Bunnies!!! Preschool Visits!!!

My last outreach visits of the year!!! I’ve had so much fun visiting various preschool classes (and having some visit me at the library) this year. I’m sad this school year is coming to a close. I’ll miss these little guys.

I’ll be keeping busy, though, with summer school visits to the library as well as visiting Ontarioville Elementary School in our new library Van Mobile Monday nights 6-6:45 from June 3rd to August 5th. We’ll be bringing books available to check-out, registration materials and prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge (Reading: the True Superpower!), and registration forms to be able to get a library card onsite at the school. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read or tell some stories and have some dance parties and other fun as well. Should be an exciting summer!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry
Action Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo
Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming OR Conejito by Margaret Read MacDonald (Conejito is fairly long, so I had to cut out the flannel and extra book for those groups. BUT Conejito was a big hit with my PreK dual language classes.)
(Flannel: The Enormous Turnip)
(Book: Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal)
Dancing Song:  “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Pesky Second Grade Visits

Garbage and Pests = a fun theme! I’ve had a great year sharing 20-minute story breaks with second graders. They’re so appreciative and make me feel like a million bucks when I walk into the room 🙂 Claps and hugs and declarations of book love!

Poem: “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Book: Great, Now We’ve Got Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton
Nonfiction Book Bite: read/showed snippets from National Geographic Kids’ This Book Stinks!
Storytell: Storytelling: “At Midnight” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Dogs are Groovy Preschool Visits

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Is There a Dog in this Book? by Viviane Schwarz OR The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems OR Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton and Arthur Robins OR Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Flannel Song: BINGO
Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Prop: Swallowing “George” Puppy (with finger puppets inside; I put on latex gloves and removed the animals from inside George)
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Book: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
Dancing Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Cute Second Grade Visits

Book: Rot by Ben Clanton
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from 125 Cute Animals by National Geographic Kids, Cute as an Axolotl by Jess Keating*, and How to Draw Cute Animals by Angela Nguyen
Storytell: “Chickens!” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

*Jess Keating has a fun “draw your cutest critter” handout on her website that I gave to the teachers to distribute to the kids

Valentines Kindergarten Visit

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Groggle’s Monster Valentine by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bats Langley
Book (with swallowing old women prop and laminated visuals): I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared D. Lee
Book: Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Dancing Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Sleepy Preschool Visits

My Sleepy Toddler Storytimes went so well last year, I basically repeated it (with some modifications) for my preschool visits this month. My outreach visits average about 15-20 minutes. I visit classrooms every other month. It’s a lot of fun!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Noisy Night by Mac Barnett OR Tiger Can’t Sleep by S.J. Fore
Rhyme (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas (Jan Thomas has a song to go with this book on her website!)
Puppet Story: The Napping House from the book by Audrey Wood (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
“Dancing” Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Movin’ and Groovin’ Sequel

“Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
“Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”
“The Super Silly Tango” from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Yummy Yellow
“The Freeze!” from Carole Peterson’s Dancing Feet
“Very, Very Tall” from Old Town School of Folk Music’s Wiggleworms Love You
“There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs
“Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
“Take That Beanbag” from Me and My Bean Bag
“Five Little Monkeys” from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Bouncy Blue
“Walking, Walking” from Old Town School of Folk Music’s Songs for Wiggleworms
“Shake My Sillies Out” from The Raffi Singable Songs Collection
“Jingle Bells and Stop” from Carole Stephen’s Season Sings!
“Jingle Bells” from Raffi’s Christmas Album
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

BAM! POW! COOKIES! First/Second Grade Visits

‘Tis the season for baking cookies!

Book: The Ninjabread Man by C.J. Leigh
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Baking Class by Deanna F. Cook (the cookie section), A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman, and You Wouldn’t Want to be a Ninja Warrior! by John Malam
Storytell: The Ghost with One Black Eye (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Festive, Frosty Fun Preschool Visits

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Song: Silly Hat Song
Book: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Storytell: The Mitten (You can use beautiful visuals as props from Jan Brett’s website here.) (I also used Heather Forest’s musical refrain from her version on her Tales Around the Hearth cd.)
Book (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Dancing Song (with bells): “Jingle Bells” from Raffi’s Christmas Album
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Baby Dance Party Sequel

“Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
“You Ought To See My Baby” from MaryLee’s Baby-O!

We Wiggle and Wiggle and Stop
(Suit actions to words)
We wiggle and wiggle and stop
We wiggle and wiggle and stop
We wiggle and wiggle and wiggle and wiggle
and wiggle and wiggle and stop
We clap..
We bounce…
(Other suggestions: wave, shake, tickle, stomp, roll, etc.)

“Peek-a-Boo” from Georgiana Stewart’s Baby Face
“The Freeze!” from Carole Peterson’s Dancing Feet
“It’s a Small World” from Georgiana Stewart’s Baby Face
“Baby Hop” from Kimbo Educational’s Diaper Gym
“Jingle Bells and Stop” from Carole Stephen’s Season Sings!
“Jingle Bells” from Raffi’s Christmas Album
“Run Baby Run” from Caspar Babypants’ More Please!
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack