Thursday, October 16, 2014

Baby Storytime--October 10

I haven't been able to do my Baby Storytime for several weeks because of meetings, so I was very excited to back with them today!


Hands Are Clapping
(Tune: London Bridges)
Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Clap, clap, clap

Hands are clapping
Clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping!

Toes are tapping… Tap, tap, tap
Eyes are hiding… peekaboo!


Little Bear in the tree
Sitting, oh, so still.
Won’t you come out?
Yes, he will!
He looks to the left
He looks to the right
He looks straight ahead
Then pops out of sight!
Bear in Tree Stump Puppet  |  Folkmanis
This puppet is from Folkmanis Puppets

Hello Song

(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Hello ____, hello ____.
Hello ____, we’re glad you’re here today!

I have each parent/caregiver introduce themselves and their baby.  Then we sing hello to the baby.  A baby's name is one of the first things a baby recognizes.  

Trot, Trot

Trot, trot to Boston. Trot, trot to Lynn.
         (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall in!
         (lower baby between your knees)

Trot, trot to Denver. Trot, trot to Dover.
          (bounce baby)
Watch out little baby, you might fall over!
          (tip baby to one side)


Roly-poly, roly-poly (circle arms around each other—repeat each time you sing the phrase)
Out, out, out (move hands away from each other)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
In, in, in (bring hands together)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your nose
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Touch your toes.
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Up to the sky (pull baby up to standing)
Roly-poly, roly-poly
Fly, fly, fly (life baby up in the air)

I’m toast in the toaster
I’m getting very hot (bounce)
Tick tock, tick tock (side to side)
Up I pop!

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
     (clap hands)
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a "B"
And put it in the oven for baby and me!

Tickle the clouds (spoken)

Tickle the clouds
and tickle your toes
Clap your hands
and tickle your nose
Reach down low
And reach up high
Story time’s over —
Wave bye-bye!

Read Aloud Book:  Love that Baby by Susan Milord

Shared Reading:  A variety of board books by Annie Kubler

Play and Learn Activities

Here are two activities I put together that the babies loved!

Pull scarves out of an empty Kleenex box

Discovery Bottles--small objects in plastic water bottles for babies to shake and look at.  I like the SoBe LifeWater bottles because they are sturdier than regular water bottles, have large opening and caps, and they have a cool texture!

Author Storytimes

Here is my latest post to fellow storytime presenters in my library district.

This fall I am starting something new with my storytimes.  I have noticed that as I am selecting books for storytime I often come back to my favorite authors.  So about once or month (or so) instead of doing a “themed” storytime I am going to do an “author” storytime. 

Songs, rhymes, fingerplays, flannels, etc. will connect loosely with one of the books I read.  My first author storytime, featuring Eric Carle, was a great success!  Here is my outline to give you a “feel” for what an author stoytime might look like.

Book—Ten Little Rubber Ducks
Song—Five Little Ducks
(Book) Stretch:  From Head to Toe
Book—The Very Busy Spider
Nursery Rhyme:  Little Miss Muffet
Song: Itsy-bitsy spider

One of play and learn activities was the water “table” with rubber ducks.

I also created an Eric Carle Toddler Storytime!

This is a great way to introduce parents to a variety of authors that have many quality children’s books.  I have plans to develop a storytime around these authors: Mo Wilems, Karma Wilson, Anne Rockwell, Margaret Wise Brown, Ed Emberley, Martin Waddell, Laura Numeroff, and Jane Yolen.  The hardest part about doing author storytimes is choosing just a few of their books to read aloud! 

Here is my Pinterest board with some ideas I have gathered. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Apple Storytime

Fall in Washington would not be complete without an Apple Storytime!


A New House for Mouse  by Petr Horacek

Apple Farmer Annie  by Monica Wellington


Five Red Apples
Farmer Brown had 5 red apples
Hanging on a tree
Then he plucked 1 apple
And he ate it hungrily
Leaving 4 red apples
Hanging on the tree.

Continue counting down...

Farmer Brown had 1 red apple
Hanging on the tree
Then he plucked 1 apple
And he gave it to me.
Now there are no red apples
Hanging on the tree.

Find the Worm Game
Ten red apples being packaged for a treat
My, oh, my they look very sweet!
But, there’s one little worm that you can’t see!

Where, oh where, could that little worm be?

Play and Learn

Sort the pom-pom "apples" onto the correct tree

Find the Worm Game

Apple Tree Maze

Train Set

Wooden Beads

Eric Carle Storytime--Toddler Edition

Had such a great time doing Eric Carle I used his books again when I had to fill in for a Toddler Storytime.  Made some adaptations...but another very fun storytime!

The Very Busy Spider  by Eric Carle

From Head to Toe  by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Eric Carle (flannel board)


Welcome Song
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello - hello, hello, hello!
This is the way we clap hello...

This is the way we tap hello...

Itsy, Bitsy Spider
The itsy, bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out!
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
So the itsy, bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

Goodbye Song
(Tune: The Farm in the Dell )
(follow actions)
We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
We clap our hands for all our friends,
We wave goodbye like this.

Play and Learn Activities

Tissue paper butterflies

Train Set

Coloring pages

Retell "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with felt pieces

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eric Carle Storytime

This year I have several "author" storytimes planned.  So instead of a theme I will read several books by one particular author.  I am excited to start with one of my favorite children's authors and illustrators:  Eric Carle.  To learn more about him visit his website.



5 Little Ducks
5 little ducks went out to play
Over the hills and far away
When Mother duck said,
"Quack, quack, quack, quack"
4 little ducks come waddling back!

Continue counting down to zero

But when the Daddy Duck said,
5 little ducks came waddling back!

Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on her tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider
And sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Play and Learn

Water "table" with matching duck game from Oriental Trading

Make a web for the spider using a paper plate with slits cut around the edge and pull yarn through criss-crossing.

"Feed" the ducks

Retell the Very Busy Spider using flannel board pieces.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Books to Sing

September staff blog post

It took me a while to feel comfortable singing at storytime.  I know I don’t the best voice—but I’ve finally “gotten over it” and just sing with the kids and have fun!

On occasion I like to “sing a book”.  This adds variety to storytime and highlights books to the adults that they can then sing to their child.  Singing a book also engages children to participate with you.  Often these books/songs will already be familiar to the child.  Singing, like talking, can be expressed with the written word.  Singing books add this additional dimension to print awareness and print motivation. 

I’ve made a list of “sing-able” books that our library system owns that you may want to try at storytime.  

Bear Went Over the Mountain

            Trapani, Iza
            Wells, Rosemary

Down by the Bay

Down by the Station
            Hillenbrand, Will
            Vetter, Jennifer Riggs

Five Little Ducks
            Bates, Ivan

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
            Christelow, Eileen

Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree
            Christelow, Eileen

Here we go round the Mulberry Bush
            Cabrera, Jane
            Hillenbrand, Will
            Fatus, Sopie [BOOK WITH CD]

Hokey Pokey
            Long, Ethan (Croaky Pokey)

Home on the Range
            Ajhar, Brian

How much is that doggie in the window?
            Trapani, Iza

If you’re happy and you know it
            Cabrera, Jane
            Emberley, Rebecca (If you’re a monster…)
            Kubler, Annie
            Ormerod, Jan
            Sayre, April Pulley (If you’re hoppy…)
            Warhola, James  (playground/jungle edition)

I’m a Little Teapot
            Annie Kubler

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
            Daveniet, Christine + CD
            Eagle, Kin

Itsy-bitsy spider
            Chapman, Keith
            Emberley, Ed
Kubler, Annie
            Trapani, Iza

Lady with the alligator purse
            Hoberman, Mary Ann

Mary had a little lamb
            Trapani, Iza

Miss Mary Mack
            Hoberman, Mary Ann

Old MacDonald
            Baker, Ken (Old MacDonald had a dragron)
            Cabrera, Jane
Carter, Don  (Old MacDonald drives a tractor)
            Dean, James
            Quattlebaum, Mary (Jo MacDonald: hike, garden, pond)
            Schwartz, Amy
            Shulman, Lisa (Old MacDonald had a woodshop)
            Wells, Rosemary

Over in the Meadow
            Ashburn , Boni (Over at the castle)
Berkes, Marianne (Over in a river : flowing out to the sea)
Cabrera, Jane
            Keats, Ezra Jack
Shulman, Lisa  (Over in the meadow at the big ballet )
Thornhill, Jan
Ward, Jennifer (ocean, desert, Arctic)

Peanut Butter & Jelly
            Westcott, Nadine

Row, row, row your boat
            Dann, Penny
            Kubler, Annie
            Trapani, Iza

She’ll be coming ‘round the mountain
            Emmett, Jonathan
            Westcott, Nadine (Comin’ down to storytime)

Take me out to the ballgame
Norworth, Jack + CD
Simon, Carly + CD

There was an old woman
            Colandro, Lucille (bat, clover, rose, leaves, bell, shell, chick, books)
            Taback, Simms
            Westcott, Nadine

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
            Cabrera, Jane
            Dean, James
            Harker, Lesley
            Long, Sylvia
            Pinkney, Jerry
            Reasoner, Charles
            Wells, Rosemary

Wheels on the Bus
            Buzzeo, Toni (Library Doors)
            Cabrera, Jane
            Dann, Penny
            Dean, James
            Hort, Larry (Seals on the Bus)
            Kovalski, Maryann
            Moore, Mary Alice (school bus)

Yankee Doodle
            Hoberman, Mary Ann
            Kellogg, Steven
Gingrich, Callista Yankee Doodle Dandy / by Callista 

Do you have any books that you like to sing?

Toddler Storytime--Pets!

Toddler Storytime...starting to get some practice doing this age group!


I Spy Pets  by Edward Gibbs

My Kitten  by Margaret O'Hair; illustrated by Tammie Lyon


This Is The Way We Say Hello!
(tune: Here we go 'round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we wave hello, wave hello, wave hello
This is the way we wave hello--hello, hello, hello!

This is the way we clap hello...
This is the way we tap hello...

Guessing Game:  Doggie, Doggie, who has your bone?

Five Little Doggies Jumping on the Bed
5 little doggies jumping on the bed
1 fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more doggies jumping on the bed!"

Continue counting down to one.

If You're a Pet and You Know It
(Tune: If you're happy and you know it)

If you're a doggie and you know it say, "Woof, woof!" (woof, woof)
If you're a doggie and you know it say, "Woof, woof!" (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!" (woof, woof)

Additional verses:
Fishy/swish, swish
Hamster/run in place
Bird/flap your wings
Turtle/walk real slow

Good-bye Song
(tune: Farmer in the Dell)
We wave good-bye like this,
We wave good-bye like this,
We clap our hands for all our friends
We wave good-bye like this!

Play and Learn

Feed the Dog (from Lakeshore)

Hide and Seek Dog's Bone

Trace Lines from puppy to ball (from HomeschoolCreations)

Dog Matching Game (from FileFolderFun)

Pattern Blocks--Pets (from PreKinders)