Storytime for New to Two every Wednesday at 10:30.

Storytime for New to Two every Wednesday at 10:30. Stories, songs, puppets and a lot of playtime fun.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pet Storytime, Wednesday, August 25 @ 10:30


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.
Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton. Cute. Really a little song.
Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton. I corralled 15 stuffed animals in my storytime bag, and while reading the book, pulled out the animal. This could really be done with ANY 15 animals. It's a nice little play -- pull it out and show off the animals for this group. They were really noisy by this time and the lapsitters didn't get involved as much as the toddlers.  How to switch this out?  I could add the appropriate animal action. "I've got a cat named Bob -- she purrs" and purr her over to a child, "and a dog named Bob" and he barks and runs, and two fish named Bob and Bob," and they swim
Pet Shop Lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser lets you read aloud with lots of animal noises, always a good ploy for this age group. This segues right into the turtle puppet poem.

 Turtle puppet & poem. The original Vachel Lindsay:

There was a little turtle who lived in a box.
He swam in the puddles, he climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at the mosquitoes, he snapped at the fleas,
He snapped at the minnows, he snapped at me!

He caught the mosquitoes, he caught the fleas,

He caught those minnows, but he didn't catch me!

I always love snapping at all the little baby mosquito and minnows in the room.


Piggies! Wednesday, August 19 @ 10:30

PlayProps:  Pig, 5 little pigs metalboard, although I only do 3 for the babies.


Olivia's Opposites, a board book by Ian Falconer. Opposites are always fun with babies, esp. Olivia's.  The concepts of in and out and up and down amuse me and them endlessly. I had an especially good time doing up and down: I throw Olivia up in the air and she landed down on the ground.  For my finale, I brought her in to see everyone and then throw her out the door. I always try to astonish the babies.

Let's Dance, Little Pookie by Sandra Boynton. I really shimmied to this for the audience.

Busy Piggies by John Schindel.  This board book series has jusssst enough rhyming text, and jusssst the right pictures. I love this series esp. because it emphasizes verbs, which can be acted out and grab the babies' attention.  

Happy Pig Day! by Mo Willems. The babies listened very well to this fairly long book.

Five Little Piggies, a board book by Teresa Imperato. This cute board book alters  the 5 Little Piggies rhyme with some cute variations that make it an excellent addition to a pig storytime for babies. But I might use a metalboard of my pigs the next time. And it's so important that they count on their toes!

The pigs, cows and ducks were riding on the bus today.
5 pigs so squeaky clean,
They were the cleanest pigs you’ve ever seen,
Until one fell in the mud,
He landed
with a great big THUD!
now there are 4 pigs
                                                  so squeaky clean [oink].

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Song Book Storytime, Wednesday, August 2 @ 10:30

Cover image for The lady with the alligator purse


The Wheels on the Bus Office lift the flap. The words are a bit different than what I usually sing, so brush up on it!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm Office lift the flap. I pulled the animals out as we went. Small crowd so I let the babies hold them.

The Lady with the Alligator Purse Board Westcott.  Love this so much.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider board book Trapani.  Lots of new lines make this favorite fun.

If You're Happy and You Know It by Raffi.  I must say, Raffi's words are a bit odd.  If you're banana and you know it? If you're beautiful and you know it? I kind of like just  happy -- clap, happy -- stomp, happy -- hurray.  It's never wrong to sing out about how happy you are.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Board Book by Christelow.  We did 5 Little Speckled Frogs instead because Genevieve has just given me such a lovely frogs-on-a-log set. But the monkeys would have done just as well.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera.  Pick out a couple pages ahead of time.


We just read them all!

Dinosaur Storytime, Wednesday, August 2 @ 10:30


We sang Wheels on the Bus right after our Hello Song, and I thought I'd set the mood by having my dinosaur t-rex puppet ride the bus with a GRRR but I was a bit overenthusiastic and one usually cheerful puppy burst into tears. So THEN we had the babies on the bus (who usually go peek-a-boo) go waaa waaa waaa and it was pretty darn funny.


Snappy Little Dinosaurs -- pop-up book. Just read 

How Do Dinosaurs Go Up and Down by Jane Yolen.  There's something a bit off about this book.  Sometimes the text applies to the fold out and sometimes it isn't.  Either read it all through, be quick, or pick a different one.  She has so many.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur  by Kallie George. I always reading a book in different voices, and this simple trick seems to work on the babies too.  

I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian.  Rhymes AND the dino goes over the names of all his parts of the body! Quite the megahit!  And you can segue directly into "This is the Way We Wash Our Face." I used I'm a Hungry Dinosaur this year. It might not have been as great, but the moms did join in with the motions and it was fun.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs.  Sandra Boynton is always a fun readaloud. I downloaded some cute stegosauruses  on to red, yellow, blue and green paper for a rousing finale the kids liked. 

Try:  Dinosaur Roar! by Paul & Henrietta Stickland. But I do like Sandra Boynton better. Simpler and better rhymes for this group.
Next year: Dinosaur vs. The Library by Bob Shea. The next time I read this book, I'll remember that Dinosaur is supposed to be a little kid playing wildly with other little kids (disguised as cows, chicks, turtles, etc.) and I'll read it like that. I think it would do better without the big stuffed puppets I tried to use.


The Dinosaurs Ride the Bus!!!

Examples: Sung to: "The Wheels on the Bus"
The Pteranodon's wings went FLAP, FLAP, FLAP,
The Pteranodon's wings went FLAP, FLAP, FLAP
All around the swamp.
The Tyrannosaurus Rex went GRRR, GRRR, GRRR,
The Triceratops horns went POKE, POKE, POKE
The Apatosaurus went MUNCH, MUNCH, MUNCH,
The Stegosaurus tail went SPIKE, SPIKE, SPIKE,

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dog Storyhour, Wednesday, July 27 @ 10:30


  • The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems.  I intro'ed storytime by asking who had a dog.  Emma immediately said she didn't have ANY pets and she REALLY wanted one, which was the perfect set up.  Then I read the title and said, "Huh? A pigeon is a BIRD?  And it wants a DOG?" 
  • Dog's Day by Jane Cabrera.  Her bright illustrations make her books great pix for babies. 
  • Spot's First Walk, by Eric Hill.  I'm boycotting Where's Spot. The vocab includes a grandfather clock, a grand piano, a door under a staircase, a mirrored armoire... But Spot's First Walk, which I actually did at the end, was the only book to work for this group today.  Maybe next year I'll try just doing Spot books.  Lift the flap, simple vocab... 
  • Doggies by Sandra Boynton.  A very fun read aloud, as you repeat with each finger (hold up your fingers as dogs) the different sounds they make. And in the end they all go Awroooooo! together.  Everyone howled just like the dogs.

I'd never done this song before, but it worked very well.

123, doggies got a flea
Doggies got a flea and now it’s on me
123 doggies got a flea
Doggies got a flea and now it’s on me
It’s on my nose, my toes,
It’s on my ear, it’s over HERE
It’s on my tum, it’s on my thumb
123doggies got a flea

Doggies got a flea and now it’s on me

Monday, July 3, 2017

Jungle Storytime, Wednesday, July 5 @ 10:30

There was a rumble in the jungle at storytime and no mistake!  After our flying monkey did his things, the babies started LISTENING up.


  • The Pop-Up Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae.  Love to turn the pages of this big, colorful pop-up, roar, hiss, clomp and snap the jaws of the book by turns. Good start.
  • ROAR bd bk Litton.  OK.
  • Tiny Little Fly Michael Rosen.  Excellent readaloud, and the kids really liked it.
  • Busy Monkeys board book by Schindel. This series rhyme, has great pictures, and you can act out the motions as you read text which has quite a bit of sense to it.  
  • Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins. I love this book, but choose a couple of pages to read -- not the whole thing. 


  • Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (Great Big Mama Tarantula)
  • Wheels on the Bus Through the Jungle
  • Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
  • If you see a crocodile, don't forget to SCREAM!
  • Down in the jungle...

played on my Thai drum, ALL the babies wanted to have a turn!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Body Storytime, Wednesday, June 28 @ 10:30

  • Show Me, a board book by Tom Tracy.
  • Head to Toe by Eric Carle. This is a classic act-it-out with animals, and it is lot of fun. But they were really young today, and not into the major motions or animal recognition.
  • Here Are My Hands  board book by Bill Martin. This little board book is juuuuust right for babies, short & sweet. I love acting out the motions and had the best luck with it on a rowdy day.
  • Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. Good for this group, and with a nice chorus the moms joined in on, but perhaps not the best opener. Not this year.
  • How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc   board book Clarke. I think this is the cutest of the series.

  • Songs
  • Pizza, Pickle Pumpernickel
  • Clap Your hands
  • This Is the Way We Wash Our Face (to Mulberry Bush), nose, neck, whatever
  • Dance Your Fingers Up, Dance your fingers down, dance your fingers up and down, all around town.  Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head, dance them on your tummy, then tuck them into bed. 

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