SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Bones Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Bone Dog – Eric Rohmann


(Charming illustrations, and just enough scaryness without being too scary.)

Song: This Old Man – traditional

This old man, he played one, (hold up finger)

He played knick-knack on my thumb;

With a knick-knack (clap, clap) paddywhack, (slap knees)

Give the dog a bone, (pat knees)

This old man came rolling home. (roll hands)

 Continue with increasing numbers


(This was a fun counting and rhyming activity. We’d ask the kids what rhymed with each number. Three ended up knick-knacking on pee!)

Book: Skeleton Hiccups – Margery Cuyler


(A cute book with nice big pictures, and a bit of interactive potential.)

Activity: Bones in My Body


(We stood up and wiggled each body part that we added to the list. I made up the words and tune, so you can do it chanty, or make up something!)

Book: The Skeleton in the Closet – Alice Schertle


(Such cute pictures! They keep the creeping skeleton from being too scary. A lovely find.)

Flannel Story: Bone Soup – from the story by Cambria Evans (full version here)


(My favorite part of the program. The kids all thought the soup was disgusting!)

Book: Halloween Forest – Marion Dane Bauer


(Fun pictures, and a nice Halloween ending made this a lovely finish to the program. It didn’t hurt that

Activity: Streamers

(And if we had no bones, how would we be? Just like wibbly streamers! We danced to the song Dem Bones by Five Little Monkeys)