SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Babies Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: The Baby that Roared – Simon Puttock


(An adorable, and just scary enough, tale. Bright pictures, a Big burp, and a surprise ending made this a hit.)

Activity: Baby Duck – from Miss Mary Liberry

Baby duck, baby duck, are you in the [color] egg?


Where is that duck?


(If the kids found the duck early on, we changed the tune to look for a baby fish. If the other animals were discovered it was just a fun surprise!)

Book: Who’s Baby Am I? – John Butler


(The kids loved this book. Great illustrations and a very simple premise.)

Activity: Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee

flutter hands like wings I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee, won’t my mama be so proud of me!

I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee. …wait, what’s that!

pretend to clean face with ‘paws’ I’m bringing home a baby kitty cat, won’t my mama say ‘We’ll look at that!’…

wiggle with arms flat to sides I’m bringing home a baby tadpole, will my mama put it in a bowl…

jump up and down I’m bringing home a baby kangaroo, won’t my mama say ‘We’re not a zoo!’…

flick tongue in and out I’m bringing home a baby garter snake, won’t my mama say ‘For goodness sake!’…

wag ‘tail’ I’m bringing home a baby puppy dog, won’t my mama say ‘Don’t be a hog’…

stop feet on floorI’m bringing home a baby dinosaur, won’t my mama fall down on the floor!

I’m bringing home a baby dinosaur, can’t fit any more!

(This was a pretty fun activity, good for getting some action in the program.)

Book: Baby Dragon – Amy Ehrlich

Baby Dragon

(Baby dragon is supposed to wait for his mother, but what happens when he doesn’t? The kids gave all the correct responses about if he should wait or not. Fun and engaging, though I clipped some pages together for length sake.)

Activity: Springtime on the Farm – from the CD Animal Songs by Geof Johnson

 (We had stuffed animals as visuals for this ‘make the animal noise’ song. Not such a hit with these groups, but it’s been successful before.) 

Book: My Baby and Me – Lynn Reiser


(And we ended with people babies! And their more skilled older siblings. Great photo and empowerment message.)

Activity: Bubbles

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Love Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: If You’ll Be My Valentine – Cynthia Rylant


(A fun book about a boy who writes valentines to lots of different friends. The kids had fun guessing who would receive each valentine.)

Puppets: Never too Little to Love – from the book by Jeanne Willis


(Little mouse wants a kiss from someone way up high! His tower looks pretty precarious, doesn’t it? A fun simple story.)

Book: Kitty’s Cuddles – Jane Cabrera

kitty's cuddles

(Fun bright pictures and a simple story make this a sure win.)

Activity: In the Valentine Forest


(ala ‘In the Dark Dark Forest’ this valentines forest holds a castle, with a room, with a dresser, with a box …all valentine of course, and in the box is a Kiss! …or a frog, or chocolates, depending on which page I flip to. We do the progression three time. The kids proclaimed it a magic box!)

Book: Waking Beauty – Jane Yolen


(A bit wordy, but fun enough that it still holds the kids attention. Great as a two-person read.)

Activity: A Circle is not a Valentine – from the book by H. Werner Zimmermann

Ahhh! It’s almost Valentine’s Day. I’m going to paint a Valentine for you.

A Valentine is special. It says, ‘I Love You.’ I’ll show you how it’s done. It’s as easy at one, two, three.


Ta-daaa! There it is. A valentine just for you.

It’s not a Valentine? What is it?

Of course! It’s a square. How silly of me. Well then, I’ll just have to change it. For you it must be perfect.

The painter keeps trying to paint a valentine, but each time is comes out wrong, until the kids give a little help.


(The kids had so much fun with this. They were pretty good at describing the shape of a heart… it has two blumpitys on top, of course!)

Book: Love Monster – Rachel Bright


(Really fun pictures, and a cute story.  I did skip a few pages that were a bit two visually complex for storytime, and the kids really liked it.)

Activity: Valentines Craft

(Then everyone got to make valentines of their own to give away.)

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Letter N Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Perfect Nest – Catherine Friend


(Such a fun book! The characters are dynamic and entertaining, and the ending delightful. I did skip most of the chick pages.)

Activity: Elephants Have Wrinkles (for Nose) – Video here

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere.

On their nose, no one knows Why-ai-ai-ai.

(continue with other body parts)

Book: Alfred’s Nose – Vivienne Flesher


(Skipped quite a few pages, the story and pictures are lovely though, and fit right in with Nose.)

Activity: Last Night I Had A Dream – Laurie Berkner

(This was okay, not fantastic. We acted out various animals in the ‘dream’.)

Book: No! That’s Wrong – Zhaohua Ji


(This is a consistent hit. With underwear so prominently featured, how could it not be!)

Activity: The No No Bird (Andrew Fusek Peters)


(So much fun turning this story about a contrary bird into a puppet story.)

Book: Dog’s Noisy Day –Emma Dodd


(The kids were pretty unsettled during both of the programs with this book. The puppets much have gotten them too hyped up! Good thing it’s bright, simple, and interactive.)

Activity: Instruments

(Then the kids got to make noise of their own with instruments.

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