fun with stories, rhymes & songs

Wedding Love

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we did a wedding-themed storytime, Hokey Pokey and all! ;)

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Jake Baked the Cake by B.G. Hennessy
*Fingerplay: Make a Cake
Action Song: Tony Chestnut
Read-aloud #2: The Ring Bearer by Laura Godwin
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
**Fingerplay: The Love Bug
Read-aloud #3 (Story Cards): A Kiss from Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Fingerplay: My Eyes Can See
Song (with dog puppet): Snuggle Puppy from Sandra Boynton: Philadelphia Chickens
Read-aloud #4: Stop Kissing Me! By Ethan Long
Dancing Song: “Hokey Pokey” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Make a Cake
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Shake some flour in
(make a shaking motion with one arm/hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Place it in a tin
(pretend to pour)
Sprinkle some candy in
(pretend to sprinkle)
Pop it in the oven
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
Open wide the oven door
(pretend to open door)
And out comes the cake!
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)

**The Love Bug (source unknown)
It begins with a grin (smile Broadly)
It turns to giggle (put both hands on mouth and giggle)
You start to laugh (throw head back and laugh out loud)
Your legs start to wiggle (put feet in the air and shake)
You look all around for someone to hug (move eyes back and forth)
What can you do (shrug shoulders)
You’ve caught the love bug (hug another child or yourself)
ACHOOO!

***My Eyes Can See
(Suit actions to words.)
My eyes can see.
My mouth can talk.
My ears can hear.
My feet can walk.
My nose can sniff.
My teeth can chew.
My lids can flutter.
My arms hug you!

To the Moon!

The fall storytime session has BLASTED OFF! We have seven more weeks of fun ahead of us OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (Flannel pieces here.) Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarContinue Reading

Fox River Valley Public Library District Fall Storytimes

It’s almost time for storytimes to start back up at the Dundee and Randall Oaks Branch Libraries! The fall session runs September 8 to October 31. See the library online events calendar for more information.

A Zoo to You!

In celebration of me going to the zoo last Saturday and of our upcoming A Zoo to You! program at the Dundee Library (Real live animals! At the library!), our last summer storytime (sniff sniff) was all about Zoo Animals Our fall storytime schedule starts back up on Monday, September 8! Have a great restContinue Reading

Story Sparklers II

Today was my second year performing at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake! Sadly, I have just one storytime left this summer: this Monday, July 7 at the Randall Oaks Library at 10:30 am. It’s been a GREAT summer session, and I will be missing the kids lots. This happy Fourth of July, I sharedContinue Reading

What Does the Fox Say?

Yes, I DID use that catchy song in storytime today! It was a packed house… Very fun OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza Flannel: A-Hunting Socks (Thank you, Miss Tara!) Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today Read-aloud #2: Fox Makes FriendsContinue Reading

Don’t Let the Goat Eat the Books!

Don’t you think that letting a goat into a library would be a baaaaad idea? READING about goats at storytime is a good idea, though! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers Flannel Story: No Sleep for the SheepContinue Reading

It’s a Jungle out there!!

Now that we are in the thick of Summer Reading, it really is a jungle out there in the children’s department! So much going on! It’s not too late to sign up! Here’s our “jungle” themed storytime: OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: I’m the Scariest Thing inContinue Reading

Positively Pigeon

So I ate my words and did another All Pigeon Storytime last Saturday! (I did one once before and said I probably wouldn’t do it again. Pigeon is HIGH ENERGY!) It was fun, though, so I am glad that I gave this program another chance and expanded it. Sadly, not too many came… but itContinue Reading

Doggy Paws to Read!

This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” has begun at the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks Branch of the Fox River Valley Public Library District!!! We have SO MUCH going on (see our events calendar) including lots of STORYTIMES. I started our six week session of drop-in summer storytimes at Randall Oaks with aContinue Reading