Family Storytime


STORYTIME FOR: Berwyn Public Library (Outreach)

Hello/Goodbye Song

We Say Hello/Goodbye Like This (with ukulele)
(Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)
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We wave hello like this… with our friends in storytime, we wave hello like this.
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We clap hello like this…with our friends in storytime, we clap hello like this.
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We stomp hello like this… with our friends in storytime, we stomp hello like this.

Why These Books?

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah Ohora.  Frankly, this books is the reason I decided to do a “family” themed storytime.  It’s about Dot the bunny, who’s wary about the presence of her new brother…a wolf!  The humor in this may be a little off-kilter, but I just LOVE Dot’s attitude.  The kids enjoyed this book, but I’m not sure they were into it as much as I was.  I think next time I use this I will try to amp up the drama even more, between Dot’s fear of being eaten and her parents’ complacency.  I also think I would like to talk a little more about the beginning of the story about new siblings, and what makes a baby wolf so unusual in a bunny family.

I first discover this book on Jon Schu’s blog, where he posted this video:

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton.  I picked this to go along with my family theme–it’s the classic story of a little animal trying to find his/her mother.  This was probably the kids’ favorite book.  Haughton hides little details in his illustrations, and the kids think all the different mommies are hilarious.

Every Friday by Dan Yaccarino.  This is a nice calm book for the end of a storytime, about a boy and his dad.  During the story, I like to talk about things that the kids do with their parents–go for walks, eat pancakes.  The trick with this one is to make sure the kids are paying attention at the beginning of the storytime.  I had a couple of classes where the kids were too amped up and distracted to focus on the book.


Five Little Ducks w/ Felt

Five little ducks went out to play, over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
And only four little ducks came back
(count down until)
Sad mother duck went out one day, over the hill and far away
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack”
And all of her five little ducks came back

Popcorn Scarves (credit: Jbrary)

Popcorn kernals, popcorn kernals, in the pot, in the pot. Shake them, shake them, shake them, till they pop.

Where is Thumbkin?

Where is Thumbkin? Here I am!  How are you today, sir? Very well, I thank you! Run away.  (Repeat with pointer, pinky, family.)

Grandma’s & Grandpa’s Glasses.

These are Grandma’s glassesMake “glasses” over eyes with fingers.
This is Grandma’s hatPlace hands close together over head.
And this is the way she folds her hands Clasp hands together.
And lays them in her lapPlace hands in lap.

These are Grandpa’s glasses.  Make “glasses” over eyes with fingers.
This is Grandpa’s hat. Place hands farther apart over head.
And this is the way he folds his arms Cross arms.
And takes a little nap.  Place head on arms, as if sleeping.