For Squirrely Kids…

…a squirrel storytime to kick off our fall storytime sessions at Panera!

The Fox River Valley Public Library District (formerly known as the Dundee Township Library District) will be hosting additional “Milk and Cookie Storytimes” at Panera Bread, 2484 N. Randall Rd. (near I-90) in Elgin the following Mondays at 9:30 a.m.: 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, & 11/5.

Come for the stories (presented by yours truly)… stay for the complimentary milk and cookies (thank you, Panera!). These sessions are limited to kids ages 3-6. Registration is required and opens up 6 days before each individual storytime. To register, visit “Events and Registration” at the library website, call 847-428-3661 (and press 2), or come to the Children’s Desk at the Dundee Library.

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

Read-aloud #1: Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk
*Flannel: 5 Little Leaves
Read-aloud #2: Erroll by Hannah Shaw
**Action Song: Peanut Butter and Jelly
Read-aloud #3: Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Alexina B. White (has real photos of squirrels!)
***Flannel: 5 Little Acorns
Read-aloud #4: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Fingerplay: Fun with Hands

Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Easy squirrel books not used: Acorns Everywhere! by Kevin Sherry and Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert
Longer squirrel books not used… maybe better for one-on-one sharing (but very fun): Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin and the Scaredy Squirrel series by Melanie Watt

*5 Little Leaves (used 5 autumn leaf flannel pieces)
Five little leaves on the tree next door
One fell off and then there were four
Four little leaves all over the tree
One fell off and then there were three
Three little leaves where the wind blew
One fell off and then there were two
Two little leaves sitting in the sun
One fell off and then there was one
One little leaf in the tree all alone
The wind blew and blew now there are none!

**Peanut Butter and Jelly (a classic!):
Check out this librarian’s video presentation!

***5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

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