Runaway Engine…Things that Go!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Runaway Engine
Runaway engine,
Ricketty rack,
Running around the
railway track.
All the way there and
all the way back,
Runaway engine
Ricketty rack.

Books Shared:
Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! by Margaret Mayo
Row Your Boat by Anthony Lishak (pop-up)
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Peanut Song
Ten Little Fingers
Fun with Hands
Animals on the Bus
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Autumn Leaves

Music:
Barney’s Favorites Volume 1 (Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck)

Little Red Riding Hood

This month, the library introduced a new program: Super Saturday Stories. Last Saturday, I presented a storytime for kids in grades K-3 that highlighted the favorite folktale, Little Red Riding Hood. We had a blast recreating the traditional tale by having the children do a readers theater presentation, reading variant books and poems, storytelling, and watching a video of a Bugs Bunny version. I hope to do another “Super Saturday Stories” program in the future and play with other fairy tales and folktales. Also: be on the lookout! I will be posting a podcast version of Little Red Riding Hood in the near future…and hope to be posting monthly podcasts of favorite traditional stories.

OPENING:
Intro Music: Pete Seeger: American folk, game & activity songs for children
Demonstrate storytelling doll and talk a little about Children’s Book Week.
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me

PROGRAM:
Readers Theater: Little Red Riding Hood by Moira Butterfield
Read-aloud #1: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young
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
Read-aloud #2: Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell
Storytelling Activity: The Gunniwolf

MOVIE:
Little Red Riding Rabbit (Looney Tunes)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Basket with goodies (oreos) and CBW bookmark

Pease Porridge Hot! for Thanksgiving

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Pease Porridge Hot
Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in the pot,
Nine days old;
Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot,
Nine days old.

Books Shared:
The Turkey Ball by Davis Steinberg
Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Slop Goes the Soup by Pamela D. Edwards

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Apples
Autumn Leaves

Music:
Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito (I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup)

Hello Mr. Turkey song (to the tune of If You’re Happy and Yo Know It):
Hello, Mr. Turkey
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?
With a gobble, gobble, gobble
and a wobble, wobble, wobble
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

Stone Soup poem:
Can be found at this website

Mary Had a Little Lamb…Sheep

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow;
And everywhere that Mary went,
The lamb was sure to go.

Books Shared:
Sheep on a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
Baby Can’t Sleep by Lisa Schroeder
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tommy Thumb
Ten in the Bed
Autumn Leaves

Music:
Disney Mother Goose Songs and Rhymes
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Hickory Dickory Dock…Mice

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Books Shared:
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
The Quiet Mouse
The Peanut Song
The Animals on the Bus
Ten Little Fingers
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?

Music:
Sandra Boynton’s Rhinoceros Tap
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Hands Are For Clapping)

Jack Be Nimble…and Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! We had a blast today at storytime. Once again, I was able to do a guest visit over at the Buena Vista Library. I had a super time! I also had fun seeing lots of my friends at the Fall Fun Fest.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Jack Be Nimble
Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over the candlestick.

Books Shared:
Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Serfozo

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Apples
Autumn Leaves
Roll Your Hands
Tommy Thumb
Tony Chestnut

Flannel Story:
The Enormous Turnip

Music:
Wee Sing for Halloween
Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band (Shake My Sillies Out)

Pumpkin Pie Rhyme:
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
A witch flew by…
“Ahhahahahaha, I’m going to make you into pumpkin pie!”
Four little pumpkins… (and so on)

Little Miss Muffet…Monsters

After missing last week because of a vacation to Florida, Miss Jennifer is back! She even got to do some guest visits over at the Buena Vista Library on Wednesday.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
He sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Books Shared:
Maisy’s Halloween by Lucy Cousins
Five Ugly Monsters by Tedd Arnold
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Tommy Thumb
Ten Little Fingers
Ten in a Bed
Tony Chestnut

Music:
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Pumpkin Rhyme
Pumpkin, pumkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!

Storytime has begun!!! Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Today, we started Toddler Tales at the Central Library. Every week, we will will experience new nursery rhymes, stories, songs and fingerplays. We will always start storytime with the rhymes The More We Get Together and end storytime with We Wave Goodbye Like This. (Young children find routines comforting.) We also end our day by gathering together to color special nursery rhyme sheets and to chat. Some weeks (about once a month or so), we do a special craft.

This blog is a great way to remember what happened at storytime and to track down stories and activities that were especially enjoyed by your children. I also hope to suggest additional related books and activities as well as share some early literacy tips in the future (once this blog gets rolling). Thanks for stopping by!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Books Shared:
Maisy’s Rainbow by Lucy Cousins
Lunch by Denise Fleming

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Apple Tree
The Quiet Mouse
Fun With Hands

Music:
Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)