Category Archives: Family Storytime

Story Sparklers III

Another fun year performing at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake! I hope that everyone has a great holiday weekend :)

Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)


Storytelling (with puppets): “Book! Book! Book!” (This is a well-loved librarian anecdote about a chicken that comes into the library. One version, “The Well-Read Frog” can be found in Margaret Read MacDonald’s Three Minute Tales.)
Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
*Action Song: Silly Hat Song
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard
**Fingerplay: Beehive
Flannel: Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Action Song: Hands Up High
Storytelling: “The Ghost with One Black Eye” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)
***Action Song: Fun with Hands


****Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Silly Hat Song
Tune: “This Old Man”
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro.
Where else can my silly hat go?
Repeat using foot, elbow, knee, etc.
Put hat on appropriate body parts and wiggle!

**The Beehive
Here is a beehive
Make a fist.
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
Extend fingers one at a time.
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
Wiggle your fingers.

***Fun With Hands
Suit actions to words.
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”.

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

****We Wave Goodbye Like This
to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends. We wave goodbye like this.
Repeat once.

Happy Pig Day!

There are so many really fun pig stories out there! Sadly, I only have one more storytime left this summer (that I know of), and that is on THIS FRIDAY, July 1 at 12:30pm at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake. Two storytimes in one week! Lucky me OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear aContinue Reading

I Know a Chicken!

I had SO MUCH FUN at storytime today! I really need to start thinking about finding a steady storytime home. Today, we did one of my favorite themes: Chickens! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins *Fingerplay: Beehive Storytelling (with puppets): “Book! Book! Book!”Continue Reading

The Ghost with the One Black Eye

I’ve mentioned before that I am a fan of storyteller Priscilla Howe… Today for a local round-up of kiddie library staff, I shared one of her hilarious “baby” stories, a silly campfire tale about a baby who WANTS HER APPLE JUICE! and a black-eyed ghost that stands in her way. It’s called “The Ghost withContinue Reading

December Stories

More Golfview Family Literacy Fun! Happy Holidays, everyone Opening Song: “Put Your Finger in the Air” from Pete Seeger: Children’s Concert at Town Hall (live version) Read-aloud #1: You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow Flannel: Rudolph! Rudolph! Read-aloud #2 (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard CowdreyContinue Reading

Bad Wolf?…or…Good Wolf?

More storytime fun with the Family Literacy crowd at Golfview Elementary! Today, we played around with the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, and other wolf stories. And, the wolf wasn’t always the bad guy! Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me Read-aloud #1: Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by RachaelContinue Reading

Halloween Fun

Our last fall storytime ended with a bang! Lots of Halloween fun… including kids previewing their cute costumes We’re now on break until January 2015… I will miss everyone! Happy Holidays! Keep reading! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid ofContinue Reading

Monsters don’t scare me (again)!

Last week at pajama storytime and this week at my Randall Oaks storytime, I repeated my “Monsters don’t scare me!” storytime. I added in dancing with scarves to “Monster Mash” (from Kidz Bop: Halloween Party). It was a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Next week is our last week of the fallContinue Reading

Sloths Hang Out in the Rainforest

It’s World Rainforest Week… and October 19 is Sloth International Day… so I found it appropriate to do a Sloth/Rainforest Storytime. Plus I had sloth socks and a sloth puppet that I wanted to show off! As the kids gathered for storytime, I showed them fun pictures of real sloths from A Little Book ofContinue Reading

Bear Season

Bears always win at storytime OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Thank You Bear by Greg Foley Flannel Song: Animals on the Bus Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers Read-aloud #2: The Three Bears by Byron Barton *Flannel: 5 Little Bears **Fingerplay: The Beehive Flannel: Fall Words riddles Read-aloud #3:Continue Reading