SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Magic Storytime

on September 26, 2013

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Sausages – Jessica Souhami


(I think this is a fantastic adaptation. Great illustrations and a simple plot.)

Activity: The Magic Sneezes – from the traditional story The Seven Sneezes (see full version here)


(A boy walks by and sneezes, messing all the animals up! Trimmed down from the original version, and it still felt just a bit long, but fun!)

Book: The Wizard the Fairy and the Magic Chicken – Helen Lester

the wizard the fairy and the magic chicken

(This is charming, with a nice message of teamwork.)

Activity: “Poof” You’re a…

“Abracadabra, poof!  You’re a _____________!”

(Some of the things to turn the children into could included a duck, ogre, bear, tree, monkey, frog, fire engine and rock.  And of course, the kids had to act like that thing).


(We used magic wands to transform the children into different things, lots of fun.)

Book: Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock – Eric A. Kimmel


(I think this worked better as a puppet play, but the book still worked fine!)

Activity: Magic Hat – Deanna Romriell

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!!


(The kids love this! On the last attempt, I have them help me say ‘Rabbit’, and then it works!)

Book: Magic Box – Katie Cleminson

 magic box

(Simple with bright illustrations. I quite like it.)

Activity: Instruments

(Then we had a little party, like the animals in ‘Magic Box’)

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