Thursday, February 18, 2010

Five Little Books

Five little books,
Sitting on a shelf.
Look inside
And see a little elf
Four little books
All in a row
Look inside
See it start to snow
Three little books
Still on the shelf
Can you take one
And read it for yourself?
Two little books,
Left on a pile
Find one now
And read it with a smile.
One little book,
All that is there
Found itself a reader who was happy to share.

Here is my book

Here is my book
I open it wide
To see the pictures inside

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go
Round and round,
Round and round, Round and round,
Roll hands
The wheels on the bus go
Round and round,
All through the town

The people on the bus go
Up and down,
Up and down, Up and down.
Bounce up and down

The money on the bus goes
Clink, Clink, Clink;
Clink, Clink, Clink; Clink, Clink, Clink.
Tap fingers on each other

The driver on the bus says
“Move on back”
“Move on back”, “Move on back”
point thumb back over shoulder

The babies on the bus go
“Wah, Wah, Wah,;
Wah, Wah, Wah,; Wah, Wah, Wah,
Imitate babies crying

The mother on the bus say
“sh, sh, sh;”
“sh, sh, sh;””sh, sh, sh”
put finger to lips

The windows on the bus go
Up and Down,
Up and Down, up and down.
Raise and lower hands

The wipers on the bus go
Swish, Swish, Swish,;
Swish, Swish, Swish,; Swish, Swish, Swish,
Palms face out and wipe back and forth

The horn on the bus goes
Honk, Honk, Honk,
Honk, Honk, Honk,; Honk, Honk, Honk,
Use palm to honk horn

The wheels on the bus go
Round and round,
Round and round, round and round..
The wheels on the bus go
Round and round
All through the town

The Goldfish

My darling little goldfish
Hasn’t any toes.
(point to toes)
He swims around without a sound
(make wavy motions with right hand)
And bumps his hungary nose
(tap nose with right hand)
He Can’t get out and play with me
(right hand swimming motion)
Nor I get in to him.
(left hand stands upright)
Although I say, “Come out and play”
(left hand beckons to right hand)
He says “come in and swim”
(right hand beckons to left hand)

The Elephant

An elephant goes like this and that.
(sway body left to right)
He’s terribly big and terribly fat
(raise arms out from sides to show fatness)
He has no fingers,
(wiggle fingers)
He had no toes,
(point to toes)
But goodness gracious what a nose!
(hold arm in front of face like a trunk)


Here is the beehive, but where are the bees
(make fist, palm down)
Hidden away where nobody sees
(peek into hand)
Now out they come creeping
(take beehive hand and slowly open it up using each finger to count a number)
(shake fingers away from you)

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
5 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and bumped his head
and Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“no more monkeys jumping on the bed”

4 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and bumped his head
and Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“no more monkeys jumping on the bed”

3 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and bumped his head
and Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“no more monkeys jumping on the bed”

3 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and bumped his head
and Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“no more monkeys jumping on the bed”

2 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and bumped his head
and Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“no more monkeys jumping on the bed”

1 little monkeys jumping on the bed
one fell off and bumped his head
and Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
“no more monkeys jumping on the bed”

I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor

I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor, a boa constrictor,
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
And It really hurts!
Oh No No No it ate my toe toe toe.
Oh gee gee gee it ate my knee knee knee.
Oh my my my it ate my thigh thigh thigh.
Oh fiddle fiddle fiddle it ate my middle middle middle.
Oh heck heck heck it ate my neck neck neck.
Oh dread dread dread it ate my head head head.
I’m being swallowed by a boa constrictor,
And it really hurts

*Shel Silverstein poem, I changed the wording slightly a the chorus so that it is more singable.

STORYTIME: Around the Word

Everybody Bonjours by Leslie Kimmelman
Say Hello by Rachel Isadora
City Animals by Simms Taback's
If I Had a Robot by Dan Yaccarino
Everywhere the Cow Says "Moo" by Ellen Slutsky Weinstein
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Round is a Mooncake by Roseanne Thong - Little Chinese American girl spys all sorts of shapes in her community.  A great way to introduce Chinese culture to the very young.  Great vibrant pictures, simple text.

STORYTIME: Robots & Outter Space

If I Had a Robot by Dan Yaccarino

Hello, Robot by Bob Staake- I really love this book. The illustrations are a little abstract and his colors pallet is so bright. This story about 4 robots is a crowd pleaser.

Here in Space by David Mailgrim - A little boy tells of the wonders in the world he lives in in outer space which sound suspiciously like our own world.

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton - Big bold black outlined images tell the story of a person wanting to go into outer space. A fast read.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman- I like this book because it has a narrative yet is still a good read aloud for toddlers. I get this question a lot from teachers looking for books that are good for that age group but have character development and plot. A great not too long, but humorous book.

If the Moon Could Talk by Kate Banks - A soft gentle story with illustrations that kids can enjoy from afar as well as up close. Would recommend using this as an opening story as the plot is told in a slow and steady pace.


I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt- Nice pictures and wonderful new words for big, small, fast, etc can be learned.
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Round is a Pancake by Joan Sullivan Baranski
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
Panda Big Panda Small by Jane Cabrera
City Animals by Simms Taback

STORYTIME: Vroom! Vroom! Vroom!

I'm Your Bus by Marilyn Singer
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm Off to the Moon! by Dan Yaccarino

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa by Jonathan London- A great baby storytime read. Can be used with toddlers too but you may need to add some filler to the very sparse text.

Trucks by Patricia Hubbell- Toddler boys will especially like the illustrations of different kinds of trucks from fire engines to moving trucks.

Boats by Patricia Hubbell- A pretty interesting look at the different kinds of boats. Goes really in depth so skip over some details when reading aloud.

The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler- Not an especially interesting story or illustrations but is a good fit if you are doing a Car themed storytime and need one more book.

Car Wash by Sandra Steen - Using a mixed media style of illustration and create fonts this imaginative story is envisioned by a pair of kids going through the car wash in the backseat of their father's car.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle- A little blue truck ventures into the big city and get shoved about by all the other bigger forms of transportation.

Dinos on the Go by Karma Wilson- Follows the same recipe as her book "Dinos in the Snow." What kid doesn't like dinosaurs and trucks. Put them together and you get an instant hit! Though I often find her books can lose kids by the end due to the sheer amount of repetition.

Clickety Clack by Rob and Amy Spence - A fun train ride of a book. Great call and response participation with the familiar line "clikety clack" which kids can accompany with clapping out the syllables.

If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen- Nice rhyming scheme and lush, colorful illustrations from the creator of Mercy Watson. On the long side so do wiht older pre-schoolers or do as your first book at storytime.

I am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines- Fun book to have the kids mimic the movements of each piece of heavy machinery like the boy in the story does.

Vroomaloom Zoom by John Coy - A little girl and her father go for a drive and pass through all sorts of crazy terrain.

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia - With great large Eric Carle style illustrations this is a fun audience participation book. Get the kids to act out the motions of each type of machine. Ie: lift, dig, push to create a beautiful playground at the end of the book


If I Were a Jungle Animal by Tom and Amanda Ellery
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree by Eileen Christelow - A fun mix up from the regular five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
Tiger on a Tree by Anushka Ravishankar - A group of men try to capture a tiger.  Writen in simple rhyme with graphic illustrations.
The Boy Who Lost His Belly Button by Jeanne Willis -  A little boy wanders the jungle in search of his bellybutton.  A fun read.

STORYTIME: Cats & Dogs

The Great Dog Wash by Shellie Braeuner

What is Your Dog Doing? by Marilyn Singer- Simple text accompanied by bold illustrations mixed with humor make this an excellent selection for story time. 

What is Your Dog doing? by Marilyn Singer- Dog Sharing, Dog Sledding, Dog Chewing and more in this simple cute book with all different breeds of dogs.

Homer the Library Cat by Reeve Lindbergh- Not to be confused with Dewey the Library Cat ;) A kitty jumps out of his house window and tries to find somewhere to stay finally setting on the library.

Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj- This book is amazing. The characters talk directly to the audience. It's adorable and really funny!

Dogs by Emily Gravett- A clever, humorous book with great illustrations and a fun way to look at opposites.

Tip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge- Speaks right to the reader and has the audience join in the howling. This book is great fun!

One Pup's Up by Marsha Wilson Chall- A counting book for babies or 2 year olds. Toddlers may be bored by the story but it's pretty darn cute.

Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! by Susan Meyers- Great for 2 year olds with a simple rhyme scheme and a refrain the audience can say along with you.

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee- Great writing and great illustrations from a puppy eye perspective. Fun refrain that the kids will enjoy saying along with he story and some moments kids will find very funny, especially if you play it up while reading.

Hondo and Fabian / Fabian Escapes by Peter McCarty - Sweetly illustrated stories about a dog and cat who are best friends.

Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup

Nini Here and There by Anita Lobel - A little kitty daydreams about all the places her family may take her.

The Cat Barked? by Lydia Monks - A cat dreams about being a dog, very cute and funny.

Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert - A family dog needs to loose a few pounds.

Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes - A silly little kitty mistakes the moon on water for a giant bowl of milk.

Drat That Fat Cat! by Pat Thomson
Here Come the Big, Mean Dust Bunny! by Jan Thomas
Stretch by Doreen Cronin

Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin- Charming with it lift the flat style of illustration. Adds come visual interest to a simple story.

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann- Super adorable illustrations!!!! Four kittens are eagerly anticipating their first snowfall in this sweet and simple story. A real delightful read.

Cat Dreams by Ursula K. Le Guin- Really wonderful realistic painted illustrations. A lovely cat dreams about all the things he would love tot do like climb a catnip tree. Text is a great companion to the illustrations, dancing along the pages in a playful manner.

There are Cats in this Book by Viviane Scwarz- A fun interactive lift the flap book. Similar in style to Jan Thomas's "Can You Make a Scary Face." The three cats invite the reader to participate and coaxes them into turning each page and lifting each flap. (not that kids need it!)

Posey by Linda Newberry- I really love this book. The pictures are so sweet and really capture the movements and habits of cats very well. A sweet read aloud.

Fun Dog, Sun Dog by Deborah Heiligman- A little boy and his dog do some fun things on a summer day. Nice rhyming scheme, sounds a bit like "I Don't Want a Posh Dog."

Where Has My Little Dog Gone Feltboard
10 Little Doggies Fingerplay
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I'm a Turkey by Jim Arnosky

Baby Bird by Joyce Dunbar - This book contains comic book style panel illustrations with the simple text along the bottom of the page. This could be used to teach children the concept of reading panels from left to right.

Don't Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen- So funny! From the guys who brought you "I am not Cute!" A puffin is followed by 3 small puffins and they follow him and copycat him all day. How annoying!

Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert - Birdies explore all the different things they can find in trees to eat.

Birds by Kevin Henkes-A really lovely book. Great illustrations and wonderful blend of imagination and education in the text. Can really make an impression on how we think of birds.

More by I.C. Springman- Wonderful illustrations by Brian Lies. A simple tale with minimal text that teaches kids that less is more in a very elegant manner.

Hungry Hen by Richard Waring- I was not especially impressed with this book. That said I think it could work okay for a story time book. It is a quick read and the illsutrations take up the whole page. The twist at the end I thought was a little weak but perhaps kids would find it funny. The irony however may be lost on them.

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STORYTIME: Letters and Numbers

Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Over in the Meadow: A Counting Rhyme by Olive A Wadsworth

Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr.

The Number Garden by Sara Pinto

A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson- A frog eats all sorts of critters in the bog, quickly filling up his belly.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox - What a fun book with big bold Jan Thomas illustrations. I finally have a reason to bust out my new goat puppet at story time. Not as humorous as Thomas's hilarious Dust Bunny books but a great read none the less.

Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith- Goes through a trip at the zoo and counts up as a boy and his grandfather explore the zoo. Nice illustrations and rhyming scheme.

Ten in a Bed by Mary Rees (Big Book)

Ones and Twos by Marthe Jocelyn

Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone- I do not usually read straight up "a is for apple" type alphabet books but this one has some great new vocabulary words to share with kids.

One Drowsy Dragon by Ethan Long- A funny counting book featuring crazy dragons

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr- Beautiful illustrations with a lot for the kids to point out. Plus the names of the plants in the illustrations are written on each page.

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STORYTIME: Being Silly

Books:Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon- A duck borrows a bike and takes it for a ride all around the farm as the other farm animals look on with different opinions on the matter. Pretty funny.
Tickle the Duck! by Ethan Long - A super fun participation book. Have the kids motion tickling the duck and read his reactions throughout the book. Guaranteed to have your kids laughing out loud.
Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot
Chicken Little by Rebecca, & Ed Emberley
Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold - Sally orders purple socks that grow to fit her feet, but something goes terribly wrong when her socks wont stop growing. A short story that has a simple humorous plot.
Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do) by Judi Barrett- Funny for both parents and kids as we learn why to never play checkers with a spider and other cautionary tales. The audience will pour over the great illustrations and you can create a dialog why each page his funny (what are they doing differently than normal).
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems - A pigeon really wants to drive the bus, whatever you do, don't let him!
Ready for Anything
by Keiko Kasza
New Socks
by Bob Shea - A very cute book with big bold illustrations similar to Jan Thomas's "Can You Make a Scary Face" where the main character of the story addresses the audience. Little chick has a pair of fun new socks he really wants to show off to you. Some simple activities can accompany this story including having kids take off their shoes and show off their socks. Or if your brave put wax paper down on the ground and have the kids slide on it.
Stop Kissing Me!
by Ethan Long - A duck gives sloppy kissed to Poodle, needless to say Poodle is not to happy about this until................
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood - Silly Sally went to town walking backwards, upside down! So goes the refrain in the book which kids will delight in saying with you. A fun rhyming fairy tale of a book for all ages. Follow up with being totally silly and try things like walking backwards in a circle and touching your nose, etc.!
How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop- A great great great book! Lots of humor and a clever rhyming scheme make this a must read for all ages storytimes.
There was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star by Carise Mericle Harper- A play on "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

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Performed on 9/27/2011

Snapshots of NY

These photos were taken at our storytime on February 16, 2010 and sent to Snapshots NY.  This is a collective managed by the New York Library Association to bring positive attention to the proposed library cuts in the 2010-2011 budget.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

STORYTIME: Smelly Stories

Idea and some content from Awesome Storytime
Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan

STORYTIME: Feelings & Manners

The Nice Book by David Ezra Stein
Bossy Bear by David Horvath
When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
The Day Leo Said I Hate You by Robie H. Harris
The Mine-o-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Say Hello by Jack & Michael Foreman
How Are You Peeling? by Saxton Freymann
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Read it, Don't Eat it! by Ian Schoenherr
Songs, Fingerplays, Rhythms:
If Your Happy and You Know It

Monday, February 15, 2010

STORYTIME: Music and Rhythm

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

I Love to Sing by Anna Walker- A simple charming read where a little unidentifiable creature sings all over the place, even in a bathtub with a cup of tea. A great way to encourage kids to sing everywhere they go. Since we all know singing is a fantastic introduction to vocabulary for young children.

Fiddle-I-Fee by Melissa Sweet

What Did You Put in Your Pocket? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Zin!Zin!Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss

How Do You Wokka-Wokka by Elizabeth Bluemle

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig - A great short rhyming book where kids can help guess which animal is the one dancing on the page by only seeing their feet. I do often wish though that these kinds of books would use some more difficult to guess animals. It seems that would be a little more challenging for kids and would introduce them to new animals.

Jazzmatazz! by Stephanie Calmenson - So much fun to read aloud. Give the kids musical instruments to play along with the story at the appointed time. There is even time for an all out jam session at the send of the story.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

STORYTIME: Days of the Week

Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monster Hokey Pokey

(To the Tune of the Hokey Pokey)

You put your claws in, you take your claws out
You put your claws in and you shake them all about
You do the wild rumpus and you turn your self around
and that's what it's all about !

Additional Verses:

Fangs, horns, tail, big hairy feet, and whole monster self

Monday, February 1, 2010


Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Go To Bed, Monster! by Natasha Wing- A little girl draws a monster with crayons who comes to life and turns out to be more demanding than she bargained for. Drawn in the style of children's crayon drawings this is a sweet and funny story for all ages.Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

The Foggy Foggy Forest by Nick SharrattThere Was an Old Monster by Rebecca, Adrian, & Ed Emberley

How to Potty Train Your Monster by Kelly DiPucchio

If You're a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca Emberly- Reworks the words to "If Your Happy and You Know It." Could be turned into a feltboard or sung without the book.

Goodnight Goon by Michael Rex

The Monster Book of ABC Sounds by Alan Snow

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakMonsters Don't Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks- Colorful detailed illustrations and simple funny text. This is a nice book for the middle of storytime.

Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott- A little boy offers all kinds of monsters haircuts in his Dad's shop after everyone has gone to bed. The humor may be lost on your youngest patrons, but the great illustrations just may be able to hold their interest.

Do Not Build a Frankenstein by Neil Numberman - A boy warns his classmates not to make a Frankenstein and lists all the reasons why. A funny book for a little bit older crown, but toddlers may also have some interest.

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen- Very little text and really sweet pictures written by the amazing Jane Yolen.

Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer- A book about being yourself even if you are supposed to be a scary monster

My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck - Funny and sweet story about a boy monster and all the things he does with his mama. Kids and parents should get a kick out of this book.

The Monster Returns by Peter McCarthy- Follow up to Jeremy Draws a Monster. McCarthy's drawing style is so refreshing with his well shaded colored pencil illustrations that still stand out on the page.

Jeremy Draw a Monster by Peter McCarty- A little boy draws a monster who turns out to be quite rude. Great pan and ink illustrations.

If You Ever See a Monster Song
Monster Hokey Pokey

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