Monday, December 3, 2007

Sparkling Snow Storytime

I love doing snow storytimes in winter. Alice Schertle begins ALL YOU NEED FOR A SNOWMAN when the first snowflake falls. SNOWBALLS by Lois Ehlert also deals with building a snowman.

An older song that I remember (and can be found on the internet) is Suzy Snowflake. She comes tapping on the window and offers to help build a snowman and take them on a sleigh ride. I'm planning on making a flannelboard to go with the song.

Another song that has picture book editions is FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. This is always a favorite & although we hear it during the Christmas season, the song itself never mentions the holiday. This means it can be used throughout the winter.

A quick and easy flannelboard is "Counting Snowflakes". I used some snowflake calendar cutouts & put sandpaper (you can also use velcro or felt) on the back. You can count up as you put them on the board & down as you take them off.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

There are some great picture books out there on dancing. I used several in preschool storytime and wanted to share them with you. Check out our catalog at to see reviews of the books.

Ryder, Joanne. DANCE BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. (this is written to fit the tune: Buffalo Gals). 2007

---- BIG BEAR BALL. (2002) I love Steven Kellogg illustrations.

Andreae, Giles. GIRAFFES CAN'T DANCE. (this title came out in 2001 but an edition with a CD was released in 2007)

Harter, Debbie. THE ANIMAL BOOGIE. (this is available in paperback with a music CD that invites kids to get up & move with the animals. This also works well as a flannelboard story)

Winthrop, Elizabeth. THE DANCING GRANNY (2003) This has a dancing granny and a zoo full of animal dancers.

Helldorfer, M. C. GOT TO DANCE (2004) A young girl dances through a summer day.

Merz, Jennifer J. THAT DANCIN' DOLLY. (2004) This is also written to the tune: Buffalo Gals. This is also a wonderful title to use with toddlers.

Dillon, Leo & Diane. RAP A TAP TAP: HERE'S BOJANGLES, THINK OF THAT! (2002) A picture book about the dancing of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

Shields, Carol Diggory. SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DINOSAUR STOMP. Who doesn't love dinosaurs, just pratice your pronunciation.

Wilson, Karma. HILDA MUST BE DANCING. A hippo shakes up her friends with her dancing until they find a happy compromise that satisfies everyone.

These are just my top 10. (it was hard to limit to 10 but I did). This storytime invites participation and movement. Later I'll post activities to go with the books.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Farm rhyme/Zoo rhyme

I found a rhyme on the internet that went:

I went to visit a farm one day,
I saw a cow along the way
And what do you think I heard her say?
Moo, moo, moo.

I've also used it for a zoo kit:

I went to visit the zoo one day,
I saw a tiger along the way
And what do you think I heard him say?
Growl, growl, growl.

While visiting our local Hobby Lobby I found some nifty wooden creatures in their Bible School area. There were zoo animals, some farm animals, and some bugs. These are just the right size to add a fat craft stick to for stick puppets. I'm going to use them with the above rhyme and see how it goes.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Piggy in the Puddle

It's funny how something that I've used for years can become fresh again. When I first began presenting preschool storytime, I used a book called PIGGY IN THE PUDDLE by Charlotte Pomerantz. The pictures aren't as large or as bright as many newer books, but the rhyme & language is delightful. I used it today with 3, 4, & 5 year olds, thinking that the younger kids might think it a little long. When I finished, a 3 year old looked at me and said, "That was a really fun book." I had 3 copies of the book available for check out & they all disappeared.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ezra Jack Keats "Pet Show" activity

At the time of the video conference, I didn't have this ready to send out. I hope you'll find it useful.

Ezra Jack Keats----Pet Show Activity

Have children sit in circle.

Read “Pet Show” by Ezra Jack Keats
(You may need to provide some background on what a germ is)

Explain that we’re going to have a pet show all our own
And that we’ll use the library’s animals.

Have the children close their eyes and hold out their hands.

Hand out the beanie babies—it may help to have a teacher hand some out
(and teachers get one, also!)

Open your eyes!

Show children how to treat their beanie baby tenderly—model stroking its
head, etc.

After children have had a chance to explore their animal, demonstrate how
the beanie gets put on the floor in front of each child for the pet show.

Then—they chant! (You may need to coach them so everyone participates)

Hey Friend! (clap, clap)
What’s your pet? (clap, clap)

Child will identify pet

Everyone repeats the kind of animal it is

(clap, clap, clap, clap, clap) nice pet!
(count aloud: one-two-three-four-five nice pet!)

At the end, have the children put the beanies back in their bags, and into the basket.

You can gauge the group about how they’ll handle the beanies. Some groups get pretty aggressive with them, and it helps to be very structured about how you use them.

Some children end up disappointed in their animal—they like another one better. You can decide whether, if animals are left, you can make a trade.

You might want to do a quick check whether each child can identify their animal—or if you get to the identification point and the child doesn’t know, just supply the name.

Developed by Pat Leach, Youth Services, Bennett Martin Public Library, Lincoln City Libraries, Lincoln, NE.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Chocolate Bunnies

I found some plastic chocolate bunnies at Easter that I bought to use with storytimes on chocolate. As we were kidding around, I came up with the following rhyme:

Five chocolate bunnies that we adore,
Anna ate one and then there were four.

Four chocolate bunnies yummy to see,
Billy ate one and then there were three.

Three chocolate bunnies delicious it's true,
Sue ate one and then there were two.

Two chocolate bunnies wished they could run,
Scott ate one and then there was one.

One chocolate bunny, only one thing to be done,
I ate it and then there were none.

This can also be done as a flannelboard with felt pieces.


Yesterday I presented my first video conference, which was a great learning experience. While I was presenting storytelling ideas that I've shared a thousand times, it was SO different without the feedback of an actual audience. Looking back, there were many things I could have done differently and better. One of the things I hope to do with this blog is share things I learn and storytime ideas that I've developed.

I also hope that others will share their successes with me. If you see something you can use, please use it or adapt it to fit your needs.