SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Night and Day Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Daytime Nighttime – William Low



(This was a wonderfully simple book with emphasis on large beautiful images. We let the kids identify each animal that was seen, and made some noises where appropriate as well.) 

Activity: Hey diddle diddle (cow jumped)

(Having ended with an image of the moon, I asked the kids if they knew a nursery rhyme with something that jumped over the moon. Then we had a special guest appearance!) The cow tried to jump behind, under and onto the moon, before the kids helped it remember where it should go. Over the moon! Then we all stood up and did the rhyme with actions. 


Hey diddle diddle, the Cat and the fiddle,

(pretend to play fiddle)

The Cow jumped over the moon.

(jump up)

The little Dog laughed to see such fun,

(hold or tickle belly)

And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.

(run in place)

Book: Let’s sing a lullaby with the Brave Cowboy – Jan Thomas



(Jan Thomas is always great, this was a load of fun. We swayed side to side during the lullaby, and the whole crowd got into it.) 

Activity: Flap any way you want to – adapted from dance any way you want to (Ralphs World)

Flap anyway you want to, flap anyway you please,

flap anyway you want to, but stop when I say ‘sleep.’

(Then we flapped fast, slow, high, and anyway again.

I have a sun/moon that I can flip around, with the moon out for the flapping,

and the sun out for the sleeping!)


Book: Wow! Said the Owl – Tim Hopgood



(A nice interactive book, we let the kids identify all the colors as we came to them. It was a hit!)

Activity: The Napping House – Wood

napping house

(We used our flannel board to tell The Napping House. The kids were well engaged with it.)

Book: Night Light – Nicholas Blechman


(And our last book implemented counting! Each spread lets you count the lights, then turn the page to reveal the vehicle. A very good fit. 

Activity: Parachute

(Then we bounced yellow and blue balls (the sun and moon) on our parachute. Soo many kids, we ended it a bit shorter than expected but it was still fun!) 


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Letter R Storytime

I’ve been reusing past themes for my storytimes quite a bit, thus no posts for a while, but the letters are still new!

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Rain – Linda Ashman


(I wasn’t sure how well this would go over, but the kids were engaged. We talked through it more than usual to make sure it was clear.) 

Activity: Itsy Bitsy Spider – traditional

(The Itsy Bitsy spider has a little trouble with the rain. The kids always love something familiar in the program.) 

Book: Rrralph! – Lois Ehlert


(A great book for R. Might have gone over the kids heads a little, but they liked the dog noises anyway.) =]

Activity: Row Row Row your boat

Row, row, row your boat

gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life is but a dream.

(we acted out the rowing, then repeated with different actions:

paddle, rock, bounce, wiggle, and ended with a super fast verse of ‘motor’)

(One of the kids wanted to do ‘underwater’. so we tipped our heads and blubbed our lips with our fingers as we sang. Having the kids make suggestions takes it to the next level) 

Book: Rabbityness – Jo Empson


(I was surprised at how well this was received. Both groups were very attentive, even after the action song. ) 

Activity: Rainbow Song

Tune: Hush little baby

Rainbow purple, rainbow blue,

rainbow green and yellow too.

Rainbow orange, rainbow red,

Rainbow smiling overhead.


(I use this in my book babies program, the kids identify the colors as we put them up, then we sing through the song a few times. I nice gentle song that they really like.) 

Book: Dinosaur Roar – Paul and Henrietta Stickland


(Then we had roaring dinosaurs! This was sort of midstream during this program. Not great or terrible.)

Activity: Rhythm (instruments)

(Then we got to make noise like the dino’s with our instruments, fun ending!) 

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