Category: Outreach Storytime

Outreach Storytime: 8/9

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was the ocean.

The Plan

Books

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Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash! by Suse MacDonald**
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins**
I’m a Shark by Bob Shea**
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry**
Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett J. Krosoczka*
Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies*
Ugly Fish by Kara LaReau*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Ocean Friends”***

Flannelboard: “Five Big Whales”*

Flannelboard: “The Three Little Fishes & the Silly Shark”*

Stick Puppets: “Slippery Fish”**

Puppet: “Did You Ever See a Shark?”**

How It Went

This was a fun set of storytimes. All three groups really enjoyed the theme, particularly the extension activities. The older group got to hear Surprising Sharks because their teacher requested some easy non-fiction, preferrably about sharks. I was happy to oblige with this Monarch nominee from a couple of years ago. I think the kids enjoyed I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean the most out of any of the books.

Outreach Storytime: 9/1

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage*
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom*
Still a Gorilla! by Kim Norman*
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”*

Flannelboard: “Ten Fluffy Chickens”*

Finger Puppet Glove: “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed”*

Prop: “Movement Cube”*

Prop: “Song Cube”*

How It Went

The kids absolutely loved the new movement cube/game! We roll it several times throughout the storytime which was a great break from our books. The best books for the day were definitely The Mixed-Up Truck which segued great into the “Down Around the Corner” flannelboard, and Still a Gorilla!. We also had very happy kiddos when we were jumping with the monkeys on the bed!

Outreach Storytime: 8/4

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell*
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*
The Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald*
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Clickety-Clack”*

Flannelboard: “Five Little Sandcastles”*

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Everyone Can March”*
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
And now let’s make a stop.
Verses: clap, jump, tap, etc.
Credit: Jbrary

Action Rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes”*
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

A really fun storytime with a mixed age group. Some littles, but mostly bigs. So I played a little bit of something for everyone at this storytime. They were most engaged with If You’re Happy and You Know It and Butterfly, Butterfly. The Squeaky Door was such a great story until a very small one had a crying spurt and I never got the crowd back into the book. We closed it early and moved on to some movement activities.

Outreach Storytime: 8/4

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was Epic Explorers.

The Plan

Books

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Explorers of the Wild by Cale Atkinson**
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle***
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera***
Shark in the Park! by Nick Sharratt**
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin*
The Woods by Paul Hoppe***

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Campfire Hokey Pokey”*

Flannelboard: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”***

Prop: “Song Cube”*

Puppets: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree”**

How It Went

This theme ABSOLUTELY stumped me until I reached out to my librarian cohort and got suggestions for It’s a Tiger, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Shark in the Park!, and “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. So the moral of the story is you’re never too experienced to stop and ask for help! All three of these storytimes were great. I was able to share many of the books across the three different age groups. Their favorite books were Shark in the Park! and It’s a Tiger!.

Outreach Storytime: 7/25

Another outreach storytime for this summer — at a local bank! Afterwards, they took the kids on a tour which was so in-depth! We got to go in the vault, behind the counter, press the button to send the carrier through the tube, see the coins get sorted, etc. This was an amazing opportunity and we had seventy people show up!

The Plan

Books

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Bunny Money by Rosemary Wells*
If You Made a Million by David M. Schwartz
Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins & G. Brian Karas
Out and About at the Bank by Nancy Garham Attebury*
You Can’t Buy a Dinosaur on a Dime by Harriet Ziefert*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Down Around the Corner”*

Props: “Song Cube”*

How It Went

This storytime was really about letting the bank shine. I read two books about money: Bunny Money for the younger kids and You Can’t Buy a Dinosaur on a Dime for the older kids. I loved that the older kids did the sums in their heads and helped the younger children remember how much money we had left in both books. I didn’t plan a lot of extension activities because I wasn’t sure how much space I would have. I was glad that I didn’t since it was SUCH a large crowd and the bank was still technically open for operation.

Outreach Storytime: 7/25

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was inventions.

Normally, I’m able to use many of the same books over and over, but not with this theme. I basically created three separate storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Going Places by Peter Reynolds*
Hoop Genius by John Coy*
Imaginative Inventions by Charise Mericle Harper*
Meeow and the Blue Table by Sebastian Braun*
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires*
Not a Box! by Antoinette Portis*
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beauty**
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Building Blocks”**

Props: “Song Cube”***

Fingerplay: “Five Little Nails”**
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails left to pound.
(count down)
Credit: Mel’s Desk

Action Rhyme: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”**
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

How It Went

Toddlers
Books: Meeow and the Blue Table, Not a Box!, Tip Tip Dig Dig.
Inventions are a hard theme for toddlers! I went with very simple books and some fun rhymes/fingerplays to keep their attention. They really liked acting out all the construction vehicles in Tip Tip Dig Dig and also enjoying “Zoom Zoom Zoom” after I read Not a Box!. (Rabbit imagines a rocketship in the story.)

Preschoolers
Books: Going Places, The Most Magnificent Thing, and Rosie Revere, Engineer.
I would normally do four books with preschool, but Rosie is such a long story that I stuck to three! This group really benefited from my Monarch reading. Two of the titles are current 2017 Monarch Award nominees! This group LOVED “Five Little Nails”!

School-Age
Books: Hoop Genius, Imaginative Inventions, Rosie Revere, Engineer.
I really feel like the School-Age group got the best books. Hoop Genius is another Monarch book and tells the story of how basketball was invented. They were so excited about this book. I have a lot of boys in the school-age group and I could just see their engagement during this whole text. I read out the index (which let me do a little information literacy about how books are organized!!) of Imaginative Inventions and had the kids pick some of the inventions that interested them most. What a fabulous storytime!

Outreach Storytime: 7/11

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was the circus.

The Plan

Books

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Circus by Lois Ehlert***
Circus Opposites by Suse MacDonald***
Circus Surprise by Sue Harris*
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell***
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer**
Song of the Circus by Lois Duncan*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Five Little Kernels”***

Flannelboard: “One Elephant Went Out to Play”***

Props: “Song Cube”***

Fingerplay: “Dance Your Fingers Up”**

Song: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes”***

Song: “Sticky, Sticky Bubblegum”*

How It Went

This is my group with three storytimes:

Toddlers
I went very basic with the toddlers and stuck with Dear Zoo (which I changed to Dear Circus), Circus Opposites, and Circus. These basic books got the theme across very nicely and in an accessible way for the two year olds. I rolled the “Song Cube” a few times in this storytime to help get our wiggles out.

Preschoolers
This group found “Five Little Kernels” to be the most hysterical thing ever. They laughed so hard when the popcorn appeared and loved shouting POP with me. Their favorite book was definitely Olivia Saves the Circus. They loved Olivia taking charge. They also enjoyed doing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes” really fast and slow.

School-Age
I was pretty worried about the circus being a babyish theme for the school-age group. But it wound up being one of the best storytimes because the kids were really engaged and I found a great read for older kids: Song of the Circus by Lois Duncan.

Outreach Storytime: 7/7

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was Eric Carle.

The Plan

Books

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1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle***
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle**
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle*
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle***
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle**
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle**

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”***

Flannelboard: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”***

Prop: “Song Cube”*

Puppets: “Two Little Bears”**

How It Went

First of all, Eric Carle’s books are SO interactive that I barely felt the need to do any extensions activities. We made animal noises during The Very Busy Spider, acted like zoo animals during From Head to Toe and 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, made our moons bigger and smaller during Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, pretended to painted during The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse and joined in on the refrain during nearly all of the books.

[I don’t normally do storytime without rhymes/fingerplays, but knowing this school and the group of kids, I was confident that we’d be okay with the books and the interactivity there.]

The toddler rooms really enjoyed The Very Busy Spider and making animals noises. That was definitely their high point.

The pre-k rooms were spell-bound by the flaps in Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me and also enthusiastically participated in From Head to Toe.

The preschool rooms were my loudest chanters during the “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” flannelboard and really enjoyed all the books. I was able to read FIVE BOOKS with them because of Carle’s shorter texts and their incredible attention.

Outreach Storytime: 7/7

I do a regularly scheduled (sometimes twice monthly and sometimes just monthly) at a local business that we’ve partnered with. For these storytimes geared towards ages 3-6, I’ve thrown out themes! I’m just reading favorites books, new books that strike my fancy, and doing favorite flannels/props/activities. Materials starred are the ones used at the storytime. Other than this difference, I’ll report on these like I do with all of my other storytimes.

The Plan

Books

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Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas*
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry*
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia*
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood*

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: Ice Cream Colors*

Flannelboard: Pretty Ladybugs

Flannelboard: Seals on the Bus*

Folder Story: Scat the Cat*

Props: “Song Cube”*

Action Rhyme: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

How It Went

This outreach storytime went well. The kids seemed to enjoy all of the books that I brought along with me, although Can You Make a Scary Face? was probably the biggest hit. My group really enjoyed the participatory nature of the book and I will definitely make a note to bring another Jan Thomas book with me next time. Other than that, I often forget how magical Scat the Cat is until I use it again!

Outreach Storytime: 6/20

During the summer, I visit several area preschools to do storytime. They all request specific themes, relevant to their curriculum. At this school, I visit a total of six classrooms. Each classroom doubles up with another group creating three storytimes at the visit. I’ll star the materials each time I use it. This week’s theme was Road Trip USA.

The Plan

Books

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Go, Go, America by Dan Yaccarino**
Red, White, & Boom by Lee Wardlaw***
Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant & Lisa Desimini**
Who Is Driving? by Leo Timmers*
Wow, America! by Robert Neubecker***

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Lots of Cars”***

Flannelboard: “Red, White, & Blue”***

Prop: “Song Cube”***

Action Rhyme: “Everyone Can March”**
Everyone can march, march, march
March, march, march, march, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
And then we’ll make it stop!
Credit: Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Where is Thumbkin?”***
Credit: Childhood

How It Went

This wasn’t the easier storytime theme to find appropriate books for — let me tell you that! I wound up having a good mix of younger titles (Who Is Driving?, Red, White, and Boom), all ages titles (Wow, America!), and older titles.

A couple of quick notes: I paperclipped one spread in Tulip Sees America because the main character takes his clothes off (nothing showing). And I also didn’t read all of Go, Go, America. I read the pages that introduce the Farley family and then read the Illinois facts that were easy for preschoolers to understand. For my oldest group, I flipped to another couple of states and read a few more facts for them.

My favorite book was definitely Wow, America! because it was perfect for all ages. In my toddler classrooms, we just marveled at the cool things in America. In my preschool and pre-k classrooms, we had great discussions about the monuments and landmarks.

I had a couple of friends who were AMAZING in their US knowledge. One pointed out that the Statue of Liberty was “a gift” and another pointed out that “[the White House] had burned down once”. I was really impressed.