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the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Shapes Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Mouse Shapes – Ellen Stoll Walsh


(I was a bit reluctant to include this book, the pictures are on the small side for my group. It worked well enough though!)

Activity: Build-a-bot

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(After we saw the mice make things from shapes, we made something too! I had the kids identify each shape as I added it to our creation, and then tell me what we made. They were quite excited during this activity. Then ‘Boop’! we pressed the star and turned it on.)

Book: Press Here – Herve Tullet


(And this book was all about pressing the dot (circle)! A great interactive adventure.)

Activity: Shape Matching

(The kids were so good at following the books directions, we decided to do some more direction following. I passed out various colored shaped to the kids, and then held up my copies one at a time, and if they had matching shapes the kids help up theirs too. We matched colors, and then had them returned by shape. The kids had fun with it!)

Book: Perfect Square – Michael Hall


(This was probably the most dryly received. Even so, it worked all right.)

Activity: A House for Rosy (from the book A House for Birdie by Stuart Murphy)

Rosy does not have a house.

Whenever it rains she gets wet, when the wind blows she gets cold.

So she decided to ask her friends to help her find a house.

On the way they find lots of houses that fit her friends perfectly,

but nothing for rosy!

Finally, the friends decide to build her a house.

And it fits just right!


(The kids were very excited about his one. It was difficult keeping them off the flannel board when a new house appeared, they just Knew which bird was supposed to go in it!)

Book: It looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G. Shaw


(Then I mentioned that shapes can look like anything, as long as it goes all the way around. The kids loved yelling out the shapes, my favorite was a little boy who had me turn the page back to the cake to correct me and say ‘It’s a boat!’ )

Activity: Bubbles!

(Finally, what shape are bubbles? Circles! And the kids had a grand time playing in them.)

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Where We Live (houses) Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Too Tall Houses – Gianna Marino

(Friends keep trying to build the biggest house, until they realize it might be better to work together. Response was lukewarm.)

Flannel Board: A House for Birdie (from the story by Stuart J Murphy)

Essentially, Birdie doesn’t have a house and recruits friends to help her find one. Each house they come upon doesn’t work for Birdie, but one of the friends claims it. Finally, the friends decide to build a house just for Birdie.

(The kids were really excited about his. They loved identifying which bird fit in the houses as they appeared.)

Book: Where To, Little Wombat – Charles Fudge

(Wombat want’s to live somewhere else, but realizes a burrow is the best place after all. Well simple, nice pics. Good overall.)

Activity: In and Out the Doors (from Susan M Dailey)

In and Out the Doors
(sung to “Go In and Out the Window”)

    Step in and out the front door.
(take a step forward, then back)
Step in and out the front door.
Step in and out the front door.
Then make a doorbell sound.
(say “ding dong”)

    Jump in and out the back door.
(jump forward, then back)
Jump in and out the back door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Bend down and touch the ground.
(touch ground with hand)

    Slide in and out the side door.
(slide to one side, then other)
Slide in and out the side door.
Slide in and out the side door.
And then turn all around.
(turn around)

    Step in and out the front door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Slide in and out the side door.
Then sit yourself right down.
(sit down)

(We did each action twice, with the kids remembering which action fit each location. Good stuff!)

Book: Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? – Melanie Walsh

(A bit short, certainly great for engaging the kids!)

Puppets: 3 Little Pigs

The Traditional story

(Had a wolf puppet as well, was just a bit much to handle as one person. Kids still had a super time with it! The little pigs in the house window just showed up at the beginning and the end. I swapped out props on a puppet for each pigs turn in their house.)

Book: Bear Says Thanks – Karma Wilson

(This was my attempt to tie in Thanksgiving, unnecessarily I’m sure. The kids kinda lost interest for this.)

Activity: Paper Bag houses (from Storytime Katie)

(We made little houses of paper bags with cut out ornamentation. )

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Robot Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Robots Everywhere – Denny Hebson


(I wasn’t the biggest fan of this book.)

Flannel board: Five Noisy Robots (see at end)

 (A variation of 5 green and speckled frogs.)

Book: Rolie Polie Olie – William Joyce


Activity: Lights on the Robot (see at end)

 (A variation of Wheels on the Bus.)

Book: If I Had a Robot – Dan Yaccarino

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Puppets: from Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka (see at end)


(Used a toy robot, and battled kitchen appliances with it. Then the ‘Queen’ wins Zot’s heart. It was really popular, got an encore.)

Book: Robot Dog – Mark Oliver


Activity: Build a Robot (see at end)

(Emphasizing shape recognition, we assembled a robot!)

Play with Instruments

The Parts:

Five Noisy Robots (to the tune of “5 green and speckled frogs”)

Five noisy robots ran, around an oil can

trying to keep their joints all free

creak, creak,

One felt a drop of rain, and could not move again,

Now there were four robots that ran.

Huff, Huff

(count down remaining)

Lights on the Robot (To the tune of “Wheel on the bus”)

The arms of the robot swing up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The arms of the robot swing up and down,
All around the room.

The legs of the robot move back and forth…
The head of the robot turns side to side…
The lights on the robot blink on and off (blink eyes)…

The hands of the robot open and close…
The voice of the robot says beep, beep, beep…

-build on each thing, so by the end all of the actions are being done-

Robot Zot: from the book by Jon Scieszka and David Shannon

Bring Robot into view,

“Robot Zot—Wham Bot! Robot Zot—Bam Bot!

Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

“Robot Zot crashed his attack ship on earth, there he meets a dangerous enemy!

Bring appliance into view (follow pattern with each)…interact with kids…”does this look like a dangerous enemy? Robot Zot thinks so! Who will win? Robot Zot yells his battle cry,”


“Robot Zot—never fall. Robot Zot—Conquer all!”

Mock battle with Robot Zot and the appliance, Robot Zot wins, hurrah! Then, another appliance (three in all, a lamp, blender, and mixers )…until the last round, with the pink and blue toy.

“Does this look like an enemy?

“This not enemy, is Queen of all Earth.

Robot Zot—rescue bot, Robot Zot—hero bot!”


Robot rescues toy and runs off behind flannel board.

” And off they go in the spaceship to another distant galaxy. “

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Drawing Storytime

Opening: Shake my Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Art & Max – David Wiesner


Shadow Play – Harolds Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

 (Borrowed from a fellow librarian. Told the story using a projector and transparencies with the illustrations, and a little puppet Harold.)

Book: Lions Lunch – Fiona Tierney


Song: Shape Man from the CD Get ready, get set, sing by Sarah Barchas

 (On a whiteboard I drew each shape that the song mentions first, and had the kids name them. These became the bodies as I filled out each man as the song dictates. You don’t have to pretend to be out of breath by the time it’s over! [which the kids enjoyed].)

Book: I Ain’t Gonna’ Paint no More – Karen Beaumont


Poem: Invisible Boy by Shel Silverstein (see at end)

 (showed the kids the ‘picture’ [a white board] and pointed out each thing it described.  Then I guided them through a drawing of a house with a pet in the air with our fingers.)

Book: That’s How I See Things – Sirish Rao


(a sort of strange book, which I love, and it was well received. I little wordy toward the end, so I abbreviated.)

Activity: Coloring on Butcher Paper

(Linked this with the last book, having the kids create strange animals of their own.)

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