Pesky Second Grade Visits

Garbage and Pests = a fun theme! I’ve had a great year sharing 20-minute story breaks with second graders. They’re so appreciative and make me feel like a million bucks when I walk into the room 🙂 Claps and hugs and declarations of book love!

Poem: “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out” from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Book: Great, Now We’ve Got Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton
Nonfiction Book Bite: read/showed snippets from National Geographic Kids’ This Book Stinks!
Storytell: Storytelling: “At Midnight” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

March 2017 “Road Trip” Toddler Storytime

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Race Car Count by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
*Flannel: Five Fast Race Cars
Action Song: Hands Up High
Song: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Flannel Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Schools visited: Little Bear Academy

*Five Fast Race Cars (Source unknown)
Five fast race cars speeding round the track.
The first car said, “I can’t look back!”
The second car said, “Oh, no! I’m out of gas!”
The third car said, “Beep! Beep! I’m fast!”
The fourth car said, “Watch my tires spin.”
The fifth car said, “Vroom, vroom. I win!”
Then beep went a horn and flash went the lights,
And five fast race cars sped out of sight!

January 2018 “Snow Clothes” Toddler Visit

It’s been cold and snowy in Illinois. Today, my toddler friends and I stayed warm indoors and shared this fun storytime together. (This month, my preschool and kindergarten friends are enjoying a version of this “It’s Frosty Cold Out!” storytime plus “The Freeze!” song listed below.)

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Read-aloud: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Song: Silly Hat Song
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
*Flannel Rhyme: Cute Little Snowman
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Dancing Song (with scarves): “The Freeze!” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet
Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye

Schools visited: Little Bear Academy

*Cute Little Snowman
A cute little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a bunny,
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny,
Looking for his lunch,
Ate the snowman’s carrot nose,
Nibble, nibble, crunch!

Book Care

For a family literacy visit last week, we read stories and talked about book care. And, we made some really fun monster bookmarks to help us take care of our books!

Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (Pete Seeger)

Read-aloud #1: Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by Karen Casale
Read-aloud #2: No, David! by David Shannon
Mini Book Care Lesson: see this post for a “No, David!” book care activity
Read-aloud #3: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #4: That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Monster Bookmarks!!!

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

“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.)

*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.)