SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

On the Farm Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Cock-a-doodle! Quack! Quack! – Ivor Baddiel

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(A playful story, the kids love the mess up’s. A smidge long, so I do clip some pages together.) 


Activity: 5 Pigs So Squeaky Clean

(A fun simple rhyme. Not such a hit this week though.) 

Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you’ve ever seen,
wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!
One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.
Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!


Book: Chickens To the Rescue – John Himmelman

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(Fantastic illustrations, even though they are quite busy they work for a group as well. Very cute story too.) 


Activity: I Know a Chicken
from the CD Whadda Think of That by Laurie Berkner

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(This song is always a hit, kids love the shaking!) 


Book: Up, Down, and Around – Katherine Ayres

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(We have the kids point up, down and twirl their finger around during the appropriate points. I think it would be a bit dull without the interactive element, but with it’s great!) 


Activity: In the Farmyard

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(A sweet little rhyme, and it let well to our next book.)

In the farmyard at the end of the day,
All of the animals politely say
“Thank you for my food today.”
The cow says …
“Moo”

(continue with other animals)

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And then the barn is locked up tight,
and the farmer quietly says, “Good night.”


Book: Farmyard Beat – Lindsay Craig

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(The animals wont stay asleep! A great book with nice illustrations and repetition.) 


Activity: Streamers

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(We ended with streamers this week.)

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On the Farm Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Cock-a-doodle Quack! Quack! – Ivor Baddiel

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(This was a hit! The kids really liked all the mistakes the little rooster made.)

Activity: 5 Pigs from Mel’s Desk (tune: 5 green and speckled frogs)

Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you’ve ever seen,

wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!

One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.

Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!

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(The pigs are two sided, one clean and one dirty. It was a happy surprise for the kids when they got ‘dirty’ in the mud. Afterwards I ‘cleaned’ them all off with my hand.)

Book: Blue Chicken – Deborah Freedman

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(Fun illustrations, and the kids quite enjoy it.)

Activity: Go and Get the Cows – traditional, hear a version here!

 Place cows on flannel board. Fall ‘asleep’ and remove them all.

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Wake up you sleepyheads
Go and get the cattle,
Wake up you sleepyheads
Go and get the cows.

All the cows have run away, Oh no!

The cows are lost.
The sun is warm.
So I’ll just rest,
Til they come home.

Replace cows incrementally, ours were all different colors so we identified them as they ‘came back home’

( This was a bit more popular the last time I did it, but still worked well enough.)

Book: The Cow Loves Cookies – Karma Wilson

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(I feel like the repetition gets just a bit old, the kids attention wandered just a bit. The payoff is worth it though. )

Activity: Old McDonald – traditional

Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o
And on his farm he had a cow, ee-i-ee-i-o
With a moo-moo here, and a moo-moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo-moo
Old Macdonald had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-o

(continue with other animals)

(I used our farm stuffed animals with this song, and ended with a Dinosaur, which was a fun surprise.)

Book: Thirsty Thursday – Phyllis Root

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(I wish this were just a bit longer, a fun story with nice pictures about a girl who tickles clouds to get rain.)

Activity: Streamers

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Sleepy Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Moo, Moo, Brown Cow, Have You Any Milk? – Phillis Gershator

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(This was a fun way to show where things come from (pillows, blankets, milk, bread and honey). Pretty well received too.)

Activity: Sleepy Bear (from Storytime Katie)

“Sleepy Bear” (Tune: “Thumbkin”)
Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.

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(Super fun, the kids love it!)

Book: My Dad is Big and Strong, But… – Coralie Saudo

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(Such an adorable story, and the parents love it as much as the kids.)

Activity: Owl Freeze Game (modified from the song ‘Silly Dance Contest’ by Jim Gill)

 Fly any way you want to, fly any way you please

fly any way you want to, but stop when I say Sleep!

(continue with fly as high as you want to, fly as fast as you want to,

then fly any way you want to again to end.)

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(I made a two-sided moon/sun visual and explained to the kids that we were going to be owls. That means that if the sun is out we have to be asleep! Then I’d flip it around to the moon for us to be owls flapping our wings. I used a freeze game format, shouting out Sleep! after they’d been flying for a bit and everyone lay down. Loads of fun!)

Book: Sleep Like a Tiger – Mary Logue

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(Perhaps a bit ambley, I felt like the group was wandering a bit during this one. Might swap it out with Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime for my Thu group.)

Activity: Princess and the Mattresses

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On top of all these mattresses I get to spend the night,

I toss and turn and cannot sleep, for something is not right.

Something (tickley, squishy, buzzy, scary, lumpy)  keeps me up. These mattresses I’ll spread…

A (feather, banana peel, bee, monster, pea)! That’s no good, get out of my bed!

(The princess then throws the item and climbs up for the next verse)

Finally everything is soft, and I can rest my head. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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(This was loads of fun! I saw another princess flannel board, and used that as inspiration to make this. We counted all the mattresses as we set them up, and the kids loved guessing what the item was, and watching the princess throw them away. …though she was too scared to pick up the monster, and just karate chopped it out of my hand.)

Book: Who Said Coo? – Deborah Ruddell

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(A very cute, simple story, and a great end to the program.)

Activity: Parachute

(The final activity was our parachute with monkey beach balls, for the five little monkeys jumping on the bed. The group was too big to try the song, so we just had fun bouncing!)

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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

I’ve done colors before as a theme, but I decided this time to focus on a specific color for each book, rather than smooshing them all in each time. The activities still had a variety!

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

We practiced some of the colors as I put the pillows from the Tooth Fairy flannel on the board. Then left them up during the first story. 

Book: The Red Wolf – Margaret Shannon

(This was a bit too long. I’ll try to make it more concise for the Thur group. I love the story and the illustrations! And I was surprised at how well the kids stayed focused. …this worked great for the Thur group with some pages clipped together and the rest condensed a bit!)

Visual: Tooth Fairy

(Now we made use of the pillows! One had a tooth hidden behind it, so the tooth fairy came out and sang her song until we found the tooth. Jolly good fun.)

Look and see, look and see,

Can you find the tooth for me?

Is it behind the ____ pillow?

 

(I like to get suggestions from the kids on which pillow to look under, and it makes them more excited too! If they get it too quickly, the tooth fairy goes to a different house with the tooth under a different pillow and we play again!)

Book: Little yellow leaf – Carin Berger

(I felt that this might not be interesting enough for the kids, and there is probably a better choice out there. Notwithstanding that, it worked well enough especially adding some talking points throughout.  I think it’s charming, and it tied it very nicely to the next activity!)

Song/Activity: Autumn Leaves

Way up high in an autumn tree

a little Green leaf happy as could be

The wind went Wwhoooooshh!!

and the leaf danced around,

then floated gently to the ground.

(continue with other colors)


(The kids had a great time with this, though passing out the pre-sorted leaves took a bit of time. We held them up high, danced them around, then drifted down to the ground with them.)

Book: Blue Chicken– Deborah Freedman

(Chicken spills the paint, and the other animals aren’t too happy about it! Lovely illustrations and narrative.)

Puppet: Baa baa black sheep – Traditional

(We sang Baa Baa Black Sheep, then this little guy popped up because no one ever sang about the white sheep! So we did, and then he put on different colors so that more were represented. The kids were much more excited about this in the Thur group. The idea of the sheep puppet with other colors was taken from Amy White of the Orem Public Library)

Book: Where is the green sheep? – Mem Fox

(The kids really liked this one, it was nice to bring back some simplicity.) =]

Activity: Leaves on Parachute

(All of the leaves from the song were put on a parachute, and we bounced it! The kids were so excited today, and even after quite a bit of play time, they left the room buzzing.)

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Dancing Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Baby Danced the Polka – Karen Beaumont

 

(This was well received, better than I’d hoped actually!)

Puppets: Down by the Cool of the Pool – from the book by Tony Mitton

Frog is dancing by the pool ‘Wheee! Can you dance like me?’. ‘No’, said Duck, ‘But I can flap!’. So Duck went Flap and frog went  ‘Wheee! Can you dance like me?’ down by the cool of the pool.

(I just continued building on this format until I had Dog rolling over, Pig wiggling, sheep stamping, cat twirling, duck flapping and frog jumping. I used critters I had on hand and matched actions I could make them do, staying with the story where possible. It was pretty fun!)

Book: Dancing Feet – Lindsey Craig

(A fun simple guessing game book, with great illustrations)

Activity: Silly Dance Contest – from the CD The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tune by Jim Gill

 (You know a song went over well when a parent asks where to find it afterwards!)

Book: Hilda Must Be Dancing – Karma Wilson

(So adorable and sweet and visually stunning. Everyone gets a happy ending!)

Activity: Five Ballet Dancers

 Five Ballet Dancers,

Balance on their toes.

Twist and twirl and leap,

then off the stage one goes!

(I’m not sure if the kids were disinterested, or enthralled by these paper dancers, but no one sang along! I’m going to pretend it was enthralled) =P

Book: Farmyard Beat – Lindsey Craig

(A fun book with great opportunity for interaction. My only complaint is that kids understand cows going Moo rather than Swish, clank.) -.o

Activity: Streamers with music

I played the awesome Miss Opotomus from the Purple Ladybug music album. Everyone had a super time. Even the girl who was shy at the beginning was flailing about with her streamers. =]

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Christmas Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: I’m Not Santa! – Jonathan Allen

 

(Simple and cute with some nice emotional outbursts.) =]

Activity: Ring those Christmas Bells (see at end)

 (gave the kids bells to shake, they always like it when they can make noise!)

Book: Rock-a-bye Christmas – Matt Novak

 

(A cute story with a nice surprise ending…if only it weren’t so small!)

Song: Going to the North Pole – from Songs for all seasons by Geoff Johnson

(did the actions, and I had a polar bear hidden behind the flannel board I would bring out at the appropriate times.)

Book: Christmas Mice – Bethany Roberts

 

(This I stuck in because I needed another Christmas book…but it went over just fine.)

Activity: A Star for my little tree – Flannelboard

(A nice variation of Partridge in a pear tree… I should have made it bigger though!)

Book: Have You Been Naughty or Nice? – Eric Long

 

Activity: Reindeer Pokey

(The Hokey Pokey as a reindeer! Put in antlers, hooves, shiny nose, fluffy tail, etc.)

The Parts:

Ring Those Bells
Sung to: “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
(Loudly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.

(Softly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so quietly.

(loud and deliberate)
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.

A STAR FOR MY LITTLE TREE
Tune:  “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”

One the first day of Christmas,
My mother gave to me –
A star for my little tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
My mother gave to me –
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the third day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Four candy canes.
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Five Christmas bulbs.
Four candy canes,
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.
Adapted Traditional
By Jean Warren

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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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