Royal Rinse

Sorry for the lack of posting! I’m adjusting to getting back into “storytime mode”. It’s been a blast! This past Monday, I read at Culvers on Randall Road in South Elgin… I’ll be back there for more royal reading Monday, July 11 at 5:30 pm… come join me for food and stories! I’m also at McDonald’s on Larkin in Elgin on Wednesdays at 5:00 pm!!!
Last week, we had a fun storytime about baths/washing up!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood
Song: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
Poem: “Take Me Out of the Bathtub” from Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs by Alan Katz
Read-aloud #2: The Great Dog Wash by Shellie Braeuner
Song/Fingerplay: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read-aloud #3: Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London
Storytelling (with finger puppets): Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley
Read-aloud #4: To the Beach by Thomas Docherty

(BONUS BOOK: For some of the families, I also read If… by Sarah Perry. It doesn’t really go with the theme but is a fun imagination-stretcher especially for the older kids.)

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.

Bunny Pajama Time

More bunny fun at this month’s pajama storytime! It was a hit… 105 people! WOW.

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of The Beatles
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (Pete Seeger)
Book: A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan
Song: Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! By Candace Fleming
Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo (Lyrics and Music here)
Fingerplay: Here’s a Bunny
Oral Story (using puppets and masks): “El Conejito” from Shake-It-Up Tales by Margaret Read MacDonald
Rhyme: Fun with Hands

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO:
Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies: The Tortoise and the Hare (~10 min)

“Here’s a Bunny”
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.)

“Fun With Hands”
Suit actions to words.
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”.

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

All About Love Pajama Time

This week, we had a “love”-ly pajama storytime to prepare ourselves for Valentine’s Day!

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: A Father’s Love: Golden Slumbers
Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Song: Tony Chestnut
Book: The Frog Prince by Susanna Davidson
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Book: Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning
Song (with flannels): Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
Book: No More Kissing! by Emma Chichester Clark
Song: Will You Be My Valentine?

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO
A Kiss For Little Bear (32 minutes)

Will You Be My Valentine?
(Sing this to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine? My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
And love you every day.