Category Archives: Storytimes
I’ve been forgetting to blog my storytimes since the summer session started! But here is this week’s theme: Chickens. We are actually doing this theme with the Little Red Hen puppet show, so my other items only have to fill 20 minutes. Family storytime is my favorite! Here is what I chose:
After intros and host puppet, etc. we will be starting with Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman. I love this book, and the kids love to yell “CHICKENS TO THE RESCUE!!”
Then we have a flannel of Five Little Chicks:
Then we are going to read Is Everone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas. Jan Thomas is one of my ultimate favorites, especially for tandem reading in storytime.
Then we have another flannel, based on Hattie and the Fox:
Then we’re bringing in Hungry Hen by Richard Waring in case we have extra time. It’s silly!
There are a lot of good chicken books, but I haven’t done these in a while, so that’s what we’re doing! 🙂
Wolves is a hard theme to do for family storytime, because some of the younger kids might find some of the stories a little too scary. It’s important to keep a light tone! Anyway, here’s what we used tonight:
The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza is a classic!
Wolf’s Coming! by Koe Kulka is a little scary, but it has a fun, silly ending.
I am So Strong by Mario Ramos is about a really cocky wolf, and another one with a little bit of a silly ending.
Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around by Claudia Bueda is fun for family storytime, because the kids can easily catch on to the song and sing with you. Plus it starts with the wolf putting on his underpants, so after that, they think everything is hilarious.
Five White and Fluffy Sheep
The Singing Chick
(I really like this one, but you have to be willing to be dramatic!)
Other good Wolf Books:
Tonight’s storytime theme is Noise! Noise is a fun theme, there are a lot of good books for this one, so here are the ones I’m using:
My coworker at my old position at another branch had a great idea to go along with Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. When ever she turned the page to the part where the chicks would run wild, I would turn on some kind of crazy music to go with it. It was really fun. Then at the end, when Mama goes wild, we had something like Kenny G. or something play, which of course the kids didn’t always fully understand, but the parents thought was hilarious.
Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming is really fun to have them shout along with you, as long as you keep control of the chaos. I’m going to do this one right before we stand up to do some music so that if it gets a little too crazy, we can dance and then sit down again after that.
Any of the Dinosaur vs. books will work for noise, but I like Dinosaur vs. The Library by Bob Shea in particular since he goes into storytime at the end. And I will just say that I love Bob Shea in general. Anything Bob Shea, I will use!
The Little Little Girl with the Big Big Voice by Kristen Belauch is a nice, short book to end my family storytime with. By that time, the little ones are usually starting to get a little restless. For this book, I usually add in the girl’s voice since she doesn’t actually have any words in the book. I just add in a “HI” or something similar. It’s a cute one.
Who Said “Moo?” is a pretty simple flannel. I also plan to use one called”Pardon?” Said the Giraffe. I didn’t get a picture of that one, but it’s based on this book:
Other good Noise Books:
Rock-a-Baby Band by Kate McMullan (you can use the music and shakers with this one)
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka
Say What? by Angela Diterlizzi
Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge
Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb (clap or pat with the rhythm)
Who Said “Coo?” by Deborah Ruddell
The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee (I love this book and will use for anything it will even remotely work for)
This week’s theme for storytime is Eggs! I thought it might be a little hard to plan, but there are actually a lot of fun storytime books with eggs. So here’s the plan:
The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill is a really silly story about some plotting chickens trying to help their cow friend feel better. It always gets them laughing!
I really like Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman. The illustrations are funny, and there are lots of other animals to talk about too.
The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend is especially fun if you like doing voices and accents.
Except If by Jim Averbeck is a short, simple book, but it’s funny, and it has great illustrations.
Five Little Eggs
Other Egg Books:
That’s Mine by Michael Van Zeveren
Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann
Eggday by Joyce Dunbar
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Whose Chick Are You? by Nancy Tafuri
Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting
If there’s one thing I do at work that I do have confidence in, it’s storytime. I love storytime, and my Monday night family storytime is my favorite. Even though I’m definitely an introvert, I can somehow overcome that during this special half hour where all eyes are on me expecting entertainment. I can handle holding their attention, and even manage to make the parents laugh. I’m in my zone during storytime. So I’m going to share some of the themes we use for storytime, and my favorite books for them.
This week our theme was Spring. We always start with an envelope addressed to storytime with the letter of the day (“S”), and couple pictures of clues for them to figure out the clue. Then puppet and the 10 Little Fingers opening rhyme.
I started out with Muncha Muncha Muncha by Candace Fleming, a great story about some pretty persistent rabbits. This one is fun because the kids can “muncha muncha muncha” with you. I learned from two masters in my previous job that anything you can make interactive is good in family storytime, because you have so many different ages, it can be hard to keep all of them interested.
So then we read Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand. This one is fun because you can do some snoring. Normally, I’d have the kids snore with me in this one, but I have a few that got a little too carried away last time we had some snoring, so I didn’t encourage them. Still a cute story though.
Then we did The Five Fat Peas fingerplay, which is one of my favorites. It always goes over well.
The music we use is Hot Potato. The kids and parents love it and can’t get enough. We do it every week.
Then we read Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson. Her books generally always go over well for me. This one is pretty similar to Spring is Here, so I talked to them a little bit about how they were similar, and what made them different.
We use a Two Little Hands fingerplay for our closing rhyme, and then the kids can say goodbye to my host puppet, Charlotte! They normally feed her french fries or strawberries for some reason.
I do have one older 7-year-old boy that usually comes to my storytime. He’s not with anyone, I think his dad is using the computers and just tells him to go in there. He can be pretty tough to please, and he likes to spoil the story if he can figure out the ending ahead of time, so I’ve been trying to make some progress with him. This week I had to really make eye contact and tell him to listen. He’s also one of those that likes to hit the host puppet at the end, so I have to tell him to be careful and be gentle. It’s a little uncomfortable. But all in all, spring was a pretty fun storytime!