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Whatcom County Library System
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 www.wcls.org.
Guidelines for preparing and conducting preschool storytime.
See also your Volunteer Resource Box lots of theme ideas.
Rhymes to begin and end storytime, with favorites, and whole
body stretches in between.
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
You can also request them directly from Youth Services. Call
384-3150, ext. 255.
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.)
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
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.
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
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
Think about beginnings, transitions,
and endings. A nice rhythm for storytime is:
a. Opening routine of 2-4 rhymes, songs, or fingerplays
c. Whole body movement
e. Participation of some kind.
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
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
Call the children by their names!
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.
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.
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.
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
Narrow the group at Make sure no
the front, for the best children are beside
sightlines. you. They’ll
Ask parents can’t see.
to sit close
and join in.
Set up chairs at
the edge of the
group to encourage
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.)
5. Introduce the story time. Tell what you’re going to do.
6. Introduce the first book. Announce the title, author, and
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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,
• 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
• 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.
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.
a. Write down all the words you associate with your theme.
Animals Spring Winter
Groundhog Seasons Snow
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
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.
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
*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.
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
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!
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!
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
HOW TO PERFORM A
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
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
Open with I’m Glad that You Are Here My Friend or any
other greeting song or rhyme that incorporates the children’s
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
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.
• 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,
• Here are a few for beginning storytime,
ending storytime, and favorite rhymes and whole body stretches for
• 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.
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
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
We’ll Clap for You
How are you?
Stand right up
And we’ll clap for you.
Cows Get Up In The
(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?
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
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 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!
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
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,
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
Here are a few fingerplays with a calming effect. Use them as lead-ins
to the next story.
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.
Fingers in circles around eyes
These are Grandma’s glasses.
Hands in peak above head
This is Grandma’s cap.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
(Substitute other movements -- fly, hop, etc. Let kids decide.)
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
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
Tickle the Clouds
Suit actions to words.
Tickle the clouds.
Tickle your toes.
And tickle your nose.
Reach down low.
And reach up high.
Storytime’s over — wave
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!”)
by Rob Reid
book is also
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!
• 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
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.
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
+ 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
+ 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.
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
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
+ 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.
THE GIANT CARROT A woodland version of “The Enormous
Turnip.” When Rabbit can’t pull up the carrot alone, all the animals
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
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.
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
JOHNNY-CAKE Like the Gingerbread Boy, the Johnny Cake
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!
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
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
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.
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...
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.”
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
+ 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.”
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
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.
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
+ 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
+ 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.
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
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.
Monkey, Mouse, Sylvester and
Platypus, (soft and furry) The Magic Pebble
Spider, Rabbit, With the help of Velcro, Sylvester
changes into a rock.
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!
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
+ 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
+ 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
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.
+ 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.
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?
+ 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
+ Pienkowski TRUCKS AND OTHER
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!
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
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.
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 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
MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS Thumb piano, rain stick, and
rhythm instruments such as tambourine, triangle, sticks, and drums.
MONKEY MITT a furry glove with Velcro fingers. We’ve got
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.
TRAFFIC SIGNS Red light. Green Light. Right turn. Left turn.
You show the signs. Kids do the actions.
• 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
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.
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.
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
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
Terror spreads through the jungle as animals
hear the news that rough, tough Big Bro is
Alborough MY TEDDY?
Eddie can't find
his bear when he
comes across a
with a similar
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.
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
+ E FISH WISH
Barner A small swimmer imagines being different
brightly colored sea creatures in this
wonderfully illustrated book.
E ANIMALS SHOULD
The problems that
+ E MY CAR
Barton Sam describes in loving detail his car and
how he drives it. Very simple text, very
+ E THE LITTLE RED HEN
Barton The classic tale, told with simple text and
+ 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
E WHY DO KITTENS PURR?
Bauer Simple rhymes tell why kittens, bears,
kangaroos, and other animals behave the
way they do.
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
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
E THE MITTEN
Brett An increasing number of animals fit snugly
in Nicki's lost mitten --until the bear
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.
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
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
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?
+ 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
+ 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!
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
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.
Clarke In this illustrated version of the familiar folk
song, Old MacDonald chooses a new
profession when his farm gets too crowded
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
+ E FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS
Christelow JUMPING ON THE BED
One fell off and bumped his head: a counting
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
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
+ E MAISY MAKES GINGERBREAD
Cousins Maisy is in her kitchen. Mmmm,
+ E MAISY’S BEDTIME
Cousins Is Maisy ready for bed? Not yet!
+ 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
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,
Whoo! at the
E DOWN BY THE POND
Cruikshank The farm animals all make noises as they
chase a sneaky fox into the nearby pond.
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
E DOG’S COLORFUL DAY : A
Dodd MESSY STORY ABOUT COLORS
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.
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
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
+ E CATS SLEEP ANYWHERE
Farjeon Cats sleep on tables, in closets, in
E BARK, GEORGE
Feiffer You'll all laugh with this one: a young dog
can't bark because he meows, moos, oinks,
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?
+ E MAMA CAT HAS THREE
While two kittens copy everything their
mother does, their brother naps. But when
Mama and the sisters nap, the tables are
E MUNCHA! MUNCHA!
After planting the
garden he has
dreamed of for
McGreely tries to
find a way to keep
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
E VEGETABLE GARDEN
Florian Spade, rake, hoe. Seeds in a row. Three or
four words per page make a vegetable
E ASTRONAUT PIGGY WIGGY
Fox Piggy dreams of what he’d do if he could be
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.
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
E THE RUNAWAY
Frost A poem about a young colt who charges off
in fear of new snow, to be retrieved by his
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.
Ginsburg IN THE RAIN
It shelters all kinds
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.
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
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?
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
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
+ 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
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,
+ 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
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
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
E TRUCKS WHIZZ! ZOOM!
Old trucks. New trucks. Going-to-the-zoo
trucks. All kinds of trucks travel on a long,
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
E THE DOORBELL RANG
Hutchins Each time the doorbell rings, there are more
people who have come to share Ma’s
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
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
E YOU’LL SOON GROW
Hutchins INTO THEM, TITCH
The tables turn at last for Titch, who has
been inheriting his older siblings’ outgrown
+ E PEEKABOO MORNING
Isadora A toddler plays peek-a-boo throughout the
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
E HAROLD’S TRIP TO THE SKY
Johnson Harold draws a rocket that takes him into
space. You can draw the story for the
E COLOR DANCE
Jonas Four dancers show what happens when
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
+ 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.
+ 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
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!
+ 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!
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
E THE NORTH WIND
La Fontaine AND THE SUN
Who is stronger? The wind and sun have a
E WHO TOOK THE COOKIES
Lass FROM THE COOKIE JAR?
An old game to sing
with a new cute
+ 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
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
+ E CHUGGA CHUGGA 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
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.
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.
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
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.
E TWIST WITH A BURGER,
Lowery JITTER WITH A BUG
The funny, rhyming text invites everyone to
+ E 10 BEARS IN MY BED
Mack A goodnight countdown based on an old
+ E GOOD THING YOU’RE NOT AN
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.
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
E MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS
McCloskey Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their
home in the Boston Public Garden with their
The Elephants are hot, Tiger is hot and
Rhinoceros is hot. How will they solve their
problem? Great illustrations!
McFarland A homeless little dog cries “Meow?” to be
accepted in a household with 6 cats. You’ll
E WIDGET & THE PUPPY
McFarland Widget is told to “watch the puppy.” He
watches the puppy do all kinds of things!
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,
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.
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
E ONE ZILLION VALENTINES
Model That’s what two ambitious kids set out to
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
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
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
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.
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
E IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE
Numeroff A COOKIE
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
+ 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!.
+ 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.
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.
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
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
+ 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
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
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
E WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR
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
+ Rowe WHOSE NOSE?
This time it’s noses!
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
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
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
+ E DOWN IN THE WOODS AT
All the little animals in the woods resist their
mamas trying to put them to bed, until a
wise old owl calls “Storytime!”
CAPTAIN BOB SETS SAIL
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.
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
valentine for his
friend is spoiled
when she seems
to have forgotten
to make one for
+ 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.
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!
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.
Sperring Marty finds all sorts of other fantastic
animals while searching his house for
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
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
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!
+ 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.
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
+ E MAMA’S LITTLE BEARS
Tafuri Three baby bears are fishing with their
Mama — but not for long! Off they run to
+ E SILLY LITTLE GOOSE!
Tafuri Little Goose tries to nest several places until
she finds a comfy old hat.
E HENRY EXPLORES THE
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
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
Mouse follows his
sister in her search
for treasures: she
special. What is it?
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
+ 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
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
E THE WOMAN WITH THE EGGS
Wahl Folktale with the moral, don’t count your
chickens until they’re hatched.
+ 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
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
Webb TANKA TANKA SKUNK!
Stamp your feet to the Skunka Tanka beat!
E MRS. MCNOSH HANGS UP HER
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.
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
+ 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
Great for audience participation A gentle
Halloween story about a very brave lady.
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!
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
+ E GOOD NIGHT, MR. NIGHT
Yaccarino Gentle Mr. Night puts the world to sleep.
E AN OCTOPUS FOLLOWED ME
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
+ 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
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.
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
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.
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
+ FIVE LITTLE DUCKS
+ Fleming IN THE TALL, TALL GRASS
Freeman TEN LITTLE MONKEYS
Graves MISS MOO GOES TO THE ZOO
Guarino IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA?
+ Hill WHERE’S SPOT?
Hutchins THE DOORBELL RANG
+ Keats THE SNOWY DAY
Martin POLAR BEAR POLAR BEAR
WHAT DO YOU HEAR?
Most THE COW THAT WENT OINK
Most IF THE DINOSAURS CAME BACK
+ Neitzel THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW
Numeroff IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE
Sheppard THE RIGHT NUMBER
Slobodkina CAPS FOR SALE
Stevens THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF
+ Voce OVER IN THE MEADOW: A
Waddell THE PIG IN THE POND
Walsh MOUSE PAINT
+ Williams I WENT WALKING
Wood KING BIDGOOD’S IN THE
+ Wood THE NAPPING HOUSE
(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
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
J 398.2 THE OLD WOMAN AND THE RED
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
+ J 398.8 TEDDY BEAR TEDDY BEAR
Hague ...turn around. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch
the ground... An illustrated version of the
+ 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.
+ 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
J 573 TWO EYES, A NOSE,
Intrate AND A MOUTH
Features of every shape
and shade are endearingly
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
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
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
Pierce County FINGERPLAYS: A Booklet for Parents
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 --
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
CD SIMPLE SONGS FOR CIRCLE TIME
796.13 PERCUSSION BANDS, AND
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 —
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
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
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
MORE SONGS ANYONE CAN SING
1994. Sung by Helen and Richard Scholtz
Comes with the booklet, Books and
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
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.
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
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.
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
+ 027.625 TODDLE ON OVER: DEVELOPING
Davis INFANT & TODDLER LITERATURE
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
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.
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.