Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

We love bears at storytime! We also love dancing the “Silly Dance Contest”! We were dancing so silly that a flower from Miss Jennifer’s hat came off! It’s okay, though, because she fixed her hat right away:)

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Shine your shoes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Read the news.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn out the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Say Goodnight.

Stories Shared:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears photos by William Winburn

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Beehive
Round and Round the Garden
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Fun with Hands

Bonus Song:
“The Bear Went Over the Mountain”
One version of song can be found here

Music:
Bill Shontz: Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

NEW Storytime Resources Page

Hello Everybody, How Do You Do?

I just finished writing a new page for my blog. Under Pages, you’ll find “Storytime Resources”. Here, I share my favorite books and websites that I use for storytime planning including resources on program planning, puppets, flannels, props, nursery rhyme coloring sheets, Mother Goose, music, storytelling and early literacy. Throughout the years, I’ve received many questions from parents, teachers and fellow librarians about where I purchase my “toys”, how I get my ideas, and where one can find out more about early language development. Hopefully, this new page will help answer some questions and also inspire more fun with language. Storytime is a wonderful way to help get young children excited about books, reading and learning…not to mention it’s a lot of fun! I am sure that I will continue to update this Resources page as new resources come to my attention.

Catch a Tiger…at the ZOO!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.

Stories Shared:
Down by the Station by Will Hillenbrand
Whose Baby am I? by John Butler
Zoo Animals 123 by Rebecca Fjelland Davis
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Skidamarink
Blackbirds
Round and Round the Garden

Bonus Rhyme:
“Five Elephants in a Bathtub” felt board rhyme
(My Five Elephants in the Bathtub felt board set came from Artfelt.)

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
(Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash,
(Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in!
(Motion with both hands to come in.)

Two elephants…
Three elephants…
Four elephants…

Five elephants in a bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!

Music:
Animal Planet Presents Sing with the Animals
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

Humpty Dumpty and Chickens!

What a fun storytime today! Miss Jennifer loves stories about chickens, so this was one of her favorite storytimes. She especially enjoyed seeing everyone do the Chicken Dance! Afterwards, everyone seemed to enjoy our new Big Cozy Books furniture that we just got at the library 🙂

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Stories Shared:
Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield and Ant Parker (Pop-up Book)
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Five Little Chicks by Nancy Tafuri
Little Red Hen

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’m a Little Teapot
Down on Grandpa’s Farm
Skidamarink

Bonus Poem:
“This Little Chick” felt board rhyme
Can be found here

Music:
Raffi: Everything Grows
The Chicken Dance

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Mary, Mary
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Stories Shared:
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
In My Garden by Ward Schumaker
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce
The Enormous Turnip

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Round and Round the Garden
Blackbirds
The Beehive
Fun With Hands

Bonus Song:
“Green Grass Grows All Around”
Full version of the song can be found here

Music:
John Lithgow: Singin’ in the Bathtub
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Bunnies

It’s Spring! We had a lot of fun making pop-up bunny puppets to go along with our Bunny storytime theme. We also distributed a new rhyme sheet. We’re taking a short, one-week break to re-energize…so, no storytime next week. I look forward to seeing all of my friends again on April 4!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Tired Bunnies
“Come my bunnies, it’s time for bed.”
That’s what Mother Bunny said.
“But first I’ll count you just to see
If you have all come back to me.
Bunny 1, Bunny 2, Bunny 3, oh dear!
Bunny 4, Bunny 5, yes, you’re all here!
You’re the sweetest things alive.
My bunnies 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.”

Stories Shared:
Five Little Bunnies Hopping on a Hill by Steve Metzger
A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
Little Rabbit’s Snacktime by Alan Baker

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’m a Little Teapot

Bonus Rhyme:
Here’s a bunny with ears so funny,
(Make curved bunny ears with two fingers of one hand.)
And here is his hole in the ground.
(Make an open fist with the other hand.)
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
(Raise bunny-ear fingers straight and tall.)
And jumps in his hole in the ground.
(Tuck bunny-ear fingers into the fist.)

Bonus Song:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo”
Lyrics and melody can be found here

Music:
Raffi’s Box of Sunshine
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Hokey Pokey)

Snakes for St. Paddys

Oh my, I forgot to post last week’s storytime! We has a sssssuper time on March 14 with our Snakes and St. Patrick’s Day storytime.

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Stories Shared:
Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lacome
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Pot O’ Gold by Kelly Green

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Old MacDonald
Open Shut Them
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Poem for Flannel Board:
“Five Green Shamrocks”
Poem and templates for flannel board pieces can be found here

Music:
Sharon, Lois and Bram: Mainly Mother Goose
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Nursery Rhyme of the Week (Again…):
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

Stories Shared:
Can You Growl Like a Bear by John Butler
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow
Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Soon, Baboon, Soon by Dave Horowitz

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
Five Little Monkeys
Where is Thumbkin?
Roll Your Hands
Rain is Falling Down
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Music:
Music For Little People: Toddler Favorites
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)

To the Moon!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky!

Stories Shared:
What the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I’m Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Where is Thumbkin?
Five Little Monkeys
Tony Chestnut

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

Bonus Flannel Song:
Aiken Drum
   There was a man lived in the moon,
lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
   And he played upon a ladle,
a ladle, a ladle,
He played upon a ladle,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
   And his eyes were made of gum drops…
   And his nose was a banana…
   And his mouth was a watermelon…
   And is hair was made of green beans…

Music:
Music for Little People: A Child’s Celebration of Lullaby
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Rocking Horse…Giddy Up, Cowboys!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Rocking Horse
Rickety, rickety rocking horse,
Over the fields we go
Rickety, rickety rocking horse
Giddy up, giddy up, WHOA!

Stories Shared:
Cowboy ABC by Chris Demarest
Giddy Up, Cowgirl by Jarrett Krosoczka
“Do Cowboys Ride Bikes?” from book by Kathy Tucker
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Itsy Bitsy
Cap, Mittens, Shoes and Socks
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Old MacDonald
Rain is Falling Down

Bonus Rhyme:
I’m a little cowboy.
Here is my hat
(point to self, then to hat)
Here are my spurs
(point to your heels)
And here are my chaps
(pat legs)
As soon as I get up,
(stretch, pretend to wake up)
I work all day
(pretend to lasso a cow)
I get on my horse
(pretend to get on a horse)
And ride away.
(Pretend to gallop on a horse)

Music:
Yodel the Cowboy Way with Riders in the Sky
Barney’s Favorites (Sally the Camel)