Shapes – Infant Storytime

Today’s storytime was all about shapes!  Prior to today, I don’t think I’ve ever done a shape storytime.  Even in ye olde days before I had a blog.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Square” and “Circle”

taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:

Baby Party by Rebecca O’Connell, illustrated by Susie Poole

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Orange Triangle Fox
 
based on the book Orange Triangle Fox by Sarah Jones.  Flannelboard pieces inspired by Lisa from Libraryland and AnnMarie from Pasadena Public Library.

 

I put each piece up on the flannelboard, and we named what color, shape and animal it was.  As I took the pieces down, I turned them over to just show them the shape and had everyone name the shape.

I realized later that how I SHOULD do this as a flannelboard is put the pieces back side up on the flannelboard first.  We could talk about colors and shapes.  Then — BOOM! — turn them around and show that they are actually all animals as well.  I think that would flow better and be a much better reveal.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Circles
 by Yusuke Yonezu

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
Jack Be Nimble


Pieces from Little Folk Visuals

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jumped over the candlestick.

We did this one as a bounce as well as we recited it.

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: What Shape? by Debbie MacKinnon and Anthea Sieveking

HOW IT WENT:
I liked Baby Parade as a story a lot, because I think it does a fun job of incorporating the shapes.  But it does ask those listening to do a lot of clapping — I have to figure out how to better job of integrating that next time I read it.  Circles by Yonezu is a board book, but I was hoping that the stark colors and shapes of the book would carry in spite of the smaller size.  I wish they would make his as lap board books.  I would use those all the time.

And I really think I need to change-up the Orange Triangle Fox like I mentioned up in the flannelboard section — I think then it would tell much better.  Just need to make sure the backs of the pieces all have the correct color felt on them (I think the fox is white now…).

ATTENDANCE: 45 people (adults and children)

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Sharing – Toddler Storytime

This is another storytime theme inspired by one book.  When I discovered Blocks by Dickson, I just knew I had to share it at a storytime.

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Share”
sign found on Lifeprint.com

BOOK:

Mine! by Sue Heap

MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNT & RHYME SONG:

10 Hearts (because sharing is from the heart)

Counting time, it’s counting time
So let’s all sing a simple rhyme

Ten little hearts here we go
Let’s all count them as I put them in rows.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Ten little hearts. again we go
Now let’s count them nice and slow
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Ten little hearts, in neat rows
Let’s count them as away they go
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

FLANNELBOARD:
It’s So Much Fun to Share

(Adapted from A-Hunting We Will Go Flannelboard from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.  She also has a version in her Mother Goose’s Playhouse.  Templates for this story found here.)

(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
It’s so much fun to share
It’s so much fun to share
I have a hat
I’ll share with a cat
It’s so much fun to share.

Other verses:
box – fox
log – frog
boat – goat
pail – whale
wig – pig
chair – bear

I put up each item first, to give the kids and parents a chance to guess what animal we would be sharing with.

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:

Blocks by Irene Dickson

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:

“The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!” from The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! …and more stories by Mo Willems.  Based on the book by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Bear and Hare Share! by Emily Gravett
Book: Banana! by Ed Vere

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Read Rabbit Read – Flannel Friday: Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes
Perry Public Library Storytime – Sharing and Giving
Story Time Secrets – The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Strathcona County Library – Storytime Themes: Kindness and Sharing

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
I was stressing out a bit about what to do as my flannelboard story, but I remembered using A-Hunting We Will Go not too long ago, and I thought that would be an easy one with just a few tweaks.  ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  51 people      11 am: 42 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Sharing – Infant Storytime

Sharing is caring.  So I’m sharing this infant storytime about sharing with you.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Share”
sign found on Lifeprint.com

BOOK:

Banana! by Ed Vere

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
So Much Fun to Share

(Adapted from A-Hunting We Will Go Flannelboard from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra.  She also has a version in her Mother Goose’s Playhouse.  Templates for this story found here.)

(to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell”)
It’s so much fun to share
It’s so much fun to share
I have a hat
I’ll share with a cat
It’s so much fun to share.

Other verses:
box – fox
log – frog
boat – goat
pail – whale
wig – pig
chair – bear

I put up each item first, to give the kids and parents a chance to guess what animal we would be sharing with.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:

Playdate for Panda by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
Baa Baa Black Sheep


Patterns found in Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra.

Baa baa black sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir
Three bags full.
One for the master.
One for the dame.
One for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Place the bags next to each person in the rhyme as you name them.

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:

Book: Blocks by Irene Dickson

HOW IT WENT:
This was a fun storytime theme!  I loved reading Banana out loud, and being a put-out monkey.

ATTENDANCE: 41 people (adults and children)

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Shoes – Toddler Storytime

Shoes are super.  They protect your feet, can come in fun patterns, and sometimes even light up!  Our toddler storytime this week celebrated this sole superhero.

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Shoe”
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taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
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My New Shoes by Leilani Sparrow, illustrated by Dan Taylor

MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNT & RHYME SONG:
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10 Shoes

Counting time, it’s counting time
So let’s all sing a simple rhyme

Ten little shoes here we go
Let’s all count them as I put them in rows.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Ten little shoes, again we go
Now let’s count them nice and slow
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Ten little shoes, in neat rows
Let’s count them as away they go
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

FLANNELBOARD:
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
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Based on the story by Eric Litwin, with art by James Dean
To make my Pete, I used the cover image as my template.  The white shoes are removeable though, so Pete has cat feet.

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Pete the Cat has a new pair of white shoes that he loves, but as he sets about his day, he encounters many different things that change the color of his shoes.petethecatilovemywhiteshoes3jeninthelibrary
First, a large pile of strawberries turns his shoes red!  (I placed the red colored shoes on top of the white ones.)
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Next he walks through a pile of blueberries! (I know they look white in this picture, but the felt is really a light blue color.  (The blue shoes go on top of the red ones.)petethecatilovemywhiteshoes5jeninthelibrary
Oh no! Now he walks through a puddle of mud, turning his shoes brown! (brown shoes go on top of the blue shoes.)
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Then he walks through a bucket of water, which gets rid of all the brown, blue and red on his shoes.  They are white again.  But now they are wet! (take off all the other color shoes, so only the white ones remain.)petethecatilovemywhiteshoes7jeninthelibrary
Here’s all the pieces in one photo.

During my first storytime, all the shoes piled on top of each other worked really well, and none of them fell off.  I did misplace one of the red shoes though.  During my second storytime, things were not quite as smooth and the shoes toppled a bit.  Thankfully a helpful parent picked them up.  When you tell this story as a flannelboard, do you replace one pair of shoes with another?  Or pile on top?

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
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Whose Shoe? by Margaret Miller

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
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“Blue Suede Shoes” and “I’m Walking” from Baby Songs: Rock & Roll

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
newshoesredshoesbyrollings shoesshoesshoesbymorris shoebabybydunbar babyshoesbyslater OneTwoThat'sMyShoebyMurray shoesbywinthrop BabysFirstWordStoriesGetDressedDVD Max and Ruby A Visit with Grandma DVD

Book: New Shoes, Red Shoes by Susan Rollings
Book: Shoes Shoes Shoes by Ann Morris
Book: Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar and Polly Dunbar
Book: Baby Shoes by Dashka Slater, pictures by Niroe Nakata
Book: One Two That’s My Shoe! by Alison Murray
Book: Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop, illustrated by William Joyce
DVD: “Edward’s New Shoes” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Get Dressed
DVD: “Ruby’s New Shoes” from Max and Ruby: A Visit with Grandma
Flannelboard: All Kinds of Shoes
Flannelboard: Counting Feet

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Sunflower Storytime – Shoes!
Storytime Katie – Socks and Shoes
Literacious – Toddler Storytime Theme: Socks & Shoes
Jen in the Library – Feet – Toddler Storytime

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:
There are lots of good stories about shoes for toddlers.  As I mentioned in the flannelboard section, I did have some technical difficulties since this was my first time telling Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes as a flannelboard story.  But it was fun that some of the kids and their older siblings knew the story and were super excited about it.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  41 people      11 am: 47 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

Shoes – Infant Storytime

It had been a while since I had done a shoe storytime!  Since this was a long weekend and my prep time was a little shorter, I decided to reuse the shoe theme and update it.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: Peek-a-Boo*

BOUNCE: Ride a Little Pony*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Shoe”
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taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
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Whose Shoe?
 by Margaret Miller

MOVEMENT: “Clap, Tap and Bend” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD:
Counting Feet
Counting Feet Flannelboard 1 Counting Feet Flanneboard 2
(
template and pattern adapted by Jean Warren from an idea by Janice Bodenstedt, Jackson MI. from Totline Magazine March/April 1994. pg 24.)

How many boots should a duckling buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, Two.
Two new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the duckling dry.
(Place boots on duckling and count again.)

How many boots should a bunny buy
To keep her feet nice and dry?
Let’s count her feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four.
Four new boots is what she should buy.
That will keep the bunny dry.
(Place boots on bunny and count again.)

How many boots should a spider buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count his feet and then we’ll know –
We can count.  Let’s go!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Eight new boots is what he should buy.
That will keep the spider dry.
(Place boots on spider and count again.)

I like to end this one by counting all the feet we have on the board, then having the kids say goodbye to each animal as I take them off the flannelboard.

BOUNCE: “Smooth Road to London Town” from A Smooth Road to London Town: Songs from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

MOVEMENT: Patty Cake*

BOOK:
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One Two That’s My Shoe!
 by Alison Murray

TICKLE: Round and Round the Garden*

NURSERY RHYME:
The Old Woman

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You know the old woman who lived in a shoe?
And had so many children’s she didn’t know what to do?
I think that if she lived in a little shoe-house
That old woman was surely a …mouse!

Place the mouse behind the shoe for the first part of the rhyme.  When you reveal that it is a mouse, lift the shoe!

MOVEMENT: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” from Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3 from Walt Disney

MOVEMENT: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Shoes Shoes Shoes by Ann Morris
Book: Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar and Polly Dunbar
Flannelboard: All Kinds of Shoes
Flannelboard: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS:
Jen in the Library – Infant Storytime – Feet 

HOW IT WENT:
This was a good storytime theme, but I wish there were some more great infant stories about shoes.  What are some of your favorites?

ATTENDANCE: 34 people (adults and children)

* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music

Waiting – Preschool Storytime

I can’t wait for storytimes – it’s one of the best parts of being a children’s librarian.  But today, our storytime was all about waiting!

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”  by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense

BOOK:
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Waiting by Kevin Henkes

MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

FLANNELBOARD STORY:
The Mouse and the Apple
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Idea and pattern taken from Mel’s Desk.
Based on the book by Stephen Butler, which we don’t have in our collection, so I found the words to the story thanks to this YouTube video from sheelahdog323.

It’s the story of a mouse, who waits for the apple to fall, while all his other animal friends lack the patience.

MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi

BOOK:
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Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*

VIDEO:
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“Leo the Late Bloomer” from Splat the Cat… and Other Furry Friends. Based on the book by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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Book: Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Ruth Chan
Book: Wait by Antoinette Portis
Book: Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki, illustrated by Komako Sakai
Book: If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, pictures by Erin E. Stead
Book: I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
DVD/Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
Pleasingly Patient
taken from Hartford County Public Library
(tune: Are You Sleeping?)
I am patient.
I am patient.
Watch me wait.
Watch me wait. One, two, three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
I can wait.
I am great!
The Mailbox Magazine, Preschool edition Aug/Sep 2010

HOW IT WENT:
I really liked this as a theme.  Originally I think I thought waiting would be a fun one because of I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda, and then the Henkes book.  But I thought I would try reading an Elephant and Piggie book in storytime, which (surprisingly) I hadn’t done before.  Of course it went over well and everyone loved it (How could they not?).

For preschool storytimes, I usually like my movements to be focused around my theme, but I didn’t find too many movements that worked with waiting or patience.  Since I’m in the thick of infant and toddler storytime, I used a few of my standbys from there, and they still seemed to work well with the preschool crowd.

I also like that there are enough books that I really like that I didn’t use, so I can repeat this theme, but use different materials.

ATTENDANCE: 49 (adults and children)

*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

Polar Bears – Toddler Storytime

Polar bears seemed a fitting theme for a Winter storytime.  Plus, there are a lot of good books about them!

SONG: Welcome Song

MOVEMENT: “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

MOVEMENT:
Open Shut Them*

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: sign for “Bear” and “White”
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taken from Costello, Elaine Ph.D.  Random House Webster’s American Sign Language Dictionary.  1994.

BOOK:
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Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson, pictures by Stephen Savage

MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

COUNT & RHYME SONG:
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10 Snowflakes (since Polar Bears live where it snows)

Counting time, it’s counting time
So let’s all sing a simple rhyme

Ten little snowflakes here we go
Let’s all count them as I put them in rows.
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Ten little snowflakes, again we go
Now let’s count them nice and slow
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Ten little snowflakes, in neat rows
Let’s count them as away they go
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

FLANNELBOARD:

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
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Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals, based on the book by Bill Martin Jr., and illustrated by Eric Carle

Polar bear, polar bear
what do you hear?
I hear a lion
roaring in my ear

Repeat with :
hippopotamus – snorting
flamingo – fluting
zebra – braying
boa constrictor – hissing
elephant – trumpeting
zookeeper – all the animals talking in my ear!

The set (and story) have more animals, but this is the number that I used for the toddler audience.  Before starting the story, I put the polar bear up and asked what sound he made (growl) so that at the end of the story we could talk about the different sounds all the animals made.

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

BOOK:
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Polar Bear’s Underwear  by tupera tupera

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

VIDEO:
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“Little Polar Bear” from Little Bear: Winter Games

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over

ADDITIONAL MATERIAL IDEAS:
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PolarBearMorningbyThompson polarbearpolarbearwhatdoyouhearbymartin treasurebybloom snowbabiesbyanderson

Book: Cub’s Big World by Sarah L. Thomson, illustrated by Joe Cepeda (this one might be better for preschool)
Book: Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack
Book: Follow the Leader pictures and words by Miela Ford
Book: Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson, pictures by Stephen Savage
Book: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle
Book: Treasure by Suzanne Bloom
Book: Snow Babies by Laura Ellen Anderson

THOUGHTS ON THIS STORYTIME:

Polar bears are a fun theme!  For the video portion of the storytime, I wanted to share a clip that had real polar bears playing — you know, the ones where it’s just set to music or something and the animals frolic? But the videos I found were either too long, or not good film quality.  I’ll keep looking, because I want to incorporate more nonfiction in my storytimes, either through books or films.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  33 people      11 am: 37 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page