Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Everyone was hungry by the end of storytimes this week, but we talked about eating!

Books We Read:
Ten Hungry Pigs - Derek Anderson
Every Color Soup - Jorey Hurley
Nanette's Baguette - Mo Willems

Activities We Did:
1. Five Hungry Ants (from previous Picnic storytime)
2. Vegetable Soup - aka "Stir, Stir, Stir, the Soup" (from previous Food storytime)

Additional Book Options:
Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli - Barbara Jean Hicks
The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza - Jennie Palmer

Additional Activity Options:
*There are SO MANY to choose from! Go to one of these themes for more ideas of activities and/or books to choose from:
Apples and Bananas
Fruits and Vegetables

Wednesday, August 14, 2019


This week is all about monkeys!

Please, Open This Book! - Adam Lehrhaupt
Spunky Little Monkey - Bill Martin Jr.
Still a Gorilla! - Kim Norman

1. Bananas Unite! (from previous Fruits and Vegetables storytime)
2. Five Little Monkeys*
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed, (jump up and down)
One fell off and bumped his head! (pull one monkey off and touch head)
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said, (make phone your pinky/thumb out on one hand and put up to your ear)
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" (shake your finger and head)

Count down...4, 3, 2, 1

One little monkey jumping on the bed,
He fell off and bumped his head!
Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said,
"Put those monkeys back in bed!" (put monkeys back in bed!)

*One of my library assistants made a bed on a paint stick that works perfectly with a set of small monkeys we had. For each monkey that I took off, I put it on the back of the flannel bed. After the last verse to put the monkeys back in bed, I just rotated the stick around and all the monkeys were already in bed again!*

Additional Book Options:
Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett
Warning: Do Not Open This Book! - Adam Lehrhaupt
Good Night, Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann

Tuesday, August 6, 2019


After a summer of very few storms we have had all the rain the past week, which is perfect for this week's theme of rain!

Splish, Splash, Ducky! - Lucy Cousins
Planting a Rainbow - Lois Ehlert
Rain - Robert Kalan
Raindrops Roll - April Pulley Sayre

1. Come Under My Umbrella - Sign Language song (from previous Language storytime)

2. Planting a Rainbow (from previous Flower storytime)

3. Ella Behind the Umbrella
Ella, are you behind the purple umbrella?

One of my library assistants made the flannel for this. It's very simple - different colored cardstock umbrellas on flannel backing. The little girl sticks to the backside of the flannel with Velcro so it makes the hiding game SUPER easy!

Additional Book Options:
Split! Splat! - Amy Gibson
Raindrop, Plop! - Wendy Cheyette Lewison
The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book - Nancy Tafuri

Tuesday, July 30, 2019


This week we are learning about chickens!!!

Chicken Story Time - Sandy Asher
Big Fat Hen - Keith Baker
Five Little Chicks - Nancy Tafuri
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? - Jan Thomas

1. If You're a Chicken and You Know It
If you're a chicken and you know it, flap your wings, (flap, flap)
If you're a chicken and you know it, flap your wings, (flap, flap)
If you're a chicken and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you're a chicken and you know it, flap your wings. (flap, flap)

Repeat with: 
Scratch your feet (scratch, scratch) 
Peck your beak (peck, peck)
Source: Jen in the Library

2. Ten Eggs and a Hen
5 eggs and 5 eggs, that makes 10,
Sitting on top is mother hen.
Cluck [clap], cluck [clap], cluck [clap], what do we see?
Ten fluffy chicks, yellow as can be. 
Source: King County Library System

I made a double-sided laminated flannel for the rhyme:

3.  Little Chick Behind the Barn Door (from previous Farm storytime)
Little chick, little chick, come out to play. 
What colored barn are you hiding behind today?

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


I usually like more concrete themes especially since I plan for toddler storytimes AND preschool storytimes. Toddlers have a limited attention span and rarely sit long enough for a very short book. But this week I decided to mix it up and we learned about a more fluid concept of feelings and moods. 

Books We Used:
Even Superheroes Have Bad Days - Shelly Becker
Grumpy Pants - Claire Messer
Hooray for Hat! - Brian Won

New Activities:
1. If You're Happy and You Know It 
*We used Literary Hoots feelings and emotions version of a very familiar song.*

If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands,
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands,
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Repeat with:
If you're sad and you know it, wipe your eyes...
If you're mad and you know it, stomp your feet...
If you're scared and you know it, hide your face...
Source: Literary Hoots

2. Happy and Sad Faces 
A few years ago one of my library assistants made a flannel of happy/sad buckets for a school-age program about the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" They are awesome and I did not want to get rid of them. I found stock images online of happy and sad children. I laminated the photos and put Velcro on the backs of them. Then, I had the kids help me match the emotion on the faces of the children with the happy or sad bucket. 

Additional Book Options:
Mad, Mad Bear! - Kimberly Gee
If You're Hoppy - April Pulley Sayre
Funny Face, Sunny Face - Sally Symes
Mouse Was Mad - Linda Urban

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


It has, so far, been one of the hottest weeks of the year. Who doesn't want to spend the day cool by the ocean when it heats up?

Row, Row, Row Your Boat - Jane Cabrera
The Pout-Pout Fish - Deborah Diesen
This is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean - Kevin Sherry

Repeat Activities:
1. Whale Behind the Pail (from previous Water storytime)*
*This time I hid several other ocean themed flannels behind the pails. Sometimes the kids find what I am hiding so fast or they can see a piece of it peeking out. They thought it was hilarious to find a fish or a seashell instead of the whale they thought they were going to see.

New Activities:
1. Slippery Fish with sign language (see Jbrary's video of it for the song + signs)*
*I shortened the song and only sang the fish, octopus, and shark verses but we sang it twice through.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Watermelon, strawberries, bananas, oh my! This week our theme is all about fruit!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
The Watermelon Seed - Greg Pizzoli 
What's a Banana? - Marilyn Singer
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR - Don and Audrey Wood

Repeat Activities:
1. Five Big Strawberries (from previous Fruits and Vegetables storytime)
2. Bananas Unite (from previous Fruits and Vegetables storytime)

New Activities:
1. Apples and Bananas (Jbrary's version)
Surprisingly, I have never sung the whole version of Apples and Bananas at a storytime before. I decided to sing the song at our preschool storytimes this week using sign language for "eat", "apples", and "bananas". The kids thought it was HILARIOUS!