I noticed that there are a lot of great books you can say, “No!” to, so I figured why not share some of those in today’s storytime? I would do this theme again — it was so much fun.
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem by Jim Gill
No! by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Tim Warnes
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them
The Little Red Hen
(pattern and story from: Sierra, Judy. The Flannel Board Storytelling Book 2nd Edition. 1997. pg 152)
MOVEMENT: We danced to “Nobody But Me“ by the Human Beinz from Nuggets: Vol 2
You can find this song lots of other places as well. The kids really enjoyed doing the pony (which I figured was close enough to the filly, whatever that is, to count)
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Because it’s fun to say “No” along with all the hiding animals until you find Spot!
Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! …and more stories by Mo Willems
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
Book: I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen (or any others in the I’m Not series…)
Book: What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Book: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Book: No, David! by David Shannon
Book: No by Claudia Rueda
Book: Oh, Daddy! by Bob Shea
Book: Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Flannelboard: Little Mouse, Little Mouse
Flannelboard: How do I Put it On?
Video: “No Roses for Harry” from Harry the Dirty Dog …and more playful puppy stories
THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
Such a fun theme, and I keep thinking of other books you can use with it! I think I will try this theme again in the future to see if it continues to work well. The kids didn’t seem to respond back with “No!” as loudly or often as I thought they might, but they still seemed to have a good time. For the Human Beinz song, I didn’t want it to go on took long, so I queued it up to time 1:25 right before all the “No no no nos..” come in. I was worried they may not want to dance along, but I was wrong. Who doesn’t like an awesome 60’s themed dance party?
ATTENDANCE: 22 (adults and children – I think it was a little low because it’s Memorial Day weekend)
*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page