Story Sparklers

I had a fun time performing at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake today!

It’s been a busy week. Not only did I travel to Crystal Lake for the Fest, I also volunteered at the Gail Borden Rakow Branch in Elgin this week. I will be doing more storytimes over there Wednesdays, July 10 and 17 at 10:30 am. I also continue to do storytimes for the Fox River Valley Public Library District at Panera and the Randall Oaks Branch. Come enjoy some stories with the Silly Librarian 🙂

This happy Fourth of July, I shared some story sparklers…

Big Books:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
Mrs. McNosh Hangs up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

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.)
“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.)

Songs:
*If You Wanna Hear a Story
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)
**We Wave Goodbye Like This

Dancing Music:
“Coconut Soap” from Frank Leto’s Time for Music

**If You Want to Hear a Story
Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story,
if you want to hear a story,
if you want to hear a story, clap your hands!

Other verses:
“nod your head,”
“rub your tummy,”
“sit real still,” etc.

**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.)

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