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the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Getting Better Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Flea’s Sneeze – Lynn Downey

 

Puppets: Bark George by Jules Feiffer

(Did this story as a puppet show, with just George and the animals that get pulled out by the vet. I was the part of the mother and the vet. This story is great no matter how you tell it!)

 Book: Sick Day for Amos Mcgee – Philip C. Stead

 

(I wasn’t sure how well this would go over, it’s a slower pace, but the kids were engaged throughout! Nice options for open dialogue with some wordless pages.)

Song: John Brown’s Baby (see at end)

 (A song with a Bingo sort of feel, with words being replaced by actions with each consecutive round. I had a chart with the words and actions for the song. Over the illustration of the actions I taped a slip with the word, which I removed as we progressed through each round.)

Book: I Broke My Trunk – Mo Willems

 

(Can’t go wrong with Mo Willems!)

Poem: Curing the Hiccups by Mary Jane Mitchell (see at end)

 (I used a lion puppet to recite the poem. Puppets make poems so much more engaging! He acted out what he talked about…and we let the kids try to scare the hiccups away before the line ‘…and ‘hic’ been scared again.’)

Book: Boo Hoo Bird – Jeremy Tankard

 

(I love the vibrant colors, and the story is cute too!)

Activity: No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (with parachute)

(Did the classic ‘No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed’ with Balloon monkeys [each had a pebble inside for weight] on our big parachute. We would bounce the monkeys until one fell off then put down the ‘blanket’ and count the remaining monkeys before bouncing the next one off!)

The Parts:

JOHN BROWN’S BABY HAD A COLD

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest
John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest
John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest
And they rubbed it with camphorated oil.

Verse 2: Omit word “baby” throughout and do motion
Verse 3: Omit “baby” and “cold” and do motions
Verse 4: Omit “baby”, “cold” and “chest” and do motions
Verse 5: Omit “baby”, “cold”, “chest” and “rubbed” and do motions
Verse 6: Omit “baby”, “cold”, “chest”, “rubbed” and “camphorated oil” and do motions
MOTIONS (not done on Verse 1):
baby – rock baby in arms
cold – cough
chest – slap chest
rubbed – rub chest
camphorated oil – hold nose and make a face

Curing the Hiccups by Mary Jane Mitchell

I have the …hic, hic …hiccups,

And nothing that’s been done

Has helped at …hic, hic …curing them.

Hic, hic …This isn’t fun.

I’ve breathed into their paper bags

And …hic… counted to ten.

I’ve …hic… been scared by everyone

And  …hic… been scared again.

I’ve …hic… walked on a balance beam.

I’ve …hic… stood on my head.

I home they cure them pretty coon

Before I’m …hic, hic… dead!

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Look and See Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin Jr.

 

Song/Sign: Let’s Take a Little Walk from Pick Me Up! Fun songs for learning sign.

(I introduced the concept of sign language, and we practiced the signs we’d use in the song [walk, see, tree, butterfly, bird, squirrel, apple]. It’s a simple song, essentially a single verse repeated where the things you see in the tree change.)

Book: Hattie and the Fox – Mem Fox

 

(I intended to use Where’s Tumpty by Polly Dunbar, but my co-worker used it the week before for an Elephant theme…so I found this last minute and I love it! It fit the theme so well and is just a charming story.)

Activity: Matching Game

(I had different colored shapes cut out, each child got one. I would say whether they should match the color or the shape that I held up, and if what they had matched, they would raise theirs as well. Simple, but the kids seemed to like it and it’s edumacational!)

Book: Duck! Rabbit! – Amy Krause Rosenthal

(I’m still not sure how I feel about this as a storytime book, I’ve used it a couple of times and the kids are engaged…I just don’t connect with it I guess.)

Flannelboard: Why the Frog Has Big Eyes – Betsy Franco

(Check out the whole thing here!)

(Done as a quasi-puppet show, with two dimensional characters who could move their eyes and blink. I’m really pleased with how they turned out.)

Book: I Spy With My Little Eye – jp Gibbs

 

(Simple book with huge pics. I’m a fan.)

Song: Bear Went Over the Mountain (see at end)

(Did a variation where the bear finds something on the other side of the mountain, and then they go over the mountain, a chain that could go endlessly! I used the pairings from my ‘Hunting We Will Go’ set.)

The Parts

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The Bear went over the mountain,

the bear went over the mountain,

the bear when over the mountain to see what he could see.

He saw a goat in a boat there, he saw a goat in a boat there,

he saw a goat in a boat there, and that is what he saw.

The goat went over the mountain, the goat went over the mountain,

the goat went over the mountain to see what he could see.

(Continue with as many creatures as you’d like. I finished with the bear in a chair.)

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