Happy Pig Day!

Happy Pig Day!There are so many really fun pig stories out there!

Sadly, I only have one more storytime left this summer (that I know of), and that is on THIS FRIDAY, July 1 at 12:30pm at the Lakeside Fest in Crystal Lake. Two storytimes in one week! Lucky me 🙂

OPENING:

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems
Song (sung with a puppet on my head): Pig on Her Head (from Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz)
Read-aloud #2 (Big Book): If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
*Action Song: Fun with Hands
Flannel/Storytelling: The Three Little Pigs
**Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs
Read-aloud #3: Ten Pigs: an Epic Bath Adventure by Derek Anderson
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Read-aloud #4: Z-Z-ZOINK! by Bernard Most
“Dancing” Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

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

*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…

**Two Mother Pigs

Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up) Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white. (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
‘Til they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs under fingers)

I Know a Chicken!

I had SO MUC0-698-11374-8H FUN at storytime today! I really need to start thinking about finding a steady storytime home. Today, we did one of my favorite themes: Chickens!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
*Fingerplay: Beehive
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.)
Read-aloud #2: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Flannel: The Little Red Hen (I used a singing refrain from storyteller Heather Forest’s sound recording Sing Me a Story.)
**Fingerplay: Chook-Chook-Chook
Read-aloud #3: Most Wonderful Egg in the World by Helme Heine
Dancing Song (with shakers!): “I Know a Chicken” from Laurie Berkner’s Whaddaya Think of That?

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.)

**“Chook-Chook-Chook”
Chook, chook, chook
Good morning, Mrs. Hen. (Hold up both thumbs)
How many chickens have you got?
Madam, I’ve got ten. (Show ten fingers)
Four of them are yellow. (Show four fingers on one hand)
And four of them are brown (Show four fingers on the other hand)
And two of them are speckled red (Show two fingers)
The nicest in the town.

MY NEXT STORYTIME: Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am @ Rakow Branch Library in Elgin

The Farmer in the Library

Farming… always a well-received storytime theme…

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington
Fingerplay: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
*Flannel: Five Little Apples
Read-aloud #2: I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs
**Flannel: Open Up the Barn Door
Read-aloud #3: When the Rooster Crowed by Patricia Lillie
Flannel Song: Old MacDonald
Read-aloud #4: The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
Action Rhyme: Hands Up High
(“Dancing” Song: “The Wiggle Song” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes)

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Five Little Apples
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little apples hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Slinky Worm quiet as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 apple flannels and a worm finger puppet)

**Open up the Barn Door (source unknown)
Open up the barn door, tra la la
There’s a sheep inside, he’s saying Baa
Open up the barn door, it’s a sunny day
There’s a horse inside, and she’s saying Neigh
Open up the barn door as fast as you know how
There’s a cat inside, and she’s saying Meow
Open up the barn door, keep it open now
There’s a dog inside who’s saying Bow-wow
Open up the barn door, we have a lot to do
There’s a cow inside, and she’s saying Moo
Open up the barn door, quick as you can point
There’s a pig inside, and he is saying Oink

Farm Animals

It’s “farm animal” time! EIEIO! Also: Just 2 more weeks in our “winter storytime” session. We will be taking a short break the weeks of March 15 and 22. The spring session starts the week of March 29. As always, BV participants MUST register ahead of time. The Central storytimes will remain open with no registration necessary.

Books Shared:
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Old MacDonald
Not Say a Single Word
Rain is Falling Down
Fun with Hands
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Bonus Song:
Five Little Ducks (Flannel pieces can be purchased here. Melody can be listened to here.)
Five little ducks (Wiggle 5 fingers)
Went out one day
Over the hills (Make “hilly” motion with hand.)
and far away (Shield eyes as if looking out to sea.)
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (“Quack” with hand as if a puppet.)
But only four little ducks came back. (Show 4 fingers.)
Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…
Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back.

Music:
Dr. Jean & Friends (Tooty Ta; Mother Goony Bird)

Farm Animals, E-I-E-I-O!

Wowsers! We were all very good listeners today, so we got to read lots of books about farm animals. Miss Jennifer was very silly…she balanced lots of animals on her head: a pig, a chicken, a dog, a cat and a sheep! She also had a BOOK on her head…and it didn’t fall off when she walked across the room! So silly! Storytime is so much fun 🙂

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Books Shared:
Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin
Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
The Farmer in the Dell (pictures by Mary Maki Rae)
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Old MacDonald
Mr. Turkey Went Out One Day
I Wiggle My Fingers
Not Say a Single Word
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Music:
Music for Little People: A Child’s Celebration of Folk Music
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)