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.)

The Farmer in the Dell

Today’s stories were about farming and gardening (and pesky rabbits!). I hope that everyone has a good Easter weekend!

Stories Shared:
The Farmer in the Dell (pictures by Mary Maki Rae)
This is the Farmer by Nancy Tafuri
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet–Spring 2009):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
Old MacDonald
Open, Shut Them

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…)

Bonus Song:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo” (Music and lyrics can be found here.)

Julian Lloyd Webber: Lullaby
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine)