SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Five Turkeys

(Have 5 turkeys on the board. )

Inspired by a post on ALCS

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Five turkeys were getting quite nervous.
Thanksgiving Day soon would be back.
So one turkey put on a duck suit,
And now he says, “Gobble, quack, quack!”

Four turkeys were getting quite nervous,
Thanksgiving was coming, not going.
So one little turkey put on a pig suit,
And now he says ‘gobble, oink, oink.’
(Who knew there is officially no rhyme for oink!)

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Three turkeys were getting quite nervous,
Thanksgiving was in just a week.
So one turkey put on a mouse suit,
And now he says ‘gobble, squeak, squeak.’

Two turkeys were getting quite nervous,
But one said ‘I know what to do!’
So that turkey put on a cow suit,
And now he says ‘gobble, moo, moo.’

One turkey was getting quite nervous,
He  said, I can’t take any more!
So that turkey put on a lion suit
And now he says ‘gobble, roar, roar!’

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(The cow lost it’s tail, and I hadn’t replaced it when the pics were taken) =\

This weeks Flannel Friday is hosted by What is Bridget Reading?

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Colors Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: I Spy On the Farm – Edward Gibbs

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(This series is fantastic for storytime, big bright pictures, repetitive format, and interactive potential. ‘On the Farm’ also adds a letter recognition that I liked.)

Activity: Pirate Treasure

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Look and see, look and see,

can you find treasure for me?

Is it in the _____ box?

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(The kids adore this, there is something fun hidden behind each chest, but only one has treasure!)

Book: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes – Eric Litwin

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(You can’t go wrong with Pete the Cat. I like to invite the kids to sing with Pete before I start the story.)

Song/Activity: If you’re wearing any red – Tune: If you’re happy and you know it

 If you’re wearing any red, any red

If you’re wearing any red, any red

If you’re wearing any red,

wave your hands above your head,

If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if you’re wearing any blue,

jump up and down inside your shoes,

…if you’re wearing any white,

scrunch your face up small and tight,

…if you’re wearing any yellow,

jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,

 …if you’re wearing any green,

tilt sideways ‘till you lean,

 …if you’re wearing any brown,

make a face like a clown,

 …if you’re wearing any purple,

spin around in a circle,

…if you’re wearing any black,

pat yourself right on the back

…if your wearing any gray,

go ahead and shout Hurray!

 …if you’re wearing any orange,

pretend to sleep and snoreange.

(I’ve added all sorts of colors, because there is invariably a child who is wearing a color I haven’s said, and they want their colors represented! I’ll usually see what’s being worn, and try for six or so colors, though it seems like the kids would do this all day.)

Book: Where is the Green Sheep? – Mem Fox

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(Every group I read this to ended up laughing uproariously!)

Activity: Can We Find? – Tune: Do you know the muffin man?

 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 colors and animals.

(We put colored circles on the flannel board, with animal images on the back, and then signed the animals names as we looked for them. I use this as a signing song for a book babies program, and it was a hit with the older kids too.)

Book: Baby Bear Sees Blue – Ashley Wolff

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(Such lovely illustrations, I only wish there were more red strawberries, and that the trout were a little less orange …based on kid’s responses.)

Activity: Streamers

(Then the kids played with colored streamers.)

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Little Library Play Area

I just finished a new play aspect for our library branch.

We got a new sorting system, which made me think that kids might enjoy playing librarian, and after I started the project one of our little patrons said that they wanted to be a librarian when they grew up. I figured it’d be a worthwhile project.

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There is a ‘Book Drop’ that’s really a mailbox play set that I re-purposed, and a little shelf unit where the little books live.

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The books are very simple. I printed them out, and then laminated them with a piece of cardstock between the pages as the front and back cover. There is a small spot of sticky back velcro to keep the books closed.

I also have on display some suggestions of how to use the new play area.

Do you know your letters? Name the letters you know as you put them in the book drop.

Can you put them in order? Take the little books out, and organize them on the shelf.

Can you think of words? Open the book to see a word that starts with it’s letter!

Hopefully the kids will appreciate it! =]

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Letter K Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Kiss Kiss – Margaret Wild

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(A lovely little story that the kids can identify with. I like the repetition for out young crowd.)

Activity: Five Little Kites

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Five little kites hung by the door,

Red went outside, then there were four.

Four little kites, pretty as can be.

Blue went outside, then there were three.

Three little kites with nothing to do,

Green went outside, then there were two.

Two little kites thought outside looked fun,

Orange went outside, then there was one.

Just one little kite hung in the hall,

Purple went outside, and that was all!

(We were focusing on the color of the kites, so we had the kids identify the colors as the kites came out, and call out the colors when we got to them in the poem.)

Book: Kittens First Full Moon – Kevin Henkes

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(I think this is an adorable book. The grayscale illustrations are charming, as is the arc of the story)

Activity: Kitty Kitty – Brian Kinder

When you’re a cat
You do as you please
Take a bunch of naps
Climb a few trees
Rub on my ankle
And make me sneeze
Life is like that
When you’re a cat.

And everybody goes
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty cat
(can you do that)
And everybody goes
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty cat

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When you’re a cat
You’re covered in fur
Tummy full of milk
Makes you purr
You dream about fishes, mice and birds
Life is like that
When you’re a cat.

(faster)And everybody goes
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty cat
(can you do that)
And everybody goes
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty
Here kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty cat

(I’m not sure what the tune is supposed to be for this, but we had a fun time having stuffed kittens going around the group and snuggling up to the kids during the ‘…kitty, kitty, kitty…’ bits.)

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

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(Fantastically ridiculous, I don’t know how this couldn’t be a hit. I only wish there was time for each kid in the group to pour over the detail in the illustrations.)

Activity: Five Knights in Shining Armor – from Moxie

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Five knights in shining armor,
Fearless and brave,
Went dragon hunting deep in a cave.
The dragon started breathing fire,
The knights’ knees were all aquiver,
So one little knight too off for the river!
(repeat counting down to zero)

(We do some nice little actions with this song, and have fun diving the knights off the back of our flannel board.)

Book: Knitty Kitty – David Elliott

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(We got our first snow this morning, so this was even more appropriate! Another charming book.)

Activity: Bubbles

(We finished off popping bubbles. Simple, but something a kitten would appreciate. Our Thursday group threw quite a bit of mewing into the activity!)

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