SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Treasure Storytime

(This ended up being one of the most fun programs I’ve done recently. That typically seems to be the case when I choose a more challenging topic.)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Poggle and the Treasure – Michael Evans


(This felt just a tinsy bit wordy, the fun illustrations and suspense made up for it though.)

Flannel Board: What a Treasure  – from the book by Hillenbrand


I used the flannel board characters from the Will Hillenbrand website Very cool!

(The kids quite liked this, and one of the boys quipped, ‘a friend is the best treasure!’)

Book: Once Upon a Tide – Tony Mitton

once upon a tide

(Have used this before, and it works great!)

Activity: Going on a Treasure Hunt – adapted from the traditional ‘Bear Hunt’ format

 We’re going on a treasure hunt, (walk in place)

We’re going to find a treasure! (peer with hand shading eyes)

In a great big chest (hold hands apart)

buried deep in the ground (mime shoveling).

Look on the map!

It’s the ocean.

Can’t go under it, can’t go around it, can’t go above it,

better paddle across it! (mime paddling with an oar.)’s tall island grass! (brush the grass aside with your arms.)

…it’s coconut trees! (dodge the coconuts by jumping side to side.)

…it’s quicksand! (lift knees high as you walk through it.)

…it’s the X! Let’s dig up the treasure. (mime shoveling.)

Wait, do you hear something? Aaarrr

It’s scary pirates!!

Quick, run back through the quicksand, dodge the coconuts, swish through the grass, paddle to the boat…

now point the cannon at the pirates, and light the fuse Ffffhhhhshh. Ka-boom!

…uh oh. I think we blew up the treasure too!

2013-06-25_11-37-41_591(The echoing idea took a little while to catch on, the parents saved it! This was super fun. The map was drawn with marker on the back of a torn paper bag.)

Book: The Treasure Bath – Dan Andreasen


(Stepping outside my comfort zone with a wordless book, and it worked fantastically! Lovely talking points, and the illustrations are fabulous.)

Flannel Board: Can You Find Treasure For Me?


 Look and see, look and see

Can you find treasure for me?

Is it in the (red) chest?

(continue with other colors)


(The kids were perhaps a bit too excited about what was in the chests. It would probably work more smoothly to have them all empty except for the treasure …like my tooth fairy set from which this was adapted.)

Book: Treasure – Suzanne Bloom

treasure bloom

(I sort of wish this were a bit more complex, the minimal texts makes room for the fun illustrations though!)

Craft: Treasure Chests

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(Then we drew our own treasures to ‘lock’ in our treasure chests. Design copied onto card stock and fastened with brads.)

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On the Go Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: Sheep in a Ship – Nancy Shaw


(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


(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!


(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


(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

clickety clack

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


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

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Pirate Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Bubble Bath Pirates – jp Krosoczka


Activity: One-eyed Jake (see at end)

 (A short yet challenging activity.)

Book: Once Upon a Tide – jp mitton


Song: P-O-L-L-Y (see at end)

 (A simple variant of B-I-N-G-O, I had a parrot puppet to help with the Squawks.)

Book: Tough Boris – Diane fox


Song: The Pirate Song from the CD H.U.M. All Year Long by Carole Peterson

 (Great simple actions, and includes rhymes and counting.)

Book: Pirate Piggy Wiggy – jp fox


Activity: Walk the plank

(I set a shelf board at the front of the storytime area, and the kids walked the ‘plank’ into a stream of bubbles from our bubble machine. Kids loved it!)

The Parts:

One-Eyed Jake
I’m One-Eyed Jake, the pirate chief
(cover one eye with hand as if covering eye with a patch)
A terrible, fearsome ocean thief
I have a peg upon my leg
(Stand on one leg)
I have a hook and a dirty look
(One arm in the air, curving hand into a hook shape—make exaggerated mean face)
I’m One-Eyed Jake, the pirate chief
A terrible, fearsome ocean thief.

This is a fun one to use cumulatively. Add action after action, until the child is standing balanced on one leg, an eye covered, arm in a hook.


There was a pirate, had a bird, and Polly was her name, O.

P-O-L-L-Y, P-O-L-L-Y, P-O-L-L-Y and Polly was her name, O.

There was a pirate, had a bird, and Polly was her name, O.

Squawk! -O-L-L-Y,  Squawk! -O-L-L-Y,  Squawk! -O-L-L-Y and Polly was her name, O.

(continue with the next letter being replaces with a squawk each verse.)

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