Tell Me a Story

All over Illinois, people gathered for Family Reading Night tonight… including at Dundee Public Library 🙂 We dressed up in our pjs and shared some favorite traditional tales.

OPENING:
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me (from Pete Seeger: American folk, game & activity songs for children)

PROGRAM:

Storytelling: “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. There is also a picture book, Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss that expands this tale.)

Storytelling Activity: “The Little Red Hen” (This is a traditional folktale, possibly of Russian-origin. Children dressed up and acted out the parts. I used a singing refrain from storyteller Heather Forest’s sound recording Sing Me a Story. See this previous post for a little more information on how I present this tale.)

Action Song: “Five Little Ducks”

Tandem Poem: “Red Riding Hood” from You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

[Readers Theater: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Moira Butterfield]

Flannel Song: “Ten in the Bed”

Tandem Poem: “The Three Little Pigs” from You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

Flannel Story: “The Three Little Pigs”

Story Cards: “A Sleepy Story” by Elisabeth Burrowes (a childhood favorite, now sadly out-of print)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: ‘Hands Are For Clapping” (from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song)

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