Since our summer session of “Shake, Shimmy, & Dance” was so successful, I started doing a monthly event in 2015.
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Have you ever seen a more wonderful thing that a group of children jumping around pretending to get a bug out of their shirts? The answer is probably no, in case you were confused. This was a great title to read after re-launching a monthly Shake, Shimmy after the success of the summer programs. (This is the hard part of youth librarianship — fall programs are due so early — July for us! — that you can’t tell if a program is successful enough to warrant a repeat in the fall.)
Hello & How Are You? — Old Town School of Folk Music
Jump, Jump — Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
The Goldfish — Laurie Berkner Band
Hands Are for Clapping — Jim Gill
Get the Sillies Out — Yo Gabba Gabba
Dance Around — Ralph Covert (Ralph’s World)
Milkshake — Old Town School of Folk Music
The Airplane Song — Laurie Berkner
Take the Sun — Caspar Babypants
Shake Hands With Friends — Ella Jenkins
How It Went
For the re-launch, I used some of the best songs from the summer. What I didn’t factor in was that I wouldn’t have as many preschool/kindergarten kids during the school year than I did during the summertime. This was a longer playlist than my group really could handle. I wound up skipping “Get the Sillies Out” and brought out shakers for “Dance Around”.
(For an example of the Powerpoint and handouts that I made for each Shake, Shimmy please visit the original post.)