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the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Love Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: If You’ll Be My Valentine – Cynthia Rylant


(A fun book about a boy who writes valentines to lots of different friends. The kids had fun guessing who would receive each valentine.)

Puppets: Never too Little to Love – from the book by Jeanne Willis


(Little mouse wants a kiss from someone way up high! His tower looks pretty precarious, doesn’t it? A fun simple story.)

Book: Kitty’s Cuddles – Jane Cabrera

kitty's cuddles

(Fun bright pictures and a simple story make this a sure win.)

Activity: In the Valentine Forest


(ala ‘In the Dark Dark Forest’ this valentines forest holds a castle, with a room, with a dresser, with a box …all valentine of course, and in the box is a Kiss! …or a frog, or chocolates, depending on which page I flip to. We do the progression three time. The kids proclaimed it a magic box!)

Book: Waking Beauty – Jane Yolen


(A bit wordy, but fun enough that it still holds the kids attention. Great as a two-person read.)

Activity: A Circle is not a Valentine – from the book by H. Werner Zimmermann

Ahhh! It’s almost Valentine’s Day. I’m going to paint a Valentine for you.

A Valentine is special. It says, ‘I Love You.’ I’ll show you how it’s done. It’s as easy at one, two, three.


Ta-daaa! There it is. A valentine just for you.

It’s not a Valentine? What is it?

Of course! It’s a square. How silly of me. Well then, I’ll just have to change it. For you it must be perfect.

The painter keeps trying to paint a valentine, but each time is comes out wrong, until the kids give a little help.


(The kids had so much fun with this. They were pretty good at describing the shape of a heart… it has two blumpitys on top, of course!)

Book: Love Monster – Rachel Bright


(Really fun pictures, and a cute story.  I did skip a few pages that were a bit two visually complex for storytime, and the kids really liked it.)

Activity: Valentines Craft

(Then everyone got to make valentines of their own to give away.)

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Hugs and Kisses Storytime

Opening : Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Waking Beauty – Leah Wilcox


(Just a bit wordy, but it still had a good response. I might see if I can clip some pages for next time. Very fun!)

Puppets: Stop Kissing Me – from the book by Eric Long


Puppy just won’t stop kissing kitty! Finally kitty finds out why, and doesn’t mind as much.

(The kids love this!)


Book: Kitty’s Cuddles – Jane Cabrera

kitty's cuddles

(Since kitty prefers hugs, this was a nice transition. Nice big illustrations, simple story.)

Activity: In the Valentine Forest


In the Valentine Forest there was a valentine house,

In the Valentine house, there was a valentine room,

In the Valentine room, there were some valentine drawers,

In the valentine drawers, there was a valentine box,

In the valentine box, there was…

…some candy!/a frog!/a kiss!/


(The kids really get into this, and the surprised different endings were fun! …I did it once more at the end of the storytime with the Valentine stickers ending, and then gave each child a sticker. It was made by printing images onto paper, then putting them in sheet protectors which I tied together with ribbon. Easy flipping to reveal the next page.)

Book: Hugless Douglas – David Melling

(This was a nice story, but you do have to explain some of the action [a bush turning into a bunch of sheep, for example] but still jolly good!)

Activity: Mother, Mother, I Want Another – from the book by Maria Robbins


(This had sort of lukewarm reception as a puppet story. I had fun with it though!)


Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? – Jane Yolen

how do dinosaurs

(It’s always nice when I can add a book from this series to a program. They’re super duper!)

Activity: Bubbles (little kisses)

(Then we played in the bubbles and got their little bubble kisses, and everyone got a valentine sticker!)

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Dinosaur Storytime

Opening: Shake Your Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct – jp Mo Willems


Activity: All Around the Swamp (see at end)

 (The Wheels of the Bus tune with Dinosaur actions)

Book: Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs – Ian Whybrow


flannelboard: No More Room (see at end)

 (A countdown flannelboard. I used little puppets and a cave made out of paper bags.)

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You – jp Yolen


Song: Mean old Dinosaur (see at end)

 (I’m a little teapot, dinosaur style)

Book: Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime – jp Shea


Song: We Are The Dinosaurs – from the CD Whadda’ Think of That by Laurie Berkner

(prefaced by reminding the kids the different dinosaur actions we used earlier [in All Around the Swamp] and we used those actions for the marching, and acted out the rest! A fantastic song.)

The Parts:

All Around the swamp

(tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The dinos in the swamp go

stomp, stomp, stomp,

stomp, stomp, stomp,

stomp, stomp, stomp.

The dinos in the swamp go

stomp, stomp, stomp,

All around the swamp.

-The Pteranodon’s wings go

flap, flap, flap…

All around the swamp.

-The Tyrannosaurus teeth go

chomp, chomp, chomp…

-The Triceratops horns go

poke, poke, poke…

-The Apatosaurus neck goes

stretch, stretch, stretch…

-The dinos in the swamp go

stomp, stomp, stomp…

No More Room

5 huge dinosaurs

Sleeping on the cave floor

Woke up and started to roar

“There’s no more room,

there’s no more room

there’s no more room

on this floor!”

Well, they tossed and they turned

and they pushed galore

Till one poor dinosaur was pushed out the door!

-repeat with 4,3,2,-

 (last verse)

One huge dinosaur

Sleeping on the cave floor

Woke up and started to roar

“Come back, come back,

it was better before

It’s more fun together,

crowded on the floor!”

I’m a mean old Dinosaur

(to the tune of I’m a Little Tea Pot)

I’m a mean old Dinosaur (Make a mean face)
Big and Tall
Here is my tail, here is my claw.

When I get all hungry
I just growl ‘grrrrrrr
Look out kids I’m on the prowl.


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