story time

Fall, Firefighters & Halloween Story Time (Outreach 2018)

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We tap and sing hello // We wave and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
The doors on the bus go open and shut //
The driver on the bus goes move it on back //
The people on the bus go up and down //
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah //
The people on the bus go shh, shh, shh

Book: Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri


Old Man Fookwire loves birds but he gets so sad when they fly south for the winter. When he builds bird feeders in his yard to try and get the birds to stay, he discovers the squirrels love yummy things to eat as well. Will Old Man Fookwire ever learn to love the squirrels?

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: Hello, Fall! by Deborah Diesen; pictures by Lucy Fleming

hello fall.jpg

A little girl explores the wonders of fall with her grandfather.

I love Deborah Diesen’s The Pout-Pout Fish. Not so crazy about this one. I often use my outreach kids as guinea pigs to test out new read aloud books. I don’t think I’ll be adding this one to my autumn repertoire. The pictures are darling but the text is a bit florid. And and I don’t like that it starts with “Do you remember when …” and then doesn’t come back around to that. I guess the girl is supposed to be talking to her grandfather? Eh.

Song/Puppet: Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from the tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Alligator, quiet as can be and …
SNAPS that monkey right out of that tree!

Four // Three // Two // One

But those monkeys were clever you see,
And they all found their way back to that tree!

Book: The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

the little yellow leaf

I love this book but I’ve read it aloud twice now and it’s kind of bombed both times. Might be better for a lap read or might be a picture book for adults. I swear that’s a thing I see sometimes!

Song: I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,
Won’t my mommy be so proud of me?
I’m bringing home a baby bumblebee,

I’m bringing home a baby dinosaur,
Won’t my mommy hide behind the door? (hide behind hands)
I’m bringing home a baby dinosaur,

I’m bringing home a baby crocodile,
Won’t my mommy wear a great big smile? (point to face)
I’m bringing home a baby crocodile,
SNAP, SNAP, SNAP, SNAP, SNAP! (snap arms)

I’m bringing home a baby grizzly bear,
Won’t my mommy pull out all her hair? (pretend to pull out hair)
I’m bringing home a baby grizzly bear,
Source: King County Library System

Book: No Dragons for Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol & Martine Gourbault

no dragons for tea.jpg

Rhyming book about a little girl who invites a dragon over for tea. But when the pepper makes him sneeze, the curtains catch on fire! Dragon wants to hide under the rug and go back into the house to save his teddy but the girl makes sure he knows the rules that will keep him safe. A cute way to incorporate fire safety rules into a story.

Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Fire Truck (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck (hands on steering wheel)
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding

Hurry, hurry, turn the corner (lean to the left/right)
Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder (pretend to climb ladder)
Hurry, hurry, squirt the water (pretend to spray hose)
Slowly, slowly, back to the station (drive slowly and lean left/right)
Source: Storytime Katie

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler


Rhyming book about a witch and her friends who confront a scary dragon.

I won’t see my outreach kids again until after Halloween so I read them a Halloween story and we talked about their costumes. Looks like animal costumes are going to be popular this year!

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye …
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

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