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  • 1. Whatcom County Library System Preschool Storytime Volunteer Handbook QUESTIONS? REQUESTS? Call 384-3150 ext. 255 Youth Services staff will be glad to help. This handbook is updated regularly on the teacher page of our Web site at
  • 2. CONTENTS: Yellow Section: ABOUT STORYTIME Guidelines for preparing and conducting preschool storytime. Purple Section: ABOUT THEMES See also your Volunteer Resource Box lots of theme ideas. Orange Section: MOVEMENT RHYMES Rhymes to begin and end storytime, with favorites, and whole body stretches in between. Green Section: ENRICHMENTS A list of the fun stuff for enriching Preschool Storytime: flannel stories, puppets, pop-up books, and more. You’ll see some of these in your storytime Volunteers’ Resource Box each series. You can also request them directly from Youth Services. Call 384-3150, ext. 255. Blue Section: STORYTIME COLLECTION A list of books for Preschool Storytime. You’ll see some of these in your Resource Box each series. You can also request them directly from Youth Services. Call 384-3150, ext. 255. (Note: Be sure to call. Using the computer to place a hold will get you the regular copy, not the storytime copy, which may be in better condition.)
  • 3. PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 1. These half-hour programs of stories and activities introduce preschoolers to the delights of the library. 2. We invite 3 - 5 year-olds. Toddlers may attend if they can participate in harmony with the group but we encourage parents to take them to Toddler Time if it’s available at their branch.) 3. You select your own materials. Choose stories and activities you enjoy. Youth Services is always glad to help out with books, props, and ideas. Call 384-3150. 4. Resource Boxes contain a wealth of storytime materials, grouped by theme. A new supply rotates to your library at the beginning of each series. Ask your librarian. 5. You can request other goodies from the Storytime Collection, or take books from the regular library shelves. 6. Need more than three weeks’ check-out? Tell library staff. They’ll make your Preschool Storytime books due on the day of your program. 7. We rely on you to be on time and well prepared. If you can’t make it, please let your librarian know as soon as possible so that a substitute can be found.
  • 4. HOW TO PREPARE 1. Plan early. Decide on a theme, if any. Choose your books and fingerplays, etc. This lets you request things that may take a week or so to arrive. 2. Practice. Practice expression and timing. Practice until you can look away from the book and make eye contact with the children. Practice until unfamiliar words flow smoothly. 3. When you Practice, think R.S.V.P. R is for Rhythm. Every book has built-in rhythms that carry it to the audience. The rhythms are not always obvious and the obvious rhythms aren’t always the best. Read the book out loud until you find the rhythms that make it dance. S is for Speed. A story naturally needs to speed up for some bits, slow down for others and sometimes come to a complete halt. Practice until you can accelerate and decelerate at will. (But never so fast that the children can’t follow you, or so slowly that they grow restless.) V is for volume. A story naturally asks to grow louder and softer here and there along the way. (But never so loud that children cover their ears or so low that those in the back can’t hear.) Practice until you can make the story roar and whisper on demand. P is for Pitch. This changes, too, as the story demands. A little mouse gives a high squeak; a big old bear has a slow, low voice. A scared voice is higher than a sleepy one. A sentence that starts out calmly, at a medium pitch, might rise to an excited squeal. Practice the story until you find the right pitch for each character and event. P is for Power. Put energy into your reading. It doesn’t have to be jump-up-and-down energy. It can be a quiet power that’s expressed in your breath, your posture, the eye contact you make with the children, and your masterful use of Rhythm, Speed, Volume, and Pitch.
  • 5. Think about beginnings, transitions, and endings. A nice rhythm for storytime is: a. Opening routine of 2-4 rhymes, songs, or fingerplays b. Story c. Whole body movement d. Story e. Participation of some kind. f. Story g. Ending song or rhyme or game 4. Plan movement. Make sure you’ve got enough fingerplays, stretches, or other participatory activities to work out the fidgets. See the orange section, Movement Rhymes for ideas. 5. Plan the nametags. See Nametags, next page. Do you Nametags want to prepare your own? Do you want the library to provide generic ones? Discuss with your local library staff. The library will provide whatever you need. 6. Plan a craft, if any. Crafts are not required. Some storytellers like them, though. They should enrich, not overrun, the storytime.
  • 6. Call the children by their names! Nametags S Nametags can be elaborate cut-outs in the shape of an icon from the day’s theme. Or they can be simple rectangles, perhaps decorated with stamped or photocopied art. The library can provide Sam simple nametags or give you the materials to make elaborate ones. Ask your librarian. C Be ready at least 10 minutes early to write nametags as children arrive. Set up self-serve nametags for late Josi arrivals. (Ask staff to help.) Ask each child’s name and introduce yourself. Attach the nametag. (If it’s not CALEB self-sticking, use masking tape or hang it like a necklace.) Now you’re not a stranger.
  • 7. HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT YOU’LL USE 1. Choose what you like. If you love it, so will they. If you don’t like a story, please don’t use it. 2. Consider using a theme. See the purple section, About Themes, and the Themes booklet, which has lots of ideas. Also, materials in the Resource Box are bundled by theme. (You’re welcome to mix and match.) 3. Choose beauty! Beautiful illustrations. Beautiful language. Interesting rhythms. Unusual new words. 4. Choose variety: A funny story. A thoughtful one. A long one. A short one. A song. A fingerplay. A flannel board story. Each new twist creates a new wave of interest. 5. Choose books with large, clear pictures so that everyone can see. (If a book’s too small, you can sometimes present it a different way. Try telling it with a flannelboard, with puppets, or with participation.) 6. Choose short, clear text. One to five lines to a page are best. (There are exceptions, of course.) Don't choose long stories and then shorten them. The children will know! You might want to show the group your longer favorites and encourage children to check them out. 7. Choose some things for audience participation. Look for stories that allow kids to sing along, or chant a chorus, clap, stamp, put pieces on the flannel board, etc. See also the orange section, Movement Rhymes.
  • 8. PRESENTING THE STORYTIME 1. Set up the space so that distractions are out of sight and late arrivals enter from behind the audience. 2. Write nametags as the children arrive. Treat this as an important ritual. Be sure to wear a nametag yourself. 3. Gather the children in a semi-circle, where everyone can see. Don’t hesitate to arrange children and parents to your liking. Narrow the group at Make sure no the front, for the best children are beside sightlines. you. They’ll complain they Ask parents can’t see. to sit close and join in. Set up chairs at the edge of the group to encourage this. À À If parents are noisy, quiet them cheerfully but firmly. Parents À don’t mean to be disruptive. Late arrivals They’re glad to hush or take their enter from the conversation elsewhere if you tell back. them nicely. 4. Begin with a short opening. The children need time to get comfortable, and you need an interruptible beginning, for late arrivals. (For ideas, see Openings, p. 18 in the orange section.)
  • 9. 5. Introduce the story time. Tell what you’re going to do. 6. Introduce the first book. Announce the title, author, and illustrator. 7. Read slowly, clearly, and with expression. Hold the book toward the audience, wide open. Never turn a book away from the audience, unless you’re preparing to show them a surprise. 8. Make eye-contact. Look at the children as much as you can. 9. Don’t condescend. Treat the children as an intelligent group of short human beings. 10. Pause a moment at the end of each book, to let the story sink in. If children have spontaneous comments, they’ll share. Otherwise, leave them to their own private reactions. 11. Make a transition to the next thing. Make contrasts and connections. You can unite seemingly unrelated books this way. 12. Have a special ending after the last story is done. (See p. 28 in the orange section, Endings.) It should include an invitation for the children to check out books. Note: Children may check out catalogued Storytime Collection books. They may not check out the pop-ups or big books. 13. You can stamp the children’s hands before they leave, if you want to. Look for fun stamps and stamp pads in the Volunteer Resource Box. Or call Youth Services. We may have one that relates to your theme. 14. Fill out the program report. How many attended? What books, etc. were used? Comments? Get the report from the check-out desk. We need your feedback.
  • 10. HOW TO HOLD THE BOOK 1. Hold the book wide open, facing the audience, so that they can see the pictures. Read it by looking sideways or down from above. 2. Hold it perpendicular, not tilting toward the floor or ceiling. 3. Hold it at either the top or bottom of the spine, being careful not to cover up the illustrations with your fingers. 4. Turn the book to one side of the group and the other so that everyone can see. 5. Turn the pages slowly, pausing longer for beautiful, surprising, or otherwise special illustrations to give children a little more time to appreciate them. 6. With Big Books, help is good. Ask a big child or an adult in the audience to hold one side. An easel also works, but another person standing beside you makes it easy to turn the pages.
  • 11. CALMING THE WIGGLES 1. Before storytime begins, hand out our “Dear Parents and Caregivers” bookmark to anyone who hasn’t seen it. It gives guidelines for adults to help their children have an enjoyable time. 2. Provide lots of opportunities for kids to use their voices and bodies. They will be more willing to sit and listen if they can move sometimes. (See orange section: Movement Rhymes.) 3. If kids are being noisy while you’re reading, try speaking softly, so that they have to be quiet to hear. Also try slowing down. Be extra careful to show the pictures all around. Sometimes children fidget because they’re having trouble following the story. 4. Make friendly eye contact with the noisy or wiggly ones to bring attention back to you. Try inserting their names into the story. “And then, Helen, the fox said …” 5. If the whole group is fidgety, they may all need to stand up and move together before they’re asked to sit still again. End the activity with a “quieting” rhyme. (See orange section.) Be flexible in your plans so that you can respond to whatever’s happening.
  • 12. 6. If children ask questions during a story, play it by ear. You can acknowledge questions with a nod and go on. Or you can say that you’ll answer when the story is over. Sometimes the story itself answers the questions. Sometimes questions fit right in, and you can answer them as you go. Do whatever feels right. 7. If a child moves in front of the book, motion for the child to sit near you. If that doesn’t work, ask the child to sit down or move so others can see. When everyone can see, resume the story. 8. If possible, the child’s adult should deal with really distracting behavior. If you’re in the middle of a story and the adult isn’t responding, eye contact and body language lets them know you’d like them to step in. (A nod toward the child with a sympathetic look and raised eyebrows works pretty well.) Between stories, you can softly suggest that the adult hold the child, or take her/him out of the group temporarily. 9. If the child’s adult isn’t present, sometimes another adult in the group can be enlisted to help out. 10. Remember, preschoolers are restless by nature. Keep stories short. Provide plenty of opportunity for participation. Use the expressive power of your stories to hold the group’s attention. Whatever happens, be gentle, kind, and firm.
  • 13. ABOUT THEMES • A theme is a unifying idea for storytime: Rain, Pets, trains. A good theme makes storytime planning easier, and storytime itself more coherent. It helps you narrow your choices of books and activities. • The Resource Box contains materials that support 10-12 listed themes, but you’re welcome to mix and match. One book can fit into many different themes. • The Themes Handbook groups books and activities by theme. Use this to help you decide which materials fit with your theme. • Avoid the Theme Trap! When you can’t find enough really good material for your theme, don’t use mediocre stuff! Try the strategies on the following page.
  • 14. AVOID THE THEME TRAP! Never use a ho-hum book just because you can’t find a good one that fits your theme. Try these strategies instead. 1. BRAINSTORM a. Write down all the words you associate with your theme. Animals Spring Winter Hibernation Groundhog Seasons Snow Sleep Day Weather Dreams Shadows Sun Clouds b. Use these concepts to find great books related to the theme! You can also use this technique to build a theme around a book you love. Just write down other concepts the book inspires. 2. USE AN UN-THEME (It lets you use diverse books.) a. Kids’ Choice ♦ The Story Bag: put objects that relate to your stories in a container such as a basket, bag, box, pail, pack, or pocket. Choose a child to pick an object. Read the related story. ♦ Simple Choice: Put books on display. Let a child choose. b. Storyteller’s Favorites ♦ Choose stories and activities that you love best. Maybe sing, “These are a few of my favorite things.” Explain why each is your favorite, or ask children why they think so. c. Celebrate a Letter of the Alphabet ♦ Choose authors that start with the same letter: Carle, Crews, Cowell, for example. ♦ Or choose topics by letter: Bears, Butterflies, Brothers.
  • 15. TODDLER TIME 1. These brief programs of stories and activities are tailored for the very short attention spans of our very young audience. Toddler times are usually about 20 minutes long, with time for visiting after the program. The visiting portion of the program is almost as important as the program itself. 2. We invite 1 - 3 year-olds. Often mothers bring babies along and they seem to really enjoy the songs and action as much as their older siblings. Sometimes children as old as 4 can benefit from the simple materials we use in toddler times, especially if English is a second language for them. Otherwise most preschoolers are better served in a regular preschool storytime. 3. You select your own materials.* Choose very short, simple, concrete stories filled with color, rhythm, repetition, and opportunities for participation. Equally important, choose many lively, varied activities for the children and parents to take part in. Youth Services is glad to help out with books, props, and ideas. Call 384-3150. *For your first few sessions, someone at Youth Services will be happy to plan your Toddler Time session and provide you with books and finger plays to use. 4. In branches with both a toddler time and preschool storytime, the RESOURCE BOX will have special toddler books, flannel stories, and big books marked on the titles list. You can also use books from the regular library shelves. 5. You will especially want to use LOTS of songs, fingerplays, and whole body action rhymes with the younger crowd you will be entertaining.
  • 16. 6. You can find rhymes, songs and action rhymes in many places: on the shelves (don’t forget tapes and CDs), in the Resource boxes, and in our own publications, including Toddler Time Favorites fingerplays and action rhymes. 7. It is very important that the adults who bring their toddlers participate completely: be sure adults sit comfortably with their youngsters and sing along, doing all the hand motions, and stand up for the activities. If you are comfortable throwing yourself into the action, other adults will be too, and so will their children. Besides it’s fun when everyone participates! 8. We rely on you to be on time and well prepared. If you can’t make it, please let your librarian know as soon as possible so that a substitute can be found. Toddler Time is a wonderful mix of small children, adults, good easy literature, movement, rhythm, and song. Everyone can have a good time together — just keep it moving and enjoy!
  • 17. HOW TO GET ORGANIZED FOR TODDLER TIME 1. Watch our Toddler Time training videotape to understand the form and fun of Toddler Time. 2. Need materials or ideas? We always welcome phone calls to Youth Services: 384-3150. 3. Plan a twenty minute session. Decide on three or four simple stories. Choose your songs, fingerplays, etc. (See How to Choose What to Use, below.) You may want to do a simple game, like blowing bubbles. Or call Youth Services for materials. 4. Plan nametags. We provide simple white labels to stick on the children. They can be left plain or stamped with an image. 5. Plan to have a hand stamp or stickers to give to the children at the end of storytime. 6. Practice your stories, songs and fingerplays. Most songs and rhymes for these little ones are quite simple, but it is surprisingly easy to misplace the first line when you get going with a group. Practice until you have it memorized, but also write the words down and bring them with you — just in case!
  • 18. HOW TO CHOOSE WHAT TO USE WITH TODDLERS 1. Choose only what you like. The children won’t enjoy a story or rhyme unless you do. 2. Choose very simple stories using a few words and clear ideas. You don’t need a theme. 3. Choose rhythm and rhyme. “Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me.” 4. Choose books with large, clear pictures so that everyone can see. 5. Choose stories that are based on songs or rhymes, or describe a toddler’s familiar world so that everyone can relate. For example, little children know about some animals and every day activities such as getting dressed and spending time with family members. 6. Choose for audience participation. Look for songs, stories, whole body rhymes, and circle games that allow toddlers and adults to sing along, or chant a chorus, clap, stamp, name things, put pieces on the flannel board, etc. 7. Choose variety: Toddler attention spans are only 2 — 3 minutes long, so you will be doing lots of different things! After a story, immediately launch into active audience participation. 8. Your handbooks can help. Materials suitable for toddlers are marked with a star in this handbook. They are listed in the Theme Handbook under Toddler Specials. Find games, songs, and fingerplays in the orange section of this handbook, Movement Rhymes.
  • 19. HOW TO PERFORM A TODDLER TIME 1. Set up: • Put nametags near the story room entrance for parents to fill out for their kids. • Put board books on the floor for early arrivals to look at until it’s time to start. • Put soft music on CD player. Sit and visit quietly with the kids. 2. Nametags: As the children arrive, you will enjoy talking with them and their caretakers. Write out a nametag for each and put them on the children (sometimes you have to put them on their backs!) Then when you sing or say an opening rhyme you can include their names and welcome them personally. 3. Before Beginning: Explain a few guidelines to parents: • Toddlers might not always sit to listen. That’s okay, I’ll hold things high so that others can see. • Please take a fussing child out of the room to calm down. It’s perfectly all right to take children out quietly and then bring them back in again. • I hope you’ll feel comfortable joining in our songs and rhymes. Please turn off your cell phones and save adult conversation until our program is over. 4. Standard opening routine (Latecomers create less of a disturbance when you begin with three to five opening rhymes, songs and fingerplays.) Open with I’m Glad that You Are Here My Friend or any other greeting song or rhyme that incorporates the children’s
  • 20. names. Do two or three other rhymes such as Two little Blackbirds, Hello Toes, or Eensy Weensy Spider. Finish with a quieting rhyme such as Open Shut Them. 5. First Story — make this your longest, most demanding, least interactive book. 6. Three or four action rhymes, games, or songs such as: Hickory Dickory Dock, Jack in the Box, Wheels on the Bus, Three Little Sausages, Here’s the Beehive, or Ten Fat Peas. (Do each one two or three times.) 7. Second Story -- a Big Book, or simple flannel story such as: - Blue Bird Through My Window, or other interactive story. Tip: Close the flannel board after the flannel story is done. You can put it out for children to revisit when toddler time is over. 8. Three or four action rhymes, games, or songs with props such as (many are found on CDs — let them do the singing/direction): Shake My Sillies Out, On My Toe There Is A Flea, Little Peter Rabbit Has A Fly Upon His Nose, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Bean Bag Rock, or Can You Shake Your Egg With Me? 9. Third Story -- a Big Book, flannel story, or other interactive story 10. Closing Rhymes or Songs such as: My Hands Say Thank You, Tickle the Clouds, or Touch Your Nose 11. Encourage the children and their caretakers to check out books to take home, including the ones you have read that day. Some adults will prefer not to take books but others will be pleased to extend storytime in this way. 12. Each child gets a stamped hand or a sticker.
  • 21. MOVEMENT RHYMES • Everybody needs to move and stretch. • Ring-a-Ring-o’-Roses has lots of rhymes, and stretches for audience participation. Find it on library shelves. ( J 790.1922 RING A) A copy is always included in the Volunteer Resource Box, as well. • Here are a few for beginning storytime, ending storytime, and favorite rhymes and whole body stretches for the middle. • You don’t need to learn new rhymes for every storytime. You can choose those you like best and do them every time. Children love repetition.
  • 22. OPENINGS Possible Beginnings for Storytime. Pick one and then go on to a few QUIETING or FAVORITE fingerplays or rhymes. I’m Glad That You Are Welcome, Everyone Here, My Friends To the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Sing and clap in time. Welcome, welcome everyone I’m glad that you are here, Now you’re here My friends We’ll have some fun. Here my friends, First we’ll clap our hands just so. Here my friends, Then we’ll bend I’m glad that you are here, And touch our toe. My friends. Welcome, welcome, Everyone. How are you? Now you’re here, Say: We’ll have some fun Welcome to ___________, __________ and _______, (Name family groups, including adult caregivers.) We’ll Clap for You Hello, __________ How are you? Stand right up And we’ll clap for you.
  • 23. Cows Get Up In The Morning (From Helen and Richard Scholz, Songs Everyone Can Sing tape, available from YS) When cows get up in the morning They always say “good-day”. The More We Get When cows get up in the morning Together They always say “good-day”. Traditional The more we get together Say: No Way! What do cows say? Together, together, Children respond: MOOOO The more we get together The happier we’ll be! They say “mooo, mooo”. *For your friends are my friends That is what they say! And my friends are your friends. They say “mooo, mooo”. The more we get together That is what they say! The happier we’ll be! Continue with other As welcoming song, at *sing animals — pigs, There’s Ryan, and Emily, and cats, horses, etc. Ethan, and Tasha. The more we get together The happier we’ll be! Go all the way around the group, and sing everyone’s name Abracadabra Abracadabra Have the audience repeat each phrase as Abracazoom you wave your hands over an invisible Storytime magic crystal ball. Then raise your hands high Come into this room. and swoop them down on the word “room.” Of course, use a magic voice!
  • 24. We’re so Glad If You Want To to See You Hear A Story (Sung to the tune of Frere Jacques) To tune of “If you’re happy and you know it” Where is _____________? If you want to hear a story, Where is _____________? Clap your hands! There s/he is. There s/he is. If you want to hear a story We’re so glad to see you Clap your hands! We’re so glad to see you If you want to hear a story, if you Peek-a -boo, Peek-a-boo. want to hear a story, if you want Or Hello, hello to hear a story, clap your hands! Other verses: “nod your head,” “rub your tummy”, “sit real still, etc. Hands Go Up Sing to tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; or say Hands go up and hands go down I can turn around and round I can jump upon two shoes. I can listen; so can you. I can sit. I’ll show you how. Storytime is starting now. This matches an ending: Hands go up. See ENDINGS.
  • 25. FAVORITES These rhymes and fingerplays work anytime. Two Little Blackbirds Two little blackbirds Hands on shoulders, fingers Sitting on a hill pointing up One named Jack Bring hands one by one out in One named Jill front of you Fly away Jack, fly away Jill Each hand ‘flies’ behind back Come back Jack, come back Jill. Each hand ‘flies’ out in front Hello, Toes Sit with your legs straight out in front of you, tip toes toward you for ‘Hello’ and away for ‘goodbye’ Hello toes Toes tip toward you Good-bye toes Toes tip away Hello toes Toes tip toward you Good-bye toes. Toes tip away My toes are feeling shy today One foot covers the other. But now they’re feeling better! Stomp, stomp, those feet! Hello hands Admire hands Good-bye hands, Hands behind you Hello hands Admire hands Good-bye hands. Hands behind you My hands are feeling shy today Hide your hands behind you But now they’re feeling better! Clap, clap, clap your hands!
  • 26. Here Is A Bunny Here is a bunny Hold 2 fingers up. With ears so funny Wiggle fingers Here is his hole in the ground. Make hole with other hand. When a noise he hears Clap hands He perks up his ears Straighten fingers Put hand into hole, And jumps in the hole ears first. in the ground! Variation: circle mouth with fingers at “here is his hole in the ground”. When the ‘bunny’ jumps in the hole, you have your fingers in your mouth! If You Listen And You Hear Me To tune of “If you’re happy and you know it” If you listen and you hear me, Go like this Clap any rhythm If you listen and you hear me Go like this. Repeat clapping If you listen, you will hear me ‘Cause you’re sitting really near me (or standing) If you listen and you hear me Go like this Repeat Clapping For added verses: You can stomp rhythms, pat your tummy or head, clap quieter, etc.
  • 27. Creepy Crawly, Little Mousey Start with one hand sitting upon the other, hands extended in front of you. Creepy, crawly Crawl hand up arm… Little mousey to elbow From the barnie To the housie. Up upon the kitchen shelf to shoulder. Here’s the cheese: Turn head, offering ear as ‘cheese’, Help yourself! Right fingers ‘nibble on ear! Here is a Beehive A quiet fingerplay Here is a beehive Where are the bees? Make a fist They’re hiding inside Where nobody sees. Look intently “into” your fist Soon they’ll come creeping Out of the hive: Count your fingers out wide, One, two, three, four, five displaying your full hand Buzzzzzzz! Tickle your child.
  • 28. QUIETING Here are a few fingerplays with a calming effect. Use them as lead-ins to the next story. Roly-Poly Roly-poly, roly-poly, up - up - up! Roly-poly, roly-poly, out - out - out! Roly-poly, roly-poly, clap - clap - clap! Roly-poly, roly-poly, lay them in your lap! Children enjoy rolling their hands around each other to various speeds or without a sound. Wiggle My Fingers My Thumbs Are Can begin standing or sitting. Starting to Wiggle I wiggle my fingers. Sung to the turn of The Bear Went Over the Mountain I wiggle my toes. I wiggle my shoulders. My thumbs are starting to wiggle I wiggle my nose. My thumbs are starting to wiggle No more wiggles are left in me. My thumbs are starting to wiggle So I’ll be as quiet as I can be. Around and around and around Continue with other body parts. Now I’m finished wiggling … And I’m quiet as can be. Glasses Fingers in circles around eyes These are Grandma’s glasses. Hands in peak above head This is Grandma’s cap. Fold hands Here’s the way she folds her hands Lay them in lap And puts them in her lap. Hands in circles around eyes These are grandpa’s glasses Thumbs hooked at armpits This is grandpa’s vest. Fold arms chest high This is the way he folds his arms Lay crossed arms on chest And lays them on his chest.
  • 29. Open Shut Them Open shut them Open shut them Give a great big clap Open shut them Open shut them Lay them in your lap Ten Fingers I have ten little fingers Tall as a tree And they all belong to me Takes children quietly from I can make them do things standing to sitting position. Would you like to see? Tall as a tree (stretch arms high) I can shut them up tight Wide as a house I can open them up wide (stretch out wide) I can put them together Thin as a pin (pin arms to side) I can make them all hide Small as a mouse (Get down on floor in little quiet ball. I can make them jump high Now ask the children to sit I can make them jump low because we are ready for the I can fold them like this next story.) And hold them just so. Two Little Hands You’re So Great Two little hands go You’re so great, now please stand. Clap, clap, clap. And give yourself a great big hand! Two little feet go (Everyone applauds) Tap, tap, tap. Clap the floor, clap your hair, Two little hands go Clap your cheeks, and clap the air. Thump, thump thump. (Don’t quite touch hands together.) (Make fists; thump one Clap your elbows, clap your feet, on top of the other.) Clap your pinkies, and clap your seat! Two little feet go You’re so great, so take a bow! Jump, jump, jump. Then bend your knees One little body turns around. And sit down now. Each little child sits Quietly down.
  • 30. WHOLE BODY STRETCHES In the middle of storytime, kids need to get up and move. Ten Fat Peas Ten fat peas in a pea pod pressed, (Make fists and bump them together) One grew, two grew, so did all the rest. (Raise 1 finger, then 2, then all) They grew and grew and they would not stop, (Stretch up really tall) Until one day, the pod went POP! (Smack hands together!) Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Sing to tune of “There is a tavern in the town”, or say. Head, shoulders, knees and toes Point to each part of your body Knees and toes. with both hands as you sing. Head, shoulders, knees and toes, It’s fun to start at a slow- to- Knees and toes. regular pace, then speed up Eyes and ears and mouth and nose. through another verse or two, Head, shoulders knees and toes, each one faster than the time Knees and toes. before. Two little apples Way up high in an apple tree Stretch arms up over head Two little apples smiled at me Make fists, turn them toward you I shook that tree as hard as I could Shake ‘trunk’ hard with hands Down fell the apples Drop hands down to floor Mmmm, they were good! Take a bite and rub your tummy.
  • 31. Can you hop like a rabbit? Suit actions to words. Can you hop like a rabbit? Can you jump like a frog? Can you walk like a duck? Can you run like a dog? Can you fly like a bird? Can you swim like a fish? And be as still as a mouse — As still as this? Jack in the box Start crouched down small. On “Yes, I will!” jump up and fling your arms up high over your head! Jack in the box Stay so still Won’t you come out? Yes, I will!!! Be all kinds of animals: kitty, dog, monkey, crocodile, lion. Ask the children what they Want to be ‘in the box’. You can play this one as long as you want. Stop your motion Clap your hands and STOP your motion Turn around and STOP your motion Touch your knees and STOP your motion Everybody run, run, run around the mountain Everybody run, run, run around the mountain Everybody run, run, run around the mountain Everybody STOP! (Substitute other movements -- fly, hop, etc. Let kids decide.)
  • 32. ENDINGS How about one of these to end a storytime? The More We Get Together Hold hands, move in a circle and sing. The more we get together, 2nd verse, change to: Together, together Sing together (songs). The more we get together, 3rd verse, change to: The happier we’ll be. Read together (books) Because your friends are my friends Finish with the first verse again, And my friends are your friends moving the circle in the opposite The more we get together direction, then cheer and clap! The happier we’ll be. Touch your nose Hands go up Suit actions to words. Hands go up and hands go down. Touch your nose, I can turn around and round. Touch your chin. I can jump upon two shoes That’s the way I can clap and so can you. This game begins. I can wave, I’ll show you how. Touch your eyes, Storytime is done for now. Touch your knees. May want to use with variation given in OPENINGS. Now pretend You’re going to sneeze. Touch your ears, Touch your hair. Touch your ruby lips Right there. (Blow a kiss.) Touch your elbows Where they bend. Jump right up and say THE END!!
  • 33. Tickle the Clouds Suit actions to words. Tickle the clouds. Tickle your toes. Turn around And tickle your nose. Reach down low. And reach up high. Storytime’s over — wave goodbye! If you’re happy and Thank-you clap you know it Suit actions to words. This tune does so much to any set of My hands say thank you words! With a clap, clap, clap. If you’re happy and you know it, My feet say thank you Clap your hands. With a tap, tap, tap. If you’re happy and you know it, Clap, clap, clap. Clap your hands. Tap, tap, tap. If you’re happy and you know it *Turn myself around and bow. Your face will surely show it. Leaders says: Say thank you. If you’re happy and you know it, Children do say “thank you”. Clap your hands. Leader responds You’re welcome! Continue with ‘stomp your feet’, end with ‘wave bye-bye’. Then Variation: at *say do all three!. We roll our hands round and say Bye-Bye! (or Thank you!”)
  • 34. Wave Goodbye by Rob Reid (The picture book is also available.) Wave high, Wave low, I think it’s time, We gotta go. Wave your elbows, Wave your toes, Wave your tongue And wave your nose. Wave your knees, Wave your lips, Blow a kiss with fingertips. Wave your ears, Wave your hair, Wave your belly and derriere. Wave your chin. Wave your eye. Wave your hand And say goodbye!
  • 35. ENRICHMENT MATERIALS • The Volunteers’ Resource Box brings a new selection of flannel stories, puppets, pop-ups, and props to your library at the beginning of each series. • The complete collection is listed here. Caution: Books are the center of library storytime. Puppets and props should be used carefully to make more of the story, never to distract from it. You can request any of these that aren’t in your box. Call 384-3150. Ask for Youth Services. Anyone in the office will be glad to help. You can ask for specific material, or tell us your theme and let us send whatever fits. Or: ask your librarian to e-mail your request to Theresa Hadley or Catherine Sarette. Note: Try to request materials a week or two in advance. We may have to arrange delivery from another branch. • Please let us know if you have ideas for other things we might add to this collection. • We’ll gladly provide materials to make new flannel stories or other materials for the library.
  • 36. FLANNEL STORIES A flannelboard is stored at your library. Ask staff to get it out for you. + Starred stories = especially good for toddlers. + AUTUMN LEAVES Kids put colored leaves on the flannelboard while you read “What Color Is Autumn." BALLOONS (for a party) Kids put colored balloon shapes on the flannel board as you read the rhyme, Balloons for a Party. The enclosed sheet also contains other participation ideas for a party threme. + BEAR’S FEAST Little Bear wants blueberries, but he keeps finding other tasty treats. BREMEN TOWN MUSICIANS Abandoned animals win a home, with their “singing.” BINGO “And Bingo was his name-O. B - I - N-G-O...” THE BLUE JAY No matter what tasty tidbits Mr. Jay brings Mrs. Jay, she won’t eat one until her baby birds are hatched. + BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD THROUGH MY WINDOW Bluebird, bluebird through my window, Oh Johnny I’m tired — Night-night! Very fun to sing and ‘fly’ different colored birds onto the board.
  • 37. + BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE? The favorite story, in colorful flannel. THE CAT AND THE PARROT A greedy cat takes advantage of the hospitable parrot but gets her “just desserts”. COUNTING CROCODILES A little mouse-deer must cross crocodile-infested waters but tricks them into helping him. DEM BONES, “dem bones, dem dinosaur bones. Put ‘em all together, and this is what you get!” Wow, kids love these big, bright felt board dinosaurs. DOG’S COLORFUL DAY Dog begins his day with just one black spot but ends it with 10 spots in every color of the rainbow! A beautifully crafted felt dog does the story proud. + DOWN IN THE BARNYARD (Sung to the tune of Down by the Station) Down in the barnyard early in the morning, see the chicken family all in a row… THE ELF AND THE DORMOUSE An elf uproots a toadstool and invents himself an umbrella. + EGGS FOR BREAKFAST Have kids make the motions with you and then put eac-h fried egg on the board: “Give it a whack, hear it crack, drop it in the middle, one egg’s frying’ on the griddle.” THE ENORMOUS TURNIP, by Tolstoy. It takes the whole family and their pets to pull the turnip out of the ground.
  • 38. THE FEARSOME BEAST Like the book, Who’s In Rabbit’s House, the fearsome beast in Rabbit’s house is just a caterpillar. + FISHIES “There are so many fishies in the deep blue sea. What color fishy do you see?” Sung to a catchy tune, ask for the Little Songs for Little Me tape for the tune. THE FISH WITH THE DEEP SEA SMILE The fishermen catch one fish after another, but not their quarry, the fish with the deep- sea smile. He flips his tail and swims away. FIVE ENORMOUS DINOSAURS These dinosaurs are made from patterned fabric. Great participation counting rhyme and fun to look at. FIVE FAT SPIDERS Five fat spiders are we/ We’ve spun our web in a tree/When the bugs came around/we swallowed them down/ That’s why we’re fat, you see! FIVE LITTLE CHICKENS Each little chicken asks for something good to eat in this simple rhyme + FIVE LITTLE SEASHELLS Five little seashells lying on the shore. Swish went the waves. Then there were four. + FLIP FLAP JACK “There was a man made of food. Made of food? Made of food! There was a man made of food and his name was Flip-Flap Jack!” + FROGGY GETS DRESSED But he keeps forgetting to put on something, including his underwear. Entertaining sound effects and lots of giggles.
  • 39. THE GIANT CARROT A woodland version of “The Enormous Turnip.” When Rabbit can’t pull up the carrot alone, all the animals help. THE GOAT IN THE TURNIP FIELD The billy goat got into the boy’s turnip field, and he’s eating all the turnips. Who can stop him? THE GUNNY WOLF How Little Girl got away from the Gunny Wolf when he caught her in the forest. HENNY PENNY The sky is falling! + HUMPTY DUMPTY Well, you know what happened to Humpty! “They couldn’t put Humpty together again!” + HUSH LITTLE BABY In this traditional song, a baby is quieted by the promise of many gifts from Papa. THE HOUSE IN THE WOODS Farmyard animals all work together to build themselves a house in the woods. + HOW TO I PUT IT ON? Dress the little bear all wrong and let children tell you how to do it right. + I GOT ME A CAT I got me a cat, and the cat pleased me, and I fed my cat under yonder tree, and the cat said fiddle-I-fee! (Keep adding animals and the sounds that they might make in this rollicking song.) + IF I COULD HAVE A WINDMILL These flannel figures illustrate an action song. Have the kids join in swinging their arms for whole-body fun.
  • 40. IN THE HOUSE This one is a hit with the kids! Can you guess what kind of pet is in each of the houses? There are clues for the children to guess. + IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK, by Shaw Kids can put all the different cloud shapes up on the flannelboard. ITSY BITSY SPIDER Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out… JENNIE JENKINS A picky dresser rhymes her way through her fabulous wardrobe. JOHNNY-CAKE Like the Gingerbread Boy, the Johnny Cake runs away. JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT From the book by the same name. The coat became a jacket, a vest, a tie, a handkerchief, a button, and finally, a story.- KATIE THE CATERPILLAR Adventurous Katie climbs on board a bicycle, a train, and finally an airplane. How she wishes she could fly! (Sometimes wishes do come true.) + LITTLE BOY BLUE come blow your horn. The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn. LITTLE COCKROACH MARTINA, a Puerto Rican tale. She asks each creature that courts her “How will you speak to me in the evening?” and she marries the mouse, for his beautiful voice. LITTLE MISS MUFFET Along came a spider!
  • 41. THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED RIPE STRAWBERRY AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR How do you keep a red, ripe strawberry away from a big, hungry bear? LITTLE RED HEN No one will help her bake the bread + LITTLE ROCKET’S TRIP A little rocket roared off one day/On a trip into space so far away. + THE LITTLE SCARECROW This set contains pieces of a fine scarecrow to build on the small, handheld flannel board, two sheets of scarecrow songs and action rhymes, a scarecrow craft idea, and a scarecrow stick puppet idea with patterns included. + LOTS OF CARS “There were lots of cars driving down the street. Tell me what color car do you see? Big ones, little ones, beep, beep, beep!” To sing or say: lots of fun, too. + LOU AT THE ZOO Animals are placed behind images representing their habitats, to be revealed after the children guess who. MASTER OF ALL MASTERS He wants the servant girl to call everything by very unusual names! MAY I BRING A FRIEND? by De Regniers He brings a different friend on every day of the week, and they’re all zoo animals! THE MILLER, THE BOY AND THE DONKEY, by Aesop Everyone has different advice about who should ride, and who should walk. Moral: You can’t please everyone. THE MONKEY AND THE CROCODILE Crocodile fools monkey into getting close enough to eat, but monkey fools crocodile into setting him free.
  • 42. THE MOUSE AND THE WINDS, by Lobel The Winds blow Mouse’s boat on top of a tree, a house, and a hill! + MOUSE’S HALLOWEEN HOUSE A mother mouse makes a jack-o-lantern for her babies. THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG “Fire! Fire! Burn stick! stick won’t beat dog, dog won’t bite pig, piggy won’t jump over the stile, and I’ll never get home tonight.” + ONE ELEPHANT WENT OUT TO PLAY on a spider web one day. (Count one to ten, and let kids put elephants on board.) OPPOSITES Use felt these felt animals to illustrate opposites. Put one on the board and let the children guess what the opposite is. Fast, slow — Horse and turtle. Hard, soft — Crab and chick … THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT, a poem by Edward Lear They went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat...
  • 43. PATRICK NEEDS SHAMROCKS Children can put lots of leprechauns on the flannel board for Patrick the leprechaun. PEACE AND QUIET A man can’t get any peace until the wise woman tells him to bring all his animals into the house. + PIZZA PIECES The flannel pizza pieces come in a real pizza box. You can use them to illustrate the counting rhyme Five Little Pizza Pieces and Pizza; or the hilarious song, I Am a Pizza, all included. + PLANT A LITTLE SEED “Plant a little seed, watch it grow, soon you’ll have a vegetable.” Beautiful brightly colored vegetables look good enough to eat. There’s a fruit set too. Music available on Plant a Little Seed tape- request it at the same time. + PUMPKIN HAPPY Pumpkin (jack-o’ lantern) has many moods, but the best is pumpkin pie. QUICK AS A CRICKET A young boy describes himself as "loud as a lion," "quiet as a clam," "tough as a rhino," and "gentle as a lamb." RATTLESNAKE, MOUSE, AND COYOTE a Mexican tale Mouse rescues, rattlesnake, only to be caught by him. But Coyote tricks Rattlesnake into letting Mouse go. THE RUNAWAY BUNNY, by Margaret Wise Brown No matter how the little bunny changes, his mother always knows him and brings him home. + THE RUNAWAY COOKIES “They danced away so very far, they never came back to the cookie jar.”
  • 44. THE SHADY HAT Each animal grabs the hat away from the one who had it before, but what’s this? The hat is buzzing! + THE SNOWMAN Hand the pieces of felt out to the children and as the poem builds, so will the snowman. SOUP FROM A NAIL, a Swedish tale The old woman says she has no food for the beggar, but the promise of soup from a nail has her bringing out all sorts of things to add to the pot. SPRING VEGETABLE GARDEN This rhyme lists all the vegetables that are planted in the garden. THE STONE IN THE ROAD, The king rolls a big stone into the road, to see what his lazy subjects will do. STREET SOUNDS Each vehicle has a particular noise to make. + TEDDY WORE HIS RED SHIRT Such a cute bear with clothes. The little ones can help dress him. + TEN LITTLE FISHES A counting rhyme. THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT A cumulative tale. This is the rat that ate the malt, that lay in the house that Jack built. + THIS LITTLE TRAIN Brightly colored train cars, they go chug chug chugging right by you. THE THREE BILLY GOATS Trip trap, trip trap. “Who’s that tripping over my bridge?” roared the troll... THE THREE LITTLE PIGS “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down.”
  • 45. THREE LITTLE PUMPKINS “The third one said, I’m on my way/To be a Jack-o-Lantern today.” THE THREE WISHES 1. for a sausage. 2. for the sausage to grow on the silly wisher’s nose. 3. To get the sausage off the nose. How sad! How silly! No more wishes left! TRAFFIC JAM No matter where Mrs. Bailey drives, she finds herself in the middle of a traffic jam. (Lots of cars for kids to put on the flannelboard. UWUNGELEMA An African (Bantu) tale in which, one after another, animals fail to remember the name of a magic tree. It is taken from the beautifully illustrated book, The Name of the Tree (J 398.2049 Lottridge), which families can check out after story time. VALENTINE RHYMES 6 bright felt hearts and three different rhymes, ready to use for the holiday. + WHAT’S INSIDE THE POCKET? “I have a little pocket where many things can hide.” Behind each pocket hides an object for the children to guess. + WHEELS Picture cards of a wheelbarrow, bicycle, tricycle, and wagon: use to sing “My wheelbarrow has one wheel, my wheelbarrow has one wheel, My wheelbarrow has one wheel, and that wheel goes around”. + WHEN COWS GET UP IN THE MORNING They always say good-day” Fun to sing: ask for “More Songs anyone can sing” tape for the tune.
  • 46. + WHEN MARCH WINDS BLOW Nine colorful hats ‘blow’ through the air. Kids can help the second time through. THE WIDE MOUTHED FROG FROM THE POND A little wide-mouthed frog asks animal mothers what they feed their babies. The snake answers, “wide-mouthed frogs” and suddenly the frog decides to talk with a tiny, narrow mouth! THE WIND AND THE CLOTHES The Wind steals an old rabbit’s clothes from the clothesline, but the old rabbit shows him how to make his own.
  • 47. PUPPETS These could be used to introduce stories or to act them out. (No need for a big production, and you can move your lips.) Ant, Bears Bunny, Finger puppets: Mouse, Chicken, Cat, Cow, Bat, Snail, Bumblebee, Chimpanzee Turtle, Rabbit in Hat, Worm in Crocodile Crow apple, Dogs (3 — one very large and loveable) Mouse Count One snake sock puppet, ten little, warm, and tasty sock mice for the flannel board or to hand out to children, and a big jar for the snake to drop the mice into as he counts. Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly: Frogs, Grasshopper Hand out the animals to children Hedgehog, Lamb, and have them put them in her mouth as you all sing the rhyme. Mole Lion, Monkey, Mouse, Sylvester and Platypus, (soft and furry) The Magic Pebble Spider, Rabbit, With the help of Velcro, Sylvester changes into a rock. Toucan, Zebra Animal Muzzles to The Very Hungry wear: Pig, Horse, Duck, Caterpillar Chicken, Cow, Cat, Donkey Feed the caterpillar sock puppet and it becomes a butterfly!
  • 48. POP-UP BOOKS Pop-up pictures, flaps, and parts that move. Some are too fragile for check-out, but fun for story time. + Carter FLAPDOODLE DINOSAURS Delightful, colorful dinosaurs are revealed behind familiar foods. + Cimarus PEEK A MOO Guess who? Peek a moo! says the cow. Guess who? Peek a squeak! says the mouse. Lots of fun. + Cousins HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAISY It’s Maisy’s birthday, with tabs to pull and flaps to lift. + Cousins MAISY’S ABC A lift the flap, pull-the-tab ABC book. Faulkner THE LONG-NOSED PIG Fabulous long noses jut out from this story about a pig who brags “too bad your nose isn’t as long as mine.” Faulkner SANTA’S SURPRISE Poor Santa can’t see very well, and everywhere he looks, he thinks he sees the reindeer’s red nose. Faulkner THE SCARED LITTLE BEAR It’s bedtime, but there’s a scary noise in the house: is it an elephant, or a rhino or… Little bear investigates in this ‘not-too-scary- pop-up.
  • 49. + Fowler MR. LITTLE’S NOISY BOAT A lift-the-flap book. Animals are hiding all over Mr. Little’s boat. + Hawkins OLD MOTHER HUBBARD A lift-the-flap book of the old nursery rhyme. Hewitt FACE TO FACE SAFARI Beware! Giant pop-up animals inside! + Hill WHERE’S SPOT? Flaps open to reveal the answer. + Hill SPOT GOES TO THE PARK Spot and friends take a trip to the park and have some trouble keeping track of their ball. Inkpen LULLABYHULLABALLOO! A princess has trouble getting to sleep, until some clanking knights, snorting dragons, eerie ghosts, and forest creatures come to her aid. Has fold-out pages. Moore THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS + Pienkowski BIG MACHINES A wonderful collection of work-a-day machinery. + Pienkowski BOATS A variety of boats pop out in bright colors. + Pienkowski GOOD NIGHT Can everyone finally get to bed?
  • 50. + Pienkowski PIZZA! The king is coming for lunch! Quick, what does he like on his pizza? Cheese, tadpoles, worms?? + Pienkowski PLANES AND OTHER THINGS THAT FLY Take a ride in a hot air balloon, helicopter and more. + Pienkowski TRUCKS AND OTHER WORKING WHEELS See a fire engine, taxi, moving van and other familiar working vehicles. Price WHERE’S ALFIE? Alfie doesn’t want to go to bed. Have fun with finding Alfie and the pop-up action. Ruschak THE COUNTING ZOO Ryder IN THE WILD Beautifully illustrated animals in the African savanna hide in these pages. Sabuda THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS …And a partridge in a pear tree!
  • 51. Seymour DINOSAURS A pop-up book with great illustrations. WHAT’S IN THE JUNGLE? A colorful pop-up, lift-the-flap book of jungle + Seymour animals. + Seymour WHAT’S IN THE PREHISTORIC FOREST? A lift-the-flap pop-up book. + Simmons DAISY’S HIDE AND SEEK Daisy and Pip play hide and seek throughout the barnyard. Very cute. Strickland DINOSAUR STOMP Colorful pop-up dinosaurs invite you to the dance. Could be fun to act out. + Ziefert WHO SAID MOO? Red Rooster goes through the entire farmyard asking all the animals if they said moo. A lift-the-flap book.
  • 52. OTHER ENRICHMENTS ANIMAL MASKS Heavy paper printed with the faces of mostly farm animals (and one rabbit.) Hand them out to the children and let them act out a story or song such as Old MacDonald. BINOCULARS use them with the LET’S GO FOR A JUNGLE WALK pictures, below. CLOSED BASKET Let kids guess mystery objects by feel. Or put story-related objects inside, and let kids reach in and choose. CUT AND TELL SCISSOR STORIES (372.64 Warren) Each book covers a season; Spring, Fall, Winter. The stories need rephrasing, but children love to watch you cut the paper plate! SHAKERS+ “Can you shake your egg with me, shake your EGG SHAKERS egg along with me?” EENSY WEENSY SPIDER SPIDER+ a spider on a glove with sun and rain props: fun to use! SPECKLED FROGS+ Frogs on a glove FIVE GREEN AND S PECKLED FROGS and a felt covered “log”. JUNGLE WALK 5 pictures of jungle animals to use with Let’s Go for a Jungle Walk from the “Dippin’ in the Paintbox” CD or from the Ready to Go storytime Book and CD. Take our storytime collection binoculars along on your trip! MATRESHKA Russian nesting dolls, each tinier than the last. “MAX from Where The Wild Things Are MAX” MAX
  • 53. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Thumb piano, rain stick, and INSTRUMENTS+ rhythm instruments such as tambourine, triangle, sticks, and drums. MONKEY MITT a furry glove with Velcro fingers. We’ve got MITT+ attachable ducks, monkeys, pumpkins, kittens, and frogs, with fingerplays. PICTURE CARDS Wheels SILK FLOWERS for use with The Gunniwolf. Hold them up as you tell how Little Girl picks them. THREE TEDDY BEARS They can be used for bear stories. BEARS. TRAFFIC SIGNS Red light. Green Light. Right turn. Left turn. You show the signs. Kids do the actions. STORYTIME COLLECTION • The Volunteers’ Resource Box brings a new selection of books from the Storytime Collection to your library at the beginning of each series. • The complete storytime collection is listed here. • You can request any that aren’t in your box. Here’s the quickest way: Call 384-3150. Ask for Youth Services. Anyone in the office will be glad to help. You can ask for specific titles, or tell us your theme and let us send whatever fits. Or: Ask your librarian to e-mail your request to Catherine Sarette or Theresa Hadley.
  • 54. Note: Try to request books a week or two in advance. We may have to arrange delivery from another branch. • Your own library may have copies of many of these books. (But the storytime copy will often be in better condition.) • You can use any other appropriate books you like. (See How to Choose, p. 4 in the yellow section.) • If you have ideas for other books we might add to this collection, please let us know. PICTURE BOOKS Starred stories ( + ) are especially appropriate for toddlers. (One to three year olds in toddler story time.) E LOUELLA MAE, Alarcon SHE’S RUN AWAY! Pause before the last word in each rhyme. “Has anyone seen her? Now where could she be? Go look in the hollowed-out trunk of that tree. + E HUG Alborough Hug. Hug. All the animals have someone to hug. Little chimp wants a hug, too. E IT’S THE BEAR! Alborough Eddie and his mom go into the woods for a picnic and meet a very large, very hungry bear.
  • 55. E SOME DOGS DO Alborough Sid’s classmates laugh, “Dogs don’t fly!” when he tells them that he flew. Sid’s Dad has a different answer. E WATCH OUT! BIG BRO’S Alborough COMING! Terror spreads through the jungle as animals hear the news that rough, tough Big Bro is coming. E WHERE’S Alborough MY TEDDY? Eddie can't find his bear when he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem. E YOU’RE A GENIUS, Alexander BLACKBOARD BEAR Blackboard Bear helps a small boy build a spaceship for a trip to the moon. E MUCKY MOOSE Allen Mucky, the smelliest moose in the forest, proves that smelling bad has its advantages when trying to outwit a fierce wolf. + E WE’RE GOING ON SAFARI Arma “We're going on safari. We're going to shoot some photos.... Get your camera ready-snap!" Babies dressed as animals are juxtaposed with real wild animals.
  • 56. E BABY BIRD’S FIRST NEST Asch When Baby Bird takes a tumble from her mama's nest in the middle of the night, she finds a friend in Little Frog. E CAN YOU MAKE Ashman A PIGGY GIGGLE? Can you make a piggy giggle if you waddle through a puddle? A duck might chuckle but a pig won’t giggle… but everyone else will be laughing a lot. E BABIES ON THE GO Ashman Animal and human babies. “It doesn’t matter how they go. Inside, outside, fast, or slow. On the ground or high above, babies always ride with love.” E MOTHER HALVERSON’S Aylesworth NEW CAT Farmer Halverson tries out each of the barn cats as a house cat for his wife until he finds just the right one. E OLD BLACK FLY Aylesworth Old black fly’s been buzzin’ around and he’s had a very busy bad day. Sing this to a catchy tune and enjoy the funny mischief. + E BIG FAT HEN Baker “One two, buckle my shoe”; the old favorite with bold, enchanting illustrations. E HUMBUG RABBIT Balian Funny Easter story. Is father Rabbit the Easter bunny?
  • 57. + E FISH WISH Barner A small swimmer imagines being different brightly colored sea creatures in this wonderfully illustrated book. E ANIMALS SHOULD Barrett DEFINITELY NOT WEAR CLOTHING The problems that would cause! + E MY CAR Barton Sam describes in loving detail his car and how he drives it. Very simple text, very simple pictures. + E THE LITTLE RED HEN Barton The classic tale, told with simple text and bold pictures. + E MY MOTHER IS MINE Bauer All sorts of cuddly baby animals sing their mothers’ praises, as a young child makes a card for her own mother. Lovely, soft illustrations. E WHY DO KITTENS PURR? Bauer Simple rhymes tell why kittens, bears, kangaroos, and other animals behave the way they do.
  • 58. E PEPITO THE BRAVE Beck A little bird can’t face the challenge of flying, but learns to hop, swim, dig, etc his way to a family gathering, where he learns he CAN fly after all! E GRANDFATHER TWILIGHT Berger The amazing watercolors in this picture book will hold the children spellbound as Grandfather Twilight settles in for the night. E TUMBLE BUMBLE Bond As a tiny bug walks along, he is joined by a cat, a crocodile, a pig, and other animals, all of which end up in a boy's bed. E RABBIT’S GOOD NEWS Bornstein Rabbit leaves her warm, dark burrow and discovers that spring has come. E THE HAT Brett Hedgehog puts a stocking on his head, and all the animals want a hat like that! This is a companion volume to The Mitten, by the same artist. E THE MITTEN Brett An increasing number of animals fit snugly in Nicki's lost mitten --until the bear sneezes.
  • 59. E QUIET! Bright Papa Lion threatens to eat any animal who wakes up Baby Lion. He hopes someone will wake up the baby. Papa Lion is extremely hungry. In the end, his own growling stomach wakes the baby. E THE BIG SNEEZE Brown A farmer’s big sneeze wrecks hilarious havoc on a peaceful barn full of animals. E THE DIRTY LITTLE BOY Brown Mama says it’s time for a bath, so the little boy bathes like a bird, like a pig, and just gets dirtier and dirtier! + E GOODNIGHT MOON Brown A very charming small bunny looks all around his/her bedroom; and then carefully bids everything goodnight. A classic children’s book. + E THE RUNAWAY BUNNY Brown No matter what the bunny might change into, Mother bunny will always find him and bring him home. There is a flannel-board version of this in our collection. E THE SCARECROW’S HAT Brown Chicken thinks Scarecrow's hat will make a nice nest, but first she must make a series of swaps with Badger, Crow, Sheep, Owl, and Donkey, so each gets what they want.
  • 60. E MY DAD Browne A child describes the many wonderful things about "my dad," who can jump over the moon, swim like a fish, and be as warm as toast. E HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR DUCK Bunting Duck's birthday gifts from his animal friends are wonderful but cannot be used away from the water, a problem eventually solved by the arrival of his last gift. E MR. GUMPY’S MOTOR CAR Burningham Very simple, but well loved. All the animals ride in the motor car. + E MR. GUMPY’S OUTING Burningham Also simple, but well loved. All the animals go for an outing. E CAN YOU CUDDLE LIKE A Butler KOALA? From leaping like a frog to winking like an owl, young readers can enjoy copying different animals and the ways they move. + E IF YOU SEE A KITTEN Butler If you see a kitten…say oooh. But if you see a spider say….EEEEK! + E CAT’S COLORS Cabrera What is Little Cat’s favorite color: “Is it blue?” “Blue is the sky where I chase the birds.” Can you guess what his favorite color could be?
  • 61. + E DOG’S DAY Cabrera Dog has a very busy day with his animal friends, swinging from the trees with Monkey, flying through the clouds with Bird, hopping and jumping with Rabbit, and more. + E RORY AND Cabrera THE LION Rory loves lions, and he is convinced that he hears one roaring in the night. E HOT AIR HENRY Calhoun A sassy Siamese cat stows away on a hot air balloon and ends up taking a fur raising flight. + E FROM HEAD TO TOE Carle Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals. E HAVE YOU SEEN MY CAT? Carle A young boy encounters all sorts of cats while searching for the one he lost. E “SLOWLY, SLOWLY, SLOWLY”, Carle SAID THE SLOTH’ The sloth explains he isn’t lazy — he’s languid, stoic, impassive, sluggish, placid, calm, and, well, slothful!
  • 62. E TODAY IS MONDAY Carle Each day of the week brings a new food, until on Sunday all the world’s children come and eat it up. It’s a song too! E THE VERY BUSY SPIDER Carle A little spider works steadily through all the farm animals’ interruptions and produces a beautiful and efficient web. + E THE VERY HUNGRY Carle CATERPILLAR Days of the week, and a counting book! Good story, too. + E JESSE BEAR, WHAT Carlson WILL YOU WEAR? A rollicking rhyme through a child’s day. E EIEIO Clarke In this illustrated version of the familiar folk song, Old MacDonald chooses a new profession when his farm gets too crowded and noisy. E I LOVE YOU, BLUE KANGAROO Chichester When Lily's relatives give her lots of new stuffed animals, Blue Kangaroo fears that he will be replaced in her affections. + E ELLA SARAH GETS DRESSED Chodos Ella’s sister, mother, and father try to tell her what to wear but she knows exactly what she wants.
  • 63. + E FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS Christelow JUMPING ON THE BED One fell off and bumped his head: a counting book. E FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS Christelow PLAY HIDE-AND-SEEK Where are those monkeys? Where did they go? Where are they hiding? I really don’t know! E JACK’S GARDEN Cole A boy plants a garden and watches it grow - beautifully detailed illustrations E SO MUCH Cooke All the relatives arrive to hug, play with, and fuss over the baby. The occasion: Daddy’s birthday. You’ll love the family — So Much! E ANIMAL LINGO Conrad Did you know that dogs in Turkey say “Hav! Hav! and cats in Japan say “Neow!” + E MAISY DRESSES UP Cousins Maisy gets out her art supplies and makes a clever costume! + E MAISY MAKES GINGERBREAD Cousins Maisy is in her kitchen. Mmmm, gingerbread! + E MAISY’S BEDTIME Cousins Is Maisy ready for bed? Not yet!
  • 64. + E WHAT SHALL WE DO WITH THE Cowell BOO-HOO BABY? The animals pitch in to feed, bathe and play with the cranky, boo-hoo baby. Will nothing work? Very fun. MRS. WISHY-WASHY’S FARM E Cowley The farm animals all run away, tired of being washed. But when they get into a big, colorful mess in the city, they’re glad to jump into the tub. Home is best. Cronin CLICK, CLACK, MOO COWS THAT TYPE The cows love to type on an old typewriter they found. What do they type? Demands! + FREIGHT TRAIN Crews Freight train. Moving. Participation story. Kids can make train sounds the whole time you are reading it. Slow at first, then fast, then Whoo! Whoo! at the end. E DOWN BY THE POND Cruikshank The farm animals all make noises as they chase a sneaky fox into the nearby pond.
  • 65. E LEON AND ALBERTINE Davenier Leon, the pig, asks all of his barnyard friends for advice on how to woo the lovely Albertine (a chicken). Hilarious illustrations! + E WHO HOPS? Davis Brightly colored creatures hop, fly, slither, swim, and crawl through this lively book. E MAY I BRING A FRIEND? DeRegniers Every day of the week, the boy brings surprise animal friends. Flannelboard also available. E DOG’S COLORFUL DAY : A Dodd MESSY STORY ABOUT COLORS AND COUNTING. An endearing little white dog collects colorful spots, one to ten; and ends the day in a bath. Cute and colorful. E HAIRY MACLARY FROM Dodd DONALDSON’S DAIRY A small black dog and his canine friends set out on a bold adventure. E ARE YOU MY MOTHER? Eastman Little bird asks all kinds of creatures before finding his real mother. E COPY ME, COPYCUB Edwards A mother bear and her cub play an important game of follow the leader. Little does the cub know that each time he imitates his mom, he’s learning precious life lessons.
  • 66. E COLOR FARM Ehlert The rooster, dog, sheep, cow, pig and other animals on a farm are made up of colorful shapes such as square, circle, rectangle, and triangle. E COLOR ZOO Ehlert Introduces colors and shapes with illustrations of shapes that form animal faces when placed on top of one another. E GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER! Emberley Cut-out pages build a “monster” and take it away again, and all because the children say so! + E CATS SLEEP ANYWHERE Farjeon Cats sleep on tables, in closets, in shoeboxes... E BARK, GEORGE Feiffer You'll all laugh with this one: a young dog can't bark because he meows, moos, oinks, etc. Why?? E I’M A TIGER TOO! Fitzpatrick A little boy tries to play imaginatively with real animals and imaginary ones. To his delight he finds another child to play with. + E] BARNYARD BANTER Fleming Cows Moo. Rooster Cock a doodle doo. Goose is hiding. Who will find her?
  • 67. + E MAMA CAT HAS THREE Fleming KITTENS While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps. But when Mama and the sisters nap, the tables are turned. E MUNCHA! MUNCHA! Fleming MUNCHA! After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables. E THIS IS THE BABY Fleming This is the baby who hates to be dressed. here’s the mommy who must get baby dressed. Join in the fun of this gleeful battle of wills. E VEGETABLE GARDEN Florian Spade, rake, hoe. Seeds in a row. Three or four words per page make a vegetable garden. E ASTRONAUT PIGGY WIGGY Fox Piggy dreams of what he’d do if he could be an astronaut.
  • 68. E THE MAGIC HAT Fox A wizard's hat blows into town, changing people into different animals when it lands on their heads! Clever and colorful. E TIME FOR BED Fox As darkness falls, mamas and papas try to settle their little animals to sleep. E WHERE IS THE GREEN SHEEP? Fox Here is the red sheep. Here is the bath sheep. And here is the bed sheep. But where is the green sheep? E GOOSEBERRY GOOSE Freedman All Gooseberry wants to do is practice his flying, not prepare for winter like the other animals. But flying is exactly the right way for a goose to get ready for winter. E CORDUROY Freeman A toy teddy bear wants a child to buy him, but he’s missing a button. E A RAINBOW OF MY OWN Freeman Oh, the pleasures of playing with a rainbow! (If only in imagination.) E OLIVER’S VEGETABLES French “I don’t eat vegetables,” Oliver told Grandpa. “I only eat french fries.” But Grandpa has a surprise for Oliver, from his vegetable garden.
  • 69. E THE RUNAWAY Frost A poem about a young colt who charges off in fear of new snow, to be retrieved by his mother. E MILLIONS OF CATS Gag A little old man goes looking for a pet. E THE GINGERBREAD BOY Galdone Well-known folk tales in picture book form. Simple, funny illustrations. E MOONBEAM ON A CAT’S EAR Gay Was it just a dream or did they really try to steal the moon out of the sky? E PIZZA PAT Gelman “This is the tray that Pat bought. This is the dough, all stretchy and floppy, that lay in the tray that Pat bought.” + E BABY! TALK! Gentieu Simple text “Go, baby go!” accompanies great photos of babies showing the action. E MUSHROOM Ginsburg IN THE RAIN It shelters all kinds of animals. E BEASTLY FEAST Goldstone Antelopes and cantaloupes, fleas and peas get ready for a beastly feast that will twist your tongue and make your mouth water.
  • 70. E THE JAZZ FLY: STARRING THE Gollub JAZZ BUGS Rockin’ and jivin’, a fly picks up the sounds of a frog, hog, donkey and dog and works them into his jazz band. Get ready to bop! E ARTHUR”S TRACTOR : A FAIRY Goodhart TALE WITH MECHANICAL PARTS Unaware that a princess in distress and a dragon on the loose are right behind him, Arthur the farmer thinks that the strange noises he keeps hearing are being made by his tractor! Very funny. E QUEENIE, ONE OF THE FAMILY Graham A family rescues a small hen who makes her presence pleasantly felt in the family. E OVER ON THE FARM Gunson Kids can stretch, splash, leap, flap, and snuggle, with their favorite farmyard animals in this bright and sunny picture book. E THE APPLE PIE TREE Hall A story about the tree that grows the best part of apple pie! Follows the tree through the seasons and stages of fruit development. + E LITTLE ROBIN REDBREAST Halpern Traditional rhyme, in collage illustrations: will little robin get away from the cat?
  • 71. E LOST CAT Hardy In this lively rhyme, a cat owner lovingly describes his beloved lost pet, while the finder views the cat very differently! E THE BED JUST SO Hardendorff The tailor can’t sleep. Every night, someone, or something pulls the covers off his bed. E THE GUNNIWOLF Harper Little Girl went into the jungle to pick flowers, and up rose the Gunniwolf! Simple, not really scary, and you can have the kids pat their knees “pit pat” when Little Girl is running away. E MY CATS NICK & NORA Harper In simple language and exuberant watercolor, painter Barry Moser created this picture book with his little granddaughter, Isabelle Harper. Watch out Nick and Nora! Isabelle and cousin Emmie have big plans for you! + E MY DOG ROSIE Harper When grandpa Barry Moser goes to work in his studio, it’s Isabelle’s job to take care of Grandpa’s dog, Rosie. E OUR NEW PUPPY Harper When the puppy Floyd joins the family, Isabelle and her little sister Eliza see how Rosie, the family dog, reacts, and learn what it is like having-- and being-- a younger sibling.
  • 72. E TELLING TIME WITH Harper BIG MAMA CAT Who says a cat can’t tell time? Follow Mama Cat throughout her day. Features a clock with moveable hands. E IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT Haynes Start the engine and rev it up, Brrrroom, Brrrroom! You are the driver in this zany, giggle-filled adventure. + E THE BABY DANCES Henderson Charmingly illustrated, an older brother watches his baby sister grow more accomplished through her first year. E GUESS WHO, BABY DUCK! Hest Grandpa shows Baby Duck his pictures of her. She likes them! E IN THE RAIN WITH BABY DUCK Hest Although her parents love walking in the rain, Baby Duck does not--until Grandpa shares a secret with her. E KISS GOOD NIGHT Hest Sam, the little bear is waiting, waiting to go to sleep. Until at last Mrs. Bear said, “Oh, I know! Kiss good night am!” Plenty of kisses do the trick. E DOWN BY THE STATION Hillenbrand It’s not just the tourists who get to ride the zoo train!
  • 73. E THE BIG RED BUS Hindley A bus gets stuck in a hole in the road, holding up a long line of other vehicles and the repair of the road. + E DO LIKE A DUCK DOES! Hindley “There go the ducklings, all in a line, But who’s creep-creeping close, following behind?” It’s a hairy-scary stranger who claims he’s a duck. He doesn’t fool Mama! + E WHICH HAT IS THAT? Hines A mouse tries on many kinds of hats and becomes a firefighter, gardener, chef, teaparty hostess, and space traveler. E HUSH! : A THAI LULLABY Ho All the animals on a Thai farm keep the baby awake. Finally they all fall asleep -- except the baby. E THE SEALS ON THE BUS Hort Sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus,” this imagines a busload of noisy animals. Kids can join in! E COSMO ZOOMS! Howard Cosmo thinks he can't do anything special until he accidentally takes a nap on a skateboard! E TRUCKS WHIZZ! ZOOM! Hubbell RUMBLE! Old trucks. New trucks. Going-to-the-zoo trucks. All kinds of trucks travel on a long, long road!
  • 74. E ONE MONDAY Huntington What a week! Day after day the wind assails Annabelle’s farm, straightening the pigs’ tails, blowing the spots off the cow, until it finally blows itself away! E DON’T FORGET THE BACON! Hutchins A little boy goes grocery shopping for his mother and tries hard to remember her instructions. E THE DOORBELL RANG Hutchins Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s wonderful cookies. E HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SAM Hutchins One special present brings a solution to several of Sam’s problems. + E ROSIE’S WALK Hutchins Under, over and through, and the fox never catches Rosie the hen. Take the kids on Rosie’s Walk for a great whole body stretch. E THE SURPRISE PARTY Hutchins As a secret is passed along, it gets horribly distorted, and Rabbit gets a surprise when he tries to get people to come to his surprise party.
  • 75. E WE’RE GOING ON A PICNIC! Hutchins Silly Hen, Goose and Duck try to find the perfect spot for their picnic, only to discover Mouse, Squirrel and other small creatures have helped themselves to the lunch basket! E THE WINDY BLEW Hutchins A rhymed tale describing the antics of a capricious wind. E YOU’LL SOON GROW Hutchins INTO THEM, TITCH The tables turn at last for Titch, who has been inheriting his older siblings’ outgrown clothes. + E PEEKABOO MORNING Isadora A toddler plays peek-a-boo throughout the day. E THE GOOSE WHO WENT OFF IN Johnson A HUFF Magnolia, the goose, wants to mother all the animals on the farm and gets scolded for her efforts. Off she goes with hurt feelings. E HAROLD’S FAIRY TALE Johnson All of the “Harold” books can be told by drawing the story. The drawings are childishly simple. In this one, Harold tries to figure out why no flowers grow in the enchanted garden.
  • 76. E HAROLD’S TRIP TO THE SKY Johnson Harold draws a rocket that takes him into space. You can draw the story for the children. E COLOR DANCE Jonas Four dancers show what happens when colors combine. E CROCODILE BEAT Jorgensen While the crocodile naps the jungle animals play by the riverbank, but when he wakes, it is up to King Lion to protect his friends. Full of rhythm and rhyme! E MY LUCKY DAY Kasza When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox’s door by mistake, Mr. Fox thinks it’s his lucky day. But the piglet has other plans. + E JUMP, FROG, JUMP Kalan Kids can join in the chorus. How did the frog get away? Jump, frog, jump! E MOVING DAY Kalan A hermit crab looking for a new home tries several different shells before finding one that fits just right. E THE PIG’S PICNIC Kasza Mr. Pig, on his way to picnic with Miss Pig, is persuaded by his friends to change his appearance with an alarming results.
  • 77. + E COUNTING KISSES Katz “My tired little baby, do you need a kiss? 10 little kisses on teeny tiny toes…” E PETER’S CHAIR Keats Peter was jealous of the new baby and didn’t want his outgrown furniture to go to her. + E THE SNOWY DAY Keats Simple exploration of a small boy in the snow. E WHISTLE FOR WILLIE Keats Oh, how Peter wished he could whistle! E GERALDINE’S BLANKET Keller Geraldine loves her baby blanket. The trouble is, she’s not a baby any more. E FALL IS NOT EASY Kelly Fall is not easy for the tree because its leaves keep turning colors in unusual designs - rainbow, smiley face!? + E FIVE GREEN AND Kelly SPECKLED FROGS “Sat on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs, Yum! Yum!” An indestructible board book version. E THERE’S NO SUCH THING Kent AS A DRAGON A little boy’s dragon grows enormous. He just wants to be noticed!
  • 78. + Ketteman GRANDMA’S CAT A young girl pursues her grandmother’s cat — and learns how to be friends with him. E HENRY AND AMY (RIGHT-WAY- King ROUND AND UPSIDE DOWN) Even though they are very different, Henry and Amy are good friends. Readers will enjoy both characters very much. + E DAISY IS A MOMMY Kopper Daisy, the dog, and Mommy take care of their babies. Definitely warm and fuzzy! + E DAISY’S BABIES Kopper Every time Daisy's puppies and their friend, Baby, want to do something, the puppies have different ideas. E COME OUT AND PLAY, Kraus LITTLE MOUSE Little mouse is busy helping his family five days of the week, but he gets to play with them on weekends. + E WHOSE MOUSE ARE YOU? Kraus Mouse shakes his mother from the cat, rescues his father from the trap, and brings his sister home. E THE CARROT SEED Krauss Everyone says it won’t grow, but it does!
  • 79. E HOW SANTA GOT HIS JOB Krensky A delightful tale of Santa trying a number of jobs that are just not quite right, until he combines all his skills into the perfect job: Santa on Christmas eve! E TO BATHE A BOA Kudrna The bathroom becomes a battleground between a youngster and his elusive reptile. Ask for our huge stuffed Boa to go with the story. E THE NORTH WIND La Fontaine AND THE SUN Who is stronger? The wind and sun have a contest. E WHO TOOK THE COOKIES Lass FROM THE COOKIE JAR? An old game to sing with a new cute animal twist. + E THIS LITTLE CHICK Lawrence “This little chick from over the way/ Went to play with the pigs one day/ And what do you think they heard him say?” Well, you know, and so will the children! + E FLAPPY WAGGY WIGGLY Leslie Who has a wavy gray trunk and big flappy ears? Guess!
  • 80. E THIS IS THE TURKEY Fine A Thanksgiving celebration is proclaimed the best ever in spite of no turkey. (The turkey fell into the fish tank when Max’s mother tripped.)) + E CHUGGA CHUGGA CHOO Lewis CHOO A rhyming story about a toy freight train's day, from loading freight in the morning to retiring to the roundhouse after the day's work is done. E MY TRUCK IS STUCK Lewis When a dump truck "haulin' a great big load" gets stuck in the mud, progressively larger vehicles try to pull it out. E THE DAY THE GOOSE GOT Lindbergh LOOSE The day the goose gets loose, havoc reigns at the farm as all the animals react. E THE TOMTEN AND THE FOX Lindgren The fox sneaks to the farm to raid the chickens, but the Tomten is kindly on guard. E FREDERICK Lionni What supplies is Frederick laying up for the Winter? Stories of summer! E INCH BY INCH Lionni The little inchworm saves his own life by measuring inch by inch.
  • 81. E SWIMMY Lionni Swimmy, a small, orphaned fish, shows his friends how they can overcome the dangers of the deep. E FROG AND TOAD TOGETHER Lobel Set of short stories starring two friends, Frog and Toad. E MOUSE TALES Lobel Set of short stories starring mice. Very good for using puppets, fingerplays, or creative dramatics. We have a flannel-board of “The Mouse and the Winds.” + E FROGGY GETS DRESSED London Froggy hops out into the snow but he keeps forgetting important clothing. E LET’S GO, FROGGY! London Froggy and his father plan to go on an outing, but it takes all day to get ready! + E WIGGLE WAGGLE London Many animals walk, and so do you. Some walk funny or hop like a bunny. Now is your chance to do an animal dance! E ASTRO BUNNIES Loomis Up through the sky the bunnies zoom, following shooting stars, comets and the Milky Way. But no matter where they roam, they always come home.
  • 82. E TWIST WITH A BURGER, Lowery JITTER WITH A BUG The funny, rhyming text invites everyone to dance. + E 10 BEARS IN MY BED Mack A goodnight countdown based on an old counting song. + E GOOD THING YOU’RE NOT AN Markes OCTOPUS Don’t like getting dressed in the morning? It’s a good thing you don’t have 8 legs to put your pants on! + E BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR, Martin WHAT DO YOU SEE? “I see a red bird looking at me. Red bird, red bird, what do I see? I see a...” + E CHICKA CHICKA BOOM BOOM Martin “A told B and B told C, I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree.” E LISTEN TO THE RAIN Martin Wonderful rhythmic evocation of a rainstorm, great for audience participation. E THERE’S A NIGHTMARE Mayer IN MY CLOSET Monster is more funny than scary. Helps in overcoming night fears.
  • 83. E HONDO AND FABIAN McCarty A simple, appealing tale, of a single day in the life of Hondo the dog, who goes to the beach and Fabian the cat, who stays home to play with the baby. E LITTLE BUNNY ON THE MOVE McCarty A little bunny rabbit hurries past five fat sheep, over train tracks, and across an open field on his way to a special destination. E BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL McCloskey A classic Fall story. Little Sal and Little Bear get mixed up behind the wrong mothers on Blueberry Hill. E MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS McCloskey Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring. + E McDonnell SPLASH! The Elephants are hot, Tiger is hot and Rhinoceros is hot. How will they solve their problem? Great illustrations! E WIDGET McFarland A homeless little dog cries “Meow?” to be accepted in a household with 6 cats. You’ll love Widget!
  • 84. E WIDGET & THE PUPPY McFarland Widget is told to “watch the puppy.” He watches the puppy do all kinds of things! E SUDDENLY! McNaughton Time after time, Preston the pig unknowingly outwits the hungry wolf who is trying to catch and eat him. E PIG PIG GROWS UP McPhail Only when faced with a dire emergency does Pig Pig finally react like a grown-up and admit he is not a baby any more. E MOUSEKIN’S CHRISTMAS EVE Miller Mousekin finds his way up into the branches of a decorated Christmas tree. E WHOSE HAT? Miller A guessing game with lively color photographs. Hats represent occupations: a chef’s cap, constructions worker’s helmet, magicians hat, a fireman’s hat... E WHOSE SHOE? Miller It’s shoes this time: clown, baseball player, etc. E LITTLE BEAR’S VALENTINE Minarik Little Bear has a secret admirer. Who could it be? This is in larger picture book format than the other Little Bear books, with Sendak-like illustrations by Heather Green.
  • 85. E LITTLE BEAR Minarik LITTLE BEAR’S VISIT Warm, snuggly stories with Sendak illustrations. There are more of these in the series. Family stories. + E BEEP BEEP Miranda “I wake up every morning with a VROOM CHUGGA VROOM”: feel the irresistible motion on every page! E TO MARKET, TO MARKET Miranda Starting with the nursery rhyme about buying a fat pig at market, this tale goes on to describe a series of unruly animals that run amok. E ONE ZILLION VALENTINES Model That’s what two ambitious kids set out to make. E 1 2 3 VALENTINE’S DAY Modesitt A counting book in rhyme featuring Mr. Mouse who goes from house to house delivering valentine gifts. E MOUSE’S HALLOWEEN PARTY Modesitt Mouse’s party plans are making Pig sad. Now no one will come to her party. Then mouse has a wonderful idea. E GOOD JOB, OLIVER! Molk Can a little rabbit overcome greedy birds, gophers and bears to win the strawberry growing contest?
  • 86. E THE CAT BARKED? Monks A cat wishes to be a dog, until its owner shows how much better it is to be a cat! E THE NIGHT BEFORE Moore CHRISTMAS Nice illustrations for this classic poem. + E HATS, HATS, HATS Morris Wonderful photos of people of all ages and nations in “soft hats…hard hats…sun hats…fun hats”. E SIX-DINNER SID Moore Sid the cat plays the pet of six different owners on Aristotle street so that he can get six dinners every night. + E CATERPILLAR'S WISH Murphy Caterpillar wants to fly away with her friends Bee and Ladybug, and she can after she becomes a butterfly! + E I LIKE IT WHEN Murphy "I like it when you hold my hand…, you let me help." Little Penguin tells his mom. E THE VERY SLEEPY SLOTH Murray Sloth loves to sleep. The other animals don’t understand until they learn a funny lesson. E CAT FISH Newton Problems occur when Winston, a cat who loves to eat fish, tries to live in the sea.
  • 87. E BILLYWISE Nicholls An apprehensive young owl learns to trust his mother, and fly. Wonderful illustrations. E WHO TOOK Nodset THE FARMER’S HAT? The farmer gets some interesting leads from the animals as he searches for his old, brown hat. E IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE Numeroff A COOKIE Who knows what it’ll ask for next? E ONE BEAUTIFUL BABY Oborne Counts all of the characteristics of a beautiful baby from one smile to ten sticky fingers. E TEN MONKEY JAMBOREE Ochiltree “Monkeys, monkeys. Play with me! Monkey fun takes more than one. Won’t you join my jamboree?” + E LOVE ME, LOVE YOU O’Keefe “Love me, love my potty!” - a small rabbit celebrates the wonders of his/her daily routine, shared with his mom. + E GOOD AS GOLDIE Palatini A disdainful big sister only hopes her baby brother can be anywhere as good as she is! But in fact, she’s not all that big!.
  • 88. + E MOON GLOWING Partridge Squirrel, bat, beaver, and bear get ready for their winter sleep beneath a glowing moon + E SO SLEEPY ; WIDE AWAKE Paschkis Charming, clear illustrations show little animals quietly snuggling or brightly active. E BOB Pearson Bob the rooster needs to learn how to crow, but he’s learning all the wrong sounds from other animals around the farm! E MARY WORE HER RED DRESS Peek Henry wore his green sneakers, Katy wore her yellow sweater. etc. -Enjoy the colors and clothing in this sing-a-long book. E THE BIG ORANGE SPLOT Pinkwater The houses were all the same until a seagull dropped a can of bright orange paint on Mr. Plumbean’s house. Child-like illustrations. Go slow when you show the houses that look like everyone’s dreams. E THE PIGGY IN THE PUDDLE Pomerantz “See the piggy. See the puddle. See the muddy little puddle. See the piggy in the middle of the muddy little puddle.” Mother, Father, and Brother can’t get her out, so they jump in, too.
  • 89. E SQUAWK TO THE MOON, Preston LITTLE GOOSE Good’s good and bad’s bad. Little Goose meets the fox when she should be safe home in bed. Pringle NAMING THE CAT The family can not agree on a name for their new cat. Maybe, says Dad, the cat will do something that will them his name. And he does! + E SHAKE MY SILLIES OUT Raffi A trio of animals who can’t get to sleep roam the forest and eventually encounter a group of campers who join them in shaking their sillies out, clapping their crazies out, and yawning their sleepies out. + E GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA Rathmann The zookeeper makes the rounds, telling all the animals “good night”. Pesky Gorilla collects the keys and all the animals end up cozy in bed at the zookeeper’s house! + E WAVE GOODBYE Reid Wave goodbye with your whole body! + E MOUSE MESS Riley Mouse joyfully munches his way through the kitchen and makes a big, rhyming, mess. E SAM WHO NEVER FORGETS Rice Walks through feeding time at the zoo, as Sam the zookeeper feeds each animal that lives there.
  • 90. E THE CAKE THAT MACK ATE Robart A simple cumulative take off on The House that Jack Built. E YOU’RE TOO SMALL! Roddie Tad is a little mouse. He’s too small to work or play with the other animals – but just the right size to save the day! E QUACKY DUCK Rogers Quacky Duck’s constant quacking is bothering the other animals, but when she disappears they find they miss her happy noise. E OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY Root Oliver the bear becomes lost when he chases a leaf to the edge of the woods, but then he comes up with an idea to find his way back home. E WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR Rosen HUNT For audience participation. The children can go on a bear hunt right along with the story. + Rowe WHOSE FEET? Well, just look at the feet on the page and guess! + Rowe WHOSE NOSE? This time it’s noses!
  • 91. E I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO Rounds SWALLOWED A FLY “poor old woman, I guess she’ll die.” Traditional chant with Glen Rounds’ funny colored pencil drawings. An old lady puppet is available. E THE GREAT GRACIE CHASE Rylant Wow, what a change from Gracie’s usually quiet day! The whole town turns out to catch her in this adventure. E THREE KIND MICE Sathre Three kind mice bake a birthday cake surprise for their mysterious friend. E BARN CAT, A Counting Book Saul From one green grasshopper to ten sparrows, barn cat shows no interest. She’s waiting for something special. E THE STORY ABOUT ME Schlein Grandma tells her granddaughter how all the family waited for her arrival and loved her instantly when she was born. E WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE Sendak All-time great storytelling picture book. Max becomes king of all the wild things, but misses home. + E DOWN IN THE WOODS AT Schaefer SLEEPYTIME All the little animals in the woods resist their mamas trying to put them to bed, until a wise old owl calls “Storytime!”
  • 92. + E CAPTAIN BOB SETS SAIL Schotter Bathtime becomes an adventure as Captain Bob sets out to brave Bath Bay and Faucet Falls E DUCK ON A BIKE Shannon Duck finds a bike conveniently parked and decides to give it a try. All his friends in the barnyard think he’s a bit off, until they get a chance to try riding too. LIZARD’S HOME When Snake starts sleeping on the rock E where Lizard lives, Lizard must figure out Shannon how to get his home back. E LIZARD’S SONG Shannon Bear tries to learn Lizard’s song, but doesn’t get it until he sings about his own home. Good participation story. E THE BEST VALENTINE IN THE Sharmat WORLD A child’s pleasure in creating a gorgeous valentine for his friend is spoiled when she seems to have forgotten to make one for him.
  • 93. + E IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK Shaw It looked like all kinds of things --- simple white splotches on blue background in the shape of pig, sheep, etc. (It was a cloud.) We have the flannel-board story. E SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE Shields DINOSAUR STOMP When it's rock 'n' roll time, many different kinds of dinosaurs gather to twist, twirl, and tromp at a Saturday night party. E SNOW Shulevitz As snowflakes slowly come down, one by one, people in the city ignore them, and only a boy and his dog think that the snowfall will amount to anything. E PRESCHOOL TO THE RESCUE Sierra Look out! There’s a sleepy creepy, deeper- than-you’d think mud puddle on the preschool playground. It has swallowed up a pizza van, a fire engine, and a tow truck! + E COME ALONG DAISY Simmons Daisy and her mother become separated and Daisy starts to hear all kinds of scary noises. + E FIRE TRUCK Sis A small boy who loves fire trucks becomes one! Has a big fold out center picture. + E SKIDAMARINK: A SILLY LOVE Skidamarink SONG TO SING TOGETHER The old favorite: “Skidamarinka, dinka, dinka, dink, I love you!”, sung by a penguin to a polar bear!
  • 94. E DIRT BOY Slangerup To avoid taking a bath, Fister Farnello runs away from home and is befriended by Dirt Man, a filthy giant who lives in the woods E THE THING THAT BOTHERED Sloat FARMER BROWN Farmer Brown and all his animals are ready for sleep, but a tiny, whiny humming sound keeps them awake. E CAPS FOR SALE Slobodkina Another all-time great storytelling book. Monkeys steal the peddler’s caps, and only imitate his angry gestures when he tells them to give the caps back. E IMOGENE’S ANTLERS Small One Thursday Imogene wakes up with a pair of antlers growing out of her head and causes a sensation wherever she goes. + E GRANDMA RABBITY’S VISIT Smith Sounds are heard from all sorts of different vehicles while waiting for Grandmother Rabbitty to arrive. + Sobel B IS FOR BULLDOZER Ride through the alphabet at the construction site. The ABC’s don’t slow down this lively rhyme with a very exciting ending. E FIND-A-SAURUS Sperring Marty finds all sorts of other fantastic animals while searching his house for dinosaurs.
  • 95. E PETE’S A PIZZA Steig What do you do when Pete’s in a bad mood? Turn him into a pizza! E SYLVESTER AND MAGIC PEBBLE Steig Sylvester wishes he was a rock to escape from the lion, but then can’t wish himself back. Children love this story. E THOSE GREEN THINGS Stinson “What are those green things? What green things?” According to her mom, all the green things are perfectly ordinary, but what the little girl thinks she sees is always very strange. E POOCHIE–POO Stephens Puppy Victor just can’t learn to be as naughty as his cool friend Butch. But maybe Butch isn’t as bad as he pretends! + E TEN TERRIBLE DINOSAURS Stickland A group of rollicking dinosaurs counts down from ten to one as it introduces subtraction. E THANKSGIVING TREAT Stock The smallest child can’t find a place to help out, until Grandpa asks for his help. + E A FRIEND FOR MINERVA Stoeke LOUISE When Minerva Louise, a curious chicken, mistakes a baby crib for a rabbit hutch, she looks for the rabbit and in the process discovers new additions around the house. You’ll love Minerva Louise!
  • 96. + E A HAT FOR MINERVA LOUISE Stoeke A lovable small hen tries on a variety of silly objects, but finally finds the perfect hat: a pair of mittens! E MINERVA LOUISE AT SCHOOL Stoeke Minerva Louise confuses everyday things at school with her familiar barnyard. E RAIN Stojic When rain comes to the parched African savanna, the animals use all their senses to track the storm. E ELIZABETI’S DOLL Stuve-Boden When a young Tanzanian girl gets a new baby brother, she finds a rock, names it Eva, and makes it her baby doll. What happens when Eva goes missing? E DORA’S EGGS Sykes Dora wishes her eggs were as cute as the other animals’ babies — and then they hatch! E THERE WAS AN OLD LADY Taback WHO SWALLOWED A FLY Colorful page cutouts retell this familiar tale with zany flair. Children will enjoy watching the animals fill up the old lady’s stomach. + E MAMA’S LITTLE BEARS Tafuri Three baby bears are fishing with their Mama — but not for long! Off they run to explore.
  • 97. + E SILLY LITTLE GOOSE! Tafuri Little Goose tries to nest several places until she finds a comfy old hat. E HENRY EXPLORES THE Taylor MOUNTAINS Brilliant fall foliage is shown in this tale of a small boy’s adventure. E WHAT’S THAT AWFUL SMELL? Tekavec There’s an awful smell in the barn and the animals are sure it’s coming from the new little piglet. (The piglet is innocent!.) E ONE DAY, DADDY Thomas Little Monster makes big plans, for the day when “I’ll want to be an explorer” of outer space! He won’t take Mom and Dad, but he will come back one day. Bright and clever, with a few space facts worked in to a fun story. E LITTLE QUACK Thompson One by one, four ducklings find the courage to jump into the pond and paddle with Mama Duck, until only Little Quack is left in the nest, trying to be brave. + E MOUSE’S FIRST Thompson VALENTINE Mouse follows his sister in her search for treasures: she makes something special. What is it?
  • 98. E LITTLE BABY BOBBY Van Laan This rollicking rhyme tells a slapstick story: “Little baby Bobby lives on a hill. Oopsa! Oopsa! He never sits still. Whoosh! goes Bobby’s baby buggy down, down the hill.” E SO SAY THE LITTLE MONKEYS! Van Laan When are the monkeys going to build themselves a shelter from the rain PLINKA PLINKA, wind WOOYA WOOYA and jaguar GURR-YUH GURR-YUH? Great illustrations! + E TICKLE TUM! Van Laan Uppa Uppa time for suppa! Here comes mama bird, watch her glide. Swoop down to bay bird, open wide! E HERE COMES THE TRAIN Voeke A family enjoys waiting on a bridge for a train to pass: WHOOSH under the bridge it goes!” E FARMER DUCK Waddell Duck does all the work while the farmer lazes. Guess who ends up with the farm? + E OWL BABIES Waddell Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone. E THE WOMAN WITH THE EGGS Wahl Folktale with the moral, don’t count your chickens until they’re hatched.
  • 99. + E MY TWO HANDS/MY TWO FEET Walton Two girls show lots of action in this fun book which begins on both ends and meets in the middle. E SOMEWHERE IN THE OCEAN Ward A counting book, from a mother manatee and her little calf one to a mother octopus and her little babies ten. E DO MONKEYS TWEET? Walsh No, birds do! Each silly, mixed-up question is followed on the next page by an answer young children will be glad to shout out with you. Webb TANKA TANKA SKUNK! Stamp your feet to the Skunka Tanka beat! E MRS. MCNOSH HANGS UP HER Weeks WASH Mrs. McNosh hangs up her wash with such gusto that her clothesline ends up holding the dog, a Christmas wreath, a kite, and other odd items. Great fun to act out! E MAX’S CHOCOLATE CHICKEN Wells Fans of Max and Ruby, his sister, will love the Easter eggs hunt Ruby devises and Max wins by ignoring all the rules! E MAX’S DRAGON SHIRT Wells Max and Ruby go shopping for a new pair of pants for Max, but find something better.
  • 100. E THE THING THAT BOTHERED Westcott FARMER BROWN Just as he’s looking forward to a good night’s sleep, Farmer Brown hears a tiny, whiny humming sound. What is it? + E THE NOISY WAY TO BED Whybrow The noisy animals won’t let the little boy get to bed — or even finish a sentence! E SAMMY AND THE DINOSAURS Whybrow Sammy finds dinosaurs in the attic, cleans them and carries them everywhere, until he leaves them on a train. Oh, no! E ANIMAL SEASONS Wildsmith Poetic text and vibrant pictures evoke the moods of the seasons. + E KNUFFLE BUNNY Willems Trixie too little to talk and Daddy doesn’t understand that “Blaggle plabble! Wumby flappy?! Snurp.” means “Knuffle Bunny is missing! + E I WENT WALKING Williams During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors. E THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO Williams WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING Great for audience participation A gentle Halloween story about a very brave lady.
  • 101. E BEAR SNORES ON Wilson Bear in hibernation sleeps and snores while all his little friends visit and eat treats. Poor bear wakes up almost too late for the party! E BEAR STAYS UP FOR CHRISTMAS Wilson “The day before Christmas, snuggled on his floor, Bear sleeps soundly with a great big snore…” but his friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! E QUICK AS A CRICKET Wood A young child describes himself as “loud as a lion”, “quiet at a clam”. Enjoy the cheerful pictures and gentle humor. E KING BIDGOOD’S Wood IN THE BATHTUB and he won’t get out! Oh, who knows what to do? A children’s favorite. E THE LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED Wood RIPE STRAWBERRY, AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR Great big beautiful illustrations show the little mouse trying to save his strawberry from the bear. E BLUE RABBIT AND FRIENDS Wormell In his search for just the right home, Blue Rabbit helps a bear, a goose, and a dog find the perfect places to live. Very cute. E PUFF-PUFF, CHUGGA-CHUGGA Wormell A busy day for the little wooden train and conductor, when Mrs Elephant, Mrs. Walrus and Mrs. Bear all make a big shopping trip!
  • 102. E HILDA HEN’S SEARCH Wormell A hen looks for a cozy place to nest - where will she end up? + Wojtowycz CAN YOU CHOO CHOO Join all these speedy vehicles in their noisy fun! + E GOOD NIGHT, MR. NIGHT Yaccarino Gentle Mr. Night puts the world to sleep. E AN OCTOPUS FOLLOWED ME Yaccarino HOME When a girl brings home an octopus and wants to keep him as a pet, her daddy reminds her of the crocodile and seals she has already brought into the house to create chaos. + E ZOOM! ZOOM! ZOOM! I’M OFF Yaccarino TO THE MOON! “First space suit, then, space boot. Strapped inside, I’m ready to ride!” You will be too! E HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY Yolen GOODNIGHT? Does a dinosaur slam his tail or pout at bedtime? Certainly not! + E OFF WE GO! Yolen A mouse, tip-toe, tippity toe; a frog, hip-hop, hippity hop; and other baby critters sing all the way to Grandma’s house.
  • 103. E WHO SAYS MOO? Young Preschoolers will love matching sounds and descriptive clues to pictures of a muddy hippo, a singing frog, and other animal favorites -- even an orangutan who hangs by her toe. E ANIMAL MUSIC Ziefert An assortment of animals playing various instruments make different kinds of music. You’ll want to too! + E TRAIN SONG Ziefert A small boy watches the daily freight train, chug-a-chug and clickety clack — freight train must be coming back. E WAITING FOR BABY Ziefert When Max learns that his mommy is going to have a baby, he talks and sings to his unborn sibling but he can't seem to make the baby come out any sooner! + E DIGGER MAN Zimmerman Grab a hard hat and heavy boots and come for a ride on a great big digger.
  • 104. BIG BOOKS: These books are huge! Use an easel to show them. Or better yet, have someone help hold them open. Aylesworth OLD BLACK FLY + Baker ELEPHANTS ALOFT Baker WHO IS THE BEAST? + Barton DINOSAURS, DINOSAURS + Barton THE LITTLE RED HEN + Brown BIG RED BARN + Brown GOODNIGHT MOON Bunting FLOWER GARDEN + Burningham MR GUMPY’S OUTING Carlson I LIKE ME! + Crews FREIGHT TRAIN DOWN BY THE STATION + Degan JAMBERRY Dunbar TEN LITTLE MICE Ehlert FEATHERS FOR LUNCH + Ehlert GROWING VEGETABLE SOUP + Ehlert PLANTING A RAINBOW
  • 107. KAMISHIBAI (kah mee shee bye) Kamishibai is a traditional Japanese method of picture- storytelling. Illustrations are printed on large cards with the text on the back so that the teller can read without hindering the children’s view. Fun, easy and different. + LITTLE CHICK A small chick has small adventures in this appealing tale. THE MOTHER CAT In this dramatic story, a mother cat saves her kittens from a fire. Horio THE MOUSE’S WEDDING Father Mouse wishes to arrange a marriage for his daughter with the mightiest creature in the world. Will it be Sun, Cloud, Wind or Wall? Listeners may be surprised by the answer. Kamichi HOW THE YEARS WERE NAMED Why do the Chinese have the year of the dragon, the year of the dog, the year of the rat, etc.? This is the story of how they were named. Tomaru NYA-ON, THE KITTEN A kitten tries to catch the moon. Simple, yet delightful, story and illustrations. Yasuda THE LITTLE CRAB A little crab is told not to use his claws mischievously. His adventures begin when he disobeys and end when he starts using his claws to help.
  • 108. FOLKTALES, SONGS, and RHYMES J 398.2 THE OLD WOMAN AND THE RED Bang PUMPKIN This Bengali Folk Tale tells of an old woman and how she outsmarts the tiger, bear, and jackal who are licking their chops thinking they’ll have her for dinner. J 398.24 THE LITTLE RED HEN Little “Who will help me plant this wheat?” “Not I,” said the cat... J 398.2452 THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF Rounds Classic tale, told with a brisk, familiar style. + J 398.8 KNOCK AT THE DOOR AND Chorao OTHER BABY ACTION RHYMES Includes such rhymes as "Five Little Sparrows," "Pat-a-Cake," "Giddyap Horsey," and "Bunnies' Bedtime" + J 398.8 TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR Hague ...turn around. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground... An illustrated version of the traditional rhyme. + J 398.8 MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE My Very A collection of over sixty well-known nursery rhymes, illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Read a few and come back for more at another time.
  • 109. + J 398.8 PLAYTIME RHYMES Playtime Wonderful action rhymes to use with the very young, babies and toddlers. The pictures make it so clear, you can’t go wrong! + J 398.8 TICKLE MY NOSE AND OTHER Umansky ACTION RHYMES A delightful collection of fingerplays and activities for toddlers and preschoolers — it has no-fail picture instructions! J 398.84 NUMBER RHYMES Dunn TO SAY AND PLAY Every fingerplay or action rhyme in this book is about numbers, from Ten Little People Fast Asleep to a final countdown. J 573 TWO EYES, A NOSE, Intrate AND A MOUTH Features of every shape and shade are endearingly presented through irresistible photographs. J 782.4216 HUSH, LITTLE BABY Hush In an old lullaby, a baby is promised an assortment of presents from its adoring family. J 782.4216 LITTLE WHITE DUCK Whippo Big, bold dynamic illustrations bring to life this beloved children’s song about a little white duck who causes quite a commotion around the pond. J 790.1922 RING A RING O’ ROSES Ring A Stories, Games, and Finger Plays for Pre-school Children
  • 110. J 792.8 DANCE Jones Introduces basic dance with beautiful photographs and poetic text. The children will want to get up and try it! J 793.4 THE EENTSY, WEENTSY SPIDER: Cole fingerplays and action rhymes + J 808.1 FIRST VERSES Foster Fingerplays, Action Rhymes, Chanting Rhymes and Counting Rhymes with pictures to suit the action. J 821.8 THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Lear After a courtship voyage of a year and a day, Owl and Pussy finally buy a ring from Piggy and are blissfully married. + Pierce County JUMP-UPS, KNEE-BOUNCES, Library AND TICKLES Kitsap Regional FINGERPLAYS Library Pierce County FINGERPLAYS: A Booklet for Parents Library
  • 111. STORYTIME TAPES AND CD’S* You don’t have to be a great singer to enjoy singing with young children! You can use these tapes to learn easy songs to sing with the children, or you can play the tapes themselves (or others of your choosing) as the children come in before storytime. You can also find tapes that work well with our rhythm instruments, or to dance to. There are lots of fun possibilities. C JIM GILL MAKES IT NOISY IN BOISE, IDAHO CHILD List of Dances --Yow! -- Stick To The Glue -- The Night GILL We Made It Noisy In Boise, Idaho -- All Filled Up -- Doughnuts -- Your Face Will Surely Show It — 5 Strings On My Banjo -- Oh Hey Oh Hi Hello -- Jim Gill's Lullaby - - Tickle Toe --The Sound Effects Song -- Let's Dance Now! -- If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out (by Cat Stevens.) C KIDS IN ACTION Kids in action -- The way we do it -- Bop til you drop -- CHILD Goin' on a bear hunt -- Beanie bag dance -- New beginning GREG & -- Get ready, get set, let's dance -- Conga line -- Can't sit still -- My aunt came back -- Can you leap like a frog -- Beautiful world. C (RAFFI’S) SINGABLE SONGS CHILD COLLECTION, PART I RAFFI The More We Get Together -- Down By The Bay -- Brush PT. 1 Your Teeth -- Robin In The Rain -- Five Little Frogs- Wonder If I'm Growing -- Aikendrum -- Bumping Up And Down -- Must Be Santa -- Willoughby Wallaby Woo -- Spider On The Floor -- Baa Baa Black Sheep -- Going To
  • 112. The Zoo -- My Dreydel -- Peanut Butter Sandwich -- Five Little Pumpkins -- The Sharing Song -- Mr. Sun -- Old Mcdonald Had A Band. C (RAFFI’S) SINGABLE SONGS CHILD COLLECTION, PART II RAFFI Six Little Ducks -- You Gotta Sing -- Les Petites PT. 2 Marionettes -- Sodeo -- Oh Me, On My -- Junior Ragtime -- Comin' Down The Chimney -- Douglas Mountain -- Listen To The Horses -- Who Built The Ark -- Sambalele -- Skin And Bones-- Shake My Sillies Out -- If I Had A Dinosaur - Workin' On The Railroad -- New River Train. C (RAFFI’S) SINGABLE SONGS COLLECTION, PART III CHILD RAFFI You'll Sing A Song And I'll Sing A Song -- Pick A Bale O' Cotton -- Frere Jacques -- There Came A Girl From France PT. 3 -- Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen -- Boom Boom -- Here Sits A Monkey -- My Way Home -- Les Zombies Et Les Loups- Garous --Swing Low, Sweet Chariot -- Anansi -- The Corner Grocery Store -- Jig Along Home -- Popcorn — Y A Un Rat-Sur Le Pont d'Avignon-- Going On A Picnic -- Rock-A-Bye Baby -- Goodnight, Irene C BEAN BAG ACTIVITIES & COORDINATION CHILD SKILLS STEWART Who's got the bean bag? -- Make friends with a bean bag — Bean bag rock -- How many ways? -- Bean bag catch -- Pass the bean bag -- Bean bag parade -- Who's got the bean bag? (instrumental) -- Make friends with a bean bag (instrumental) - - Bean bag rock (instrumental) -- How many ways? (instrumental) -- Bean bag catch (instrumental) - Pass the bean bag (instrumental) -- Bean bag parade (instrumental). C LITTLE SONGS FOR LITTLE ME CHILD 1) Here's a ball for baby -- One little baby -- Fishies — The STEWART wheels on the bus -- I'll drive a dump truck --Five little ducks -- Arabella Miller -- One little bluebird -- Scotland's
  • 113. burning -- Mr. Turkey and Mr. Duck -- Two little blackbirds -- Slow fast song --Here is a choo choo train -- Five enormous dinosaurs --Bought me a cat -- Gray squirrel -- Five green and speckled frogs -- Humpty dumpty -- Little Miss Muffet --Put your teddy bear on your head -- Peter hammers --Hickory dickory dock -- Five dinosaurs -- Join inthe game -- What shall we do when we all go out? -- Apple tree -- Head and shoulders -- The eensy weensy spider -- I had a little turtle -- Old MacDonald -- Five little monkeys -- Twinkle twinkle little star. These are more than just songs: there are flannel stories, rhythm/clapping games, and action songs included in this tape/notebook set. C PLANT A LITTLE SEED CHILD Plant a little seed -- Fruit song -- When ducks get up in the STEWART morning -- Cow are cool -- Farm machinery song -- Lots of cars -- Goin' on a ferry ride --Dinosaurs in cars -- Shells -- I'm a paleontologist --Dem bones -- I'm a carnivore -- Pangaea -- Who has a penny? -- Stars shine bright -- I am a camel. These are more than just songs: there are flannel stories, rhythm/clapping games, and action songs included in this tape/notebook set. C PRESCHOOL PLAYTIME BAND CHILD Side A (vocal and music): Alexander's Ragtime Band -- STEWART Play a simple melody -- I love a piano -- Doodle-le-doo -- McNamara's Band -- I believe in music -- Yankee Doodle Dandy/You're a grand old flag -- Side B (instrumental): Yankee Doodle Dandy/You're a grand old flag -- Come follow the band -- Entry of the gladiators -- Alexander's Ragtime Band -- Hey look me over -- McNamara's Band -- Stars and stripes.
  • 114. C RHYTHM OF THE ROCKS CHILD Can you imagine? -- A rum sum sum -- Tocan las maracas - STEWART - Mango fandango -- Fra Michele -- My singing bird -- Kookaburra -- Children are singing all around the world -- International fives -- Rhythm of the rocks/obwisana -- Mi chacra -- Pichi, pichi — Rice harvest lullaby -- Everybody loves Saturday night --Make new friends -- Hello/goodbye song. These are more than just songs: there are flannel stories, rhythm/clapping games, and action songs included in this tape/notebook set. C WIGGLES N’ TUNES SINGING COLLECTION CHILD Wiggles welcome -- Two little black birds -- Sally goes WIGGLES around the sun -- The wheels on the bus -- Rhythm pattern -- She'll be comin' round the mountain -- Movin' n' shakin' medley -- Had a little rooster -- Shortnin' bread -- Shady grove -- Ride a little horsey -- Head and shoulders, knees and toes -- The muffin man -- Down by the station -- Oranges, lemons -- Oh dear what can the matter be? -- Wiggles theme -- Are you sleeping? -- Hop ole' squirrel -- Ring around the rosie -- Bim bam -- Paige's train -- One little owl -- Tonal pattern -- Rakes of Mallon -- Hush little baby -- Johnny Whoops! -- Wind the bobbin -- Pass the shoe -- Three blind mice -- Wiggles good-bye C WEE SING CHILDREN’S SONGS J AND FINGERPLAYS Eentsy Weentsy Spider.-- Hickory, Dickory Dock.-- Little 784.624 Green Frog.-- Where Is Thumbkin?-- She'll Be Comin' BEALL Round The Mountain.-- Little Peter Rabbit.-- The Finger Band.-- Down By The Station.-- The Train.-- Bingo.-- John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt.–Little Cabin In The Wood.-- Old Macdonald Had A Farm. Good Morning.-- What Are You Wearing.-- One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.-- The Alphabet Song.-- Ten Little Fingers.-- Days Of The Week.-- Rain, Rain, Go Away.-- There Is Thunder.-- It's Raining.-- Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.-- Round The Clock.-- Looby Loo.-- Now Tall, Now Small.-- Walking, Walking.-- Jimmy Crack Corn.-- Baby Bird.-- Ring Around The Rosy.-- Pop! Goes The Weasel -- I'm A Little Teapot.-- I'm A Little
  • 115. Snowman.-- The Mulberry Bush.-- If You're Happy.-- Peter Hammers.-- Reach For The Sky.-- Head And Shoulders.-- Jack And Jill.-- This Is The Way.-- Trot To Boston.-- Teddy Bear.-- Good Night.-- Sleep, Baby, Sleep.–All Night, All Day.-- All The Pretty Little Horses.-- Hush, Little Baby.-- Chickamy, Chickamy, Craney Crow.-- Ten Little Witches.-- Over The River.-- Christmas Is Coming.-- Skidamarink. CD SIMPLE SONGS FOR CIRCLE TIME 796.13 PERCUSSION BANDS, AND MUSICAL CONCERTS! TALLON SIMPLE SONGS FOR CIRCLE TIME: Here is My Bunny — When Chicks Wake Up — Tall as a Tree — Two Little Hands — Take Me for a Ride — Open Them, Shut Them — Ali the Alligator — Everybody Do It — Bursh Your Teeth — See the Bunnies Sleeping — A B C D — Old MacDonald Had Some Vowels — Alice the Camel — Peck, Peck, Peck — Here Is my Bunny Skinamarinky — Color Me a Rainbow — If You’re a Bunny — H.A.P.P.Y. — Au Clair de la Lune — Good-bye Song PERCUSSION AND CONCERT SONGS: ABCD Medley — Sound Game — What Can You Do All By Yourself? — Fine Musician — Bubbles — A E I O U — Piggy Bank — Come Alive — Autumn Leaves Are Falling Down — Skating — Jingle Bell Rock — It is Spring — Fly Butterfly — Nature’s Way This tape PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SONGS will always Hear the melodies for song books and flannel stories in our storytime collection sung by be included Mel Freal, Theresa Hadley, and Tammy in the PSST LaPlante. Volunteer BOOKS: Old Black Fly —- Today Is Monday -— Over The Resource River And Through The Woods — Over On The Farm — The Cat Who Loved To Sing — 10 Bears In My Bed — Mary Box. Wore Her Red Dress — Shake My Sillies Out — There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly — Morningtown Ride — Chicken Soup With Rice — Lizard’s Song — I’ve Been Working On The Railroad — The Wheels On The Bus — Sleepy O. FLANNEL STORIES: BINGO — I Got Me A Cat — Jennie Jenkins — Hush Little Baby — One Elephant Went Out To Play
  • 116. SONGS ANYONE CAN SING 1989 Hear samples of the melodies to singable songs, sung by Helen and Richard Scholtz. Comes with a booklet of lyrics: “Songs and Stories.” Not in order of their appearance: Bee Song - Bling Blang — Bye, bye — Eency Weency Spider — If All of the Raindrops — It’s a Very Good Day — Morningtown Ride — Mr. Sun — Old MacDonald Had a Farm — Place to Be — Seed song — The Frozen Logger — The Wind Blow East — They All Asked for You -- Windy Old Weather MORE SONGS ANYONE CAN SING 1994. Sung by Helen and Richard Scholtz Comes with the booklet, Books and Lyrics. Not in order of their appearance: Aiken Drum — Cows Get up in The Morning — Down by the Bay — Hagdalena Magdalena — I’m Not Small — If All of the Raindrops — Little Green Frog — One Lonely Bird — Over in the Meadow -- Put your Finger in the Air — Roly Poly — Snake Baked a Hoecake — The Fox — The Gorilla Song — They all Asked for You — Wake up Toes — When Sammy Put the Paper on the Wall — Willoughby Wallaby Woo CD FOUR BABY BUMBLEBEES CHILD Wonderful thing about tiggers -- Who's afraid of the big FOUR-BA bad wolf? -- Whistle while you work -- Be my little baby bumblebee -- Bring home a baby bumblebee -- Looby loo - - Do-re-me -- Animal fair -- Eensy weensy spider -- Skip to my Lou -- Pop goes the weasel -- Shoo! Fly, don't bother me -- Alouette -- On the good ship Lollipop-- Hickory dickory dock -- Clap hands -- One potatoe ; Pease porridge hot -- Did you ever see a lassie? -- Green bottles -- Oats, peas, beans & barley grow -- Bushel & a peck -- Hush, little baby.
  • 117. VT RAFFI IN CONCERT WITH THE J RISE AND SHINE BAND- learn from 782 the video and sing with the kids: Time to sing -- Tingalayo -- Rise and shine -- Five little RAFFI ducks -- Bathtime -- Apples and bananas -- De Colores -- Day o --Fais Dodo -- Twinkle twinkle little star -- Knees up Mother Brown -- Like me and you -- Baby beluga -- Shake my sillies out -- All I really need -- He's got the whole world -- One light, one sun -- This little light of mine -- The more we get together -- Everything grows. VT A YOUNG CHILDREN’S CONCERT J WITH RAFFI – another great video: Down by the bay -- Baa baa black sheep -- Wheels on the 782 bus - Baby Beluga -- He's got the whole world -- The more YOUNG C we get together — You gotta sing — Six Little Ducks — Bumpin up and down — I’ve been working on the railroad — Peanut butter sandwich — Brush your teeth — Y a un rat — Mr. Sun — Corner grocery store — Something in my shoe — Thanks a lot — Shake my sillies out.
  • 118. HOW-TO MANUALS 027.62 TRIPLE SCOOPS : STORYTIMES Elbert ABOUT THINGS KIDS LIKE 20 child-pleasing themes, with many, many good books titles listed for each. Also includes some craft ideas and appropriate storytime activities. + 027.625 TODDLE ON OVER: DEVELOPING Davis INFANT & TODDLER LITERATURE PROGRAMS Story, fingerplays and craft suggestions that will work well with preschoolers too. 027.6251 READY TO GO STORYTIMES Benton The joy of this book lies in the enclosed CD. It contains such valuable songs as, The Welcome Song, The Stretch and Sit Song, We Dove in the Ocean, and the song you sing with our Story time Collection flannel story, Flip Flap Jack. + 027.6251 STORYTIMES FOR Nichols TWO-YEAR-OLDS Well written, with many practical suggestions for the storyteller, with 50 themes included. Has craft and follow-up activities for parents and an extensive bibliography of picture books. 372.642 I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT! Cobb A wonderful selection of picture book titles, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts organized by easy-to-use themes.
  • 119. 372.677 STORYTIME CRAFTS Totten 44 easy-to-do projects for kids ages 2 - 6. Preparation time, supplies, and instructions are provided for each craft. Most can be completed in 5 - 10 minutes.