SLC Book Boy

the storytime ventures of a children's librarian

Big and Bad Storytime

Did my first partnered storytime this week with the lovely Natalie, who has just joined our Library team. It was loads of fun, and our big crowd had a great time. =]

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

Book: Scary Mary – Paula Bowles


(Such personality in this book! I love the illustrations and layout.)

Activity: Little Miss Muffet – Traditional

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

eating her curds and whey.

Along came a spider that sat down besider her,

and frightened Miss Muffet away!

 (Used a girl and spider puppet, and after a few times through …the kids can’t get enough… Miss Muffet karate chops the spider and scares it away!)

Book: The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson


(This worked fantastically as a partnered read. Natalie did all the mouse bits and I did the rest. )

Activity: The Troll – from the CD Animal Songs by Jim Gill

 (After the mouse took a walk and met the scary Gruffalo, we pretended to go on a walk and met a scary Troll! Simple song to follow the actions of, the kids loved it!) 

Book: Solomon Crocodile – Catherine Rayer

 solomon crocodile

(I adore Rayner’s books, this one does not disappoint! Solomon loves to scare, but the Hippo isn’t having it …until Solomon finds a friend.)

Activity: Three Little Pigs – Traditional



(With the addition of a wolf puppet, these were the props. Worked great, and the kids love huffing and puffing with the wolf.)

Book: It’s a Tiger! – David LaRochelle


(Such a fun engaging book. Tankard always has such bright illustrations, and the repeated theme really sucked the kids in.)

Activity: Streamers

(In the jungle the boy walked passed monkeys hanging from vines, so the streamers were our vines! Not really, the kids just danced around with them, but I can pretend it fits the theme!) ~.o

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Unloved Animals Storytime

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi

 Book: But No Elephants – Jerrry Smath


(I love being able to use books that I remember from my youth.)

 Song: I’m an Alligator – from the CD Favorite sing-a-longs. Volumes 1-3

 (used an alligator puppet to lip-sync, tried to get the kids to sing along, but they enjoyed it even if they didn’t!)

Old Black Fly – Jim Aylesworth


(Such a fun book with illustrations at just the right gross level!)

 Activity: Fly is on your nose (see at end)

 (I made little flies for everyone, and moved them to the different body parts with appropriate Bbbbzzzzzing in between. I let the kids choose where the fly would land next, my favorite being on the heart). =]

Book: Vulture View – April Pulley Sayre


(This book was the motivation for the theme, simple with fantastic papercut illustrations.)

Poem: Flea by David L Harrison


(see the full thing here)

(This was really popular, and the second time around I had the kids help me remember which animal got eaten next.)

Book: Aaarrgghh! Spider! –  Lydia Monks


(This was the last book I found for the storytime, and maybe my favorite.)

Puppet: Little Miss Muffet

 (Had a girl puppet and a spider puppet, and the kids loved seeing her scream and run away! We did it over and over…they didn’t prefer the alternate ending where ‘they sang and played all day.’)

 Activity: Instruments!

The Parts:

A Fly is On Your Nose

A Fly is on my nose, A Fly is on my nose

Hi-Ho, just watch me blow the fly right off my nose!

(repete with different body parts. I let the kids pick which part the fly would go to next.)

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