SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Garden Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: And Then It’s Spring – Julie Fogliano

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(This wasn’t as captivating this go round, but I still like it!)

Activity: Fran’s Flower – see the story here!

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Book: Nibbles Garden – Charlotte Middleton

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(I really liked the bright illustrations and cute story, and the kids seemed to as well.)

Activity: Planting Seeds/Mr. Golden Sun – from the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

 

First you take the seed and you plant it in the ground (pretend to plant seeds in hand)
Next a little rain cloud comes that waters all around (Use hand to simulate rain)
And the sun sends beams, shining bright without a sound (make circle over head with arms)
Then in a few days, a flower can be found! (cup hands together, then open fingers with wrists touching.)

(We also did this fingerplay in the musical interlude during Raffi’s song.)

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up, rock in time to the rhythm

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face
Oh Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up again
Hiding behind a tree
~ASL sign for ‘tree’ in front of face to ‘hide’

These little children are asking you,
~gesture towards children

To please come down
so they can play with you,
~sign ASL sign for ‘Play’

Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,

~arms up again

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face

 (This was good times! Bright bouncy song)

Book: What Does Bunny See? – Linda Sue Park

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(I was surprised I didn’t see this on any of the storytime blogs I visit, it’s fantastic!)

Flannel Board: Tops and Bottoms – traditional

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I had double sided flannels as the garden, with the tops on one side, and the bottoms on the other.

Book: Up Down All Round – Katherine Ayres Bored!

Up Down Around

(The kids were fun to shout out the ‘up, down, all around!’ and we pointed or circled our fingers for each one).

Activity: Streamers

Then we used streamers to go Up, Down and All Around!

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Spider Storytime

(This program is heavily influenced by suggestions from Liesl Johnson. I just did some tweaking) ~.o

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi
Book: I’m a Shark – Bob Shea

(Shark is pretty brave, but there is one thing that make him nervous. Great illustrations, though the pics of imagining the bear with the spider confused the kids who thought it was actually with a spider.)
Activity: Little Miss Muffett – Traditional

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet

eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider that sat down beside her,

and frightened Miss Muffet away!

(With a puppet girl and spider. The kids love seeing the girl scream and run away! We do it a couple of times, but end with the girl stomping on the spider, and it running away instead.)

Book: Yellow Bird, Black Spider – Dosh Archer

(Very simple, a great talking book! Kids know where birds usually live, how they make music, and what they eat. But this bird is a little different.)

Activity: There’s a Spider on the Floor – Traditional

There’s a Spider on the floor, on the floor.

There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.

There’s a spider on the floor, it just crawled in through the door,

There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor.

…there’s a spider on my shoe, and I don’t know what to do!…

…there’s a spider on my knee, and it’s looking right at me!…

…there’s a spider on my tummy, and I really want my mommy…

…there’s a spider on my arm, it won’t do me any harm (I hope)…

…there’s a spider on my neck, and I’m a nervous wreck…

…there’s a spider on my head, and I’m feeling full of dread…

and then it jumps down!

…there’s a spider on the floor, I’m not worried any more…

(Each little kid got a little black poof ball for their spider, and we moved them the the places as we sang the song. Good times!)

Book: Aaaarrgghh! Spider – Lydia Monks

(Adorable book, the kids get really into it.)

Activity: Itsy Bitsy Spider/Emotions – Traditional

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,

so the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again!

(We did this the traditional way, then with a variety of emotions. …’Put on your sad faces!’ the kids really enjoyed it, and the parents too! We did angry, sad, scared, and happy. )

Book: Itsy Bitsy Spider – Keith Chapman

(With deviating text, this is a great storytime book. The spider interacts with lots of animals, and the kids can made the noises! Sparkly webs certainly don’t hurt either.)

Activity: Bubbles (with Sammy the Spider by Jewel playing)

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In the Sky Storytime

The second time I did this program, I used the same books, but swapped out some of the activities. 

For our first activity we did a flannel version of “There Was a Bold Lady who Wanted a Star” by Charise Harper. 

 

And after the book ‘Birds’ we did The Cow Jumped Over the Moon, 

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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)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Kite Day – Will Hillendbrand

(This is a nice simple book, with a sweet ending. A parent even commented on what a nice book it was to her child when it was finished.)

Flannel Board: My Friend Rabbit – from the book by Eric Rohmann

(Mouse has a new plane, but Rabbit gets it stuck in a tree! He has an idea to get it back though. My first group of kids wasn’t as attentive, but the 2nd group was pretty engaged.)

 

Book: Birds – Kevin Henkes

(I quite like this book! It isn’t a narrative, but more a series of observations. Great illustrations.)

Song/Activity: Way Up High in the Apple Tree

 Way up high in the apple tree (hold apple cutout over head)

a little red apple smiled at me.

I shook the tree as hard as I could, (shake arm and drop apple)

down came the apple!

Mmmm was it good!

(We did this with red, green and yellow apples. Then with 2 little, and 3 little apples. The kids love shaking the apples down!)

Book: Butterfly, Butterfly – Petr Horacek

(This is a fantastic book, bright pictures and a lovely pop-up ending that always entrances the kids.)

Flannel Song: Fireworks – from the webpage of Miss Angela

(I had pipe cleaner fireworks to put up, the kids loved making the Boom! and identifying the colors.)

We sit and look at the dark night sky

waiting for the fireworks to start to fly.

Then with a Boom (clap hands) and a flash of light

a big RED firework sparkles in the night!

(continue with other colors)

Book: Kens Cloud – Isabel M. Arques

(I was a little surprised at how well this was received! Even at the end of the storytime the kids were very into it during both my sessions.)

Activity: Bubbles

(I wanted to bounce balloons on our parachute, but didn’t manage to get any. So bubbles worked as a default!)

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Bugs Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: I Love Bugs – Emma Dodd

(The kids quite like this, especially the spider at the end!)

Poem: Flea known as Ralph

(I made this for Unloved Animals storytime, and am so glad to use it again. The crowd loves it, and we do it twice so the kids can help me remember which animal comes next.)

Book: Old Black Fly – Jim Aylesworth

(Such a fun alphabet book, with such gross pictures and a great ending. Fantastic! )

Song/Activity: A Fly Is On My Nose

 A Fly is on my nose,

a fly is on my nose.

Hi-ho, just watch me blow

the fly right off my nose!

(Then we buzzed our finger around until it landed on another body part, and continued the song. We did nose, eye, ear, knee, toe, tummy, and then clapped to catch the fly. It’s nice to get suggestions from the kids on where the fly should land next!)

Book: Sleepyhead Bear – Lisa Peters

(This was a last minute addition, and it worked out very well. )

Flannel Board: The Very Hungry Caterpillar (from the book by Eric Carle)

(I wasn’t sure I could work out this flannel board set, but just kept trying until it happened! [glued the eyes on the caterpillar the morning of the program!] The caterpillar starts small, and keeps eating the items until it’s fat. Then I swap for a brown rolled up felt [the chrysalis], that flips around to be the butterfly’s body. The group seemed quite impressed, I’m glad it payed off!)

Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? – Jan Thomas

(Such a fun interactive book. When the frog was about to show up, one boy call out ‘But that’s a bug!’ about the narrator.)

Activity: Streamers

(Had music play while the kids danced with streamers, all in all, a fun time for everyone!)

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Garden Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: And Then It’s Spring – Julie Fogliano

This time of year is called spring, and it’s when all the plants grow. But it takes some time.

(An adorable book about a boy waiting and waiting for brown to turn to green. My favorite spread is when he worries about bears stomping in the garden ‘because bears can’t read signs that say things like ‘please to not stomp here – there are seeds and they are trying.”)

Activity: Rainstorm

Do you remember what the boy wished for right after he planted his seeds? [show the picture] He wished for Rain! It looks pretty sunny outside, but we can make a rainstorm if we all work together.

(Follow me, do as I am doing)
brush fingers together
Do I hear the pitter patter of some raindrops? Listen closely
Clap softly
Oh, I do think it is going to rain
Clap loudly
It IS raining!
Slap thighs
Wow, it’s really getting wet out there
Stomp feet
My, oh my, I’m glad I’m not outside right now!
~now reverse, add a commentary as you go:
until…
Tapping fingertips together, and stop
What a beautiful rainstorm that was!

from Laptimeandstorytime

Book: I Love Bugs – Emma Dodd

After the rain, some little animals like to come out in the garden. Bugs! Do you like bugs? The boy in this little book Loves bugs.

(And he loves the spider that shows up in the end, because it sends him squealing! Super cute illustrations and a very fun ending).

Activity: Mr. Sun – from the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

After the rain falls, the flowers need something else to help them grow.

Planting Seeds

First you take the seed and you plant it in the ground (pretend to plant seeds in hand)
Next a little rain cloud comes that waters all around (Use hand to simulate rain)
And the sun sends beams, shining bright without a sound (make circle over head with arms)
Then in a few days, a flower can be found! (cup hands together, then open fingers with wrists touching.)

(We also did this fingerplay in the musical interlude during Raffi’s song.)

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up, rock in time to the rhythm

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face
Oh Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up again
Hiding behind a tree
~ASL sign for ‘tree’ in front of face to ‘hide’

These little children are asking you,
~gesture towards children

To please come down
so they can play with you,
~sign ASL sign for ‘Play’

Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,

~arms up again

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face

Book: Up Down All Round – Katherine Ayres

After the rain falls and the sun shines, the plants grow! But they don’t all grow in the same way.

 (The kids were fun to shout out the ‘up, down, all around!’ and we pointed or circled our fingers for each one).

Activity: There’s Something in my Garden

Do you think it would be fun to eat food from the garden? Some animals think so too! Oh, I think I hear something!

There’s Something in My Garden

There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
RIBBIT – RIBBIT – RIBBIT.
A FROG is what I found!
RIBBIT – RIBBIT – RIBBIT.

(continue with other animals. I pulled some from my critter bin: a frog, rabbit, chicken, bird, and mouse.)

From SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Little Green – Keith Baker

We got all of those animals out of the garden, but there are some animals that are nice to have in the garden. Like this one! A hummingbird called Little Green.

 

(nice vibrant illustrations and a simple story make this a fun read).

Activity: Streamers

The boy painted all the ways that the bird flew, and now you can make the shaped with streamers! Try circles and zig zag, and going way up and down. (played Family Garden from the CD Family Garden by John McCutcheon while they played with streamers).

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Pets Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Rrralph – Lois Elhert

 

Ask kids what a dog says, and you’ll get a few responses, but Rrralph is a dog who can talk! It’s great fun trying all the noises a dog makes in this story.

Song: The Pets I love – from the CD Baby Signing Time Vol 1.

I used animals from this ‘Hunting We Will Go‘ set, sadly no longer shared, as visuals for our flannel board. We learned sign language for all the animals, and then did them with the song!

Book: Me Want Pet – Tammi Sauer

 

The little cave boy wants a pet, but his parents find something wrong with all of them. Eventually they prove their worth. Originally Gilbert Goldfish Want a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio was in this spot (ironically, both illustrated by Bob Shea!) but it felt a little long, so when this new book came in I tag teamed them.

Activity: Pet School

Do you think it would be fun to be a pet? Let’s give it a try in Pet school! We practiced being a dog who sat up and rolled over, a horse who galloped and jumped, a fish that held it’s breath, a bird that flapped it’s wings and talked, and a cat that washed it’s face and took a nap.

Book: Children Make Terrible Pets – Peter Brown

 

In this book you can find out just how much trouble a child would be as a pet. Eventually Lucy learns the best place for her ‘pet’ is with it’s family…and she finds a replacement.

Activity: Dear Zoo

 

This book was turned into a puppet play. “I wrote to the zoo and asked them to send me a pet, and they sent me… ” Pull out each ‘pet’ that they sent, and have the kids say why it wouldn’t be a good pet (most of the responses were it would bite you, or it would eat you!) We had an elephant, a lion, a crocodile, a skunk, a spider, and a monkey.

Book: Aarrgghh! Spider! By Monks, Lydia

 

But maybe a spider would make a good pet after all! In this book a family eventually learns to appreciate the spider that is determined to be their pet. Very cute and popular.

Craft: Pet puffs

(one of the kids creations)

Then we made our own pets! I wasn’t able to get rocks, so we used big puff balls, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes to create our very own pets.

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Colors Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Freight Train – Donald Crews

(We made the chugga, chugga noise of the train as it traveled, speeding up until it was gone! )

Activity: Scat the Cat (see at end)

 

(This is a folder that I colored, cut out the shape of Scat, then laminated. Then I used white out and marker to give Scat the definition. The colored pages [I start with black] just slide out the side. It’s really popular! I use it in my Book Babies rotation too.)

Book: Butterfly Butterfly – Petr Horáček

(A simple story with nice pictures, and a fun pop-up at the end!)

Song/Activity: Colors – from the CD Learning Basic Skills Through Music by Hap Palmer

(I handed out  colored shapes, and used a paper towel roll with slots for colored popsicle sticks to help the kids follow which color was standing or sitting. It gets a little crazy but it’s fun! I just wish there weren’t so much verse singing that we essentially just have to wait through.)

Book: Pete The Cat – Eric Litwin

 

(An awesome book. By the third time we get to the song, the kids and parents are singing along!) 

Flannel Board: Hens of a Different Color (see at end)

 (I tried using a flannel board of Dogs Colorful Day by Emma Dodd, but the kids were too restless to just watch, so for my second program we did the hens, and the kids had fun shouting out the colors…though my purple looks too much like blue =P  )

Book: I Spy With My Little Eye – Edward Gibbs

 

(A wonderful book with lovely big pictures. Very interactive. There were lots of great choices for this theme.)

Activity: Do Your Clothes Have Any Red (see at end)

(Inevitably there’s a kid who hasn’t worn any of the colors I’ve prepared rhymes for. At the front of my last group was a rather vocal girl in only Black and Grey, so we did a ‘pat yourself on the back’, and ‘pretend to drive a sleigh’. Pink is a common color too, so I stuck in ‘slide in a skating rink’ as well.)

Streamers (Just let them play with the streamers while the song played. With Put A Little Color On from the CD Can a Cherry Pie Wave Goodbye by Hap Palmer)

The Parts:

Scat the Cat

Once there was a cat named Scat, and he’d been a black cat for as long as he could remember. One day he learned some magic words to change color, and decided he would try come different colors to see how they were.

He said his magic words:

Chorus:’I’m Scat the Cat, I’m sassy and fat

And I can change colors, just like THAT!'(Clap hands)

Then what color was Scat?  He was a Blue kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a blue cat, but then he came to a pool of water, and it was blue too so Scat didn’t see it and stepped in it! Do kitties like to get wet? Scat decided he should try a different color, so he said his magic words.

Chorus

Then what color was Scat? He was a Red Kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a red cat, but when his friends saw him they laughed at him. ‘Oh you look like you’ve been sunburned! Ha hahaha!’ Was that very nice? No. It made Scat feel bad, so he decided to try a different color. He said his magic words.

Chorus

Then what color was Scat?  He was a Green kitty! He went around seeing what it was like to be a green cat, but what color is the grass he’s standing by? It’s green too! Scat was hidden in the grass, and his friends couldn’t find him to apologize, or to play, so Scat decided to try a different color. He said his magic words.

Chorus

Then what color was Scat?  He was a Yellow kitty! His friends said they were sorry for teasing him, and they all decided to go to the zoo. At the zoo they saw a Lion, do you know what color a lion is? It’s yellow too! The lion said to Scat ‘I’m the only cat that ‘s allowed to be yellow! Raaawwwrr!’ So Scat decided he’d better change colors again. He thought about all the colors he had been and decided which color he liked best. Then he said his magic words one more time.

Chorus

And what color was Scat? He decided that he like the color that he’d been born the best, and spent the rest of the time being a black kitty. The End!

Hens of a different color

This little hen is BLACK ( hold up black hens)
She stands in the barnyard by a big hay stack.

This little hen is RED (hold up red hens)
She is very tired and won’t get out of bed.

This little hen is BROWN (hold up brown hens)
She likes spinning round and round.

This little hen is YELLOW (hold up yellow hens)
She’s shakes like a bowl of jell-o.

This little hen is WHITE (hold up white hen)
She dance’s and plays, oh what a sight.

This little hen is PURPLE (hold up the purple hens)
She spends her day running around in circles.

This little hen is GREEN (hold up green hen)
She is the silliest hen I’ve ever seen.

This little hen is BLUE (hold up blue hen)
She lays eggs for me and you.

This little hen is PINK (hold up the pink hen)
She goes down to the pond to get a drink.

Do you’re clothes have any Red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red,

put your hands above your head,

If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if your clothes have any blue,

jump up and down inside your shoes,

…if your clothes have any white,

scrunch your face up small and tight,

…if your clothes have any yellow,

jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,

…if your clothes have any green,

tilt sideways ‘till you lean,

…if your clothes have any brown,

turn around and around,

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Food Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies out – Raffi

Book:Burger Boy – Alan Durant

 

(This is a book I’ve wanted to share since before I was hired for storytimes. So glad I finally could!)

Shadow play: from Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

 

(Borrowed from a fellow librarian. Told the story using a projector and transparencies, with chicken and fox shadow puppets)

Book: Gobble Gobble, Slip Slip – Meilo So

 

(I love having the opportunity to bring in other cultures, this is a new favorite.)

Song: I’m Hungry! (see at end)

(variant of the song from the CD Road Trip by Hullaballo)

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

 

(The kids were excited to see this in the lineup, they all love it already!)

Activity: The Greedy Python by Eric Carle (see at end)

 (I acted this out rather than reading the story. I had a green tube scarf on hand with a lot of stretch that I added eyes and a tongue to for the python. Changed some of the animals from the original to match what I had to stuff inside it. The kids got excited when all the animals were coughed up…and it took a little effort to get their attention back for the ending.)

Book: Me Hungry – Jeremy Tankard

 

(So simple and engaging. Defiantly a book you want to establish voices for [there is just the boy, the dad and the mom].)

Activity: My Name is Joe (see at end)

The Parts:

I’m Hungry

I’m hungry, I’m hungry, I want something to eat.

Wait, never mind I found a raisin in my seat!

I found a raisin in my seat, I found a raisin in my seat.

Wait, never mind I found a raisin in my seat!

(Pantomime eating the item. Then repeat with pretzel, cracker, peanut, cookie, and earthworm! I had a group shout out ‘Don’t eat it!’ when I got to the earthworm…so it ended up back in the seat that day. I also had the kids identify each item as I pulled it out. I used real food, and a rubber earthworm.)

The Greedy Python by Eric Carle

-Half hidden in the jungle green

The biggest snake there’s ever been

Wound back and forth an in between

-The giant snake was very strong

And very, very, very long.

He had a monstrous appetite.

His stomach stretched from left to right.

-He quickly gobbled in one bite

Whatever creatures came in sight:

A mouse that scampered to and fro,

A frog that jumped from up below,

A fish that swam a bit too slow,

A bird that flew a bit too low,

-A tortoise resting half asleep,

A monkey who was in mid-leap,

-An elephant, complete with trunk,

Was swallowed in a single chunk.

“I’m far too big to eat!” he cried.

“Oh, no you’re not!” the snake replied.

-At last the python’s meal was done

And he lay resting in the sun.

The animals inside his skin

Were making quite a dreadful din;

-And when they all began to kick,

The snake began to feel quite sick.

-He coughed the whole lot up again—

Each one of them—then coughed again.

-He soon felt better, and what’s more

Was hungrier than just before.

He hadn’t learned a single thing:

His greed was quite astonishing.

He saw his own tail, long and curved,

And thought that lunch was being served.

-He closed his jaws on his own rear

Then swallowed hard…and disappeared!

My Name is Joe adapted by Paul Musser

Hello, my name is Joe, and I work in a pizza factory.

I have a wife, a dog, and three kids.

One day, the chef said to me:

“Hey Joe, can you stir some sauce with your right hand?”

I said “Sure!” (pantomime action, and build with following)

Hello, my name is Joe, and I work in a pizza factory.

I have a wife, a dog, and three kids.

One day, the chef said to me:

“Hey Joe, can you chop some vegetables with your left hand?”

I said “Sure!” (pantomime action)

Hello, my name is Joe, and I work in a pizza factory.

I have a wife, a dog, and three kids.

One day, the chef said to me:

“Hey Joe, can you open the garbage can with your right foot?”

I said “Sure!” (pantomime action)

Hello, my name is Joe, and I work in a pizza factory.

I have a wife, a dog, and three kids.

One day, the chef said to me:

“Hey Joe, can you hold open the door with your left foot?”

I said “Sure!” (pantomime action)

Hello, my name is Joe, and I work in a pizza factory.

I have a wife, a dog, and three kids.

One day, the chef said to me:

“Hey Joe, can you lick some stamps with your tongue?”

I said “Sure!” (pantomime action, kids love the garbled talking while licking!)

Hello, my name is Joe, and I work in a pizza factory.

I have a wife, a dog, and three kids.

One day, the chef said to me:

“Hey Joe, are you busy right not?”

and I said “Yeah, I’m kinda busy.”

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Unloved Animals Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: But No Elephants – Jerrry Smath

 

(I love being able to use books that I remember from my youth.)

 Song: I’m an Alligator – from the CD Favorite sing-a-longs. Volumes 1-3

 (used an alligator puppet to lip-sync, tried to get the kids to sing along, but they enjoyed it even if they didn’t!)

Old Black Fly – Jim Aylesworth

 

(Such a fun book with illustrations at just the right gross level!)

 Activity: Fly is on your nose (see at end)

 (I made little flies for everyone, and moved them to the different body parts with appropriate Bbbbzzzzzing in between. I let the kids choose where the fly would land next, my favorite being on the heart). =]

Book: Vulture View – April Pulley Sayre

 

(This book was the motivation for the theme, simple with fantastic papercut illustrations.)

Poem: Flea by David L Harrison

  

(see the full thing here)

(This was really popular, and the second time around I had the kids help me remember which animal got eaten next.)

Book: Aaarrgghh! Spider! –  Lydia Monks

  

(This was the last book I found for the storytime, and maybe my favorite.)

Puppet: Little Miss Muffet

 (Had a girl puppet and a spider puppet, and the kids loved seeing her scream and run away! We did it over and over…they didn’t prefer the alternate ending where ‘they sang and played all day.’)

 Activity: Instruments!

The Parts:

A Fly is On Your Nose

A Fly is on my nose, A Fly is on my nose

Hi-Ho, just watch me blow the fly right off my nose!

(repete with different body parts. I let the kids pick which part the fly would go to next.)

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Mexico Storytime

(Done for the One World Many Stories summer reading program)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: A Party for Papa Louis – Diane Gonzales Bertrand

 

(I prepared this to be read in spanish and english for each page, but most of my kids were too young so i just did english. It was okay, not great.)

Puppets: Under My Sombrero(see at end)

adapted from Bajo mi sombrero by Anne E. Schraff

(I wore a big sombrero and stuffed the animals into it. The kids loved this ‘The Mitton’-esk story.)

Book: Pedro’s Burro – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

 

(Fun, and you can have the kids look for the Burro with the sombrero!)

Activity: Mexican Hat Dance from the CD Folk Dance Fun

(Make a big circle around a sombrero, I used the basic dance from this link. Lots of fun!)

Book: Cuckoo – Lois Ehlert

 

(The illustrations were a little complex for a storytime, I felt…it was difficult for the kids to see the story on some of the pages from a distance.)

Flannelboard: from The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb – Shirley Climo

 

To see the full version, click here!

(I made a little ant puppet, and used the Mexican words for the animals. It was good!)

Book: Musicians of the Sun – Gerald McDermott

 

(There were fun characters to voice…you get to be the wind and the sun! And I adore McDermott’s illustrations.)

Craft: Paper Bag Maraccas

Put beans in a paper bag that the kids get to decorate, then twist and tape the bottom!

The Parts:

Under My Sombrero – adapted from Bajo mi sombrero by Anne E. Schraff

It was a hot day, muy caliente, when I went out for a walk. I wore my big sombrero, it cast lots of cool shade.

As I walked along, I met a bird. It saw my big sombrero and the cool shade and asked to share my sombrero. “Puedo, Por Favor?” it asked, “Can I please?” It is a very big sombrero, so I shared it with the bird.

Then I met a mouse as I walked along, and the mouse saw my big sombrero and all the cool shade it cast. The mouse asked if it could share the sombrero, “Puedo, Por Favor?”  It’s a very big sombrero, so I shared with the mouse.

As I walked in the hot sun I met a cat. The cat saw my big sombrero and the cool shade it cast. It asked to share my sombrero, “Puedo, Por Favor?” I still had room so I shared my sombrero with the cat.

A little further down the road I met a frog who was sitting in the hot sun. It saw the shade from my large sombrero, and it asked to share, “Puedo, Por Favor?” There was still some room in my sombrero, so I shared with the frog.

My hat was a little bit heavy as I walked further down the road in the hot sun. But my sombrero kept me cool. I met a pig who saw my sombrero, and asked if it could share “Puedo, Por Favor?” There wasn’t much room, but I didn’t want to be rude, so I said it could share.

My sombrero was full now, but as I walked further down the road I met a dog. The dog saw the cool shade from my sombrero and asked if it could share, “Puedo, Por Favor?” My hat was full, but the dog was muy caliente, very hot, out in the sun…so I said it could share.

It was very full under my sombrero; it wasn’t big enough for so many! I told all the animals, “Get out, there is no room! Everybody go away!” Out came the dog and the pig. out jumped the frog. Out scurried the cat and the mouse, and out flew the bird. Now it’s just me under my big sombrero, and it fits just right!

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