Little Movers: Rain and Rainbows!

To encourage March to go out like a lamb next week, today we read about rain and rainbows!

OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

BOOK: SPLISH SPLASH DUCKY

SONG (WITH SCARVES): RAIN ON THE GRASS

Rain on the grass (shake scarf on floor)

Rain on the trees (shake scarf in air)

Rain on the rooftops (shake scarf over head)

But not on me! (drop scarf on head)

SONG (WITH SCARVES): JACK IN THE BOX

Jack in the box (bunch up scarf)

Sits so still

Will he come out?

Yes he will! (throw scarf in air)

BOOK: MAISY’S RAINBOW DREAM

SONG: RAIN IS FALLING DOWN

Rain is falling down (wiggle fingers like rain), SPLASH (clap)

Rain is falling down (wiggle fingers like rain), SPLASH (clap)

Pitter patter pitter patter (pat legs)

Rain is falling down (wiggle fingers like rain), SPLASH (clap)

The sun is peeking out, peek a boo!

The sun is peeking out, peek a boo!

Peeking here and peeking there

The sun is peeking out, peek a boo!

BOOK: WOW SAID THE OWL

For our second session we were feeling a little rowdy so we skipped this book.

SONG (WITH FLANNEL BOARD): DRIVING ROUND IN MY CAR

Driving round in my little red car

Driving round in my little red car

Driving round in my little red car

Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom!

We sang this song changing the color of the car each time to add another color to our rainbow!

And that’s what we did in storytime! Be sure to check back next Monday to see what Marta did.

Movers & Shakers: Rain and Rainbows!

March is the perfect time of year for a storytime about rain and rainbows!

OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

BOOK: SPLISH SPLASH DUCKY

SONG: RAIN ON THE GRASS

Rain on the grass (shake scarf on floor)

Rain on the trees (shake scarf in air)

Rain on the rooftops (shake scarf over head)

But not on me! (drop scarf on head)

We repeated this song with sun and snow on the leaves as well, though hopefully we’ve seen the last of the snow!

SONG: JACK IN THE BOX

Jack in the box (bunch up scarf)

Sits so still

Will he come out?

Yes he will! (throw scarf in air)

BOOK: WOW SAID THE OWL

SONG (WITH FELT BOARD): DRIVING ROUND IN MY LITTLE RED CAR

Driving round in my little red car

Driving round in my little red car

Driving round in my little red car

Zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom!

We sang this song changing the color of the car each time to add another color to our rainbow!

BOOK: MAISY’S RAINBOW DREAM

SONG: RAIN IS FALLING DOWN

Rain is falling down (wiggle fingers like rain), SPLASH (clap)

Rain is falling down (wiggle fingers like rain), SPLASH (clap)

Pitter patter pitter patter (pat legs)

Rain is falling down (wiggle fingers like rain), SPLASH (clap)

The sun is peeking out, peek a boo!

The sun is peeking out, peek a boo!

Peeking here and peeking there

The sun is peeking out, peek a boo!

And that’s what we did in storytime! Be sure to check back next Thursday to see what we do.

Little Movers: Spring Garden

Bugs and dirt and seeds… oh my!

OPENING SONG: WELL HELLO EVERYBODY! CAN YOU TOUCH YOUR NOSE?

BOOK: A SEED GROWS BY ANTIONETTE PORTIS

SONG: DANCE, FREEZE, MELT BY MR. ERIC AND MR. MICHAEL

FELT BOARD: FIVE LITTLE FLOWERS

One little flower had nothing much to do,
Out popped another one, then there were two.
Two little flowers were smiling at a bee,
Out popped another one, then there were three.
Three little flowers were growing by the door,
Out popped another one, then there were four.
Four little flowers were glad to be alive,
Out popped another one, then there were five.

BOOK: DIG IN! BY CINDY JENSON-ELLIOTT

SONG: SHAKE! (YOUR SHAKER EGGS) BY WE KIDS ROCK

SONG: BUMBLEBEE (BUZZ BUZZ) BY LAURIE BERKNER BAND

We used shaker eggs for this song too! The eggs were the bees. During the verses, our “bees” were quiet, but during the chorus they got to “buzz”.

BOOK: MUD! BY MARY LYNN RAY

WHAT I DIDN’T USE: We had some very busy bodies this week, so we didn’t use our last book, Mud!

Check back next week to see what Jessica does in storytime!

Movers & Shakers: Science!

This week we explored the best ways we can discover new things – through science!

WELCOME SONG: EVERYBODY TAKE A SEAT

OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

BOOK: FRANKENSLIME!

FELT BOARD: 5 LITTLE STARS

BOOK: CHARLOTTE THE SCIENTIST IS SQUISHED

SONG: SHAKE YOUR SILLIES OUT BY RAFFI

SONG: WIBBLE WOBBLE (JELLY ON A PLATE) BY KINDI ROCK

BOOK: TEST THIS BOOK!

WHAT I DIDN’T USE: WINDY BY LOUIE ZONG – This song is fun to use with scarves since it’s just instrumentals, and it’s a way for kids to think about how the wind affects everyday things. It was created by the same person who wrote Test This Book! He is a fun artist, and I was hoping to use this as a way to show kids that they can be more than 1 thing when they grow up – whether a scientist who discovers new things, or a writer, or a song writer. Sadly, we ran out of time.

And that’s what we did in storytime! Be sure to check back next Thursday to see what Jessica does next!

Little Movers: Cars and Trucks!

OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

BOOK: THE LITTLE FIRE TRUCK

SONG: HURRY, HURRY

Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck!

Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck!

Hurry, hurry, drive the firetruck!

Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!  

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder!

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder!

Hurry, hurry, climb the ladder!

Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding! 

Hurry, hurry, spray the water!

Hurry, hurry, spray the water!

Hurry, hurry, spray the water!

Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding! 

FELT BOARD: MY FRIEND DUCK

My friend duck is hiding behind a truck

Is my friend duck behind the (color) truck?

BOOK: TIP TIP DIG DIG

SONG: THE WHEELS ON THE BUS

BOOK: RACE CAR COUNT

SONG: TEN LITTLE RACE CARS

1 little, 2 little, 3 little race cars

4 little, 5 little, 6 little race cars

7 little, 8 little, 9 little race cars

10 little race cars zoom zoom zoom!

And that’s what we did in storytime! Be sure to check back next week to see what Marta did.

Movers & Shakers: Bugs!

Spring is nearly here, and our buggy friends are starting to come out to play!

WELCOME SONG: EVERYBODY TAKE A SEAT

OPENING SONG: IF YOU’RE READY FOR A STORY

BOOK: SWARM OF BEES

FELT BOARD: LADY BUG HAS 1 BLACK SPOT

Sing this to tune of “Muffin Man”

Ladybug has 1 black spot
1 black spot
1 black spot
Ladybug has 1 black spot
Pretty Ladybug!

Continue counting through 6!

SONG: THERE’S A SPIDER ON THE FLOOR BY RAFFI

BOOK: PETE THE CAT AND THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER

SONG: SHAKE YOUR SILLIES OUT

SONG (WITH SHAKER EGGS): BUMBLEBEE (BUZZ BUZZ) BY LAURIE BERKNER

WHAT I DIDN’T USE: HOW TO WALK AN ANT.

And that’s what we did in storytime! Be sure to check back next Thursday to see what we do next!

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! Here is what’s new and newsworthy in children’s literature and public libraries.

  1. Rick Riordan revealed the cover of Percy Jackson and the Chalice of the Gods! Check out his interview with Entertainment Weekly here, where he talks about the inspiration for the new novel and what Percy & Co. are getting up to now.
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas is getting a sequel?? How the Grinch Lost Christmas is coming out this September and is written by Alastair Heim and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz.
  3. A report in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph showed multiple changes made to new editions of Roald Dahl’s works to remove potentially offensive material. However, after immediate and widespread backlash, the publishers announced they would also be releasing a Roald Dahl Classic Collection that would have the original text. The U.S. version will not change.
  4. The first trailer for Disney’s live action remake of Peter Pan actually looks promising! Peter Pan & Wendy debuts on Disney+ on April 28. I love the original book so I’m hoping this will be good!
  5. For the 25th anniversary of the Harry Potter series (has it really been so long?!), Scholastic is releasing the classic paperback editions in paperback with “refreshed covers” as well as a new boxed edition in September.

And that’s all for this month’s Five on Friday! I hope you all enjoyed checking out what’s new in the kidlit world. Be sure to check back in April for the next Five on Friday, and have a wonderful weekend!