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Garden 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: Whose Garden Is It? by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Jane Dyer

whose garden is it

I love this rhyming story. The gardener claims the garden is his but what about the creatures who live there and the elements that keep it growing? Whose garden is it really?

Song: The Farmer and the Seeds (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds, (pretend to plant seeds)
The farmer plants the seeds,
Hi, ho, the dairy-o, (slap knees)
The farmer plants the seeds.

The sun comes out to shine (circle arms overhead) //
The rain begins to fall (flutter fingers down) //
The seeds begin to grow (flutter hands up)
Adapted from SurLaLune 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: Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

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Rhyming book illustrating what you need to build a garden. I love the diverse cast and the concept of growing a garden anywhere, even in an urban setting.

Song: All Through the Garden (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz,
All through the garden.

Butterflies in the air go flutter, flutter, flutter (make butterfly with hands and flutter wings) //
The ants in the dirt go march, march, march (march feet) //
The spiders on the plants go climb, climb, climb (climb fingers up)

I got this song from our other children’s librarian. I don’t know the source. She might have made it up herself …

Flannel: There’s Something in My Garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be? (shrug shoulders)
There’s something in my garden,
That I can’t really see. (cover eyes)
Hear it’s funny sound … (put hand to ear)
RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT
A frog is what I found!

SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK … A mouse is what I found! //
TWEET TWEET TWEET … A bird is what I found! //
THUMP THUMP THUMP … A rabbit is what I found!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

By the time we were done with these two flannels, we had a beautiful garden of colorful flowers with bugs and creatures living in it. It was very fun putting it together with them!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

butterfly-butterfly

A little girl finds a butterfly but the next day it’s gone. As she’s searching the garden for her friend, she discovers other creatures. This book is great for color story times as well and the pop-up butterfly surprise at the end is always a big hit! All the kids had to come up and touch it before I could put it away. Luckily they were very gentle!

Song: The Itsy, Bitsy Spider

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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Garden Story Time (Arboretum)

I don’t usually work on Fridays but I’m making up hours I was supposed to work but we were closed due to snow. Our full-time children’s librarian usually does a story time once a month at a local arboretum but she’s out sick today so I filled in. It’s outside in a teeny auditorium-type setting. It was humid and there were bees EVERYWHERE. This might be a good time to tell you I’m an indoor girl …

Welcome Song: Time for Storytime (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Come along and clap with me, clap with me, clap with me,
Come along and clap with me, it’s time for story time.

Stomp with me // Stretch with me // Clap with me

This is the other librarian’s welcome song so I don’t know what her source is.

Song: The Farmer and the Seeds (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The farmer plants the seeds, (pretend to plant seeds)
The farmer plants the seeds,
Hi, ho, the dairy-o, (slap knees)
The farmer plants the seeds.

The sun comes out to shine (circle arms overhead) //
The rain begins to fall (flutter fingers down) //
The seeds begin to grow (flutter hands up)
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Whose Garden Is It? by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Jane Dyer

whose garden is it

I love this rhyming story. The gardener claims the garden is his but what about the creatures who live there and the elements that keep it growing? Whose garden is it really?

Flannel: There’s Something in My Garden
There’s something in my garden,
Now what can it be? (shrug shoulders)
There’s something in my garden,
That I can’t really see. (cover eyes)
Hear it’s funny sound … (put hand to ear)
RIBBIT RIBBIT RIBBIT
A frog is what I found!

SQUEAK SQUEAK SQUEAK … A mouse is what I found! //
TWEET TWEET TWEET … A bird is what I found! //
THUMP THUMP THUMP … A rabbit is what I found!
Adapted from SurLaLune Storytime

Song: This is the Way My Garden Grows (to the tune of The Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we dig a hole, dig a hole, dig a hole, (pretend to dig hole)
This is the way we dig a hole, in our springtime garden.

Plant the seeds (pretend to plant seeds) //
Rain falls down (flutter fingers down) //
Sun shines down (circle arms over head) //
Our flowers grow (flutter fingers up)

This was from the other librarian’s story time plan. I don’t know her source.

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes

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A little girl imagines what her garden would be like if she could grow anything she wanted. I told the parents a great follow up activity at home is to create your own imaginary garden. What would you plant there? What color would things be? I told them I’d put in an ice cream cone tree. 🙂

Song: All Through the Garden (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
Buzz, buzz, buzz,
The bees on the flowers go buzz, buzz, buzz,
All through the garden.

Butterflies in the air go flutter, flutter, flutter (make butterfly with hands and flutter wings) //
The ants in the garden go march, march, march (march feet) //
The spiders in the garden go climb, climb, climb (climb fingers up)

Other librarian’s song. I don’t know the source.

Song: The Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Book: Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

butterfly-butterfly

A little girl finds a butterfly but the next day it’s gone. As she’s searching her garden for her friend, she discovers other creatures. This book is great for color story times as well and the pop-up butterfly surprise at the end is always a big hit!

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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Caterpillars & Butterflies 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: The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle

the crunching munching caterpillar

Little caterpillar wants to fly so much. Will his dreams every come true?

Song: The Life of a Butterfly (to the tune of Skip to My Lou)
I’m a little caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a little caterpillar, wiggle with me
I’m a little caterpillar, wiggle with me
Wiggle with me my darlin’
(I’m in a chrysalis, sleep with me // I’m a butterfly, fly with me)
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: Arabella Miller’s Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett

arabella miller

A little girl finds and cares for a caterpillar. One day he wraps himself up in a leaf. Will he ever come out? This book is large which is great for storytime. The rhymes can be iffy but I like the bright pictures so I overlook it …

Flannel: Butterfly Colors
The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED.
Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in, my friend of BLUE.
This garden is fine, the best I’ve seen
Says the butterfly of the softest GREEN.
Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly, with wings of YELLOW.
Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
The garden is waiting for a color like you.
Hello ORANGE, we’ve waited so long
Fly in, right where you belong.
Butterflies, Butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together with such delight!
Source: Miss Meg’s Storytime

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

the very hungry caterpillar

A classic. They’d all read it before, come even owned it, but we still enjoyed reading it together. That’s what I love about books. Even if you’ve read it before it’s fun to hear the story from someone new!

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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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

steam train dream train.jpg

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

miss brooks loves books.jpg

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

reading makes you feel good

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