fun with stories, rhymes & songs

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 rest of the summer!

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1: Zoo Animals 123 by Rebecca Fjelland Davis
*Flannel: Elephants in the Ring
**Action Song: This is the Way We Clap Our Hands
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Action Song: Silly Hat Song
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #3 Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Flannel: Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice
Read-aloud #4 (Big Book): Head to Toe by Eric Carle
*Action Rhyme: Not Say a Single Word
Dancing Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion

Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Elephants in the Ring (Source unknown.)
Little elephant in the ring
standing on a piece of string
My, my! What a stunt!
Let’s all clap for the elephant!
(Continue with all 5 elephants)

**This is the Way We Clap Our Hands
(Tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we clap our hands,
Clap our hands, clap our hands.
This is the way we clap our hands,
So early in the morning.

This is the way we tap our toes…
This is the way we touch our nose…
This is the way we stomp our feet…

***Not Say a Single Word
(Suit actions to words.)
Can you hop, hop, hop like a bunny?
Can you run, run, run like a dog?
Can you walk, walk, walk like a elephant?
Can you jump, jump, jump like a frog?
Can you swim, swim, swim like a goldfish?
Can you fly, fly, fly like a bird?
Can you sit right down and fold your hands,
And not say a single word?

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

Red, Red ‘Time

I’m so, so sad that today was our last Monday morning storytime over at Randall Oaks Branch until June 2! But, we had a happy group as usual today and a fun time reading “Red” stories. This summer… ANIMAL STORIES! Have a wonderful spring ( P.S. I will be repeating my (New) Book Love storytimeContinue Reading

Hoppy Bunny

Twice a month, I visit ESL families to do an hour long program with them. Sometimes, we do storytimes with a craft, sometimes we do writing workshops, sometimes we do mini-lessons, etc. Here is my Bunnies Outreach Family Literacy Visit from last week. (FYI: I will be doing a slightly different bunny storytime again atContinue Reading

Mellow Yellow

Here comes the sun FINALLY! And here comes a happy YELLOW storytime. Don’t forget to join us for our last storytime of the session next Monday! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Little Quack by Lauren Thompson Action Song: Five Little Ducks Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers Read-aloud #2:Continue Reading