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

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

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

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

We Are Monsters, ROAR! Preschool Visits

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Puppet Story: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)
*Fingerplay: Scary Eyes
Book: Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Action Song: Hands Up High
Book: If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberley
Novelty Book: What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? by Nick Sharratt
Dancing Song: We Are Monsters from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Bouncy Blue
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Scary Eyes
See my big and scary eyes? (Form circles around eyes with fingers.)
Get ready for a big surprise. (Cover face with hands.)
Boo! (Uncover face peek-a-boo style.)

March 2017 “Road Trip” Pre-K Visits

It’s hard to believe that I am already going on my last round of visits for the school year! I really loved visiting the Pre-K classes this year… I am already looking forward to the next school year!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Toad on the Road by Stephen Shaskan
Flannel Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Book: Moo! By David LaRochelle
Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (flannel pieces here)
Dancing Song: “Face the Facts” from Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Schools visited: Horizon, Little Bear Academy

November 2017 “Holiday Food” Pre-K Visits

Fun times with Pre-K classes today!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson or Today is Monday by Eric Carle
(Prop Visual: The Colors We Eat On Thanksgiving)
Fingerplay: Apples or Sausages
Book: 1 Big Salad by Juana Medina
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Book: Is That Wise, Pig? By Jan Thomas
Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” from Laurie Berkner’s Victor Vito

Schools visited: Horizon, Little Bear Academy

Storytime Music List

Hey guys! I forgot to mention that I compiled a list of the (recorded) music I’ve used at storytime. It can be found as “Storytime Music” under “Storytime Extras” in the sidebar. Or here’s the direct link! I also have several songs I haven’t yet used at storytime but hope to in the future. I haven’t added them into the list yet, but I plan on editing this list as the days go by. Here’s also an opportunity for YOU to share with me YOUR favorite songs to use at storytime. For the present, I won’t be using much music since I’m mostly going into the classrooms to share stories. But I do plan on bringing an ipod and portable speaker for my kindergarten and preschool visits (for a little dance break). Happy Storytiming!

Happy Pig Day!

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 Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1: Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems
Song (sung with a puppet on my head): Pig on Her Head (from Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz)
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
*Action Song: Fun with Hands
Flannel/Storytelling: The Three Little Pigs
**Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs
Read-aloud #3: Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Read-aloud #4: Z-Z-ZOINK! by Bernard Most
“Dancing” Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*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…

**Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up) Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white. (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
‘Til they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs under fingers)

I Know a Chicken!

I had SO MUC0-698-11374-8H 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 Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
*Fingerplay: Beehive
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 #2: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Flannel: The Little Red Hen (I used a singing refrain from storyteller Heather Forest’s sound recording Sing Me a Story.)
**Fingerplay: Chook-Chook-Chook
Read-aloud #3: Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
Dancing Song (with shakers!): “I Know a Chicken” from Laurie Berkner’s Whaddaya Think of That?


Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*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.)

Chook, chook, chook
Good morning, Mrs. Hen. (Hold up both thumbs)
How many chickens have you got?
Madam, I’ve got ten. (Show ten fingers)
Four of them are yellow. (Show four fingers on one hand)
And four of them are brown (Show four fingers on the other hand)
And two of them are speckled red (Show two fingers)
The nicest in the town.

MY NEXT STORYTIME: Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am @ Rakow Branch Library in Elgin