air!)

5 hungry ants,

marching in a line,

came upon a picnic

where they could dine.

They marched into the salad,

they marched into the cake,

they marched into the pepper….

Uh oh, what a mistake!

AHHHH-CHOOO!

4 hungry ants….etc….

 

Wiggle Your La-de-dah! (From the CD Ralph’s World by Ralph Covert)

Wiggle your fingers, wiggle your fingers, hey la-de-dah.

Who is wiggling I am wiggling hey la-de-dah!

Move your hands, move your hands, hey la-de-da.

Who is moving, you are moving hey la-de-dah!

Up and down and up and down

Walk and wave and hey la-de-dah, hey la-de-dah.

Bend you elbows, bend your elbows, hey la-de-dah.

Who is bending, I am bending, hey la-de-dah.

Straighten your arms, straighten your arms, hey la-de-dah

Who is moving you are moving hey la-de-dah!

Up and down and up and down

Walk and wave and hey la-de-dah, hey la-de-dah.

-End with Bubble machine for duration of Personal Penguin from the CD Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton-

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Book Babies 3.1

(One of the programs I rotate through for our younger group)

Baby Hop from the CD Diaper Gym

Snuggle up together, babies in your lap.

Snuggle up together. Clap, Clap, Clap!

Snuggle up together, don’t you nap.

Snuggle up together. Tap, Tap, Tap!

You’re working out together, baby don’t stop!

You’re working out together. Hop, Hop, Hop!

(repeat first two verses)

Now our song is over, get ready to stop.

Now our song is over, so Hop, Hop, Hop!

Book

I Went to the Zoo

(I use stuffed animals as a visual for this)

I went to the zoo one day,

I met a tiger on my way,

This is what he had to say,

Roar, Roar, Roar, Roar!

I went to the zoo one day,

I met a Gorilla on my way,

This is what he had to say,

Ooo-oooo, Ooo-oooo,

Ooo-oooo, Ooo-oooo!

(continue with other animals)

I Like to Eat
(tune: Apples and Bananas, we also do signs with this song and I put up the foods on the flannelboard)
I like to eat , eat , eat lots of yummy APPLES.
I like to eat , eat , eat lots of yummy APPLES.

(Continue with other foods)

Hammers

We can work with 1 hammer, 1 hammer, 1 hammer
We can work with 1 hammer, all day long.
(1 hammer-fist pounding)

We can work with 2 hammers, etc.
(2 hammers-2 fists pounding)
We can work with 3 hammers, etc.
(3 hammers-2 fists & 1 foot pounding)
We can work with 4 hammers, etc.
(4 hammers-2 fists & 2 feet pounding)
We can work with 5 hammers, etc.
(5 hammers-2 fists & 2 feet & head nodding)

Book

Wheels on the Bus (I use the version from the CD Wiggleworms Love You)

The wheels on the bus go

round and round, round and round, round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.

The doors…

The driver…

The wipers…

The horn…

The muffler…

The people…

The babies…

The mommies and the daddies…

Two Little Blackbirds

 (match the flying actions with the descriptors!) 

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill

One named Jack and One named Jill

Fly away Jack

Fly away Jill

Come back Jack

Come back Jill

…sitting in the snow, one named fast, on named slow…

…sitting on a cloud, one named quiet, one named loud…

…sitting on a pole, one named high, one named low…

 

I’m a little bumblebee

 (jump or lift baby on  ‘Fly Away’)

I’m a little bumblebee
And I buzz all day (buzzzzzzzz)
If you get too close to me,
I’ll FLY away!

I’m a little ladybug

And I wiggle all day (wiggle!)
If you get too close to me,
I’ll FLY away!

I’m a little butterfly

And I flutter all day (link thumbs and flutter hands)
If you get too close to me,
I’ll FLY away!

-End with Bubble machine for duration of Personal Penguin from the CD Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton-

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Book Babies 2.1

(One of the programs I rotate through for our younger group)

Baby Hop from the CD Diaper Gym

Snuggle up together, babies in your lap.

Snuggle up together. Clap, Clap, Clap!

Snuggle up together, don’t you nap.

Snuggle up together. Tap, Tap, Tap!

You’re working out together, baby don’t stop!

You’re working out together. Hop, Hop, Hop!

(repeat first two verses)

Now our song is over, get ready to stop.

Now our song is over, so Hop, Hop, Hop!

Book

Here Goes a Turtle

(Use arm as hill, suite actions to animals)

Here goes a turtle up the hill-

Creep, creep, creep, creep.

Here goes a rabbit up the hill-

Boing, boing, boing, boing!

Here goes an elephant up the hill-

Tromp, tromp, tromp, tromp.

Here goes a snake up the hill-

Slither, slither, slither, slither.

Here comes a rock down the hill-

Boom, boom, boom, boom, (bounce, then fall over on crash!)

CRASH!

(printed in B&W it looks red!)

Little Red Tractor

(modified from ‘Little Red Wagon’. Kids don’t know what wagons are anymore!)

Bouncing up and down in my little red tractor

Bouncing up and down in my little red tractor

Bouncing up and down in my little red tractor

Bouncing all day long!

Scooping up some dirt…

Lifting Dirt up high…

Waving to my friends…

Five Little Monkeys

(traditional)

 Five little monkeys

Swingin’ in the tree,

Teasing Mr. Alligator,

“You can’t catch me!”

“You can’t catch me!”

Along comes Mr. Alligator,

Swimming very slowly

and…SNAPPED that monkey right out of the tree.

(repeat with remaining monkeys)

Book

Put Your Finger On…  (from the CD Feel the Music by Parachute Express)

Put your finger on, put your finger on, put your finger on

your…nose!

Put your finger on, put your finger on, put your finger on

your…nose!

Turn around and clap clap,

Turn around and clap clap,

Turn around and clap clap,

Turn around and clap clap.

Continue with other body parts

Here is the train

Here is the train (hold up fist)

And here is the track (hold out arm)

Chugga-chugga forward (run fist along arm)

And chugga-chugga back

Chugga-chugga chugga-chugga

Chugga, Choo-Choo (pull imaginary cord)

Up goes the smoke,

And so do you! (Jump or lift baby!)

Say Goodnight to the Animals

(I use stuffed animals as a visual for this. Tune is close to ‘Down by the banks of the hanky panky’)

 In the farmyard at the end of the day,

All the animals politely say,

“Thank you for my food today.”

The cow says “Moo.”

(Continue with other animals)

Then the barn is locked up tight.

And the farmer quietly says, “Goodnight.”

-End with Bubble machine for duration of Personal Penguin from the CD Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton-

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Book Babies 1.1

(One of the programs I rotate through for our younger group.)

Baby Hop from the CD Diaper Gym

Snuggle up together, babies in your lap.

Snuggle up together. Clap, Clap, Clap!

Snuggle up together, don’t you nap.

Snuggle up together. Tap, Tap, Tap!

You’re working out together, baby don’t stop!

You’re working out together. Hop, Hop, Hop!

(repeat first two verses)

Now our song is over, get ready to stop.

Now our song is over, so Hop, Hop, Hop!

Book

Springtime on the Farm from the CD Animal Songs by Geof Johnson

(I used stuffed animals as visuals for this)

Springtime on the farm,

All the baby animals in the barn.

Hear the baby chicks go

cheep, cheep, cheep.

Repeat while adding:

cow – moooo

duck – quack, quack, quack

sheep – baaa

pig – oink, oink, oink

horse – neigh!

Rocket

I am a rocket crouched on the ground,

(put arms over baby’s head for rocket’s nose)

Waiting quietly  Without a sound (put finger to lips)

Light this fuse on my little toe, (wiggle baby’s toe)

Ready for take-off? Here we go! (Count down with fingers against the floor)

5…4…3…2…1… Whoooooooosh!

(let baby jump, or lift baby into air)

Dinosaur, Dinosaur (Modified from traditional)

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, turn around,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, touch the ground,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, roar out loud,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, touch a cloud,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, win a race,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, jump in place,

Dinosaur, Dinosaur, stop and pause,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, touch your claws,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, sit right down,
Dinosaur, Dinosaur, make no sound.

Book

The Way We Ride

This is the way the camel goes,

Humpity-hump, humpity-hump. Humpity-hump, humpity-hump.

(tip baby side to side on knees)

This is the way the donky goes,

Hee-haw, hee-haw. Hee-haw, hee-haw.

(raise baby up and down on knees)

This is the way the horsy goes.

A-gallop, a-gallop, a-gallop,

a-gallop, a-gallop, a-gallop neeeeigh!

(quickly bounce baby, then rear back)

 “Can We Find?”

tune: Muffin Man

(I have flannel board circles in different colors with animals on the other sides: orange cat, purple puppy, white owl, yellow fish, blue cow, brown horse, red bird, green snake. And we also sign the animals. Five each session.)

Can we find an orange cat,
An orange cat,

an orange cat?
Can we find an orange cat?
We want to say hello!

Continue with other animals:

Five Little Ducks  from the CD Rise and Shine by Raffi

Five little ducks went out one day,

Over the hills and far away.

When the mother duck said

Quack, quack, quack, quack!

Four little ducks came back!

Four little ducks…

Three little ducks…

Two little ducks…

One little duck…

Sad mother duck went out one day,

Over the hills and far away.

Mother duck said,

“Quack, quack, quack, quack!”

five little ducks came hurrying back!

-End with Bubble machine for duration of Personal Penguin from the CD Blue Moo by Sandra Boynton-

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Boxes Storytime

I wasn’t sure I’d find enough material for this theme, but there was loads of stuff! Even so, the program in general felt a bit flat.

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Birthday Box – Leslie Patricelli

 

(A nice simple story about a birthday present made into much more that it’s giver intended.)

Flannel Board: Where’s Tumpty? (Polly Dunbar)

(Tumpty is certain he’s hidden, but he’s quite large. Eventually he finds the perfect place. The kids quite liked this. )

 

Book: Inside Outside Upside Down – Stan & Jan Berenstain

(A fun story, but it felt rather short during the program.)

Activity: I like to be a jack in the box

 Sometimes I like to hide in a box (Crouch with hands over head)

My handle spins around.  (spin one arm around)

Then after a little while …

Boooiiing! (Jump up!) It’s me you found!

(This was fun, but the kids always enjoy jumping! We did it a number of times.)

Book: Chloe – Peter McCarthy

(The little rabbit doesn’t like the new TV so much, but the box it came in is loads of fun!)

Puppets: Thank You Bear  (Greg Foley)

(Bear finds a box, looks inside and thinks ‘This is the greatest thing ever!’ On his way to give it to mouse, the other animals he meets make him think maybe it isn’t so great after all.)

Book: Magic Box – Katie Cleminson

(Katie gets a magical box, and pulls all sorts of wonderful things out of it. After the big party with dancing and music, she makes it all go away …well, almost. Nice big illustrations)

Activity: Instruments

(I had a box that I introduced at the beginning of storytime, and at the end the kids got to look inside. It was full of instruments and we had our own party!)

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Frog Storytime

This came about because I did a pond storytime last year, and there were so many good frog options I decided to let them shine!

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: 999 Tadpoles – Ken Kimura

(Cute, simple illustrations tell the story of tadpoles who outgrew there little pond and face dangers in finding a new home. A little wordy, so I stuck it at the beginning. )

Song: Five Little Frogs (my favorite version is from the CD Five Little Monkeys by Five Little Monkeys)

Book: Toad – Ruth Brown

(Such great gross illustrations, a good talking book as you can point out the hidden lizard in the pages as it stalks toad.)

Puppet Story: Foo the Flying Frog of Washtub Pond (from the book by Belle Yang)

(I incorporated the blow up frog when I read this book before, and it transitioned very well into a full puppet experience!)

Book: One Two Three Jump! – Penelope Lively

(I didn’t have a very actiony activity, but the kids stayed very engaged! I had the kids jump along with the frog in this book to make sure they weren’t getting too restless. I love the squiggly frog when it’s in the water!)

Song: Raindrops Fell All Around (w/ flannel board)

(Do in call and echo style with kids.)

 There was a pond, a little pond. The bluest pond, that you ever did see.

chorus: (sung all together)

And the raindrops fell all around all around. The raindrops fell all around.

And on that pond, there was a lilly pad, the greenest lilly pad, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The pad on the pond and the raindrops fell…

And on that pad, there was a flower, the prettiest flower, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The flower on the pad and the pad on the pond and the raindrops fell…

And on that flower, there was a frog, the slimiest frog, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The frog on the flower and the flower on the pad and the pad on the pond…

And on that frog, there was a tongue, the stickiest tongue, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower and the flower on the pad…

And on that tongue, there was a bug, the tinsiest bug, that you ever did see.

Chorus: The bug on the tongue and the tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower…

And on that tongue, there was a dinosaur!, the biggest dinosaur, that you ever did see!

Chorus: The dinosaur on the bug and the bug on the tongue and the tongue on the frog and the frog on the flower and the flower on the pad and the pad on the pond and the raindrops fell all around all around, and the raindrops fell all around.

(Even the parents giggle when the dinosaur makes an appearance!)

Book: City Dog and Country Frog – Mo Willems

 

(The kids seems a little less engaged during this story, though I adore it. Maybe they were just exhausted from all the awesomeness!) =P

Craft: Frog Hat

(Then I did a craft! [I hardly ever do] Paper plates cut in half for eyes attached to a strip of green paper around the head and a red ‘tongue’ that had been rolled tightly around my finger. Simple but very popular.)

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Dancing Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Baby Danced the Polka – Karen Beaumont

 

(This was well received, better than I’d hoped actually!)

Puppets: Down by the Cool of the Pool – from the book by Tony Mitton

Frog is dancing by the pool ‘Wheee! Can you dance like me?’. ‘No’, said Duck, ‘But I can flap!’. So Duck went Flap and frog went  ‘Wheee! Can you dance like me?’ down by the cool of the pool.

(I just continued building on this format until I had Dog rolling over, Pig wiggling, sheep stamping, cat twirling, duck flapping and frog jumping. I used critters I had on hand and matched actions I could make them do, staying with the story where possible. It was pretty fun!)

Book: Dancing Feet – Lindsey Craig

(A fun simple guessing game book, with great illustrations)

Activity: Silly Dance Contest – from the CD The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tune by Jim Gill

 (You know a song went over well when a parent asks where to find it afterwards!)

Book: Hilda Must Be Dancing – Karma Wilson

(So adorable and sweet and visually stunning. Everyone gets a happy ending!)

Activity: Five Ballet Dancers

 Five Ballet Dancers,

Balance on their toes.

Twist and twirl and leap,

then off the stage one goes!

(I’m not sure if the kids were disinterested, or enthralled by these paper dancers, but no one sang along! I’m going to pretend it was enthralled) =P

Book: Farmyard Beat – Lindsey Craig

(A fun book with great opportunity for interaction. My only complaint is that kids understand cows going Moo rather than Swish, clank.) -.o

Activity: Streamers with music

I played the awesome Miss Opotomus from the Purple Ladybug music album. Everyone had a super time. Even the girl who was shy at the beginning was flailing about with her streamers. =]

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