SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Letter C Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Cat Secrets – Jef Czekaj

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(One of the kids wasn’t sure we should be reading the book, because we Weren’t cats!  Good interactive story.)

Activity: Scat The Cat

Scat the cat was a black kitty when he was born, and he’d been black for as long as he could remember.

One day, he decided to see what it would be like to try a different color, so he said his magic words.

‘I’m Scat the Cat, I’m sassy and fat,

and I can change colors, just like that!’ *clap*

(Scat tried being different colors, and decides in the end that the color he was born is the best color for him.)

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(The kids are always excited about Scat! They are also very good at identifying the color he has changed to.)

Book: Cow that laid an Egg – Andy Cutbill

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(So fun! Marabel doesn’t feel very special, but the chickens have a solution.)

Activity: I know A Chicken – from the CD ‘Whaddaya Think of That?’ by Laurie Berkner

(We handed out shakey eggs, and shook along to the song. Good times!)

Book: Chickens to the Rescue! – John Himmelman

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(Such a fun story, but probably better suited to individual reading because of the detail. Still, the kids enjoyed it!)

Activity: Alice the Camel

Alice the Camel has 5 humps.

Alice the Camel has 5 humps.

Alice the Camel has 5 humps.

So go Alice go! Bum, bum, bum

(count down remaining humps. End with..)
 
 
…Alice the camel had No humps, so Alice was a horse!

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(I made this for my job interview, and finally got around to using it! One of the kids pointed out early on that camels only have one hump. I assured her that Alice is a special camel. It was a hit!)

Book: The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? – Mo Willems

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(Pigeon is jealous of Ducklings cookie, will he learn how to get one? Not my fav pigeon book, but still top notch!)

Activity: Cotton balls on Parachute

(Then the kids gathered around our parachute, and bounced cotton balls on it! …we did the same thing last week, but no one cared) =P

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Chicken Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Stuck in the Mud – Jane Clarke

 

Flannelboard: Hens of a different color (see at end)

(Paused before naming each color, so the kids could shout it out.)

Book: The Chicken of the Family – Mary Amato

 

Song: Clucky Clucky Chicken – sesame street

 (Did a little dance around the room…this wasn’t my favorite but it worked fine.)

Book: Chicken Little – jf Emberley

 

Flannelboard: The Most Wonderful Egg in the World (from the book by Helme Heine)

Three chicken friends go ask the king which is most wonderful.

They lay eggs in a contest, and each becomes a princess for their skills.

Book: Chickens to the Rescue – jp Himmelman

 

Song: I know a chicken – from the CD Whadda’ Think of That by Laure Berkner

(used shakey eggs, and did as the song told! If you don’t have shakey eggs, you could put beans or rice in plastic easter eggs.)

The Parts:

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.

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