SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Opposties Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Quick, Slow, Mango! – Anik McGrory


(This was perhaps a bit long, but the pictures are so cute! Even having it first in the line up the kids got a bit restless.)

Fingerplay: Two Little Blackbirds – Traditional

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill

One named Jack and One named Jill

Fly away Jack

Fly away Jill

Come back Jack

Come back Jill

…sitting in the snow. One was fast and one was slow…

…sitting on a cloud. One was quiet and one was loud…

…on a lily pad.  One was happy and the other was sad…

…were getting very old. One was hot and one was cold…

…sitting on a pole. One was high and one was low…    

(I had a few more opposites, but this was about the right amount to avoid wearying the theme.)

Book: Dinosaur Roar – Paul Strickland


(A fun book, sort of mid grade to me.)

Activity: Grand Ole Duke of York – From the CD Baby’s first Nursery Rhymes

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of
The hill and he marched
Them down again.

And when they were up they were up.
And when they were down they were down.
And when they were only half way up,
They were neither up nor down.

(We marched around the room standing on our toes, or crouching as the lyrics dictated. Nice wiggle song.)

Book: Big and Little – John Stadler


(This was really popular, fun surprise ending.)

Flannel Board: Never Too Little To Love – from the book by Jeanne Willis

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(The little mouse wants to give the giraffe a kiss, but can’t reach, even when he makes a big …precarious… pile to stand on. Quite popular.)

Book: Opposnakes – Salina Yoon


(This was a big hit as well. Simple structure but lots of fun.)

Activity: Instruments

(Then, because the kids were so quiet for the stories…at least I pretended they were… we got to make lots of noise!)

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Tops and Bottoms Storytime

(The group on Tuesday was pretty subdued, perhaps because of the rainy day, but I think they were still engaged and enjoyed themselves. Thursday was one of those perfect days where the kids were engaged and participated just where they were supposed to but didn’t disrupt from what was going on. Goes to show that often it’s the energy rather than the program that can make all the difference! )

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Sally and the Purple Socks – Lisze Bechtold Chicken Cheeks

(Sally’s socks just keep growing! But she continues to find new uses for them. The kids were quite engaged during this story, it’s nice!)

Flannel Board: Cupcake – (from the book by Charise Mericle Harper)

(Little Cupcake feels too plain, so candle tries to fancy him up! Nothing quite works. Spaghetti is too squiggly!! A little bit short/basic maybe, but I suppose that makes a good flannel board!)

Book: No! That’s Wrong! – Zhaohua Ji

(Bunny finds a great hat, but then learns that it isn’t a hat after all. He realizes that what’s best for others isn’t necessarily best for him!)

Activity: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes – Traditional

(We start it slow, and increase the speed with each repetition. Kids love it!)

Book: Chicken Cheeks – Michael Ian Black

(This is just a bunch of animal heinies! One little girl was giggling and repeating each one.)

Activity: Magic Magic, in My Hat

(MAGIC) – “Hat Trick” by Deanna Romriell.

(Use a top hat/rabbit puppet along with a selection of other animals to perform this rhyme.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

Aaaaaa!!  What is that?!!

(Pull anything other than a rabbit out and repeat.)

Magic!  Magic!  In my hat,

I’ll pull out a rabbit –

 See!!  Look at that!!

(I love this little rhyme, and so do the kids! I like to have them help on the last time to get the rabbit out.)

Book: A Boy and His Bunny – Sean Bryan

(I don’t know how well this was received. I think it was pretty good!)

Activity: Parachute Play

(We bounced things on the parachute, up and down!)

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