Sleepy Preschool Visits

My Sleepy Toddler Storytimes went so well last year, I basically repeated it (with some modifications) for my preschool visits this month. My outreach visits average about 15-20 minutes. I visit classrooms every other month. It’s a lot of fun!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Noisy Night by Mac Barnett OR Tiger Can’t Sleep by S.J. Fore
Rhyme (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas (Jan Thomas has a song to go with this book on her website!)
Puppet Story: The Napping House from the book by Audrey Wood (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
“Dancing” Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Sleepy Toddler Storytime

Ironically, I’ve been having trouble sleeping this week… the week “Sleepy Stories” is my theme! One more week of this storytime session!

*Opening: The More We Get Together
*Rhyme: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas (Jan Thomas has a song to go with this book on her website!)
*Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin?
*Rhyme: Tommy Thumb
Book: Everyone is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch
*Rhyme (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
*Rhyme: Round and Round the Garden
Puppet Story: The Napping House from the book by Audrey Wood (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
“Dancing” Song (with shaker eggs): “I Can Shake My Shaker Egg” from Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael Rockin’ Red
*Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Craft: Tuck-Me-In Teddy (Found this craft on this website–scroll to the bottom)

*Rhymes can be found on the August/September 2018 Toddler Rhyme Sheet

Sleepy Storytime

I was so sleepy yesterday, I almost wore my pajamas to storytime! It would have been appropriate since it was a bedtime-themed storytime 😉

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Story Cards): A Sleepy Story by Elisabeth Burrowes OR Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Song/Fingerplay: Tommy Thumb
Read-aloud #2: Tiger Can’t Sleep by S.J. Fore
Song/Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #3: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Song/Fingerplay (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #4: How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen OR Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox
(Action Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
(Action Song: Hands Up High)
(Action Song: Where is Thumbkin?)

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

Tell Me a Story

All over Illinois, people gathered for Family Reading Night tonight… including at Dundee Public Library 🙂 We dressed up in our pjs and shared some favorite traditional tales.

OPENING:
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me (from Pete Seeger: American folk, game & activity songs for children)

PROGRAM:

Storytelling: “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. There is also a picture book, Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss that expands this tale.)

Storytelling Activity: “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. See this previous post for a little more information on how I present this tale.)

Action Song: “Five Little Ducks”

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

[Readers Theater: “Little Red Riding Hood” by Moira Butterfield]

Flannel Song: “Ten in the Bed”

Tandem Poem: “The Three Little Pigs” from You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together by Mary Ann Hoberman

Flannel Story: “The Three Little Pigs”

Story Cards: “A Sleepy Story” by Elisabeth Burrowes (a childhood favorite, now sadly out-of print)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: ‘Hands Are For Clapping” (from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song)

Royal Rest

Princes and princesses need to catch their Zzzzzzzzzs just as much as the rest of us! (I need to catch UP on Zzzs AND posts!) Despite being about bedtime, this storytime didn’t put anyone to sleep…

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox
Read-aloud #2: Stop Kissing Me! by Ethan Long
Song/Fingerplay: Tommy Thumb
Read-aloud #3: Tiger Can’t Sleep by S.J. Fore
Song/Fingerplay: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #4: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Song/Fingerplay (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #5: How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

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

Bats in the Moonlight

Halloween is coming up soon! Today, we read stories about the Moon (and bats, too!), and we did extra rhymes and songs.

Stories Shared:
Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge
Moonlight: the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Autumn Leaves
Once there was a Pumpkin
Fun with Hands
Tommy Thumb
Twinle Twinkle Little Star
Ten Little Fingers
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat sat on the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a fun
And the dish ran away with spoon.

Bonus Rhyme:
Two Little Bats
Two little bats hanging in a cave
One named Dan, one named Dave
Fly away Dan
Fly away Dave
Come back Dan, come back Dave!

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…
(Templates can be found in the book 52 Programs for Preschoolers: The Librarian’s Year-Round Planner by Diane Briggs.)

Music:
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Good Night, Sleep Tight!

Yaaawn…I think that after storytime, I might go take a nap!

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!
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!

Stories Shared:
Spot Says Goodnight by Eric Hill
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
Goodnight, Me by Andrew Daddo
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
My Eyes Can See
Ten in the Bed
Tommy Thumb
Tony Chestnut

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…
(Templates can be found in the book 52 Programs for Preschoolers: The Librarian’s Year-Round Planner by Diane Briggs.)

Music:
Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of the Beatles
Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of the Rolling Stones
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)