story time

Bedtime Story Time (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 wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherry Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

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Rhyming book with wonderful illustrations and a sweet, dreamy story. One of my favorites to read aloud.

Song: Five in the Bed
There were five in the bed, (hold up five fingers)
And the little one said, “Roll over, roll over!” (make rolling motion with hands)
So they all rolled over and one fell out. (lean to the side)

Count down on fingers: Four // Three // Two

There was one in the bed (hold up one finger)
And the little one said, “I’ve got it all to myself!” (spread out arms)
Source: Storytime Katie

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

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Rhyming book about Baby Llama and his mama. Baby Llama needs his mama after she’s put him to bed but mama’s very busy. Will mama ever come?

Flannel: Hey Diddle, Diddle
Hey diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

how do dinosaurs say good night

Rhyming book about what not to do at bedtime. Jane Yolen’s books are so much fun!

Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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Mo Willems Story Time (Saturday)

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 wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5-4-3-2-1
BLASTOFF!

Book: Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

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Nanette is entrusted to get the baguette for the first time! But it smells so yummy … and it’s so warm. Will the baguette make it home? A tongue twister of a story that was so much fun to read out loud!

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

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

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Leonardo is a terrible monster. He can’t scare anyone! But then he finds the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally be able to scare someone?

Flannel: Five Scary Monsters
Five scary monsters howling out a roar,
One ran away, and then there were four.
Four scary monsters hiding in a tree,
One fell out, and then there were three.
Three scary monsters eating spider stew,
One got sick, and then there were two.
Two scary monsters having lots of fun,
One ran off, and there there was one.
One scary monster, afraid to be a hero,
He ran away, and then there were zero.
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

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*)

Boy were they wiggly today! I had the kids show me their best crocodile arms and one of the little boys tried to eat me with his crocodile! I’ll chalk it up to the first beautiful Saturday of spring …

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

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Mole rats are usually naked. Except Wilbur. Wilbur loooooves clothes! What will he do in a world of naked mole rats?

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

This is our first Saturday story time in a year and the first in the new building. I was worried it wouldn’t be well attended because the weather is so gorgeous today but I had 30 people! A good start to a three-part series.

I printed out naked mole rat paper dolls  for the kids if anyone was interested in doing a craft afterwards (only a few little ones participated) but I thought it might be fun to add something to our Saturday story time.

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Spring & Books Story Time (Outreach)

My outreach kids visited the new library for the first time today and it was magical. I loved having them in our new space and they were so excited to pick out books to take back to school. I’m already looking forward to their May visit …

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 wave and sing hello // We stomp 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: The Dark, Dark Night by M. Christina Butler & Jane Chapman

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Frog is so excited to be back at his pond after the long, long winter but then he spots a terrible pond monster! Will Frog and his friends ever figure out how to get Frog safely to his pond?

My outreach kids are way too smart and knew right away that Frog and friends were seeing their shadows. But they still enjoyed the book and how silly the animals were.

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: A Library Book for Bear by Bonnie Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

a library book for bear

I did this again even though my pre-K kids weren’t super enthusiastic about it yesterday. My outreach kids really enjoyed it. Maybe having a test run reading helped me with the telling? Who knows. But all hope is not lost for Bear books at story time …

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Song: Ten Little Flowers (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little flowers, (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little flowers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers,
Ten little flowers in spring.

Give them rain and lots of sunshine, (flutter fingers down then circle overhead)
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
So they’ll grow up tall! (raise arms over head)

Ten little, nine little, eight little flowers, (count on fingers)
Seven little, six little, five little flowers,
Four little, three little, two little flowers,
One little flower for me! (point to self)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Book: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner; illustrated by Michael Emberley

miss brooks loves books

A little girl’s (school?) librarian loves books but she doesn’t. When Book Week comes, she doesn’t have a favorite book to share. Will she ever find one? This book went over well yesterday with my preschoolers and today with my outreach kids. Definitely a new addition to my books/reading story time!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Flannel: Five Little Flowers
One little flower growing just for you,
Up came another and now there are two.
Two little flowers growing near a tree,
Up came another and now there are three.
Three little flowers growing more and more,
Up came another and now there are four.
Four little flowers growing side by side,
Up came another and now there are five.

Then BOOM went the thunder, (clap)
And ZAP went the lightning! (draw zigzag in the air)
That springtime storm was really frightening! (hide eyes behind hands)
But the flowers weren’t worried – no, no, no! (shake finger back and forth)
The rain helps them grow, grow, grow! (lift arms over head)
Adapted from Miss Meg’s Storytime

Book: Hooray for Books! by Brian Won

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Turtle can’t find his favorite book. Maybe Zebra has it? Or Giraffe? Or Lion? Or Owl?

I gave them a choice between this and Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn (my preference) and they chose this one. It’s a really cute book and the repetition is good for younger readers but I think they were a little too old for it …

Action Rhyme: Make it Rain
We made a rain storm together. First we tapped together one finger, then two, then three, then four, then all five to clap. Then we tapped our knees and stomped our feet to add thunder. Then we stopped stamping, then tapped together four fingers, then three, then two, then one.

I tried this with my preschool kids and it was eh. I tried this with the outreach kids and it was eh. I’m retiring it.

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

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Libraries & Reading Story Time (2018)

Happy National Library Week!

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 wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: A Library Book for Bear by Bonnie Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

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Bear thinks the library has too many books. He has all the books he needs at home. Can Mouse convince him otherwise?

Since Bear takes home two books about rocket ships we sang the following song:

Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip, climb aboard my rocket ship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5-4-3-2-1
BLASTOFF!

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner; illustrated by Michael Emberley

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A little girl doesn’t like books as much as her (presumed school) librarian. When Book Week comes and she has to pick a costume and summarize her favorite book she panics. Will she ever find a book she likes?

Personally, I love this concept of “every book its reader.” I truly believe there is a book out there for every person on the planet. That’s what’s so amazing about them!

Flannel/Song: Bubble Bubble Pop
One little red fish swimming in the ocean,
Swimming in the ocean, swimming in the ocean.
One little red fish swimming in the ocean,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP!
(Two little blue fish // Three little orange fish // All of the fish)
Source: Jbrary

I’ve never found songs or flannels I like about books/reading so I pick some of my favorites for this story time theme.

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr

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I’m a huge fan of Todd Parr. Probably because my little one really likes his books. They’re simplistic but bright and colorful and so much fun. The kids really liked making the animal sounds on the zoo page!

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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Wind & Rain Story Time (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 wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand

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Bear sniffs the air and realizes it’s Kite Day! He and Mole make a kite but then a storm comes and the kite flies away!

Action Rhyme: Make it Rain
We made a rain storm together. First we tapped together one finger, then two, then three, then four, then all five to clap. Then we tapped our knees and stomped our feet to add thunder. Then we stopped stamping, then tapped together four fingers, then three, then two, then one.

I had a good sized group today but they were subdued, maybe because it’s dark and rainy here? I think the rain storm idea will go over better with a more enthusiastic group. I’m going to try it with my outreach kids. They embrace any and all opportunities to make noise …

Song: The Rain is Falling Down (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap)
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter, (tap knees softly)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down)
SPLASH! (clap)
Source: Perry Public Library Storytime

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison; illustrated by Pam Paparone

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Sweet rhyming book with bright colors. A little girl plays in the rain and then warms up afterwards.

Flannel: Five Umbrellas
Five umbrellas stood by the back door,
The red one went outside and then there were four.
Four umbrellas stood pretty as can be,
The blue one went outside and then there were three.
Three umbrellas stood with nothing to do,
The green one went outside and then there was two.
Two umbrellas stood watching for the sun,
The yellow one went outside and then there was one.
One umbrella stood alone in the hall,
The pink one went outside and then that was all!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: I See Spring by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Ag Jatkowska

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This book is small in size so it’s not great if you have a huge group who’s far away but the pictures are sweet and I love the rhymes. It’s hard to find spring books that don’t end with summer anticipation and this is a good one.

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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Spring Story Time (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 wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

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Bear wakes up in the spring HUNGRY. Will his friends be able to find enough food for him (and for them!)?

Song: Ten Little Flowers (to the tune of Ten Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little flowers, (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little flowers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers,
Ten little flowers in spring.

Give them rain and lots of sunshine, (flutter fingers down, circle arms over head)
Give them rain and lots of sunshine, (flutter fingers down, circle arms over head)
Give them rain and lots of sunshine, (flutter fingers down, circle arms over head)
So they grow up tall! (reach arms over head)

Ten little, nine little, eight little flowers, (count down on fingers)
Seven little, six little, five little flowers,
Four little, three little, two little flowers,
One little flower for me! (point to self)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Buket Erdogan

mouse's first spring

Mouse explores springtime wonders with Momma. The kids liked calling out everything mouse was discovering.

Flannel: Five Little Kites
One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another and now there are two.
Two little kites flying high above me,
Along came another and now there are three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another and now there are four.
Four little kites, so high and alive,
Along came another and now there are five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up high!

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes; illustrated by Laura Dronzek

when spring comes

Simple, sweet book about the sights and sounds of spring.

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

story time

Pet Story Time (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 wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian; illustrated by Tim Bowers

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A little goldfish is frustrated by his crowded living situation. But does he really want to live alone? One of my absolute favorite books to read aloud.

Flannel: Five Fancy Fish
Five fancy goldfish at the pet store,
I’ll buy one for my mom and now there are four.
Four fancy goldfish looking at me,
I’ll buy one for my dad and now there are three.
Three fancy goldfish in a fishbowl they outgrew,
I’ll buy one for grandma and now there are two.
Two fancy goldfish, scales shining in the sun,
I’ll buy one for grandpa and now there is one.
One fancy goldfish swimming just for fun,
I’ll take this one home with me and now there are none!
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

Song: If You’re a Doggie and You Know It
If you’re a doggie and you know it say, “Woof, woof.”
If you’re a doggie and you know it say, “Woof, woof.”
If you’re a doggie and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a doggie and you know it say, “Woof, woof.”

Kitty/meow // fishy/make fish face // parrot/squawk // bird/tweet

Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Book: What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd

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A little boy can’t decide what pet to get. A polar bear? A dinosaur? A buffalo? The kids loved calling out the names of the animals the boy was debating.

Action Rhyme: I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle, (hands on top of each other, wiggle thumbs)
He lived in a box. (make a box with hands)
He swam in the river, (paddle with hands)
He climbed on the rocks. (climbing motions)
He snapped at a mosquito, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a flea, (pinch fingers in air)
He snapped at a minnow, (pinch fingers in air)
And he snapped at me! (pinch fingers toward self)
He caught the mosquito, (clap)
He caught the flea, (clap)
He caught the minnow, (clap)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake head and point at self)
Adapted from Perry Public Library Storytime

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser

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Hamster loves to play at night. The other animals at the pet shop do not. How can they get him to sleep? This book doesn’t have many words so I ended up “writing” the story myself. Next time I think I’ll try The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems.

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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 all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime