SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Getting Well Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Flea’s Sneeze – Lynn Downey

the flea's sneeze

(I’m always happy to include this fun story in my programs.)

Activity: I had a little Turtle

I had a little Turtle
(Sign language for Turtle)
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub
(set ‘turtle’ onto the floor)
To see if he could swim
(pantomime swimming)
He drank up all the water
(pretend to drink)
He ate up all the soap
(pretend to eat)
and now he’s sick in bed with a bubble in his throat!
(point to throat)
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
(hands make bubble shape, and move farther apart)
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Bubble, bubble POP!
(hands end up far apart, then come together for a loud Clap!)
 

(This is one that we could have done over and over and over. They had great fun with it.)

Book: Sick Day for Amos Mcgee – Phillip and Erin Stead

a sick day for amos mcgee

(A simple story with lovely illustrations. Even though it’s quiet, the kids really get into it.)

Activity: Washing (song)

 This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands.

This is the way we wash our hands, so that we stay healthy!

(Continue washing other body parts)

(I like including something where kids can give suggestions, and this was a great opportunity for that.)

Book: I Broke My Trunk – Mo Willems

i broke my trunk

(You really can’t go wrong with Elephant and Piggie.)

Activity: Mother, Mother I feel sick… (from the book by Remy Charlip and Burton Supree)

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(An inflated balloon held with a clothespin made the big tummy on our ‘sick’ puppet.)

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(Everything that was pulled from his tummy! …by reaching behind our flannel board into a storage pocket.)

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(We just used the text from the book, but cut out the last page, and changed the line before to ‘Aren’t you glad you fit in your sweater’ rather than buttoning up the sweater which didn’t suit our puppet. It was a big hit!)

Book: Doctor Ted – Andrea Beaty

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(We clipped a few of the pages together, since this was being read at the end of the program. Love it!)

Activity: No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (parachute)

(We have some beach balls with monkeys on them, which we bounced on the parachute!)

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Letter L Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Dinosaur Vs the Library – Bob Shea

dinosaur vs the library

(You can never go wrong with Dinosaur, and this is great for an opener since it introduces storytime behavior.)

Activity: Something Lost

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We introduced a bunch of ‘L’ words, and then sang a song while one of them got ‘lost’. The children then had to try and figure out which was missing.

Tune: London Bridge (from Miss Mary Liberry)

Everybody close your eyes,

close your eyes,

close your eyes,

everybody close your eyes,

We’re not peeking.

(They were very good at this game, and we played a few rounds.)

Book: The Littlest Llama – Jane Buxton

The Littlest Llama

(This book is just slightly wordy, but the kids stayed engaged, and the illustrations are so nice!)

Activity: London Bridge

lb1
London bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down.
London bridge is falling down,
my fair lady.

(child walks around adult, who is dropping their circled arms to ‘catch’ the child)
lb2
Take the key and lock her up,
lock her up, lock her up.
Take the key and lock her up,
my fair lady.

(child wraps arms around adult)
lb3
Build it up with silver and gold,
silver and gold, silver and gold.
Build it up with silver and gold,
my fair lady.

(pat hands on ‘silver and gold’)

(I’ve been trying to find ways to include the grownups more, and this was quite a fun activity for everyone! I had instructions to display, but everyone caught on quite quickly.)

Book: Leaves – David Ezra Stein

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(I simple story that fit quite well with our first big snowfall!)

Activity: Five Lions (modified from a rhyme in Finger Tales)

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5  ferocious lions
roaring to the sky.
“Roar,” said the lion.
“Boo!” said I.
and one ferocious lion
ran away. Good Bye!
(count down remaining lions)

(Such fun, the kids always love being able to ‘Roar!’)

Book: Lion’s Lunch – Fiona Tierney

Lions Lunch

(But this lion wasn’t about to be scared away! Fantastic pictures, maybe a bit long.)

Activity: Loud Instruments

(Then we got to be loud, playing instruments!)

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Book Babies 1.2

orcas

Our handouts are printed on both sides of a normal sheet of paper, folded in half to form a brochure of sorts. This go-round I’ve used a high-contrast image (adapted from photographs) on our covers. I also have an image by each rhyme, which creates a nice talking point for children too young to read. …and because I’m a very visual person.

We open each program with Baby Hop, from the CD Diaper Gym.

Then we read the first of two books, which alternate depending on what is available. See my Book Babies/Lapsit Titles page for suggestions.

Here Goes a Turtle

Here goes a turtle up the hill-

Creep, creep, creep, creep. (creep fingers up arm)

Here goes a rabbit up the hill-

Boing, boing, boing, boing! (bounce fingers up arm)

Here goes an elephant up the hill-

Tromp, tromp, tromp, tromp. (move flat palm up arm)

Here goes a snake up the hill-

Slither, slither, slither, slither. (drag a finger up arm)

Here comes a rock down the hill-

Boom, boom, boom, boom, (bounce baby in lap, then tip over for ‘Crash!’)

CRASH!

5 Hungry Ants

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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….

I Like Wiggling from Animal Tower

I like wiggling fingers, I like wiggling those

I like wiggling fingers, this is how it goes.

(Continue with: elbows, toes, knees,

hands, arms, legs, feet)

We read our second book here.

If You’re Happy and You Know It (We do sign language for each of the emotions.)

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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. We use happy (clap), sad (cry), mad (stomp), scared (shiver and shake), and sleepy (take a nap).

Itsy Bitsy Spider from 118 Songs Kids Love

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!

cow

Goodnight to the Animals

Tune: roughly, Three Little Fishes

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, usually five.)

…Then the barn is locked up tight.

And the farmer quietly says, “Goodnight.”

Then we play Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton while we blow bubbles from our bubble machine.

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Book Babies 2.2

pandas

Our handouts are printed on both sides of a normal sheet of paper, folded in half to form a brochure of sorts. This go-round I’ve used a high-contrast image (adapted from photographs) on our covers. I also have an image by each rhyme, which creates a nice talking point for children too young to read. …and because I’m a very visual person.

We open each program with Baby Hop, from the CD Diaper Gym.

Then we read the first of two books, which alternate depending on what is available. See my Book Babies/Lapsit Titles page for suggestions.

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Springtime on the Farm by Geof Johnson

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!

Grass

Up to the sky!

Down to the grass.

Up to the sky,

Down to the grass.

Turn around, fall down

Boom!

Roll, Roll, Roll Your Hands

tune: row, row, row your boat

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.

Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

We read our second book here.

I Like to Eat (We use sign language for this song, 3 foods, and 1 drink.)

tune: Apples and Bananas

I Like to eat, eat, eat, lots of yummy Apples.

I Like to eat, eat, eat, lots of yummy Apples.

I Like to eat, eat, eat, lots of yummy Apples.

I Like to eat, eat, eat, lots of yummy Apples.

(continue with other foods)

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Open Shut Them

(follow instruction with hands)

Open shut them, open shut them.

Give a little clap, clap, clap!

Open shut them, open shut them.

Lay them in your lap, lap, lap.

Creep them, creep them, slowly creep them

Right up to your chin, chin chin.

Open wide your little mouth

(quickly) But do not let them in!

Five Little Frogs by Five Little Monkeys

Five Green and speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating some most delicious bugs
Yum, Yum.
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four green speckled frogs
Glub, glub.

(count down remaining frogs)

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Then we play Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton while we blow bubbles from our bubble machine.

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Book Babies 3.2

skunks

Our handouts are printed on both sides of a normal sheet of paper, folded in half to form a brochure of sorts. This go-round I’ve used a high-contrast image (adapted from photographs) on our covers. I also have an image by each rhyme, which creates a nice talking point for children too young to read. …and because I’m a very visual person.

We open each program with Baby Hop, from the CD Diaper Gym.

Then we read the first of two books, which alternate depending on what is available. See my Book Babies/Lapsit Titles page for suggestions.

tiger

I Went to the Zoo (We use stuffed animals with this, usually 5)

 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)

Roly Poly Caterpillar

Roly-poly caterpillar (creep finger along arm)

Into a corner crept,

Spun himself a blanket (wrap hand around finger, or hug body)

Then for a long time slept. (rest head on hands)

Roly-poly caterpillar

Wakening by and by (stretch arms)

Found himself with beautiful wings

Changed to a butterfly. (hook thumbs and wave hands, or wave arms)

Clap Your Hands from Wiggleworms Love You

Clap your hands, clap your hands,

Everybody clap your hands.

Clap your hands, clap your hands,

clap your hands, clap your hands,

Everybody clap your hands.

Stomp your feet…

Wave ‘hello’…

Brush your teeth…

Touch your nose…

Clap your hands…

We read our second book here.

Can We Find?
(We do this as a signing song. First we introduce the colors as we put them on the board, then use the sign for the animals as we sing. Four – six per program.)

tune: 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 animals

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I’m a Little Teapot

 I’m a little teapot short and stout.

Here is my handle here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up hear me shout.

Tip me over and pour me out!

Wheels on the Bus from 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…

Then we play Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton while we blow bubbles from our bubble machine.

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Book Babies 4.2

penguins

Our handouts are printed on both sides of a normal sheet of paper, folded in half to form a brochure of sorts. This go-round I’ve used a high-contrast image (adapted from photographs) on our covers. I also have an image by each rhyme, which creates a nice talking point for children too young to read. …and because I’m a very visual person.

We open each program with Baby Hop, from the CD Diaper Gym.

Then we read the first of two books, which alternate depending on what is available. See my Book Babies/Lapsit Titles page for suggestions.

cat

When Cats Get Up  from Wiggleworms Love You (We also used stuffed animals with this)

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,

“Meow, meow, meow, meow,”

This is what they say.

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

Airplane

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

Its 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)

Two Little Blackbirds

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…

We read our second book here.

Rainbow Colors (We identify each color as we put it on the board, then sing through the song a couple of times.)

tune: Hush, Little Baby
Rainbow purple, rainbow blue
Rainbow green and yellow, too
Rainbow orange, rainbow red
Rainbow smiling overhead.

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Mix a Pancake

 Mix a pancake, (roll hands)

stir a pancake, (stirring motion)

Pop it in the pan. (bounce baby in lap)

Fry the pancake (rock)

Toss the pancake (lift)

Catch it if you can!

(bring baby down and cuddle)

Wiggle Your La-de-dah! from Ralphs World

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.

Then we play Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton while we blow bubbles from our bubble machine.

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Book Babies 5.2

zebras

Our handouts are printed on both sides of a normal sheet of paper, folded in half to form a brochure of sorts. This go-round I’ve used a high-contrast image (adapted from photographs) on our covers. I also have an image by each rhyme, which creates a nice talking point for children too young to read. …and because I’m a very visual person.

We open each program with Baby Hop, from the CD Diaper Gym.

Then we read the first of two books, which alternate depending on what is available. See my Book Babies/Lapsit Titles page for suggestions.

Hop your bunny

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 to bed!

(Repeat with two bunnies)

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Something In My Garden (For this we use stuffed animals, hidden behind the flannel board, usually 4 of them.)

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!

Put Your Finger On
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

We read our second book here.

We Can Wear  (This is our signing song for the program)

Tune: Mary Wore Her Red Dress

We can wear our new shoes, new shoes, new shoes.

We can wear our new shoes all day long!

(Continue with other clothing)

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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!

5…4…3…2…1… Whoooooooosh!

(let baby jump, or lift baby into air)

Five Little Ducks  by Raffi

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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!

(These duckling rest in a wrapping paper tube with slits for the sticks)

Then we play Personal Penguin by Sandra Boynton while we blow bubbles from our bubble machine.

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