Virtual Storytime: 1/6/2021 MoComCONline

I have a special storytime I am doing for our library system’s MoComCon event. MoComCon is a library comic convention and this year we are going virtual–MoComCONline! <Cute right?! For this storytime, I am doing all things superheroes. Here is what I have planned:

  • Say HELLO Superheroes 
    • This is an original by yours truly. I wanted a fun opening and closing, so I made one up!

Say HELLO superheroes brave and true. 
The world needs saving, the world needs you!  
Buckle your belt, fasten your cape. 
We cannot let those bad guys escape!  

Stretch out those arms, first this way, then that. 
A quick little toe touch, now arch back like a cat.  
Another stretch high and now one way down low. 
We’re ready to fight crime, let’s go go go!  

You are ready now to fly up, up and away! 
Get ready, get set? Let’s all save the day! 

  • ASL –  Smart, Fly, Brave 
    • I always incorporate some American Sign Language into my storytimes. This week, I went with superhero attributes.
  • Book – Supertruck by Stephen Savage 
    • This is a fun story about a garbage truck by day, superhero truck by night!
  • Finger Play – Superhero Turn Around 
    • A simple movement rhyme I found years ago for a superhero storytime and I can’t remember where I got it from.

Superhero, superhero turn around 
Superhero, superhero touch the ground. 
Superhero, superhero put on your suit 
Superhero, superhero put on your boots. 
Superhero, superhero jump up high
Superhero, superhero fly, fly, fly! 

  • Book – Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker 
    • This one is generally a little long, but like the lessons in it. I may cut a few pages from it as I am reading if it feels too long.
  • Folder Story – My Many Colored Capes 
    • Check out my post for more information on this one. It is such a great rhyme and super fun to do as a folder story. I also find folder stories adapt well to a virtual environment.

My cape of bravery 
Goes over my head 
It makes me feel bold 
And its color is __________ (red) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of honesty 
Makes villains speak true 
And chases out lies 
Its color is ___________(blue) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of fairness 
Conquers those who are mean 
It makes me feel strong 
And its color is _________ (green) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of calmness 
Makes me feel mellow 
It quiets the world 
And its color is ____________(yellow) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My cape of wisdom 
Helps me to think 
And solve tricky problems 
Its color is __________(pink) 
Up, Up and AWAY! 

My favorite cape 
Gives me a nice glow 
Its all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!! 

  • Finger Play – Five Brave Superheroes
    • A nice finger play with a counting element.  

Five brave superheroes (hold up five fingers) 
Ready to save the day. (hands on hips in ‘superhero stance’) 
One flies off to chase a villain, (“fly” one finger behind back) 
Up, up and away! (stretch arms up into the air, i.e. ‘flying pose’) 

 Count down from 4, 3, 2… 

One brave superhero 
Ready to save the day. 
She flies off to chase a villain 
Up, up and away! 
Hooray for superheroes! Hooray! (clap hands, shout hooray!) 

  • Book – Superhero Mom by Timothy Knapman 
    • Superheroes come in all shapes and sizes. This one has nice big pictures and all the moms out there will enjoy it.
  • Action Rhyme – Have you ever seen a hero 
    • This can be a lap rhyme with swaying back and forth or the kids can pretend to fly. I don’t know that I’d do the additional verses. I may just do the original twice.

Have you ever seen a hero, a hero, a hero, 
Have you ever seen a hero, flying through the sky? 
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way 
Have you ever seen a hero flying through the sky? 

Verses: Putting on their cape, hopping on one foot, saving the day, twirling around 

  • Say GOODBYE Superheroes 
    • The goodbye to my hello

Say GOODBYE superheroes, the day is through. 
You’ve worked really hard, you’ve chased every clue.  
Every dragon’s been slain, every bad guy subdued. 
The city is safe, thanks to your fortitude. 

So roll your head round and shrug your shoulders, 
You lifted, you pushed, you lugged heavy boulders.  
With a yawn and a sigh and a shake of the head, 
Even superheroes need to rest in their bed.  

Tomorrow’s a new day, there’s nothing to fear. 
Goodbye superheroes. 1…2…3… CHEER!   

How’d it go:

This was a really fun storytime! The kids especially liked it when I put them on spotlight, so they could show off their superhero moves. Man, do I love MoComCon season!

That’s all for now!


Virtual Family Storytime: 1/9/2021

I’m so excited to get back to doing virtual storytime after my maternity leave! My first one back, just happens to fall on Law Enforcement Appreciation day, so I thought we could do all things community helpers.

Here’s what I had planned:

  • Hello Rhyme – H.E.L.L.O 
    • For this one, we clap out each letter of the word “hello.”

Let’s clap and say hello… 
H.E. L. L. O. 
H.E. L. L. O. 
H.E. L. L. O. 
Let’s clap and say good morning. 

  • Stretch – Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes 
    • I wondered about doing this one virtually but I don’t want to get rid of all my fun movement exercises just because we are using Zoom.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, 
Knees and toes.  
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, 
Knees and toes.  
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose, 
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, 
Knees and toes. 

  • Book – Whose Hands Are These? By Miranda Paul 
    • I love this book. It has cute rhymes and can be read as a guessing game.
  • Finger Play – This Little Helper 
    • This is an easy finger play about helpers in our neighborhood.

This helper builds our houses. (thumb) 
This helper brings our mail. (pointer) 
This helper teaches the children. (middle finger) 
And this one has groceries to sell. (ring finger) 
And this little helper, yes, it’s me (pinky finger) 
When I grow up, (Stretch arms above head) 
Which will I be? (Point to self) 

  • Prop/Felt Board – Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat 
    • For this one, I have a felt board with different helper hats. I hide the cat under one of the hats and we look for it using the rhyme below. Via Zoom, I just wait and give the kids a beat to answer but I don’t actually un-mute them.

Kitty cat, kitty cat are you under the _________ hat? 

  • Book – Police Officer on Patrol by Kersten Hamilton 
    • This is another fun book. A little long but with a neat rhyme, so I thought it would work better for a family storytime audience.
  • Prop/Rhyme – What is my job? 
    • For this one, I printed out community helper people, with their uniforms and I am going to show the people as we say the rhyme. It goes to the tune of Frere Jacques.

What is my job? 
What is my job? 
Can you guess? 
Can you guess? 
I help people get well. 
I help people get well. 
Who am I? 
Who am I? 

*Other verses: I make meals for you. I keep your pets healthy. I put out the fires. I grow food for you. I can help you stay safe. 

  • Rhyme – Early in the morning 
    • I found this one on Jbrary. It’s a little weird of a rhythm, so I would look up the video. I plan on pulling out my felt letters from Valentines Day.

Early in the morning at 8 o’clock  
You can hear the postman knock  
Up jumps Ella to open the door  
One letter, two letters, three letters, four! 

  • Book – I’m Brave by Kate McMullan 
    • BookFlix has a really cute animated version of this and I am SOO going to try to copy the voice of Brave from that video clip.
  • Rhyme – The More We Get Together 
    • Everyone knows this one and adding the ASL signs for more, together, friends and happier bring a nice movement to it.

The more we get together 
Together, together 
The more we get together 
The happier we’ll be 
‘Cause your friends are my friends 
And my friends are your friends 
The more we get together 
The happier we’ll be 

  • Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator 
    • And finally, a fun goodbye rhyme!

See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye) 
In a while, crocodile (crocodile arms) 
Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself) 
Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss) 
See you soon, big baboon (Salute) 
Out the door, dinosaur (thumb over shoulder) 
Take care, polar bear (Hands on hips)  
Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye) 

How’d it go: This was a fun storytime and worked well virtually. I had a bit of mic trouble, so I ended up using my laptop for the video and my phone for the audio. But ultimately fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!


Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/16/2020

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/16/2020

This will probably be the last storytime I do before I go on maternity leave for three months. So hopefully it will be a fun one!

  • H.E.L.L.O
    • We love clapping, so for this one I thought we could clap out the letters of the world hello as we say them.

Let’s clap and say hello…
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
H.E. L. L. O.
Let’s clap and say good morning.

  • When Cows Get Up in the Morning61yxx0ommcl._sx448_bo1204203200_
    • I may or may not break out a few puppets for this one. But it’s a great way to practice our animal sounds.

When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
When cows get up in the morning, they always say hello.
And what do they say? Mooooooooo
And that is what they say.
(Ducks, Pigs, Sheep)

  • BOOK – Mama’s Little Bear by Nancy Tafuri
    • I found this one when I was doing some weeding the other day and it was too cute to pass up. Tafuri just has the best books for the little guys. Big words and big pictures
  • Helicopter
    • For this one, I am going to give my caregivers a choice… pretend baby is a helicopter for the up/down/left/right or I will teach them the ASL sign for helicopter and we can do it that way. 51zcmr6a5bl._sy498_bo1204203200_

Helicopter goes up
Helicopter goes down
Helicopter turns, turns all around
Helicopter goes left
Helicopter goes right
Helicopter goes up, up, and out of sight (hands behind back)

  • BOOK – Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions by Abrams Appleseed
    • Babies love looking at faces and the faces of other babies, so I thought this would be a great, simple one for storytime.
  • Little Clapping Mouse
    • I was surprised how much of a hit this one was at my baby storytimes in the past, so I figured I’d try it virtually. Every star represents a clap.

Behind the tree * *
And under the house * *
There lived a teeny * *
Tiny mouse * *
She loved to sing * *
She loved to tap * *
But most of all * *
She loved to clap * *
She clapped all night * *
She clapped all day * *
She clapped to frighten * *
The cat away * * * * * * * * (lots of claps)

  • Little Bunny in a Hat
    • This is a fun little finger play and if you have a bunny puppet or stuffy, even better! 51j9t9bfw6l._sx400_bo1204203200_

Little bunny in a hat
Sitting so still
Will it come out?
Yes it will!
It looks to the left
It looks to the right
It looks straight ahead
And pops out of sight.

  • BOOK – Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin
    • This one is probably going to be a little long for this crowd but I wanted to give it a try because it has a lot of the great elements of a story and it’s one I’ve been wanting to try.
  • Toast in the Toaster
    • Lifts, lifts we love our lifts!

Toast in the toaster
Getting very hot!
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Up you pop!

  • This is the way the lady rides
    • This has been a bounce several librarians have already done in virtual storytime since the pandemic started but it is just so much and repetition is important.

This is the way the lady rides,
Lady rides, lady rides,
This is the way the lady rides.
On her way to town.
This is the way the gentleman rides,
Gentleman rides, gentleman rides,
This is the way the gentleman rides.
On his way to town.
This is the way the doctor rides,
Doctor rides, doctor rides,
This is the way the doctor rides.
On his way to town.
This is the way the cowboy rides,
Cowboy rides, cowboy rides,
This is the way the cowboy rides.
On his way to town.

  • Our Hands Say Thank You…
    • Instead of goodbye, we are going to say thank you today!

Our hands say thank you with
A clap, clap, clap;
Our feet say thank you with a
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap!
Tap, tap, tap!
We roll our hands around, and say,

How’d it go:

This was my last storytime before my maternity leave and that’s probably good because I am getting wayy too out of breath 😛 But everything went very smoothly and I think we all had a good time!

That’s all for now!


Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/2/2020

Virtual Baby Storytime: 7/2/2020

  • Hello Little Babies
    • This is a great one for the little guys.

Hello little babies, let’s stretch up high.
Stretch so high, you reach the sky.
Now wave little babies and say hello.
Say hello, good morning.

  • Well Hello Everybody
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Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes?
(Pat your head, rub your tummy…)

  • BOOK – Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy (Candlewick)
    • The animals get bigger and bigger until……
  • Touch Your…
    • I like to turn baby toward me for this one; it makes a good lap rhyme.

Touch your nose
Touch your chin
That’s the way this game begins
Touch your eyes
Touch your knees
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze!
Touch your hair
Touch one ear
Touch your two red lips right here
Touch your elbow where it ends
And that’s the way this touch game ends.

  • Ice Cream Scoops (flannel)
    • This one can be done as a movement rhyme and a counting exercise.20170624_155814

First we need a cone, nice and crunchy.
Then we need some ice cream, sweet and yummy!
Scoop ‘em on. Stack ‘em up.
First comes vanilla, cold and sweet.
Then comes chodolate, a delicious treat.
Here’s some strawberry; orange sherbert, too,
A super-duper scooper cone, just for you!
One scoop, two scoops, three scoops, four!
We love ice cream, let’s have some more!

  • BOOK – Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia (Boxer Books)
    • Who doesn’t love a good train book!
  • This is big, big, big
    • I don’t know how this one will work virtually but it’s one of my favorites to use in storytime.

This is big big big Hold (arms out to side)
This is small small small (cup hands together)
This is short short short (hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (nod)
This is no no no (shake head)

  • One Bright Scarf
    • I am going to tell my crew to grab their loveys or a blanket or even a washcloth or scarf if them have it and we’ll wave them around for some body part identification in this one.6171aidzhzl._sy497_bo1204203200_

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high (wiggle scarf above head)
Wiggle it low (wiggle scarf by knees)
Shake it fast (wiggle scarf quickly)
Shake it slow (wiggle scarf slowly)
Put it behind your back,
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands)

  • BOOK – Who Says Moo? By Ruth Young (Viking)
    • This is an older picture book but has a great rhyme to it and should work well for a virtual storytime.
  • Going Up and Down in an Elevator
    • We use our arm muscles to lift our little ones up, up, up in this fine elevator rhyme.

Going up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
Up and down in an elevator.
1st floor. 2nd floor. 3rd floor. DOWN!

  • Giddy-Up, Giddy-Up 51rj-qvacgl._sx472_bo1204203200_
    • This is one of my favorite bounces for babies and it has a quick lift too.

Giddy-up, giddy up ride to town (bounce babies on knees)
Giddy-up, giddy-up up and down (lift baby up and down)
Giddy-up fast (bounce quickly)
Giddy up slow (bounce slowly)
Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, whoa! (dip baby backwards gently)

  • Goodbye Little Babies
    • I like to end and start my storytimes with similar rhymes.

Goodbye little babies, let’s touch our toes.
Touch your toes, reach down low.
Now wave little babies and say goodbye.
Say goodbye, so long.

How’d it go:

Another virtual baby storytime in the books! I really need to find a better ice cream rhyme to go with that flannel. Mine just never really flows like I want it to. Fun was had by all!

That’s all for now!


Virtual Baby Storytime: 6/11/2020

Hi guys, I’m back for another virtual baby storytime. Here’s what I’ve got planned:

  • Clap Everybody and Say Hello
    • I think this is a great one for babies. Simple movements and a good lap rhyme.

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Say hello, say hello 
Clap everybody and say hello, 
Say hello today 
Wave everybody and say hello, 
Say hello, say hello. 
Wave everybody and say hello, 
Say hello today. 
Bounce everybody and say hello, 
Say hello, say hello. 
Bounce everybody and say hello, 
Say hello today. 

  • Rolling, Rolling Little Hands
    • I like this one because it’s a little different than your normal “Roll Your Hands.”

Rolling, rolling little hands 
Rolling down the street 
Rolling slowly 
Rolling faster 
Rolling, rolling little hands. 
Tapping, tapping little toes 
Clapping, clapping little hands 
Hugging, hugging little arms…hugging tight, hugging tighter 

  • BOOK – Ten Little Fingers by Annie Kubler
    • This book is basically a kids rhyme in book format but I thought it would be a good one for working on dexterity for the little guys.
  • Cheek, Chin
    • I like this one for its repetition and body part identification. And it has a bonus lift, which I love.51v4sf5ayrl._sx443_bo1204203200_

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose. 
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes. 
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

  • FLANNEL – Woosh Went the Wind
    • This is one I found soo long ago and I figured my grown-ups can use it as finger play or movement while I do the flannel. I like to woosh my arms back and forth when each dandelion blows away.

Five little dandelions growing by my door, 
WOOSH went the wind (swing arms side to side) 
And then there were four. 
Four little dandelions pretty as can be, 
WOOSH went the wind 
And then there were three. 
Three little dandelions, I picked them for you. 
WOOSH went the wind 
and then there were two. 
Two little dandelions, blowing them is fun! 
WOOSH went the wind 
And then there was one.  
One little dandelion standing in the breeze, 
WOOSH went the wind 
And scattered all the seeds! 

  • BOOK – Overboard! By Sarah Weeks
    • This is probably my favorite baby book. I love dipping baby every time we read “overboard!” It’s also a great one for phonetic awareness.
  • Slowly, Slowly, Very Slowly…
    • This is a fun finger play, great for interacting with baby.

Slowly, slowly, very slowly up the garden rail 
Slowly, slowly, very slowly creeps the garden snail 
Quickly, quickly, very quickly all around the house. 
Quickly, quickly, very quickly runs the garden mouse. 

  • This Little Train
    • This is also a good finger play. I like to bop baby on the nose with the “choo choo” or “toot too.”51gml-70ncl._sy498_bo1204203200_

The little train ran up the track
(run fingers up arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Tap baby nose)
And then it came toot-tooting back
(run fingers down arm)
Toot, toot, toot
(Tap baby nose)

  • BOOK – Mouse Says “Sorry” by Michael Dahl
    • For this one, I will teach how to sign “sorry” in ASL and then we will use the repetition in this book to practice the sign.
  • Up, Up, Up
    • Toward the end of storytime, I always do some lifts and bounces. This is a simple lift I made up myself.

Up, up, up (lift baby up) 
Down, down, down (bring baby back down) 
Up, down, up, down (up and down motion) 
And tickles all around (tickle baby) 

  • Bouncy, Bouncy Baby
    • And a fun bounce for those lap babies. At “BOOM!” we dip baby to the side.

Bounce, bounce, up and down, 
Bounce, bounce all around 
Bouncing fast 
Bouncing slow 
Bounce, bounce…BOOM!

  • Everybody Clap and Say Goodbye
    • Finally, I end the same way we said hello.

Clap everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye, say goodbye. 
Clap everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye today. 
Wave everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye, say goodbye. 
Wave everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye today. 
Bounce everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye, say goodbye. 
Bounce everybody and say goodbye, 
Say goodbye today. 

How’d it go:

I ended up cutting out “this little train” for time reasons and apparently Zoom didn’t like when I pitched my voice for “Overboard!” but other than that lots of fun!

That’s all for now!