Snow Day First Grade Visit

Winter is here, and Snow Days are sure to come…

Picture Book: Straight to the Pole by Kevin O’Malley
Discussion: If school was closed for a Snow Day, what would you do?
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Snow Play by Birgitta Ralston and The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
Picture Book: Pizza-Pie Snowman by Valeri Gorbachev
Picture Book: Red and Lulu by Matt Traveres (also printed out and showed pictures of current 2019 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree)

Crazy Soup Preschool Visits

I sure do love some soup when the weather gets chilly. And it’s been pretty chilly here in Chicagoland! Luckily, I can warm up by jumping around and acting silly with preschoolers 🙂 We we especially enjoyed A Soup Opera!

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Book: A Soup Opera by Jim Gill
*Flannel Song: Stir the Soup
Book: Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas
Dancing Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” from Laurie Berkner’s Victor Vito
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*Stir, Stir, Stir the Soup (from the fantastic website Jen in the Library. Lots of good soup storytime suggestions–and other themes as well!)
(To tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)
Stir, stir, stir the soup
Stir it all day long.
Add some (insert food name here),
Take a taste (slurrrp!)
Soup will make us strong. (flex arm)


Zombies and… Veggies? Second Grade Visits

Another fun visit!

Fiction Book: Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan and Jorge Lacera
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Zombie-Gut Chili and Other Horrifying Dinners by Ali Vega, How to Carve Freakishly Cool Pumpkins by Sarah L. Schuette, and What Makes a Monster? by Jess Keating (zombie ant fungus!); also said we have books about zombies at the library and showed the cover of The Legend of the Zombie by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Storytell: Now I’ve Gotcha (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Fall Fun Preschool Visits

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
Rhyme: Apples
Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri or Aw, Nuts! by Rob McClurkan
(Rhyme: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
*Flannel: 5 Little Acorns
(Book: Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein or Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor or Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell)
(**Fingerplay: Scary Eyes)
(***Flannel/Rhyme: Pumpkin Pie)
Dancing Song: Hip Hop Body Rock” (with shakers) from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

**Scary Eyes
See my big and scary eyes? (Form circles around eyes with fingers.)
Get ready for a big surprise. (Cover face with hands.)
Boo! (Uncover face peek-a-boo style.)

***Pumpkin Pie
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
A witch flew by…
“Ahhahahahaha, I’m going to make you into pumpkin pie!”
Four little pumpkins… (and so on)

Bunnies!!! Preschool Visits!!!

My last outreach visits of the year!!! I’ve had so much fun visiting various preschool classes (and having some visit me at the library) this year. I’m sad this school year is coming to a close. I’ll miss these little guys.

I’ll be keeping busy, though, with summer school visits to the library as well as visiting Ontarioville Elementary School in our new library Van Mobile Monday nights 6-6:45 from June 3rd to August 5th. We’ll be bringing books available to check-out, registration materials and prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge (Reading: the True Superpower!), and registration forms to be able to get a library card onsite at the school. Hopefully, I’ll be able to read or tell some stories and have some dance parties and other fun as well. Should be an exciting summer!

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Bunnies!!! by Kevan Atteberry
Action Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo
Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming OR Conejito by Margaret Read MacDonald (Conejito is fairly long, so I had to cut out the flannel and extra book for those groups. BUT Conejito was a big hit with my PreK dual language classes.)
(Flannel: The Enormous Turnip)
(Book: Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal)
Dancing Song:  “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Dogs are Groovy Preschool Visits

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Is There a Dog in this Book? by Viviane Schwarz OR The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems OR Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton and Arthur Robins OR Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Flannel Song: BINGO
Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Prop: Swallowing “George” Puppy (with finger puppets inside; I put on latex gloves and removed the animals from inside George)
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Book: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
Dancing Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

Cute Second Grade Visits

Book: Rot by Ben Clanton
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from 125 Cute Animals by National Geographic Kids, Cute as an Axolotl by Jess Keating*, and How to Draw Cute Animals by Angela Nguyen
Storytell: “Chickens!” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

*Jess Keating has a fun “draw your cutest critter” handout on her website that I gave to the teachers to distribute to the kids

Valentines Kindergarten Visit

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Groggle’s Monster Valentine by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bats Langley
Book (with swallowing old women prop and laminated visuals): I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared D. Lee
Book: Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Dancing Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

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

Festive, Frosty Fun Preschool Visits

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Song: Silly Hat Song
Book: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Storytell: The Mitten (You can use beautiful visuals as props from Jan Brett’s website here.) (I also used Heather Forest’s musical refrain from her version on her Tales Around the Hearth cd.)
Book (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Dancing Song (with bells): “Jingle Bells” from Raffi’s Christmas Album
Closing: We Wave Goodbye