SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Polar Bear and Penguin Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: Ted, Bo, and Diz The First Adventure – Jason Chapman

ted bo and diz

(I really like this book, and the kids do too!)

Activity: Polar Bear Ball – I got this from Falling Flannelboards

Polar bear wants to play!  He wants to catch the red ball today.

Who has the red ball?  Look and see. If you have it bring it up to me.


(The kids had a blast with this …as long as they weren’t too shy to put their ‘balls’ on the board.)

Book: Baby Penguin Slips and Slides – Michael Tietelbaum


(I love using photo books, and this was perfect! Just ignore the little fact bubbles on each page.)

Activity: 5 penguins in the Bathtub

Five Penguins in the bathtub going for a swim

Knock, knock (clap hands)

Splash, splash, (slap knees)

Come on in!

(count up to five penguins)


(A fun counting activity.)

Book: Sergio Makes a Splash – Edil Rodriguez

Sergio Makes a Splash

(I’ve used this often, and it’s always well recieved.)

Activity: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, turn around

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, turn around,

  Polar Bear, Polar Bear, scratch the ground.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, Roar out loud,

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, touch a cloud.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, win a race.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, jump in place.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, stop and pause,

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, touch your claws.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, sit right down.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, make no sound.

(Adapted from the classic ‘Teddy bear, teddy bear”. The kids love it!)

Book: Oh! What a Surprise – Suzanne Bloom


(I think this series is adorable, and fox is such a fun character to read.)

Activity: Streamers

(Then I pulled out a surprise for the kids, streamers to play with!)

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Letter M Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out

 Book: Mouse Was Mad – Linda Urban


(A fun book to introduce different ways to deal with anger.)

Activity: Five Little Mice

Five little mice came out to play,
Gathering crumbs up on their way;
Out came a pussy cat
Sleek and black, Meeoooww!
Four little mice went scampering back.

(continue counting down remaining mice)


(The cat would come out and snag a mouse. Pretty engaging for the kids)

Book: One Mitten – Kristine O’Connell George


(I worried this would be a bit dry, but it worked well!)

Activity: Monkey See Monkey Do

Monkey see, monkey do
Little monkey in the zoo
Monkey, monkey, in the tree
Can you jump around like me?
(swing tail, clap hands, nod head, sit down)

(What a fun activity! I stole this from somewhere, but I didn’t save the link.) =[

Book: Is Your Mamma a Llama? – Deborah Guarino


(The first time I’ve used this, and it was awesome!)

Activity: Magic, magic in my hat – (created by 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!!


(This is always a winner. I have a hole in the box, and the hat, so I can reach though and pull out the animals.)

Book: Icky Sticky Monster – Jo Lodge


(I love this book so much! Great gross factor…too bad the pop-ups get so mangled.)

Activity: Monster Hand Craft – As done at the Irving Schwartz Branch

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