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Letter I Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: An Island Grows – Lola M Schaefer


(One of the boys said ‘Islands don’t grow!’ when I introduced this book, education time! Lovely simple text and vibrant images. One of the kids announced about midway through ‘It rhymes!’. A fun find indeed.)

Activity: Itsy Bitsy Spider – Traditional

(We sang the Itsy Bitsy spider, then I pulled out my emotion faces, and we sang it angrily, sadly, happily, nervously, and finally sleepily. The kids loved it.)

Book: Should I share my Ice Cream – Mo Willems


(Another big hit, when I asked if sharing his ice cream was a good idea, there was a big chorus of ‘No!’. I think by the end they were convinced that sharing was a good thing.)

Activity: Ice Cream Cone – from the CD Buzz Buzz by Laurie Berkner

(For this song I introduced the sign language for Ice Cream, Chocolate, Vanilla, and Strawberry. Then told the kids that we’d Freeze, and melt like ice cream when the music stopped. I paused it before each new ice cream flavor, which was a good break to refresh the sign language. I threw in actions for the rest of the song as well, and we ended by melting. It was a hit!)

Book: Except If – Jim Averbeck


(I know a story was well received when at the end a kids says ‘That was a funny story.’ and this one earned that recognition!)

Activity: The Great Big Itch – adapted from Rhino’s Great Big Itch by Natalie Chivers


Elephant has a great big itch in his ear! It won’t come out with shaking, or rolling. Bird says he just need some help, so elephant goes and asks fish (who is too slippery), turle (who is too slow) monkey (who is too silly) he doesn’t even bother to ask crocodile. How will he get the itch to go away! Bird offers to help, but elephant doesn’t see how a tiny bird can get rid of a great big itch. But bird does!

(I adapted this story for the puppets I had on hand, and it worked great.)

Book: Icky Sticky Monster – Jo Lodge


(I wasn’t sure I’d get this book on time (it was checked out while I was planning the program) but it arrived the morning I needed it, and was a great finish! When the monster wants a kiss at the end, I asked who wanted to give him one. As expected there were no volunteers, so I suggested blowing a kiss, which they were all happy to do.)

Activity: Instruments

(Then we had free play with instruments!)

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Boxes Storytime

I wasn’t sure I’d find enough material for this theme, but there was loads of stuff! Even so, the program in general felt a bit flat.

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Birthday Box – Leslie Patricelli


(A nice simple story about a birthday present made into much more that it’s giver intended.)

Flannel Board: Where’s Tumpty? (Polly Dunbar)

(Tumpty is certain he’s hidden, but he’s quite large. Eventually he finds the perfect place. The kids quite liked this. )


Book: Inside Outside Upside Down – Stan & Jan Berenstain

(A fun story, but it felt rather short during the program.)

Activity: I like to be a jack in the box

 Sometimes I like to hide in a box (Crouch with hands over head)

My handle spins around.  (spin one arm around)

Then after a little while …

Boooiiing! (Jump up!) It’s me you found!

(This was fun, but the kids always enjoy jumping! We did it a number of times.)

Book: Chloe – Peter McCarthy

(The little rabbit doesn’t like the new TV so much, but the box it came in is loads of fun!)

Puppets: Thank You Bear  (Greg Foley)

(Bear finds a box, looks inside and thinks ‘This is the greatest thing ever!’ On his way to give it to mouse, the other animals he meets make him think maybe it isn’t so great after all.)

Book: Magic Box – Katie Cleminson

(Katie gets a magical box, and pulls all sorts of wonderful things out of it. After the big party with dancing and music, she makes it all go away …well, almost. Nice big illustrations)

Activity: Instruments

(I had a box that I introduced at the beginning of storytime, and at the end the kids got to look inside. It was full of instruments and we had our own party!)

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Circus Storytime

(The group started off really reserved today, but by the end everyone was all gung-ho! This theme was a request from a summer group, and ended up being a lot of fun for me.)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Where’s Pup? – Dayle Ann Dodds

(A fun way to start the program, the little clown meets all sorts of performers as he looks for his lost pup. It was fun to point out some uncommon circus performers, like the mouse and pig.)

Flannel Board / Activity: One little clown

(modified from ‘One Little Elephant’, and I made 7 clowns but only 5 fit on the flannel board. I showed the string and asked if they knew what it was. Then proclaimed it was a spiderweb!)

One little clown went out to play

upon a spiders web one day.

He had such enormous fun

that he called for another little clown to come.

(continue, adding clowns, until you run out of room!)

Book: Big and Little – John Stadler

(A fun book that kept everyone engaged and had a lovely surprise at the end.) =]

Activity: Elephants have wrinkles

(What do elephants have? We talked about some different parts of an elephant, and don’t forget the wrinkles!)

Elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles, wrinkles,

elephants have wrinkles, wrinkles everywhere.

On there toes, no one knows


Elephants have wrinkles…(and continue with other body parts)

(end with…) … on their teeth. On their teeth? Don’t be ridiculous!

But!, on their nose, on their ears, on their hips, on their knees, on their toes, no one know


Book: C is for Clown – Stan Berenstain

(A nice simple story that I threw in last minute, and glad I did! It’s also fun to read when all the words start with the same letter.)

Activity: Star of the Circus (adapted from the book by Jose Aruego)


(I wasn’t able to access this book, only pages from it, so I don’t know what the real ending is supposed to be. I started with mouse on his tightrope. [introducing it first, the kids knew it was a spiderweb! I told them this time is was a tightrope.] Then the animals progressively cover each other until they all fall, and decide they can all be the star of the circus!)

Book: Wolf Won’t Bite – Emily Gravett

(But not everyone Wants to be in the circus. The wolf certainly doesn’t seem to enjoy it. Fun ending for the storytime, and the pigs have so much character!)

Activity: Popcorn Parachute

(We used the parachute to pop popcorn [cotton balls]. It was so much fun! Of course they went everywhere, and the group defied any attempt at coordinated shaking, but no one minded. I think we parachuted for 10 minutes before I decided to call an end to it.)


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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