Rake-O Family Fall Festival

Howdy, folks! Yesterday, I had a grand ole time doing mini-storytimes as part of the Rake-O Family Fall Festival at the Rakow Branch Library in Elgin. I did a mixture of cowboy, farms, animals, and fun. Yee-haw!

IN OTHER NEWS: I just started a new job over at the Poplar Creek Library in Streamwood! I’ll be focusing on outreach for PK-Grade 2 in the schools. I’m excited about this new challenge and look forward to being more active on this website.


Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs

Song: “Finger in the Air” from Miss Carole’s Baloney!
Song: Chicken Dance
Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Action Rhyme: Fun with Hands
Action Rhyme: Ten in a Bed
Action Rhyme: Hands Up High
Action Rhyme: Blackbirds
Flannel: The Enormous Turnip
Storytelling (with puppets): “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.)

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)

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