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


(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.)



(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


(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


(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!



(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


(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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Cookie Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies – jp Wilson


(Fun pictures, and a nice repetition makes this a great storytime book.)

Song: 5 Yummy Cookies (see at end)

(had cookies for the flannel board)

Book: The Best Mouse Cookie – jp Numeroff


(A cute story with a familiar protagonist.)

Puppets: Sam’s Cookie – from the book by Barbro  Lindgren (see at end)

(This book easily converted to a puppet script, it was a little tricky switching between the Dog and Mommie though)

Book: Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? – jp Beaumont


(Cute story that’s good to engage the kids.)

Activity: Making Cookies (see at end)

 (a pantomime activity)

Book: May I Please Have a Cookie? – jr Morris


(Teaches manners, but also creativity and resourcefulness!)

Activity: Decorate cookies

(This storytime was for our annual Gingerbread Jamboree, so we end it with decorating pre-purchased gingerbread men!)

The Parts:

5 Yummy Cookies

5 yummy cookies all chocolate chip,

Were sitting in the cookie jar

When the table tipped.

The cookie jar tumbled,

One cookie crumbled,

How many cookies were left?

Sam’s Cookie by Barbro  Lindgren

Narrator: Look, here comes Sam! Sam has a Cookie. Sam Likes his Cookie.

Sam: Good, good cookie.

Narrator: Here comes Doggie. Doggie wants Sam’s cookie. Doggie takes Sam’s cookie. Sam is Angry.

Sam: Dumb doggie.

Narrator: Doggie is angry.

Doggie: Grrr

Narrator: Sam is scared. Sam cries. Mommy comes.

Mommy: No, no. Don’t take Sam’s cookie.

Narrator: Sam gets another cookie.

MAKING COOKIES CHANT (modified from the Jean Warren version)

First we take the butter and we cream it, we cream it (twist fist in palm)

Then we add the sugar and we blend it, we blend it (open and close fingers, like mushing something up)

Then we pour in the milk and we stir it, we stir it. (stirring motion)

Then we take the dough and we roll it, we roll it. (rolling motion)

Then we take the cutter and we cut it, we cut it. (twisting hand)

Then we bake it in the oven and we smell it, we smell it. (sniffing)

Then we set it on the rack and we cool it, we cool it. (Wave hand)

Then we pop it in our mouth we eat it, we eat it! (mime eating cookie.)

(The Jean Warren version:

First we add the butter and we mash it, mash it.
Then we add the sugar and we blend it, blend it.
Then we add the eggs and we whip it, whip it.
Then we add the flour and we stir it, stir it.
Then we make a ball and we roll it, roll it.
Then we choose a cutter and we cut it, cut it.
Then we set out a cookie sheet and we place it, place it.
Then we bake it in the oven and we smell it, smell it.
Then we set it on a rack and we cool it, cool it.
Then we pop it in our mouth and we eat it, eat it.)

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