SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Snow Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Greatest Snowman in the World – Peter Hannan

 greatest snowman

(The kids loved seeing the snowman these friends built, though the ice cream snowman at the end took a little explaining, but the kids liked that idea too!)

Activity: Snowflakes Fell all Around (variation of ‘Green Grass Grew All Around’)

There was a man, the snowiest man that you ever did see! And the snowflakes fell all around, all around, and the snowflakes fell all around.

And for his buttons he had some stones, the shinest stones that you ever did see! …

‘…carrot for a nose, and buttons for it’s eyes, and berries for it’s mouth, and stones for it’s buttons, and branches for it’s arms, and a top hat for it’s head, and a scarf for it’s neck, and snowflakes fell all around all around…’

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(This was fun, I asked the kids what the snowman needed next and then I’d introduce what we’d use for it. We also added snowflake ‘toes’, which I hadn’t thought a snowman needed! Silly me.)

Book: The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats

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(A lovely classic, the kids were quite engaged, and knew just what was going to happen to the snowball Peter decided to keep for later!)

Activity: Boot Prints

How can we walk to make these prints in the snow? We did toes turned out, toes turned in, hopping, train tracks, and tightrope.

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(I guess the crowd was a bit young, most of them ended stomping around the room with normal feet positions, except for when we made train tracks. They still had fun thought!)

Book: Bedtime for Bear – Brett Helquist

 Bedtime for Bear

(This was quite engaging. Cute pictures, nice characters, and a fun little adventure.).

Activity: Funny Little Snowman

 A funny little snowman
Had a carrot nose.
Along came a rabbit
And what do you suppose?

That hungry little rabbit
Looking for his lunch,
Ate that snowman’s nose
With a crunch, crunch, crunch!

(The snowman went back on the flannel board after our boot prints, and the rabbit came out to sneak bits of him away! He also ate the berry mouth, the branch arms, the scarf, and tried the button eyes, but decided that buttons are Not for eating!!)

Book: Snowmen at Night – Caralyn Buehner

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(Perhaps a bit long for the last book, but it still worked well enough.)

Activity: Parachute with Cotton Balls

(Out came the parachute, which the kids always love! The cotton ball snow didn’t stay on it very well, but no one really minded.)

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Penguin & Polar Bear Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Ted Bo and Diz The First Adventure – Jason Chapman

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(A fun little adventure, with a lovely penguin surprise at the end! Well received.)

Activity: 5 Little Penguins (tune: Farmer in the Dell)

 Five Penguins in a row, Five penguins in a row,

One slid down low, where did he go?

I don’t know.

(continue with remaining penguins)

(to end, show all penguins) …to play with his friends in the snow

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(Works well as a finger play too, good stuff.)

Book: If You Were a Penguin – Wendell and Florence Minor

 if you were a penguin

(Lovely big pictures. We went through twice, and identified the things people do the second time.)

Activity: Penguin, Penguin (tune: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around)

Penguin, penguin turn around. Make a little penguin sound. eeerk!

Penguin, penguin reach up high. Penguin, penguin touch the sky.

Penguin, penguin bend down low. Penguin, penguin touch the snow.

Penguin, penguin, go to bed. Penguin, penguin rest your head.

Penguin, penguin, turn off the light. Penguin, penguin say goodnight.

(A fun variation. This pattern always works well in a program.)

Book: My Little Polar Bear – Claudia Rueda

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(Not such a hit. I think some of the pics were too ambiguous, and the text not engaging enough for a group.)

Activity: We’re All Going To the North Pole – from the CD Songs for all Seasons by Geoff Johnson

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(We went on a trip to find Santa, but this Polar Bear was everywhere we looked! Was a bit flat this go round.)

Book: Flip and Flop – Dawn Apperley

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(The kids were quite engaged for this, even though I worried a bit about the length.)

Activity: Bubbles

(We pretended it was snow! Played Doing the Penguin from the CD Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs during the bubbles.)

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Christmas Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: I’m Not Santa! – Jonathan Allen

 

(Simple and cute with some nice emotional outbursts.) =]

Activity: Ring those Christmas Bells (see at end)

 (gave the kids bells to shake, they always like it when they can make noise!)

Book: Rock-a-bye Christmas – Matt Novak

 

(A cute story with a nice surprise ending…if only it weren’t so small!)

Song: Going to the North Pole – from Songs for all seasons by Geoff Johnson

(did the actions, and I had a polar bear hidden behind the flannel board I would bring out at the appropriate times.)

Book: Christmas Mice – Bethany Roberts

 

(This I stuck in because I needed another Christmas book…but it went over just fine.)

Activity: A Star for my little tree – Flannelboard

(A nice variation of Partridge in a pear tree… I should have made it bigger though!)

Book: Have You Been Naughty or Nice? – Eric Long

 

Activity: Reindeer Pokey

(The Hokey Pokey as a reindeer! Put in antlers, hooves, shiny nose, fluffy tail, etc.)

The Parts:

Ring Those Bells
Sung to: “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain”
(Loudly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so loud and clear.

(Softly)
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will ring those Christmas bells so quietly.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so quietly.

(loud and deliberate)
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.
We will hear the dingle, dingle
When they jingle, jingle, jingle.
Yes, we’ll ring those Christmas bells so fast and loud.

A STAR FOR MY LITTLE TREE
Tune:  “A Partridge in a Pear Tree”

One the first day of Christmas,
My mother gave to me –
A star for my little tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
My mother gave to me –
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the third day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Four candy canes.
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas
My mother gave to me –
Five Christmas bulbs.
Four candy canes,
Three silver bells,
Two strings of lights
And a star for my little tree.
Adapted Traditional
By Jean Warren

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What We Wear Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Ducks Don’t Wear Socks – jp Nedwick

 

Song: Bring Your Clothes – from the CD Whaddaya think of that? by Laurie Berkner

 (act out the song as it goes!)

Book: No! That’s Wrong! – jp Ji

 

Flannel Board: I’m Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems

 (used the same text, acted out with stick puppets. They would switch during each change.)

Book: Ella Sarah Gets Dressed – jp Chodos-Irvine

 

Song: Mitten Song – from the CD H.U.M. all year longby Carole Peterson

 (A really basic song, not sure I’m a big fan of it, but it was something to do!)

Book: Froggy Gets Dressed – jp London

 

Activity: If Your Clothes Have Any Red

(A fun activity, I did have to interject a purple for a little girl that was just waiting to have a turn doing something! I don’t remember what I rhymed with purple, but it was there when I needed it.)

The Parts:

If Your Clothes Have Any Red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red, any red

If your clothes have any red,

put your hands above your head,

If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if your clothes have any blue,

jump up and down inside your shoes,

…if your clothes have any white,

scrunch your face up small and tight,

…if your clothes have any yellow,

jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,

…if your clothes have any green,

tilt sideways ‘till you lean,

…if your clothes have any brown,

turn around and around,

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Russia Storytime

Part of the One World Many Stories Summer Reading program

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Frog Bride – Antonia Barber

 

 (Too wordy to read, this is more of a story to tell with the pictures.)

Song: 5 little dolls (see at end)

 

 (I really wanted matryoshka dolls for this program, so when I found them for around $12 on ebay, it was an easy decision …then I just had to think of a rhyme for them!)

Book: When the Snow comes – Jonathan Allen

 

Shadow Story: Masha and the Bear a traditional folktale

 

 (See the full story here.)

Book: The Gigantic Turnip – Aleksei Tolstoy

 

Activity: Boot prints (see at end)

 (Flannel Board prints that the kids have to try and replicate.)

Book: Snow Bears – Martin Waddell

 

Activity: Bubbles

The Parts:

5 little dolls

One little doll sat way up high

She fell off and began to cry.

She hit the ground and her side went ‘Crack

Another doll came to help her back.

Two little dolls sat way up high,

One fell off and began to cry…

(continue)

 (last verse)

Five little dolls sat way up high,

Now they never fell off and never did cry

How many dolls were up so high?

One two three, four and five.

Boot Prints

Lay flannel board prints in different patterns, and see if kids can walk the way that would make them.

— _ — _ — _ off set for walking

side by side for ‘bunny hops’

_  _  _  _  in a straight line for ‘tightrope’

overlap side by side for ‘train tracks’

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