Bad Wolf?…or…Good Wolf?

More storytime fun with the Family Literacy crowd at Golfview Elementary! Today, we played around with the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, and other wolf stories. And, the wolf wasn’t always the bad guy!

Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me
Read-aloud #1: Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer
Storytelling Activity: The Gunniwolf
Read-aloud #2: Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya
Dancing Song: “Jump Up, Turn Around” from Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times
Read-aloud #3: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

Craft: Wolf Leaf Craft (I used Ellison die cut leafs rather than real ones)

Featuring Heather Forest

Yesterday, I got to go out and play with other librarians at a story-swap meeting (Lincoln Story League)!!!

There, I shared my love of musical storyteller Heather Forest. I plugged two of her wonderful cds, Sing Me a Story and Tales Around the Hearth as well as her picture book version of The Little Red Hen. These cds (as well as mp3s of individual stories from the collections) are available from such sites as CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon.

I’ve adopted catchy musical refrains from her versions of The Mitten, The Turnip and The Little Red Hen into my own storytelling at the library. Adding these refrains is a great way to perk up the presentation and to get the kids singing along.

I also talked a little about how I tell The Little Red Hen. In addition to using Heather Forest’s singing refrain (“If you want some cake to eat, who will help me plant this wheat, etc.?”), I often use audience participation in the form of choosing some kids to work puppets or wear special headbands to act out the parts of the dog, the cat and the mouse. I wear a crazy chicken hat and act as the little red hen. Everyone else gets to be my little chicks. So, when the dog, the cat, and the mouse all say “Not I”, I ask my little chicks if they will help me. They all nod and agree, and we act out planting the seeds, harvesting the wheat, etc. And, of course, the little red hen and her chicks all get to mime eating delicious cake at the end! For my youngest audiences, I usually use flannels and visual cards to tell the story. I still have the kids be chicks, but I don’t select anyone to be a specific part.

The Little Red Hen was a part of a chicken folktale program that I geared for a K-3rd grade audience (and their families). I also used it in my storytime best practices presentation for the California Library Association Conference in 2009. (Please note my email address and blog URL have changed since then.) For that presentation, I also included a template for a fun chicken craft. Other chicken storytimes I’ve done can be found here, here, and here. (Can you tell it is one of my favorite themes?)

The Three Little Pigs

Super Saturday Stories is back! A few times each year, I do a special family storytime that focuses on a classic folktale. Last Saturday, I presented our “Three Little Pigs Go Hog Wild!” program over at the Buena Vista library. Fun times!

OPENING:
Intro Music: “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” versions from Vintage Children’s Favourites, Simply Mad About the Mouse , and Reggae for Kids: Movie Classics
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: The Three Little Pigs retold by James Marshall
Storytelling Activity: The Three Little Pigs (Children dressed up and acted out the parts.)
Read-aloud #2: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
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
Read-aloud #3: The Three Horrid Little Pigs by Liz Pichon
Song: Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)

MOVIE:
Muppet Classic Theater (The Three Little Pigs)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Upon entering, children choose between a pig and a wolf cut-out to wear during the program. As they left, each child was given a pig sticker.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

ROAR! Did I scare you??? Didn’t think so. Every now and then, I go over to the Buena Vista Branch Library to do a special Saturday morning storytime geared towards early elementary kids. Today, I presented a “beary” fun Goldilocks and the Three Bears storytime. We went on a bear hunt, we sang songs, we listen to and acted out some bear stories, and we even watched a silly Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears cartoon. The kids were a blast, and I even had one child comment that I was the best librarian ever! How precious. I love being a li-BEAR-ian:) I’ll post some pictures on my Storytime Flickr Photos soon!

OPENING:
Intro Music: Bill Shontz: Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me

PROGRAM:
Storytelling Activity: Bear Hunt (based on Michael Rosen’s version)
Read-aloud #1: Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall
Storytelling Activity: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Children dressed up and acted out the parts.)
Read-aloud #2: Dustylocks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell
Storytelling Activity: Sody Sallyrytus (based on Margaret Read MacDonald’s version in Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller; also a similar version retold by Aubrey Davis)
Song: The Bear Went Over the Mountain (Melody and lyrics can be found here.)

MOVIE:
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (Looney Tunes Golden Collection)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Bear Ears Headband

Frog Prince

OPENING:
Intro Music: The Renaissance Album
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me

PROGRAM:
Readers Theater: The Frog Prince adapted from the book by Susanna Davidson
Read-aloud #1: The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read-aloud #2: The Horned Toad Prince by Jackie Mims Hopkins

MOVIE:
The Tale of the Frog Prince (Faerie Tale Theater)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Paper Crowns, Coloring Sheets and Heart Suckers

Little Red Riding Hood

This month, the library introduced a new program: Super Saturday Stories. Last Saturday, I presented a storytime for kids in grades K-3 that highlighted the favorite folktale, Little Red Riding Hood. We had a blast recreating the traditional tale by having the children do a readers theater presentation, reading variant books and poems, storytelling, and watching a video of a Bugs Bunny version. I hope to do another “Super Saturday Stories” program in the future and play with other fairy tales and folktales. Also: be on the lookout! I will be posting a podcast version of Little Red Riding Hood in the near future…and hope to be posting monthly podcasts of favorite traditional stories.

OPENING:
Intro Music: Pete Seeger: American folk, game & activity songs for children
Demonstrate storytelling doll and talk a little about Children’s Book Week.
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me

PROGRAM:
Readers Theater: Little Red Riding Hood by Moira Butterfield
Read-aloud #1: Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young
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
Read-aloud #2: Little Red Cowboy Hat by Susan Lowell
Storytelling Activity: The Gunniwolf

MOVIE:
Little Red Riding Rabbit (Looney Tunes)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Basket with goodies (oreos) and CBW bookmark