SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

On the Go Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: Sheep in a Ship – Nancy Shaw

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(Lovely lyrical text, and fun pictures make this a winner. Little bit on the small side.)

Flannel Board: Row Row Row

Row, row, row your boat

gently down the stream.

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life is but a dream.

(we acted out the rowing, then repeated with different actions:

paddle, rock, bounce, wiggle, and ended with a super fast verse of ‘motor’)

(The kids had a great time with this. It’s fun to get suggestions from the group about what action to use, and one of the kids taught me a new ending! ‘If you see a crocodile, don’t forget to scream! Aaaaa!!’)

Book: The Bridge is Up – Babs Bell

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(This was quite the hit! I’d have the kids identify which vehicle joined the line, and eventually there was a little chorus saying ‘Everyone had to wait’ with me.)

Activity: Green says go

The drivers followed the rules in that story, do we know driving rules? Red means…Stop, Yellow means…Slow, and Green means…Go!

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(I would hold up a colored circle, and the kids would respond according to the rule. We ran in place, jumped up and down, spun in a circle, and finally sat down …ending with stop and ready for the next book!)

Book: Firehouse – Mark Teague

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(Great illustrations, and an engaging text. I left out the last spread, and ended with the parade.)

Song: Drivin’ In My Car – Ralphs World

(A super song! I used the red circle from the last activity for the Red Light part of the music.)

Book: Clickety Clack – Rob and Amy Spence

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(This was another great addition. A great build and fall, and a nice ending for the storytime.)

Instruments

(There were some noisy riders on the train, so then we got out instruments and made noise too! )

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Tools Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Monkey With a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem – Chris Monroe

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(The kids were quite engaged with this, despite it’s length. I did clip some of the busier pages together. Fun story!)

Activity: Matching game

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Each of the professions was introduced, and placed on the flannel board. Then I would bring out a tool and have the kids tell me which person needed it for their job. It was fun, and having actual tools seemed to generate greater interest. Painter-brush, Construction worker-hammer, Doctor-Bandaid, Chef-Pizza Cutter, Postal Worker-Letter. I also thought about having a superhero with a cape, but didn’t manage to get the prop I needed.)

Book: Toolbox Twins – Lola M. Schaefer

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(This was a replacement because my original choice failed miserably! It certainly worked better, though I feel it’s still a bit tedious)

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(the biggest book flop I’ve had. No one was engaged, so I replaced it for my second storytime of the week.)

Activity: Construction song

 The backhoe scoops the dirt.
The backhoe scoops the dirt.
Hey-ho! Look at it go!
The backhoe scoops the dirt.

(Act out the motions, and continue with:)

The dump truck dumps the dirt…
The roller rolls it flat…
The cement mixer spins…
The crane lifts up and down…

(This was a nice get up and move activity. We cycled through the list twice.) 

Book: Machines Go to Work in the City – William Low

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(This was well received, though I stretched the theme a little. Nice fold outs add interest.) 

Activity: 5 Little Nails

Five little nails

Standing straight and steady

Here come a builder

With a hammer ready!

Bam! Bam! Bam!

The nail goes down

And now there are Four nails left to pound!

(continue with remaining nails)

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(Sometimes I think props aren’t the best choice, a finger play version of this might have been better with the fingers of one hand as nails, and the other fist pounding them down. Ideally you could do both!)

Book: The Magic Toolbox – Mie Araki

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(A nice simple story with bright illustrations. A great way to finish.)

Activity: Toolbox Craft

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(I had the kids identify the tools in my pre-made box, then let them make their own. [two sheets of paper, one folds to make the toolbox, the other has the tools and handle to cut out])

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Letter B Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The B Book – Stan and Jan Berenstain

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(The kids were quite interested in this, particularly later in the book, as things get more chaotic. I think they didn’t quite get the bursting balloon though.)

Flannel Board: The Hat (from Squid and Octopus by Tao Nyeu)

squid-and-octopus  Squid finds a fantastic hat, (but is it really a hat?) his friends all think it has different uses, from a flower vase, a soup bowl, and a doorstop, until Squid shows up with an idential hat, just like octopus knew it was.

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(This was good, not stand out either way.)

Book: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – Eric Litwin

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(A great addition to the Pete series. Really, the only one I like other than the original.)

Activity/Song: Beanbag Song (Totline Magazine)

(Sung to:  If you’re happy and you know it)

Put your beanbag on your hair, on your hair

Put your beanbag on your hair, on your hair

Put your beanbag on your hair and leave it right up there

Put your beanbag on your hair, on your hair.

…Put your beanbag on the ground, now step and step around…

…Put your beanbag on your toe, lift it high and and lift it low…

…Put your beanbag in your hand, toss it up and watch it land…

 (The kids got to play with beanbags, what’s not to like! We did it twice.)

Book: Big Smelly Bear – Britta Teckentrup

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(This was more popular than I expected. Nice big pictures!)

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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(I think we could have done this for the entire storytime and the kids would have had a blast. Eventually, bear decided to go somewhere more quiet to hibernate. …for my Thursday group, I had to let the kids know that screaming didn’t wake up bear, only saying ‘wake up bear!’ did.)

Book: Baby Bird – Joyce Dunbar

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(Fun and simple, with nice pics and interactive element having the kids help with the animal noises.)

Activity: Bubbles

(And Bubbles! Butterfly by Imagination Movers was our background music for bubble time.)

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Dinosaur Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime – Bob Shea

(Bob Shea is fantastic, the kids like roaring along. Great interactive potential.)

Activity: No More Room

4 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 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!”

 

(We’d count the dinosaurs each time, and do some basic actions. Was well received.)

Book: Stomp Dinosaur Stomp – Margaret Mayo

(A nice introduction to different dinosaurs. I had the kids say the names with me as they were introduce, did skip a few pages.)

Activity: We Are The Dinosaurs – from the CD Whaddaya Think of That by Laurie Berkner

(A jolly good rollick where we get to act like dinosaurs. What’s not to like!) 

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

(This is one I think the parent’s appreciate a big more, but it held everyone’s interest.)

Puppet Song: Dinosaur Round – from the CD Rhinoceros Tap by Sandra Boynton

(This was quite simple, the dinosaur wants to eat more and more, and I was surprised how much everyone loved it! Some of the food stuff fell on the floor, and there were eager children ready to feed the dino. At the end of the song I have all the food gone and the dino gulps down the boy! 0.0)

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Eat their food – Jane Yolen

(After the last activity, we learned how dinosaurs are Supposed to behave with their food. A fantastic series.)

Activity: Streamers

(Got out streamers for the kids to play with, not theme related this week. They had a blast, and once the streamers were passed out the dino puppet came out to nibble on brave children’s fingers.)

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Seasons Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Spring Song – Barbara Seuling

(Pretty awesome pics, and interactive element with guessing. Well received.)

Activity: Planting Seeds/Mr Golden Sun

from the CD Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

Planting Seeds

First you take the seed and you plant it in the ground (pretend to plant seeds in hand)
Next a little rain cloud comes that waters all around (Use hand to simulate rain)
And the sun sends beams, shining bright without a sound (make circle over head with arms)
Then in a few days, a flower can be found! (cup hands together, then open fingers with wrists touching.)

(We also did this fingerplay in the musical interlude during Raffi’s song.)

Mr. Sun
Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up, rock in time to the rhythm

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face
Oh Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,
~arms up again
Hiding behind a tree
~ASL sign for ‘tree’ in front of face to ‘hide’

These little children are asking you,
~gesture towards children

To please come down
so they can play with you,
~sign ASL sign for ‘Play’

Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. Golden sun,

~arms up again

Please shine down on me.
~wiggle fingers down toward face

 (This was good times! Bright bouncy song)

Book: How Will We Get to the Beach? – Brigitte Luciani

(The group was a little unengaged today, but I’ve had great response with this book. Even so it was nice!)

Activity: There’s Something in my Garden

There’s Something in My Garden

There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be?
There’s something in my garden
That I can’t really see.
Hear its funny sound….
RIBBIT – RIBBIT – RIBBIT.
A FROG is what I found!
RIBBIT – RIBBIT – RIBBIT.

(continue with other animals. I pulled some from my critter bin: a frog, rabbit, chicken, kitten.)

(The kids always like this, and are very excited that they know the animals)

Book: That Pup! – Lindsay Barrett George

(A cute story, with a fun chance to predict things with the hidden squirrel)

Activity: A Leaf is on My Nose

 A leaf is on my nose, a leaf is on my nose

Hi-ho just watch me blow

this leaf right off my nose!

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(Lots of kids, which makes thinks kind of die while passing things out, but they had fun with the activity.)

Book: Old Bear – Kevin Henkes

(A nice review of the seasons, great illustrations.)

Activity: Ice Skating (on paper plates)

(The passing out of plates seemed doubly tedious after the time it took for the leaves earlier. This activity kinda flopped.)

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Making Noise Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Baby Beebee Bird– Diane Redfield Massie

 

(I used a bird puppets to make the birds noise throughout the book [one handed page turning takes pratice!] A fun story, well recieved, but it can also stand to have a few pages skipped [which I inadvertently did].)

Song/Activity: Hands are for Clapping – from the CD The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes by Jim Gill

(You get to make noises with different parts of the body, Clapping, tapping, snapping, slapping etc. Fun! During the whistling portions of the song I’d guide the kids to clap big, small, fast etc. for each action.)

Book: Katie Loves the Kittens – John Himmelman

 

(As soon as I opened this book, I knew I wanted to read it aloud, just so I could ARrooooo! for Katie [the kids like to as well]. A very cute book about a dog that loves the new kittens a bit too much. Runs a little long, the second time I skipped about a dozen pages [where the kittens go to sleep and Katie eats their foot] and it held interest much better.)

Puppet Play: The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice – Kristen Balouch

(Used puppets for this [substituted the snake for a monkey I have on hand], and everyone loved when the girl and lion roared and laughed together. The text is so simple, it worked great!)

 

Book: Dinosaur Vs the Library– Bob Shea

 

(How can you go wrong with Dinosaur! It’s fun to make the roaring noise in the other animal voices too…chicks, turtles, etc.)

Flannel Board: Animal noises

(A simple activity using farm animals I inherited. Introduce that some of the animals have mixed up their noises, tell the kids to shout ‘Yes!’ if they get it right, and to help the animals if they get it wrong. Then put up the animals and make a noise for them [I did two wrong for every one right]. Then we reviewed them all at the end. It was fun!)

Book: Clickety Clack – Rob and Amy Spence

 

(Tried to get the kids to join in making the noises of the yaks, singing, etc, but they were really only excited about the ducks and fireworks. )

Activity: Instruments

(The kids played with instruments! Played some Frances England in the background.)

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Nighttime Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Night’s Nice – jp Emberly

 

Song/Sign: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (see at end)

 (Used sign language with the song to make it more engaging.)

Book: Dark Night – jp De Monfreid

 

Song: Last Night I Had a Dream – from the CD Whaddaya think of that? by Laurie Berkner

 (acted out all the different animals that we dreamed we were.)

Book: Quiet Night – jp Singer

 Flannelboard: Napping House by Audrey Wood

 

(made a flannelboard with each character separate but stackable. Then had the ‘woken’ characters as well.)

Book: Good Night, Mr. Night – jp Yaccarino

 

Song: 10 in the Bed

(Used this from a CD, don’t remember which. I’d post it once I figure it out!)

The Parts:

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
How I wonder what you are

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Mexico Storytime

(Done for the One World Many Stories summer reading program)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: A Party for Papa Louis – Diane Gonzales Bertrand

 

(I prepared this to be read in spanish and english for each page, but most of my kids were too young so i just did english. It was okay, not great.)

Puppets: Under My Sombrero(see at end)

adapted from Bajo mi sombrero by Anne E. Schraff

(I wore a big sombrero and stuffed the animals into it. The kids loved this ‘The Mitton’-esk story.)

Book: Pedro’s Burro – Alyssa Satin Capucilli

 

(Fun, and you can have the kids look for the Burro with the sombrero!)

Activity: Mexican Hat Dance from the CD Folk Dance Fun

(Make a big circle around a sombrero, I used the basic dance from this link. Lots of fun!)

Book: Cuckoo – Lois Ehlert

 

(The illustrations were a little complex for a storytime, I felt…it was difficult for the kids to see the story on some of the pages from a distance.)

Flannelboard: from The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb – Shirley Climo

 

To see the full version, click here!

(I made a little ant puppet, and used the Mexican words for the animals. It was good!)

Book: Musicians of the Sun – Gerald McDermott

 

(There were fun characters to voice…you get to be the wind and the sun! And I adore McDermott’s illustrations.)

Craft: Paper Bag Maraccas

Put beans in a paper bag that the kids get to decorate, then twist and tape the bottom!

The Parts:

Under My Sombrero – adapted from Bajo mi sombrero by Anne E. Schraff

It was a hot day, muy caliente, when I went out for a walk. I wore my big sombrero, it cast lots of cool shade.

As I walked along, I met a bird. It saw my big sombrero and the cool shade and asked to share my sombrero. “Puedo, Por Favor?” it asked, “Can I please?” It is a very big sombrero, so I shared it with the bird.

Then I met a mouse as I walked along, and the mouse saw my big sombrero and all the cool shade it cast. The mouse asked if it could share the sombrero, “Puedo, Por Favor?”  It’s a very big sombrero, so I shared with the mouse.

As I walked in the hot sun I met a cat. The cat saw my big sombrero and the cool shade it cast. It asked to share my sombrero, “Puedo, Por Favor?” I still had room so I shared my sombrero with the cat.

A little further down the road I met a frog who was sitting in the hot sun. It saw the shade from my large sombrero, and it asked to share, “Puedo, Por Favor?” There was still some room in my sombrero, so I shared with the frog.

My hat was a little bit heavy as I walked further down the road in the hot sun. But my sombrero kept me cool. I met a pig who saw my sombrero, and asked if it could share “Puedo, Por Favor?” There wasn’t much room, but I didn’t want to be rude, so I said it could share.

My sombrero was full now, but as I walked further down the road I met a dog. The dog saw the cool shade from my sombrero and asked if it could share, “Puedo, Por Favor?” My hat was full, but the dog was muy caliente, very hot, out in the sun…so I said it could share.

It was very full under my sombrero; it wasn’t big enough for so many! I told all the animals, “Get out, there is no room! Everybody go away!” Out came the dog and the pig. out jumped the frog. Out scurried the cat and the mouse, and out flew the bird. Now it’s just me under my big sombrero, and it fits just right!

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