Letter Y!

The Plan


Eli, No! by Katie Kirk
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Yawn by Sally Symes
Yes Day! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Go Away, Big Yellow Monster”
(I just changed the color of the popular book by Ed Emberley.)

Flannelboard Puzzle: “Letter Y”

Action Rhyme: “Big Yellow Moon”
Big yellow moon shines so bright, (circle overhead)
Glides across the starry night (arms to left and right)
Looks down at me (hand shades eyes)
Asleep in bed, (head on hands)
Whispers, “Good night, sleepyhead.” (shh)
Big yellow moon, your turn is done (move arms down)
Here comes Mr. Morning Sun (circle overhead)
I wake up. (arms stretch out)
You go to bed. (head on hands)
“Sleep well, Moon, you sleepyhead.” (shh)
Credit: King County Library System

Action Rhyme: “This Is Big”
This is big, big, big (stretch hands far to sides)
This is small, small, small (cup hands together)
This is short, short, short (hold palms close vertically)
This is tall, tall, tall (hold palms far apart vertically)
This is fast, fast, fast (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes (nod head)
This is no, no, no (shake head)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Song: “Shake Your Sillies Out”
Gotta shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
Shake, shake, shake my sillies out
And wiggle my waggles away
(clap my crazies out, stretch my
stretchies out, yawn my sleepies out)
Credit: Raffi


I saw this on several different pages, through Pinterest, but the post I actually read was from Mud Hut Mama. I thought this craft went well with “Extra Yarn” and the kids had a lot of fun. It was very nice to see their artwork displayed at the daycare facility when I came back next week for Letter Z.

How It Went

I love Letter Y. It is so much easier than Letter X! I had a lot of options, so I got to pick several favorites for storytime. The kids were spellbound by “Extra Yarn.” Not even the attendance check at the top of the hour took them away from the story; Annabelle is truly magical! “Yawn” was a close second favorite. It’s a great guessing game for the kids! The extension activities were perfect, especially when I had “Eli, no!” (yelling), right before “Go Away, Big Yellow Monster.” The kids got to yell along with both stories’ refrains.

6 comments on “Letter Y!

  1. Mud Hut Mama
    November 8, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    Thanks for linking – I love how your Y craft turned out and the books you used sound great. I’d never heard the “Big Yellow Moon” action rhyme but I think my girls will love it. Thanks for sharing.

    • Katie
      November 9, 2012 at 10:18 am #

      I hope your girls love it! Thank you for sharing your craft!

  2. Abby Johnson (@abbylibrarian)
    November 9, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    We didn’t have YAWN, but I’m ordering it! What a cute storytime. 😀

    • Katie
      November 9, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      It’s a super cute book. (Rhyming, cut-outs, etc.) Enjoy!


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