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the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Look And See Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krouss Rosenthal

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(This was a great book to do with a partner …though I’ve used it myself before. Fun concept and we let the kids vote about what the thought the picture was at the end.)

Activity: Why the Frog Has Big Eyes – from the book by Betsy Franco

(See the full version here)

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(A fun visual element for this story, the animals can look around and blink!)

Book: I Spy With My Little Eye – Edward Gibbs

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(Awesome big bright illustrations, and a guessing game make this great for storytime.)

Activity: Matching Game

 (We passed out colored shapes, and then had the kids hold up the match to whatever we called out. A great way to engage them and get some wiggles out.)

Book: In the Foggy Foggy Forest – Nick Sharrett

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(A great predictive story, the kids are suprisingly adept and recognising the silhouettes!)

Activity: Shark in the Park – From the book by Nick Sharratt

(See the full version here)

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(This was a fantastic fun element to include. We projected the story, and had the kids stand up and look through their hand ‘telescopes’ with us.)

Book: Little Quacks Hide and Seek – Lauren Thompson

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(We added a duck puppet to play mother duck with this book, another hit!)

Activity: Tube Telescopes

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(Then the kids got to decorate their Safari Telescopes with toilet paper tubes, markers, and foam stickers.)

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Shark in the Park

From the book by Nick Sharratt

I cut these images from card stock, and them laminated them to use on our overhead projector.

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Down at the park a little boy is testing out his brand new toy.

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, is looking through his telescope.

He looks at the sky, he looks at the ground

He looks left and right, he looks all around and this is what he sees.

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(I have a card stock page with just the hole cut out to lay over the other images)

What a nasty surprise! In his loudest voice Timothy cries,

“There’s a Shark in the Park!”

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A shark?

Fancy that, it’s only a cat.

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, looks again through his telescope.

He looks at the sky, he looks at the ground

He looks left and right, he looks all around and this is what he sees.

What a terrible sight! Timothy yells with all his might,

“There’s a Shark in the Park!”

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A shark? Oh no! It’s just a crow.

Timothy Pope, Timothy Pope, has one more look through his telescope.

He looks at the sky, he looks at the ground

He looks left and right, he looks all around and this is what he sees.

Tim’s has no doubt, what do you think he’s about to shout?

“There’s a Shark in the Park!”

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A shark? Not, it’s not and aren’t you glad?

As a matter of fact, it’s Timothy’s dad!

“It’s time to go home Timothy.”

Timothy says “It’s safe to say. There are no sharks in the park today!”

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(Then I slowly push the shark into view)

…”Quack!”

Katie at Story Time Secrets is hosting this week’s Flannel Friday round-up.  Stop by to check out all of the great ideas!

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Big and Bad Storytime

Did my first partnered storytime this week with the lovely Natalie, who has just joined our Library team. It was loads of fun, and our big crowd had a great time. =]

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Scary Mary – Paula Bowles

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(Such personality in this book! I love the illustrations and layout.)

Activity: Little Miss Muffet – Traditional

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider that sat down besider her,

and frightened Miss Muffet away!

 (Used a girl and spider puppet, and after a few times through …the kids can’t get enough… Miss Muffet karate chops the spider and scares it away!)

Book: The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

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(This worked fantastically as a partnered read. Natalie did all the mouse bits and I did the rest. )

Activity: The Troll – from the CD Animal Songs by Jim Gill

 (After the mouse took a walk and met the scary Gruffalo, we pretended to go on a walk and met a scary Troll! Simple song to follow the actions of, the kids loved it!) 

Book: Solomon Crocodile – Catherine Rayer

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(I adore Rayner’s books, this one does not disappoint! Solomon loves to scare, but the Hippo isn’t having it …until Solomon finds a friend.)

Activity: Three Little Pigs – Traditional

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(With the addition of a wolf puppet, these were the props. Worked great, and the kids love huffing and puffing with the wolf.)

Book: It’s a Tiger! – David LaRochelle

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(Such a fun engaging book. Tankard always has such bright illustrations, and the repeated theme really sucked the kids in.)

Activity: Streamers

(In the jungle the boy walked passed monkeys hanging from vines, so the streamers were our vines! Not really, the kids just danced around with them, but I can pretend it fits the theme!) ~.o

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Look and See Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin Jr.

 

Song/Sign: Let’s Take a Little Walk from Pick Me Up! Fun songs for learning sign.

(I introduced the concept of sign language, and we practiced the signs we’d use in the song [walk, see, tree, butterfly, bird, squirrel, apple]. It’s a simple song, essentially a single verse repeated where the things you see in the tree change.)

Book: Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox

 

(I intended to use Where’s Tumpty by Polly Dunbar, but my co-worker used it the week before for an Elephant theme…so I found this last minute and I love it! It fit the theme so well and is just a charming story.)

Activity: Matching Game

(I had different colored shapes cut out, each child got one. I would say whether they should match the color or the shape that I held up, and if what they had matched, they would raise theirs as well. Simple, but the kids seemed to like it and it’s edumacational!)

Book: Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krause Rosenthal

(I’m still not sure how I feel about this as a storytime book, I’ve used it a couple of times and the kids are engaged…I just don’t connect with it I guess.)

Flannelboard: Why the Frog Has Big Eyes – Betsy Franco

(Check out the whole thing here!)

(Done as a quasi-puppet show, with two dimensional characters who could move their eyes and blink. I’m really pleased with how they turned out.)

Book: I Spy With My Little Eye – jp Gibbs

 

(Simple book with huge pics. I’m a fan.)

Song: Bear Went Over the Mountain (see at end)

(Did a variation where the bear finds something on the other side of the mountain, and then they go over the mountain, a chain that could go endlessly! I used the pairings from my ‘Hunting We Will Go’ set.)

The Parts

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear went over the mountain,

the bear went over the mountain,

the bear when over the mountain to see what he could see.

He saw a goat in a boat there, he saw a goat in a boat there,

he saw a goat in a boat there, and that is what he saw.

The goat went over the mountain, the goat went over the mountain,

the goat went over the mountain to see what he could see.

(Continue with as many creatures as you’d like. I finished with the bear in a chair.)

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