Sunday, February 25, 2007

Rainy Day Storytime

Toddler Read Alouds
Baby Bear Sees Blue by AshleyWolff  (includes a rainbow)
Big Storm by Nancy Tafuri
Boom Boom
by Sarvinder Naberhaus
Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry
Ducks Like to Swim by Agnes Verboven
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer (2016)
Here Comes the Rain by Mary Murphy
Maisy's Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins
Ned's Rainbow by Melanie Walsh
One Rainy Day by Tammi Salzano
Rain by Robert Kalan
Raindrops: A Shower of Colors by Chieu Anh Urban
Taste the Raindrops by Anna Grossnickle Hines
What Can You Do in the Rain? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood  (includes a rainbow)

Preschool Read Alouds

In the Rain With Baby Duck by Amy Hest
Boom Snot Twitty by Doreen Cronin (2014)
Drop of Rain by Wong Herbert Yee
Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer (2016)
Little Brown Hen's Shower by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Move Over, Rover!  by Karen Beaumont
Puddle Jumpers by Anne Margaret Lewis (2016)
Rain by Manya Stojic
Rain Dance by Kathi Appelt
Raindrop Plop! by Wendy Lewison
Rain Fish by Lois Ehlert (2016)
Rainy Day by Patricia Lakin
Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon (2015)
Thingamabob by Il Sung Na
Thirsty Thursday by Phyllis Root
The Way the Storm Stops by Michelle Meadows

School Age Read Alouds
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
I Love the Rain by Margaret ParkBridges
Lila and the Secret of the Rain by David Conway
Rainbow Of My Own by Don Freeman
Rain Came Down by David Shannon
Rain Romp by Jane Kurtz
Soggy Saturday by Phyllis Root
This is the Rain by Lola Schaeffer

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Translate Into Flannel Stories
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
James and the Rain by Karla Kuskin
Molly and the Storm by Christine Leeson
Soggy Saturday by Phyllis Root

Books That Translate Into Puppet Stories
Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg
Rainy Day Puddle by Ei Nakaeayashi

Dress the bear: raincoat, rainhat, boots, umbrella
Props to use: boots & umbrella, raincoat
Song: “Leaky Umbrella” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song… or Mr. Sun by Raffi

Five Little Raindrops (v.1)
Five little raindrops
Up in the sky
One fell down and waved, "Bye-bye"
(repeat until none are left)

Five Little Raindrops (v.2)
Five little raindrops dancing on the walk
Pitter-patter, pitter-patter, that's the way they talk
Out comes the sun, shining in the sky
There goes a raindrop!  Swishhhhhhhh --- bye, bye!
(repeat until none are left)

Itsy-Bitsy Spider
The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Rain, Rain, Go Away
Rain rain, go away
_____ (puppet) wants to go and play!

Raindrop, Raindrop, What Do You See?
Raindrop, raindrop, what do you see?
I see a gray cloud looking at me.

Gray cloud, gray cloud, what do you see?
I see an umbrella looking at me.

Umbrella, umbrella, what do you see?
I see a white cloud looking at me.

White cloud, white cloud, what do you see?
I see a yellow sun looking at me.

Yellow sun, yellow sun, what do you see?
I see a rainbow looking at me.

Red Umbrella Keeps Me Dry
(Tune of "London Bridge is Falling Down")
Red umbrella keeps me dry
Keeps me dry, keeps me dry
Red umbrella keeps me dry
On a rainy day
(repeat with umbrellas of different colors)

We're Stomping in the Rain

(Tune of "Farmer in the Dell")
We’re stomping in the rain
We’re stomping in the rain
We can’t go yet
We must get wet!
We’re stomping in the rain
Repeat with hopping, splashing, twirling, etc.

Who Likes Rain?
(Tune of "Three Blind Mice")
Who likes rain, who likes rain.
Ducks like rain, ducks like rain. Quack, quack, quack…
Ducks like rain, ducks like rain.

Walking in the Rain
(Tune of "London Bridgei is Falling Down")
Let's go walking in the rain,
In the rain, in the rain.
Let's go walking in the rain,
Early in the morning.

(Alternate verses)
Feel the raindrops; splash, splash, splash...
Hide under the umbrella; umbrella, umbrella...
Jump in puddles with our boots...
See the rainbow, shining bright...

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Rabbits Storytime



Toddler Read Alouds:
Brown Rabbit’s Shape Book by Alan Baker
Bunny And Me by Adele Greenspun
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Hoppity Hop Peekaboo by Dawn Sirett
My Bunny and Me by Lindsay Barrett George
Oh, Brother by Kathy Mallat
One Brown Bunny by Marion Bauer
Overboard by Sarah Weeks
Peek-A-Bloom by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Scrubba Dub by Nancy Van Laan
Tickle Tum by Nancy Van Laan
Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson

Preschool Read Alouds:
Bouncy Baby Bunny
by Joan Bowden
Bunnies’ Picnic by Lezlie Evans
Carrot Soup by John Segal
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Flora’s Surprise by Debi Gliori
Guess How Much I Love You by Anita Jeram
Harris Finds His Feet by Catherine Rayner
I Will Kiss You: Lots & Lots by Stoo Hample
Little Bunny’s Bathtime! by Jane Johnson
Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen
Mommy in My Pocket by Carol Senderak
Nobunny's Perfect by Anna Dewdney
Rabbit Pie by Penny Ives
We're Rabbits by Lisa Westberg Peters

School Read Alouds:
A Boy and His Bunny
by Sean Bryan
Grumblebunny by Bob Hartman
Grumpy Bunnies by Willy Welch
Hyacinth Hop Has the Hic-Hops by Tony Kenyon
Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen
Muncha Muncha Muncha by Candace Fleming
Pickin’ Peas by Margaret Read MacDonald
Rabbit Ears by Amber Stewart
Tippy-Tippy-Tippy, Hide! by Candace Fleming
Tortoise and the Hare by Alison Ritchie (2015)
Wolves by Emily Gravett

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Translate Well Into Flannels
10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel
Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells translates well into a prop story
Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo by Jonathan Allen
"B-U-N-N-Y" flannel 
“Carrot Soup” flannel
“Giant Carrot” flannel
“Whispering Rabbit” flannel



Bunnies in the Meadow       (Tune of: Wheels On the Bus)Bunnies in the meadow go hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies in the meadow go hop, hop, hop
All morning long.

... bounce up and down
... crunch: "Munch, munch, munch"
... shake-shake their tails


Rabbit Rabbit Carrot Eater
Rabbit rabbit, carrot eater
He says there is nothing sweeter
Than a carrot every day
Munch and crunch and run away

Bunny-Pokey
(Tune of "Hokey Pokey")
You put your bunny ears in
You put your bunny ears out
You put your bunny ears in and you shake them all about
You do the Bunny-Pokey and you turn yourself about
That's what it's all about!

You put your bunny nose in…
You hop your bunny feet in…



Did You Ever See a Rabbit?
(Tune of "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")
Did you ever see a rabbit?
A rabbit, a rabbit
Did you ever see a rabbit that hops so fast?
Hops this way and that way
And this way and that way
Did you ever see a rabbit that hops so fast?

… that hops so slow?
….that hops on one foot?
… that hops backward?


If You're Hoppy and You Know It
(Tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around
If you’re hoppy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around.

…hop around
…shake your tail
…stomp your feet
…wiggle your nose

Little Peter Rabbit song
(Tune of "Glory, Glory Hallelujah")
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose
And he flicked it till it went away (toe, ear, paw, etc.)

Over in the Meadow
Over in the meadow,
Underneath the sun,
Lived a Mother Rabbit
And her little rabbit one

“Hop,” said the Mother.
“I hop,” said the one.
So they hopped and they plopped, underneath the sun.

Over in the meadow,
Where the stream runs through,
Lived a Mother Froggie,
And her little froggies two

“Swim,” said the Mother.
“We swim said the two.
So they swam and they splashed, where the stream runs through.

Over in the meadow,
In a hole in a tree,
Lived a Mother Bluebird
And her little birdies three.

“Sing,” said the Mother.
“We sing,” said the one.
So they sang sweet songs, in the hole in the tree.

Over in the meadow, 
By an old barn door,
Lived a Mother Mousie,
And her little mice four

“Squeak,” said the Mother.
“We squeak,” said the four.
 So they squeaked and they peeked by the old barn door.

Over in the meadow,
In a snug beehive,
Lived a Mother Honeybee
And her little bees five

 “Buzz,” said the Mother.
 “We buzz,” said the five.
 So they buzzed all day in their snug beehive.

Rabbit, Rabbit, What Do You See?
Rabbit, rabbit, what do you see?
I see a butterfly flying by me!
Butterfly, butterfly, what do you see?
I see a frog hop-hopping by me! 
Frog, Frog, what do you see?
I see a mouse squeaking by me! 
Mouse, mouse, what do you see?
I see a squirrel climbing by me! 
Squirrel, squirrel, what do you see?
I see a bluebird flying by me!
 Bluebird, bluebird, what do you see?
I see: • A white rabbit • A yellow butterfly • A green frog • A gray mouse • A brown squirrel That’s what I see!

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Ducks and Geese Storytime




Every year, one of our library branches hosts a "Duckling Day," which is incredibly popular!

Children dress up in duckling costumes and participate in a miniature parade!

Toddler Read Alouds

Dancing Duck by Rachel Baines by Rachel Bain
Duck On A Bike by David Shannon
Duckie’s Rainbow by Francine Barry
Ducks Like to Swim by Agnes Verboven
Hey, Duck by Carin Bramsen (2013)
I Love Ducklings by Barbi Sido
A Lovely Day for Amelia Goose by Yu Rong
Mucky Duck by Sally Grindley
No More Diapers for Ducky by Bernette Ford
One Rainy Day by Tammi Salzano
Peek-A-Bloom by Marie Torres Cimarusti
Quick, Duck!  by Mary Murphy (2013)
Seymour and Henry by Kim Lewis - Just right for Toddler Storytime!
Silly Little Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Splish Splash Splosh by David Melling (2013)
Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London
Whose Chick Are You? By Nancy Tafuri

Preschool Read Alouds
Boo to a Goose by Mem Fox
Click Clack Peep! by Doreen Cronin (2015)
Dimity Duck by Jane Yolen
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Duck Skates by Lynn Berry
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates
Fluffy and Baron by Laura Rankin
Have You Seen Duck?  by Janet A. Holmes and Jonathan Bentley
Have You Seen My Ducklings by Nancy Tafuri
I’m A Duck by Teri Sloat
In the Rain With Baby Duck by Amy Hest
Just Ducky by Kathy Mallat
Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek
Lucy Goosey by Margaret Wild
Silly Goose by Marni McGee
Silly Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek
That Is NOT a Good Idea by Mo Willems (2013)
Whose Chuck Are You?  by Nancy Tafuri

School Age Read Alouds
Albert’s Alphabet by Leslie Tryon
Do Like A Duck Does by Judy Hindley
Duck and Goose by Tad Hills
Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic
Guji Guji by Chih-Yuan Chen
Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin
Look Out, Suzy Goose by Petr Horacek
Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer
Odd Egg by Emily Gravett
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Shelly by Margie Palatini
Silly Goose by Marnie McGee
Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein
Webster J. Duck by Martin Waddell

Display Titles
Alborough, Jez
Cronin, Dorren
Ginsburg, Mirra
Hest, Amy
Thompson, Lauren
Wellington, Monica

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Don't Fidget A Feather by Erica Silverman makes a wonderful storytelling script.
Duck on A Bike by David Shannon works well as a flannel story.
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSeig can be transformed into a prop story.

Baby Duck, Baby Duck 
Baby duck, baby duck,
Are you in the (pink) egg?
Noooooo....
(repeat until duckling is found)

Five Little Ducks in a Big Blue Tub
Five little ducks in a big blue tub
Mama scrubbed the (yellow) one-
Scrubba-dub-dub
(repeat until none are left)

Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said, "Quack-quack-quack-quack"
But only four little ducks came back
(repeat until no ducks are left)

Sad Mother Duck went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother Duck said, "Quack-quack-quack-quack"

And all five ducks came waddling back

Ten Little Duckings
Ten little ducklings,
Dash, dash, dash!
Jumped in the duck pond,
Splash, splash, splash!

When Mother called them,
"Quack, quack, quack!"
Ten little ducklings,
Swam right back.

Six Little Ducks
Six little ducks that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones, too
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack

Down to the river they would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack

Back from the river they would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack, quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.

Little White Duck
There's a little white duck, sitting in the water.
A little white duck, doing what he ought a!
He took a bite of the lily pad, Flapped his wings and
he said, "I'm glad I'm a little white duck sitting in the water.
Quack, quack, quack."

There's a little green frog, swimming in the water.
A little green frog, doing what he ought a!
He jumped right off the lily pad, That the little duck bit and he said,
"I'm glad I'm a little green frog swimming in the water.
Glub, glub, glub.

There's a little black bug, floating on the water.
A little black bug, doing what he ought a!
He tickled the frog on the lily pad That the little duck bit
and he said, "I'm glad I'm a little black bug floating on the water.
Chirp, chirp, chirp."

There's a little red snake, laying in the water.
A little red snake, doing what he ought a!
He frightened the duck and the frog so bad, He ate the little
bug, and he said, "I'm glad I'm a little red snake laying in the water.
Wriggle, wriggle, wriggle."

Now there's nobody left, sitting in the water.
Nobody left, doing what he ought a!
There's nothing left but the lily pad. The duck and the frog ran
away. I'm sad. "Cause there's nobody left sitting in the water.
Boo, hoo, hoo.

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Frogs and Turtles Storytime


This cute craft was created by my friend Glee

Toddler Read Alouds

Cat and Mouse in the Rain by Tomek Bogacki
Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris
Fribbity Ribbit by Suzanne Johnson
Hop Jump by Ellen Stoll Walsh
I Wish I Could Fly by Ron Maris
In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
Jump, Frog, Jump by Robert Kalan
Jump Like A Frog by Kate Burns
Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson
Little Quack's Friend by Lauren Thompson
Lovely Day for Amelia Goose by Yu Rong
Off We Go!  by Jane Yolen
One Two Three Jump! by Penelope Lively
What Joe Saw by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner
This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Preschool Read Alouds
Croaky Pokey by Ethan Long
Down By the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton
Fireflies, Fireflies, Light My Way by Jonathan London
Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson
Hey Frog by Piet Grobler
Hoptoad by Jane Yolen
If Frogs Made Weather by Marion Dane Bauer
If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre - CROWD PLEASER
In the Middle of the Puddle by Mike Thaler
Jo MacDonald Saw A Pond by Mary Quattlebaum
Jump!  by Scott M. Fischer
Look Out, Bird!  by Marilyn Janovitz
Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo ~ pet turtle
One, Two, Three, Jump!  by Penelope Lively
Scoot! by Catherine Falwell
Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain
Too Many Frogs by Sandy Asher
Turtle Splash by Cathryn Falwell

School Age Read Alouds

Beware of the Frog by William Bee
Bullfrog Pop by Rick Walton
Frog Prince, Continued by Jon Scieszka
A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Froggie Went A-Courtin' by Iza Trapani
If Frogs Made the Weather by Marion Dane Bauer
Once There Was A Bullfrog by Rick Walton
Spells by Emily Gravett
Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis
Tortoise and the Hare by Alison Ritchie (2015)
Tricky Tortoise by Mwenye Hadithi

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Translate Well Into Puppet/Flannel Stories
Grandpa Toad's Secrets by Keiko Kasza
Hole in the Bottom of the Sea (Traditional)
I Can't Get My Turtle to Move by Elizabeth O'Donnell
If You're Hoppy by April Pulley Sayre
Little White Duck by Walt Whippo
Rainy Day Puddle by Ei Nakabayashi
Tortoise Brings the Mail by Dee Lillegard
Turtle Dreams by Marion Dane Bauer

CDs
"Jump Jump Went the Little Green Frogs" on Carol Hammet's It's Toddler Time
"Little Green Frogs" on Raffi's "Singable Songs for the Very Young"

Did You Ever See A Frog?
Did you ever see a frog, a frog, a frog
Did you ever see a frog that hops so high?
Hops this way and that way, and this way and that way
Did you ever see a frog that hops so high?
That hops so fast ~ backwards ~ on one foot

Mr. Bullfrog
Mr. Bullfrog                 (make a fist)
Sitting on a rock           (put fist on flat palm)
Jumps in the water        (jump fist up)
With a big Kerplop!     (one loud CLAP)

Down By the Banks of the Hanky Panky
Down by the banks of the Hanky Panky,
Where the bull frogs jump from bank to banky,
With a flip, flop, flippity-flop,
Leap off a lily pad and go KERPLOP!

Turtle Puppet / fingerplay
This is my turtle, he lives in a shell
He likes his home very well
He puts his head out when he wants to eat
And pulls it back when it's time to sleep

Five Little Froggies Puppet Script
Five little froggies loved to swim and play
Along came a ________ and chased one frog away!
(repeat with other puppets, until no frogs are left)

Five Little Froggies Sitting In A Well
Five little froggies sitting on a well
One looked up, and down he fell.
Froggies jumped high,
Froggies jumped low.
Repeat until no froggies are left…


Jump Jump Went The Little Green Frogs
Jump jump went the little green frogs one day
Jump, jump went the little green frogs
Jump jump went the little green frogs one day
And their eyes went blink, blink, blink
And their tongues went blup, blup, blup...

Froggie Went A-Hopping
(Tune: Froggie Went A-Courting)

Froggie went hopping and he did hop, Mmm-hmm
Froggie went hopping and he did hop, Mmm-hmm
Froggie went hopping and he did hop,
He flipped right over and landed on his top,
Mmm-hmm - Mmm-hmm - Mmm-hmm

Froggie went jumping and he did leap, Mmm-hmm
Froggie went jumping and he did leap, Mmm-hmm
Froggie went jumping and he did leap,
He got so tired, he fell asleep,
Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm

Froggie stuck out his tongue and caught a bug, Mmm-hmm
Froggie stuck out his tongue and caught a bug, Mmm-hmm
Froggie stuck out his tongue and caught a bug,
The bug got away and hid under the rug,
Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm

Froggie kissed the trees and the bumblebees, Mmm-hmm
Froggie kissed the trees and the bumblebees, Mmm-hmm
Froggie kissed the trees and the bumblebees,
And then he missed and kissed his knees,
Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm

Froggie hopped home and sat on his log, Mmm-hmm
Froggie hopped home and sat on his log, Mmm-hmm
Froggie hopped home and sat on his log,
It feels to good to be a frog,
Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm, Mmm-hmm


There Once Was a Little Green Frog
There once was a little green frog, frog, frog,
Who sat in the woods on a log, log, log.
A screech owl sitting in a tree, tree, tree,
Came after the frog with a scree, scree, scree.
When the frog heard the owl in a flash, flash, flash,
He jumped in the pond with a splash, splash, splash!

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Chinese New Year Storytime


Preschol Read Alouds
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin
Dragon Dance by Joan Holub
Dragon Dancing by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Fortune Cookies by Albert Bitterman - illustrated by Chris Rascha 
My Chinese New Year by Monica Hughes
My First Chinese New Year
by Karen Katz
Red Book by Barbara Lehmen
Yum Yum Dim Sum by Amy Wilson Sanger
Kindergarten Read Alouds
Bringing In the New Year by Grace Lin
D is for Dragon Dance by Yin Chang Compestine
Dumpling Soup by Jama Kim Rattiga
One is a Drummer by Roseanne Thong
Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann
Red is A Dragon by Roseanne Thong
Round is A Mooncake by Roseanne Thong
Ruby's Wish by Sharin Yim
Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
Yum, Yuck by Linda Sue Park

Nonfiction Display Books
J394.2695 W759a Asian Holidays
J394.26951 c518C Festivals of the World: China
J508.2 B915w Winter (*appropriate for Preschools, includes winter holidays)
Fiction Display Books
Dancing Dragon by Marcia Vaughn
Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin
Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley
Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Bishop
Lanterns and Firecrackers by Jonny Zucker
Lon Po Po by Ed Young
On My Way to Buy Eggs by Chih-Yuan Chen
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
Seven Chinese Sisters by Kathy Tucker
This Next New Year by Janet Wong
Yoko by Rosemary Wells

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Flannels, Songs and Activities

Book That Works As A Prop Story
Mouse Climbed Up the Lamp
Orange Peel's Pocket by Rose Lewis

Chinese Lantern
(To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a Chinese lantern shining bright
Use me to light your way at night
If it’s really dark, just light one more
That’s what Chinese lanterns are for.

Greetings around the World
Hello, hello everybody
Hello, hello everybody
Hello, hello everybody
So very glad to see you
Japanese version: Konichiwa
Chinese version: Ni Hao Ma


Books That Translate Well Into Flannels
Runaway Rice Cake by Yin Chang Compestine
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

Suggested Activities:
1.) Chase the Dragon’s Tail:
Create a decorative head and tail. One child holds the head, another the tail. Children in between the two hold each other's waists. The “head” chases the “tail.”

2.) Chinese Paper Lanterns: Fold paper in half, cut slits and then open. (Instructions are available online)

2.) Red Envelopes: (instructions are on page 22 of Asian Holidays book by Faith Winchester)

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Storytime about the Mail



Toddler Read Alouds
Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
From Gran by Rod Campbell
Hi by Ann Hebert Scott
I Miss You Mouse by Greg Foley
Send It!  by Don Carter
Special Delivery by Brigitte Weninger
Surprise by Pat Hutchins

Preschool Read Alouds
Bickleby's Birdbath by Andrea Perry
Hi by Ann Herbert Scott
Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
Never Mail An Elephant by Mike Thaler
A Long Way by Katherine Ayres
Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
With Love From Gran by Gackenbush

Kindergarten Read Alouds
Bickleby's Birdbath
by Andrea Perry

Boris and the Snoozebox by Leigh Hodgkinson
Bunny Mail by Rosemary Wells
Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff
Long Long Letter by Elizabeth Spurr
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Yours Truly, Louisa by Simon Puttock

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Translate Well Into Flannel Stories
Lettuce Leaf Birthday Letter by Linda Taylor
Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
Tortoise Brings the Mail by Dee Lillegard

Books That Translate Well Into Prop/Puppet Stories

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Harvey Hare, Postman Extraordinaire by Bernadette Watts
Never Mail an Elephant by Mike Thaler
The Surprise by Pat Hutchins

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Red storytime for Valentine's Day
























Toddler Read Alouds
Baby Loves by Michael Lawrence
Critter Love by Kate Spohn
How Kind! by Mary Murphy
Maisy Loves You by Lucy Cousins
Love and Kisses, Kitty by Max Haynes
Mary Wore Her Red Dress
by Merle Peek
Mouse's First Valentine by Lauren Thompson
My Color is Panda by Deborag Winograd
Skidamarink by Brian Karas

Preschool Read Alouds
If You Love A Bear by Piers Harper
Love Me, Love You by Susan O'Keefe
Mouse in Love by Robert Kraus
My Somebody Special by Sarah Weeks
Never Too Little To Love by Jeanne Willis
Red is Best
by Kathy Stinson
Who Said Red? by Mary Serfozo

Kindergarten Read Alouds
Ballad of Valentine by Alison Jackson
Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
Homemade Love by Bell Hooks
I Love you All Day Long by Francesca Rusackes
I Love You Stinkyface by Lisa McCourt
L is for Loving by Ken Wilson-Max

More Red Books to Put On Display
Get Red! by Tony Porto
Investigating the Color Red by Barbara Behm
Red in My World by Joanne Winne

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Activities
Basket filled with red things
Count Red Hearts flannel
Love and Kisses, Kitty by Max Haynes: Retell with puppets and Valentine props
Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr: Hide red paper hearts all over the room and have kids find them!
"Teddy Wore His Red Shirt" flannel/puppet story
Valentines for each child in mailbox = surprise

If You're Wearing Red
Tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If you're wearing red, shake your head
If you're wearing red, shake your head
You've got red on and you know it
So don't be afraid to show it!
If you're wearing red, shake your head.

If you're wearing blue, touch your shoe...
If you're wearing black, pat your back...
If you're wearing yellow, shake like Jello...

RED
(Tune of "Happy Birthday")
R-e-d spells red
R-e-d spells red
I know how to spell red
R-e-d spells red

R-E-D
(Tune of "Are You Sleeping?")
R-e-d, R-e-d
I can spell red, I can spell red
Fire trucks are red
Stop signs are red, too
R-e-d, R-e-d

What Is Red?
What is red?
What is round?
Look at all the things
We have found!

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Hugs & Kisses storytime



Todder Read Alouds

All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri
Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses by Michael Lawrence
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Cuddle Book by Guido Van Genecten
Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz
How About A Kiss for Me?  by Todd Tarpley 
Hug by Jez Alborough
I Love Hugs by Lara Jones
Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
Kiss Kiss by Margaret Wild
Kitty's Cuddles by Jane Cabrera
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Sam Loves Kisses by Yves Got
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton


Preschool Read Alouds
Bear Hugs by Alyssa Capucilli
Best Kind of Kiss by Margaret Allum
Big Hugs, Little Hugs by Felicia Bond
Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh and Judi Abbot
Daddy Hugs by Nanc Tafuri (2015)
Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond
Hug A Bug by Eileen Spinelli
How About A Hug? by Nancy Carlson
How to Hug by Maryann MacDonald 
A Hug Goes Around by Laura Melmud
I Lost My Kisses by Trudy Trewin
I Love to Cuddle by Carl Norac
Kissing Monster by Marion Bauer
Kiss It Better by Hiawyn Oram
Kiss Means I Love You by Kathryn Allen
Love Always Everywhere by Sarah Massini (2015)
Mousie Love by Doris Chaconas
Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathan London
What Is Love? by Shelley Rotner
What Kind of Kiss? by Alyssa Capucilli
Where's My Hug?   by James Mayhew
Won't You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder

Kindergarten Read Alouds
A Book of Hugs by Dave Ross
Hug Me by Patti Stren
Kiss the Cow by Phyllis Root
The Kiss That Missed by David Melling
My Little Sister Hugged An Ape by Bill Grossman
Sloppy Kisses by Winthrop
Willy's Not the Hugging Kind by Barrett

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Flannels, Songs and Story Extensions

Books That Translate Well Into Flannel Stories:
Butterfly Kiss by Marcial Boo
Hugs and Kisses by Christophe Loupy
A Kiss Like This by Catherine Anholt
Love and Kisses by Sarah Wilson

Music to Share:
"Big Hugs and Kisses" from Disney Babies Playtime CD
"Family Hug" from Sooz's Favorite First Songs CD
"Puppy Kisses" from Lisa Atkinson's "The Elephant in Aisle Four" CD

Butterfly Kiss
I'll give you a butterfly kiss on your nose
I'll give you one next to your eye
I'll give you one right on your fat little cheek
And then I'll wave: "Bye, bye!"

I'll give you a butterfly kiss on your mouth
I'll give you one next to your eye
I'll give you one next to your fat little cheek
And then I'll wave: "Bye, bye!

Everybody Needs A Hug
(Tune of "Go Eat Some Worms")
Everybody wants one, everybody needs one
Everybody loves a hug!
Big hugs, little hugs, even itty bitty hugs
Hugs for everyone!

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