Storytime Share: Music

28 06 2018

Our library participates in the Collaborative Summer Library Program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock”. So, I’m taking this opportunity to incorporate lots of music-themed books into my outreach storytimes this summer.


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Let’s Dance, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton; illustrated by the author

Dance the Pookie Shimmy with Little Pookie! Toddler

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Toot! Toot!: Guess the Instrument! by Cocoretto; illustrated by the author

In this lift-the-flap book, readers are asked to guess the instrument under the flap based on the sound it makes. Toddler


Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Pena; illustrated by Ana Ramirez

Inspired by the Disney Pixar film Coco, La Música goes in search of someone to help create the “Grand Harmony” and finds Miguel, a boy who longs to make music of his own despite his family’s dislike of it. Early Elementary


The Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; illustrated by Hans Fischer

The traditional tale of four down-on-their-luck animals who set out to join the Bremen town band and end up thwarting a band of robbers and taking over their house to live happily ever after. Early Elementary

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm; illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger

In this beautifully illustrated version of the classic story, the mysterious Pied Piper rids a town of a plague of rats, but then leads away their children when the town refuses to compensate him for his work. Early Elementary

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Mama Don’t Allow by Thacher Hurd; illustrated by the author

Miles and the Swamp Band take a job performing on a riverboat for a group of music-loving alligators, they soon find out that they are not only the entertainment but dinner, too. Preschool; Early Elementary


The Punkydoos Take the Stage by Jennifer Jackson; illustrated by Dan Andreasen

Lexi-Lou loves to sing, so she sets out on a search to find the perfect musicians to round out her preschool band. Preschool

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Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka; illustrated by the author

The animals on Farmer Joe’s farm lead a secret life as punk rockers when the sun goes down. Toddler; Preschool

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The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield; illustrated by the author

When a bear finds a piano in the woods and learns to play it, he travels the world sharing his talents, but discovers that his favorite audience is his bear friends back home. Preschool; Early Elementary


Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! by Wynton Marsalis; illustrated by Paul Rogers

A young boy explores the music created by the sounds all around him. Preschool; Early Elementary

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Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli; illustrated by the author

Patricelli’s adorable baby character returns in this exploration of quiet and loud sounds. Toddler


Don’t Forget Dexter! by Lindsay Ward; illustrated by the author

Toy dinosaur Dexter becomes anxious when his friend Jack leaves him in the doctor’s office waiting room and doesn’t come back even when he sings their special song. Preschool


Song: “Old MacDonald” with Punk Farm masks from Jarrett Krosoczka’s website

Flannel: “The Trumpet Went Toot, Toot, Toot” from In the Children’s Room blog



Storytime Share: Rainbows

17 05 2018



Little Pip and the Rainbow Wish by Elizabeth Baguley; illustrated by Caroline Pedler

Shy mouse Pip wants to catch a rainbow to give to Spike and Milly so they will be his friends, but his plan takes an unexpected twist. Preschool, Early Elementary


A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman; illustrated by the author

A young child imagines what it would be like to have a rainbow as a friend and playmate. Preschool, Early Elementary


Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood; illustrated by the author

Instead of sleeping, owl spends one special day awake exploring all the bright colors in the world around him. Toddler, Preschool


Color Surprises: A Pop-Up Book by Chuck Murphy; illustrated by the author

Flaps and pop-ups reveal a surprise on each color-themed page. Toddler, Preschool


What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Schwartz; illustrated by Dona Turner

Little Rabbit discovers all the colors that make up a rainbow in this creative “magic ribbon” pop-up book. Toddler, Preschool


Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; illustrated by the author

Baby Bear sets out to explore the meadow beyond his den, encountering a rainbow of colors along the journey. Toddler, Preschool


Rain Is Falling Down

“Itsy Bitsy Spider”

What Color Are You Wearing?” from Teaching Mama blog

Activity: “Book Bear” flannel game

This flannel story is similar to the “Little Mouse” flannel that can be found in multiple resources.  In that flannel, you hide a mouse behind houses of various colors and have the children guess where the mouse is hiding.  In this version, I hide a bear, which I call “Book Bear”, behind one of eight book-shaped flannel pieces and have the children find him.  We’re fortunate enough to have a die cut machine at my library, so I used our book shape die cut to make eight book pieces, each a different color.

Before I begin the flannel with the children I explain to them how it works, hiding the bear behind one of the books as I talk.  Then I place the books on the flannel one at a time, being careful not to let them see which one has the bear behind it.  After the books are all on the board, I go through the colors with the kids and then let them start guessing.  With each guess, I point to the particular book, and ask them, “Is Book Bear behind the (insert color) book?”  Then we chant together, “Book Bear, Book Bear, are you under there?”  Then I pull the book off to reveal either a blank space or Book Bear.  I usually try to finagle the game so that Book Bear is under the last book I remove.  This flannel story (and its many variations) is ALWAYS a hit, and kids of all ages love it. Since this was my last visit of the school year with many of my groups, Book Bear had to make one last appearance.


Storytime Share: PURPLE

27 04 2018

This month’s color theme has been purple. It might have been the toughest color to stretch so far, but I made it work! And I appreciate all the other librarian and preschool teacher blogs out there for giving me ideas.



Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold; illustrated by the author

When Sally the duck puts on her new socks, they grow larger and larger so she must find new uses for them. Preschool


Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley; illustrated by the author

Purple Little Bird loves his purple home, but goes in search of what he needs to make it absolutely perfect. Toddler, Preschool


Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes by Anna Kemp; illustrated by Sara Ogilvie

Daisy’s parents never listen to her, even when she tries to tell them about the purple rhinoceros living in their house. Preschool, Early Elementary


Purple Is Best by Dana Meachen Rau; illustrated by Mike Cressy

Sue likes blue, and Fred likes red, but when their paint colors mix, they find that purple is best! Toddler, Preschool


Too Purpley! by Jean Reidy; illustrated by Geneviève Leloup

A little girl insists on picking out just the right outfit. Toddler, Preschool


A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid; illustrated by the author

Petunia is convinced that a skunk would be the perfect pet, until she actually meets one. Preschool, Early Elementary


Night Owl by Toni Yuly; illustrated by the author

Little Night Owl flies through the night listening for Mommy Owl’s special call. Toddler, Preschool


Purple-icious Song” and “If You Like the Color Purple” from Step by Step Childcare blog

For the “Purple-icious Song” I printed out pictures of the purple foods and a purple plate to use as visual aids. For “If You Like the Color Purple” I used transparent red and blue color viewers like these to show that they mix together to make purple.

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Five Pairs of Dirty Socks” flannel from Storytime Bandit blog


Storytime Share: GREEN

3 04 2018

The color for this month’s outreach storytimes has been green. Green seemed like a good choice for March because of St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring. There are quite a few fun books and activities that are related to green, so it worked well.



The Green Umbrella by Jackie Azúa Kramer; illustrated by Maral Sassouni

While taking a walk in the rain with his umbrella, an elephant is stopped by Hedgehog, Cat, Bear, and Rabbit who all have different uses for the umbrella, from boat to flying machine. Preschool, Early Elementary


Little Green by Keith Baker; illustrated by the author

A young boy observes a hummingbird and paints the pattern of its flight in this brightly colored book. Toddler, Preschool


Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley; illustrated by the author

The modern classic with die cut pages about a monster that grows and then disappears as the reader turns the pages. Toddler, Preschool


Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley; illustrated by the author

In this companion title to Go Away, Big Green Monster a happy little monster is put to bed by the reader as night falls. Toddler, Preschool


The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner; illustrated by Jonathan Lambert

In this pop-up book, a frog hops along meeting other animals until he is surprised at the end by an alligator and must make a quick escape. Preschool


Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox; illustrated by Judy Horacek

Readers go on a search for a missing green sheep in the fun, rhyming tale. Toddler, Preschool


Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illustrated by the author

Various shades of green are displayed in this Caldecott Honor-winning title. Preschool, Early Elementary



Song: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

I sang this song while using the kit shown above with a felt glove.


Story: “Go Away, Big Green Monster”

I used this glove puppet to retell the story of the big green monster.

Fingerplay: “Two Little Green Birds”

We did this variation of “Two Little Blackbirds”, which has become a favorite of my outreach groups.





Storytime Share: RED

27 02 2018

Continuing my color series for this session of outreach storytimes, the color for February has been red.




Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia; illustrated by the author

As a little red train chugs down the tracks, it picks up noisy birds along the way. Toddler, Preschool


Red Red Red by Valeri Gorbachev; illustrated by the author

When Turtle rushes by them on his way to see something “red, red, red,” all of his curious neighbors follow along to see the surprise he is looking for. Preschool, Early Elementary


Red Sled by Lita Judge; illustrated by the author

When a bear discovers a young child’s red sled, he and his fellow animal friends go on a moonlit ride together. Toddler, Preschool


Baby Loves Winter by Karen Katz; illustrated by the author

Baby explores the world on a snowy day. Baby, Toddler


And Red Galoshes: A Story about a Rainy Day by Glenda Millard; illustrated by Jonathan Bentley

A girl and boy go on a rainy adventure with red galoshes in tow. Preschool


Pip and Posy: The Big Balloon by Axel Scheffler; illustrated by the author

When Pip accidentally loses his new red balloon, his best friend Posy knows just how to cheer him up again. Toddler, Preschool


Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; illustrated by the author

This is not your typical color book, but that’s what makes it so fun! Preschool


“Choo Choo” (video by Betty from Musser Library Lapsit)

“Twinkle Twinkle”

“Rain Is Falling Down” (video by YAACSweb) and “Snow Is Falling Down”


“Balloon” (from Sunflower Storytime blog)

This fingerplay was a big hit with the kids!

Storytime Share: BLUE

29 01 2018

As I began planning my outreach storytimes for the beginning part of this year, I was feeling a little bored with my usual themes. So I decided that each month I will focus on a different color, wrapping things up in May with a rainbow theme. The first color up in the rotation is blue.



Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting; illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Duck goes on a hunt for his missing new blue socks enlisting many of his fellow animal friends along the way in this rhyming picture book. Toddler; Preschool


White Snow, Blue Feather by Julie Downing; illustrated by the author

While out exploring the woods on a snowy day, a young boy finds a blue feather that he gives to his mother at the end of his adventures. Preschool


Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman; illustrated by the author

A little chicken just wants to help an artist finish a painting, but she makes a mess when she spills the blue paint all over herself and the other barnyard animals in the artwork. Preschool


Blue Penguin by Petr Horácek; illustrated by the author

When the other penguins reject a little blue penguin because he doesn’t look like them, he finds a way to make friends while still being true to himself. Preschool; Early Elementary


Sam’s Winter Hat by Albert Lamb; illustrated by David McPhail

Sam’s friends and family are always there to lend a hand when he is a bit forgetful about keeping up with his coat, gloves, and hat. Preschool


Will You Wear a Blue Hat?  by Rookie Toddler

Toddlers can work on learning their colors through this musical, interactive board book. Infant; Toddler


“B-L-U-E Spells Blue”

“The Chickens in the Coop”

sung to: “The Wheels on the Bus:

The hens in the coop go, “Bawk, bawk, bawk”…

The rooster in the coop goes, “Cock-a-doodle-doo”…

The chicks in the coop go, “Peep, peep, peep…

All day long.


“Sock Matching Game” flannelboard


Storytime Share: Being Thankful

30 11 2017

For my November storytimes I didn’t necessarily want to do a Thanksgiving-themed storytime. I’ve done them in the past, but wanted to go in a different direction this year. Some years rather than read all about turkeys I’ve done food-themed storytimes, which works well. This year I decided to do my storytimes around the idea of being thankful.



Thank You for Me! by Marion Dane Bauer; illustrated by Kristina Stephenson

Children are thankful for all the things from nose to toes that make them special. Toddler; Preschool


Bear Says Thank You by Michael Dahl; illustrated by Oriol Vidal

Little Bear shows young listeners the importance of saying, “Thank you.” Toddler; Preschool


Thank You Bear by Greg Foley; illustrated by the author

When Bear finds a small box, he can’t wait to show it to his friend Mouse, but he starts to have doubts when other animals don’t think the box is as special as he does. Toddler; Preschool


Ten Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk; illustrated by the author

When he sees Pig writing a thank-you letter to his grandmother, Rabbit is inspired to write a series of letters of his own. Preschool


The Thankful Book by Todd Parr; illustrated by the author

This bright, happy book reminds readers to be thankful everyday for all the people and things around us. Toddler; Preschool


Feeling Thankful by Shelley Rotner and Sheila Kelly, Ed.D.; photographs by Shelley Rotner

A listing of reasons to be thankful accompanied by photos of joyful children. Preschool


Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

Bear’s plan to have a feast for his friends is thwarted by an empty cupboard, so he is thankful when his friends bring food for a gathering to him. Preschool


“I’m Thankful”

sung to: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

I am thankful for my friends

And my family

I’m thankful for the food I eat

I’m happy to be me.


“If You’re Thankful and You Know It”

sung to: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”

Sing verses as usual substituting “thankful” for “happy” adding this last verse:

If you’re thankful and you know it, say “Thank you”