Story Sparklers II

Today was my second year performing at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake!

Sadly, I have just one storytime left this summer: this Monday, July 7 at the Randall Oaks Library at 10:30 am. It’s been a GREAT summer session, and I will be missing the kids lots.

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

OPENING:
*Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
**Fingerplay: Apples
Storytelling Activity: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (using story props)
***Fingerplay: Five Little Sausages
Story/Song: Herman the Worm
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): The Little Red Hen (pictures by Lucinda MccQueen)
Storytelling: “Chickens!” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe’s cd, Chickens! and Other Stories for Young Children)

CLOSING:
****Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*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.

**Apples
Way up high in the apple tree,
(Stretch arms in the air.)
Two little apples smiled at me.
(Hold up two fists.)
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
(Shake fists in the air.)
Down came the apples.
(Drop fists to lap. Mime biting into “apples”.)
Mmm, were they good!
(Pat tummy.)

***Five Little Sausages
Five little sausages frying in a pan
(Wiggle all five fingers)
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, and one went BAM!
(When you say “BAM”, clap your hands together Count down with each sausage (fingers) until you’re out of sausages)

****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.)

What Does the Fox Say?

Yes, I DID use that catchy song in storytime today! It was a packed house… Very fun 😀

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
Flannel: A-Hunting Socks (Thank you, Miss Tara!)
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #2: Fox Makes Friends by Adam Relf
Action Song: Tony Chestnut
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #3 (Big Book): Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Fingerplay: Beehive
Action Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Read-aloud #4: That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems
Flannel: What Does the Fox Say? (did first verse of the song as a flannel, had the kids call out the animal sounds… sort of like Miss Sarah did)
Dancing Song (with scarves): The Fox (by Ylvis, used the Kidz Bop: Party Pop! version)

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

Don’t Let the Goat Eat the Books!

Don’t you think that letting a goat into a library would be a baaaaad idea? READING about goats at storytime is a good idea, though! 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Flannel Story: No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont
Song/Fingerplay: Tommy Thumb
Song (with flannel pieces): Down on Grandpa’s Farm
Read-aloud #2: There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden by Laurel Dee Gugler
*Fingerplay: Beehive
**Flannel: Here is a Spring Flower
Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)
Read-aloud #3: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, pictures by Stephen Carpenter
Dancing Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

ADDITIONAL BOOKS not used this time: Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea, Bill Grogan’s Goat by Mary Ann Hoberman

*The Beehive
Here is a beehive
(Make a fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
(Extend fingers one at a time)
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
(Wiggle your fingers)

**Here is a Spring Flower (using flannels of flowers with emotional faces)
Here is a spring flower who’s happy
Here is a spring flower who sighs
Here is a spring flower who’s sleepy
Here is a spring flower who cries
Here is a spring flower who’s angry
Here is a spring flower who’s sad
Here is a spring flower who’s noisy
And here is a spring flower who’s glad!

It’s a Jungle out there!!

Now that we are in the thick of Summer Reading, it really is a jungle out there in the children’s department! So much going on! It’s not too late to sign up! 🙂

Here’s our “jungle” themed storytime:

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: I’m the Scariest Thing in the Jungle! by David G. Derrick, Jr.
Flannel: Teasing Mr. Crocodile (Words can be found here. Felt board set came from Artfelt.)
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #2: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Song/Fingerplay (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Flannel: Five Elephants in the Bathtub
Read-aloud #3: Abigail by Catherine Raynor
Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Flannel: Giraffe with Many Spots (had a blank giraffe, put on colored spots; children named colors and counted spots)
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #4: If You’re Happy and You Know It (Jungle Edition) by James Warhola
Dancing Song: “Elephant Swing” from Animal Walks by Georgiana Stewart

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

–NOTE: Originally, I had wanted to do an all giraffe storytime… but decided to expand it to “jungle” to make planning easier. Besides Abigail by Catherine Raynor, there are a couple of other new and fun giraffe books: When Elephant Met Giraffe by Paul Gude AND The Short Giraffe by Neil Flory. I could have also done Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. Maybe someday…

Positively Pigeon

So I ate my words and did another All Pigeon Storytime last Saturday! (I did one once before and said I probably wouldn’t do it again. Pigeon is HIGH ENERGY!)

It was fun, though, so I am glad that I gave this program another chance and expanded it. Sadly, not too many came… but it was enough fun that I may do an encore presentation at a better date and time in the future 🙂

I also got to use some cool Pigeon-y things: window clings, a shirt, and a talking Pigeon toy!

OPENING:
Hand out special Pigeon nametags (pre-numbered for the raffle drawing at the end of the program).
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Song (with flannel pieces): The Wheels on the Bus
Read-aloud #2: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems
*Fingerplay: Mr. Pigeon and Mr. Duckling
Read-aloud #3: The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
Dancing Song: “Coconut Soap” from Frank Leto’s Time for Music
Movie: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This
Handouts: Fun activity sheets (coloring, mazes, finger puppets found here)
Raffle: Gave away free copy of Don’t Let the Pigeon Finish this Activity Book! by Mo Willems

*Mr. Pigeon and Mr. Duckling
(I modified this from “Mr. Turkey Went Out One Day”)
Mr. Pigeon went out one day
(Hold up one hand)
In bright sunshiny weather
He met Mr. Duckling along the way
(Hold up other hand)
They stopped to talk together
(Hold up both hands, Have hands “talk” to each other)
Coo, Coo, Coo
Quack, quack, quack
Coo, Coo, Coo
Quack, quack, quack
And then they went back
(hands behind back) Quack!

Doggy Paws to Read!

This year’s Summer Reading Program, “Paws to Read,” has begun at the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks Branch of the Fox River Valley Public Library District!!! We have SO MUCH going on (see our events calendar) including lots of STORYTIMES.

I started our six week session of drop-in summer storytimes at Randall Oaks with a dog theme. WOOF! More animal tales to follow…

P.S. I have a special Mo Willems Pigeon Storytime happening at the Dundee Library this Saturday at 2 p.m.! Come bring the family for some summer reading fun 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (Also: use swallowing “dog” puppet with various animal finger puppets inside)
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Read-aloud #2: Oh No, George by Chris Haughton
*Fingerplay: 10 Little Doggies
Song/Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #3: Digger Dog by William Bee
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Where is Thumbkin?
Flannel: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Read-aloud #4: Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Ten Little Doggies
Ten little doggies went out one day
(hold 10 fingers up)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play.
(Pretend to dig like a dog with both hands)
Five were spotted, and five were not,
(Hold up one hand at a time)
and at dinner time they ate a lot!
(Pretend to eat)

Red, Red ‘Time

I’m so, so sad that today was our last Monday morning storytime over at Randall Oaks Branch until June 2! But, we had a happy group as usual today and a fun time reading “Red” stories. This summer… ANIMAL STORIES! Have a wonderful spring 🙂

( P.S. I will be repeating my (New) Book Love storytime over at the Dundee Library this Thursday night at 7 p.m. at their Pajama Storytime.)

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier
*Flannel: Little Mouse
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
**Flannel: Five Red Strawberries
Flannel: The Little Red Hen
Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)
Read Aloud #3: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
***Flannel: Red Jeep, Red Jeep
Read Aloud #4: Fire Truck by Peter Sis
“Dancing” Song: “Hurry, Hurry Drive the Fire Truck” from Barney’s Favorites Volume 1

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Little Mouse
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

**Five Red Strawberries
Five red strawberries
Juicy and sweet
My oh my, what a treat.

Along came Daddy
And one he did eat
Leaving four red strawberries
Juicy and sweet

(…Mommy, Sister, Brother, Baby…)

***Red Jeep, Red Jeep
Red jeep, red jeep, what do you see?
I see a blue van looking at me.
Blue van, blue van, what do you see?
I see a… green bus, pink limo, yellow cab, purple car
Purple car, purple car, what do you see?
I see a driver looking at me!
Driver, driver, what do you see?
I see a traffic jam looking at me!

Mellow Yellow

Here comes the sun FINALLY! And here comes a happy YELLOW storytime. Don’t forget to join us for our last storytime of the session next Monday!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Action Song: Five Little Ducks
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Read-aloud #2: School Bus by Donald Crews
Song/Flannel: The Wheels on the Bus
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #3: In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli
Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
*Fingerplay: Beehive
**Flannel: Here is a Spring Flower
Read-aloud #4: Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Dancing Song: “The Wiggle Song” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*The Beehive
Here is a beehive
(Make a fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
(Extend fingers one at a time)
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
(Wiggle your fingers)

**Here is a Spring Flower (using flannels of flowers with emotional faces)
Here is a spring flower who’s happy
Here is a spring flower who sighs
Here is a spring flower who’s sleepy
Here is a spring flower who cries
Here is a spring flower who’s angry
Here is a spring flower who’s sad
Here is a spring flower who’s noisy
And here is a spring flower who’s glad!

I’ve Got the Blues

Boo Hoo. Will it ever be Spring? 😉 We continue our “Colors” series with BLUE.

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: The Deep Blue Sea by Audrey Wood
Fingerplay: Rain is Falling Down
*Flannel: Raindrops
Action Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Read-aloud #2: Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Flannel song: The Animals on the Truck (to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”, use animal noises)
Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read-aloud #3: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
**Flannel: The Kitten and the Missing Blue Mitten
Read-aloud #4: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean
Dancing Song: “Dancing Scarf Blues” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Raindrops (source unknown)
Raindrops, raindrops, where did they fall?
They fell on a red bug, but that’s not all.
Raindrops, raindrops, where did they fall?
They fell on a green frog, but that’s not all.
Raindrops… continue with purple flower, orange cat, blue bird, yellow coat… but that’s not all.
Because up in the sky out came the sun,
And the rain made a rainbow for everyone.

**The Kitten and the Missing Blue Mitten (source unknown)
My poor little kitten lost her mitten
And started to cry, “Boo-hoo.”
So, I helped my kitten to look for her mitten,
Her beautiful mitten of blue.

I found a mitten just right for kitten
Under my mother’s bed.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored red.

I found a mitten just right for kitten
Under my father’s pillow.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored yellow.

I found a mitten just right for kitten
Under the laundry so clean.
But alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored green.

I found a mitten just right for kitten
Under the kitchen sink.
But, alas, the mitten was not the right mitten,
For it was colored pink.

I found a mitten just right for kitten
Inside my favorite shoe.
And this time the mitten was just the right mitten,
For it was colored blue!

all around you have green

Well, no green grass quite yet… but there’s the hope of a spring around the corner with lots and lots of GREEN. Green stories today in honor of ST. PATRICK’S DAY! I hope everyone has a lucky week 🙂

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: and then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano
Song (with motions and prop egg and bird): The Green Grass Grew All Around
Flannel: Teasing Mr. Crocodile (Words can be found here. Felt board set available from Artfelt.)
Read-aloud #2: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro
Flannel poem: Five Green Shamrocks
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #3: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Fingerplay: Five Fat Sausages
Storytelling Activity: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (using story props)
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Dancing Song: “My Energy” from Laurie Berkner: Under a Shady Tree

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This