SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Bear Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: It’s the Bear – Jez Alborough


(This is pretty adorable, the kids had a good time with it.)

Activity: Somethinglocks…
(See the full version here)


(It took a little while for the kids to warm up to this, I think it works better later in the program, but it was still fun!)

Book: Bears on Chairs – Shirley Parentheau


(It might have just been my brain, but this felt a bit long, or maybe it was just the pacing. The kids stayed engaged for the whole thing, and the illustrations are adorable!)

Activity: The Cool Bear Hunt
(from the CD Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs)

We’re going on a bear hunt,
We’re going to catch a big one!
Big green eyes, fuzzy little tail.

Candy Factory – eat through it
Peanut Butter River – swim across it
Jell-O swamp – wiggle through it
Cave – go through it, and find the bear!

(This was a good time.)

Book: …the Big Hungry Bear – Don and Audrey Wood


(Always goes over well, a cute story with lovely pictures.)

Activity: Where is Bear?


(Slightly less enthusiastic group than I’ve had with this before, but that just means they were manageable!)

tune: Thumbkin

Where is bear? Where is bear?
Here I am. Here I am.
How are you this winter?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep. Go to sleep.

Book: Snow Bears – Martin Waddell


(I thought this might be a bit too long for our last story, but the kids stayed engaged, and giggled throughout!)

Activity: Bubbles


(We ended the program by letting the kids be ‘snow bears’ in our bubble blizzard!)

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Letter V Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: How I Spent my Summer Vacation – Mark Teague


(This was a smidge wordy, but worked okay for the first book.)

Activity: A Circle is Not a Valentine
adapted from the book by H. Werner Zimmermann

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(A very popular part of the program, the kids are great at helping correct the puppet when he paints the wrong shape.)

Book: The Sleepless Little Vampire – Richard Egielski


(A simple story and very nice illustrations, this also brought some Halloween into our program.)

Activity: Little Volcano
tune: I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a small volcano in a mound,
(crouch on the floor)
Waiting so quiet, without a sound.
(Shushing finger at lips)
When the lava bubbles and churns around,
(fingers wiggle up for bubbles, then spin)
KaBoom! I explode then fall to the ground.
(Jump into the air, then sink back down.)

(One of our groups wasn’t really into this, but the other had a great time with it!)

Book: Vulture View – April Pulley Sayre


(I think this is a very nice book, and it’s worked well before. This time, there just didn’t seem to be much interest.)

Activity: The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice
adapted from the book by Kristen Balouch


(A great adaptation, where the little girl has trouble finding a friend, until she meets someone with a voice as big as hers!)

Book: The Ugly Pumpkin (Vegetable) – Dave Horowitz


(Such a cute character, and it is a great link from October to November!)

Activity:  Parachute (volcano)


(We finished by bouncing balls on our parachute ‘volcano’.)

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Friendly Fiends (a not-so-scary monster storytime)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: The Monsters’ Monster – Patrick McDonnell


(This was just a smidge wordy, with with some pages clipped together, and as a opener …so the kids were fresh… it worked out great!) 

Activity: One Little Monster


(The kids join in on the ‘Roar’ and for the counting. It was well recieved.) 

One little monster dancing on the floor
Had such fun it gave a Roar!
Then there came one monster more
How many monsters dancing on the floor?

(continue with increasing numbers)

Book: Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak


(This was a bit of a stretch for the theme, but during the Rumpus, we chatted about how they were all being friends, and why the Wild Things didn’t want Max to leave.) 

Activity: Wild Thing, Wild Thing, Turn Around
(adapted from Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear)

Wild thing, wild thing turn around, 
Wild thing, wild thing scratch the ground.

Wild thing, wild thing Roar out loud,
Wild thing, wild thing, touch a cloud.

Wild thing, wild thing, win a race.
Wild thing, wild thing, jump in place.

Wild thing, wild thing, stop and pause,
Wild thing, wild thing, touch your claws.

Wild thing, wild thing, sit right down.
Wild thing, wild thing, make no sound.

(The kids had a great time being Wild Things, and it even worked for the boy who said he didn’t want to. …I told him he could just watch.) =]

Book: Don’t Squish the Sasquatch – Kent Redeker


(A cute simple book, with full illustrations. Not really my favorite, but it works very well for storytime.) 

Activity: Bone Soup
Adapted from the book by Cambria Evans
(see the full version here)


(The villagers end up helping make the soup, and they all share it in the end! The kids love how disgusting the ingerdients are.) 

Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems


(Such a great book, the characters have personality, and the pages are big, great for group reads.) 

Activity: Monster Hands Craft
As done at the Irving Schwartz Branch


(a simple craft, and the kids had fun with it!) 

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Brew and Boo! (a ghost and witch storytime)

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Skeleton Hiccups – Margery Cuyler


(After introducing the theme, I asked the  kids if this was a witch or a ghost, they weren’t fooled! But then his friend, a ghost, showed up to help out. Very simple and fun in the story and illustrations.)

Activity: Five Little Ghosties
adapted from The Chocolate Chip Ghost
(see the full version here)


(The kids got to identify the foods as they came out, and predict what color the ghosts would turn. They loved it!)

Five little ghosties shining clean and white,
Waiting for their mother to bring dinner for the night.
One little ghost said ‘I’m too hungry to wait!’
Grabbed up some ____ and that is what it ate.
It swallowed it all down into its hungry tum.
Do you know what color did that ghost did become?

Count down remaining ghosts end with…

One mother ghostie, shining clean and white,
Brought home to her little ones dinner for the night.
When she saw the colors her ghosts had become,
She knew just what do to, and put into their tums,
A tall glass of milk, and a marshmallow or three.
Then her little ghosties were as white as white could be!

Book: Peek-a-Boooo! – Marie Torres Cimarusti


(Another simple book, where the kids got to show off their smarts. After the revelations, we all tried making the sounds of the character. Fun) 

Activity: If You’re a Witch and You Know It
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re a witch and you know it ride your broom…
If you’re a monster and you know it stamp your feet…
If you’re a skeleton and you know it shake your bones…
If you’re a wolf and you know it give a howl…
If you’re a bat and you know it flap your wings..
If you’re a ghost and you know it, just say Booo!…

(A great get-up-and-move activity.)

Book: Ghosts in the House – Kazuno Kohara


(A charming book, which belies the traditional view of both ghosts and witches! Adorable illustrations.) 

Activity: Humbug Witch
adapted from the story by Lorna Balian
(see the full version here)


(I loved this story, and it transitioned very well into a flannel book. The kids got a kick out of the final revelation, and the undies as well.) 

Book: What’s In the Witches Kitchen – Nick Sharratt


(A fun book, with some cool special effects. It felt a smidge long, but not enough for the kids to get restless.) 

Activity: Bubbles


(Then we had bubbles from the witch’s cauldron. Don’t let them transform you into anything nasty!) 

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Letter U Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great – Bob Shea


(I thought this might be a bit wordy, but our crowd was just the right age for it! …usually we have quite a few very young patrons.) 

Activity: Uniforms


(This was a hit, and super simple. The kids loved identifying the jobs based on their uniforms, and then deciding which would use the tools we revealed.) 

Book: Up, Up, Down – Robert Munsch


(Perfectly simple fun book, the kids loved it. The ending felt just a bit abrupt.) 

Activity: Grand Old Duke of York

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 in place, then went on our toes for Up, and squatted for Down). 

(We started this at a normal speed, then gradually increased the speed for about four rounds of the song. They loved it!) 

Book: What Color is Your Underwear? – Sam Lloyd


(A simple, silly book. The kids were great at identifying the colors, and really liked the laugh-out-loud ending.) 

Activity: One Rain Drop


(A simple little rhyme, wasn’t fantastically recieved, but I needed something else for the theme, and they didn’t dislike it.) 

One rain drop came out to play,
On an umbrella one day.
It had such enormous fun
That it called for another little drop to come!

…continue adding more drops

Book: The Umbrella – Ingrid & Dieter Schubert


(Wordless books still make me a little nervous, but this was fantastic! We just chatted about what was going on, the kids were great at filling in the information.)

Activity: Parachute


(I made ‘raindrops’ out of yarn to bounce on our parachute. We kept going until more kids were interested in hiding under the parachute than bouncing the rain on it.) 

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Friendship Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Lottie Paris and the Best Place – Angela Johnson


(A great way to introduce the theme, making friends at the library! I clipped the ‘rules’ pages to streamline things.) 

Activity: Dear Zoo
from the book by Rod Campbell


(A zoo keeps sending the wrong pet! The kids loved saying why certain animals weren’t a good fit, and we swapped a skunk for the original camel.) 

Book: Wombat Walkabout – Carol Diggory Shields


(Quite a fun book, though it felt a smidge long. Maybe it would be better as a opening title.)

Activity: If You’re Friendly and You Know It

If you’re friendly and you know it, clap your hands!
If you’re friendly and you know it, clap your hands!
If you’re friendly and you know it, then your face will always show it,
If you’re friendly and you know it, clap your hands!

…wave hello
…jump up and down
…shout Horray!
…do them all.

(A nice simple activity to do some moving.) 

Book: My Friend is Sad – Mo Willems


(A fantastically fun book, as all the Elephant and Piggie are.) 

Activity: My Friend Rabbit
from the book by Eric Rohmann


(Pretty simple, we ask the kids to identify the animals as rabbit brings them out to add to the tower.) 

Book: You Will Be My Friend – Peter Brown


(A good lesson in friend behavior. Clipped a few pages together, and it went over well!) 

Activity: Streamers


(Our last book ended with the new friends having a dance party, so we finished with a dance party of our own!) 

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On the Farm Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Cock-a-doodle! Quack! Quack! – Ivor Baddiel


(A playful story, the kids love the mess up’s. A smidge long, so I do clip some pages together.) 

Activity: 5 Pigs So Squeaky Clean

(A fun simple rhyme. Not such a hit this week though.) 

Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you’ve ever seen,
wanted to go outside and play. Uh huh!
One jumped into the mud, landed there with a thud.
Now there are four pigs squeaky clean. Oink, oink!

Book: Chickens To the Rescue – John Himmelman


(Fantastic illustrations, even though they are quite busy they work for a group as well. Very cute story too.) 

Activity: I Know a Chicken
from the CD Whadda Think of That by Laurie Berkner


(This song is always a hit, kids love the shaking!) 

Book: Up, Down, and Around – Katherine Ayres


(We have the kids point up, down and twirl their finger around during the appropriate points. I think it would be a bit dull without the interactive element, but with it’s great!) 

Activity: In the Farmyard


(A sweet little rhyme, and it let well to our next book.)

In the farmyard at the end of the day,
All of the animals politely say
“Thank you for my food today.”
The cow says …

(continue with other animals)

And then the barn is locked up tight,
and the farmer quietly says, “Good night.”

Book: Farmyard Beat – Lindsay Craig


(The animals wont stay asleep! A great book with nice illustrations and repetition.) 

Activity: Streamers


(We ended with streamers this week.)

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Fairy Tale Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Waking Beauty – Leah Wilcox


(This is a very fun book, if just slightly long. It still holds the kids attentions well, and the adults really appreciate it.) 

Activity: Princess and the Mattresses
(Princess and the Pea)

A video of my presentation. 

(A very fun puppet story, inspired by a post at The Voices Inside My Headphones. The kids love the sleepless princess and the surprises she discovers in her bed.) 

On top of all these mattresses I get to spend the night,
I toss and turn and cannot sleep, for something is not right.
Something (tickley, squishy, buzzy, scary, lumpy)  keeps me up.
These mattresses I’ll spread…
A (feather, banana peel, bee, monster, pea)! That’s no good,
get out of my bed!

(The princess then throws the item and climbs up for the next verse)

Finally everything is soft, and I can rest my head. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Book: Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munch


(This classic is always fun to include. I worried at first it would be too wordy, but it works great!) 

Activity: Pinocchio
from Super Simple Learning

(Some of the kids were a little lackluster this go round, probably due to a younger crowd. It still worked well enough, and I like it!) 

Book: Interrupting Chicken – David Ezra Stein


(I feel like this ran a smidge long, maybe do to the younger crowd again. It’s a very cute book.) 

Activity: Somethinglocks and the Three Somethings
(See the full version here


(A great way to engage the kids and build narrative skills. Lots of fun!) 

Book: The End – David LaRochelle


(Our program was running a bit long, so we ended up dropping this title. I think it is great though!) 

Activity: Streamers


(We finished by dancing with streamers) 

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Letter T Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: It’s a Tiger – David LaRochelle

(A very fun book, the kids are great at joining in on ‘It’s a Tiger!’)

Activity:  TV With T-Rex
adapted from the story Worm Watches by Kathy Caple


(This is a very fun story I adapted for our letter. T-Rex watches a movie with clowns and laughs, watches movie with monsters and hides, watches a movie with crying and cries, then watches a movie with kissing and falls asleep. Everyone loved it!) 

Book: Treasure Bath – Dan Andreasen

(A very nice book, great pictures and a pretty clear story even with no text. It’s always been a hit!) 

Activity: I Had a Little Turtle

I had a little Turtle
(Sign language for Turtle)
His name was Tiny Tim I put him in the bathtub
(set ‘turtle’ onto the floor)
To see if he could swim
(pantomime swimming)
He drank up all the water
(pretend to drink)
He ate up all the soap
(pretend to eat)
and now he’s sick in bed with a bubble in his throat!
(point to throat)
Bubble, bubble, bubble, Bubble, bubble, bubble,
(hands make bubble shape, and move farther apart)
Bubble, bubble, bubble, Bubble, bubble POP!
(hands end up far apart, then come together for a loud Clap!)

(This is a fun little activity. The kids that don’t already know it catch on really quickly.)

Book: Where is My Teddy – Jez Alborough

(I think the kids like the follow up story better, but this emphasised the Teddy, so we used it, and it was okay.) 

Activity: The Bears Toothache
from the book by David M. McPhail

(A very engaging activity. I need to make a post just for this story soon!) 

Book: Tickle the Duck – Ethan Long

(A super fun book! One day we had a crowd a little too eager to join in the tickling. The other day they were very well behaved, and on the last page we took the book around to give them the chance to tickle …since the duck had said it was okay.)  =]

Activity: Toy Instruments

(We finished today by playing with Toy instruments.) =P

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Back to School Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Foxy – Emma Dodd

(A bit abstract, but really fun illustrations, and goofs on Fox’s part.) 

Activity: Little Cuckoo clock

(Sometimes the simplest stuff is the best stuff. The clock is drawn on a piece of foam, with the hour hand stuck in the center. We just moved it to the next number before the next verse of the song, then stopped and 4:00 and just counted the rest of the numbers. )

Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
(swing arms in rythem)
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (jump once)

(Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock.)

Book: Oliver and his Alligator – Paul Schmid

(I was a little hesitant about including this, but it was quite a hit! The kids and parents both enjoyed it, and it had some nice talking point opportunities.) 

Activity: If You’re Wearing Any Red…
Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re wearing any red, any red
If you’re wearing any red, any red
If you’re wearing any red,
wave your hands above your head,
If your clothes have any red, any red.

…if you’re wearing any blue,
jump up and down inside your shoes,
…if you’re wearing any white,
scrunch your face up small and tight,
…if you’re wearing any yellow,
jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,
…if you’re wearing any green,
tilt sideways ‘till you lean,
…if you’re wearing any brown,
make a face like a clown,
…if you’re wearing any purple,
spin around in a circle,
…if you’re wearing any black,
pat yourself right on the back
…if your wearing any gray,
go ahead and shout Hurray!
…if you’re wearing any orange,
pretend to sleep and snoreange.

(The kids really like this activity, the only trouble is when we don’t have enough time to include every color.) 

Book: Little Lola – Julie Saab

(This was a very nice addition. A few of the spreads were a little busy for storytime, but not enough to exclude it.) 

Activity: There’s a Dog in School

(A really fun activity. There is a recording available out there, but I like the freedom of including a dinosaur!)

There’s a Dog in School, oh no!
What are we going to do?
As long as there’s a dog in school,
he’ll have to learn the alphabet too.

Ruff, ruff, ruff, ruff, etc…

(continue with other animals)

Book: Ollie’s School Day – Stephanie Calmenson


(We do clip a few of the pages, but the kids quite like correcting Ollie’s sillyness.) 

Activity: Books

(We end our back to school program by giving away free books to the kids!)

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