Don’t & Never: Things You Shouldn’t Do – Preschool Storytime

I was looking through our new books, and realized that it seemed like there were a lot of ones coming out about things that shouldn’t happen or you should never do. I decided to use this as inspiration and came up with a new theme that I was pretty excited about, and presented this storytime last week.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

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

When Your Elephant Comes to Play by Barba
When Your Elephant Comes to Play by Ale Barba

SONG/MOVEMENT: “Can’t Sit Still” by The Brian Waite Band from Can’t Sit Still

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles*

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Flannelboard nameAnimals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Barrett
based on the book writte by Judi Barrett and drawn by Ron Barrett.  Flannelboard inspired by Dana’s Hats Off to You Storytime on jbrary

I didn’t have time to make all the animals featured in the book, so I’m missing the pig and the sheep.


Don't Copy Me by Allen
Don’t Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late DVD
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!” from Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!… and more stories by Mo Willems

MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*


Don't Squish the Sasquatch Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Willems That is Not a good idea by willems Don't Wake Up Mama by Christelow Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Ireland Don't by Trochatos Buddy and the Bunnies in Don't Play with Your Food by Shea Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by HicksNever Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner by Edwards Don't Laugh Joe by KaszaDon't Slam the Door by Chaconas

Book:Don’t Squish the Sasquatch by Kent Redeker, illustrated by Bob Staake
Book (or DVD): Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
Book: That is NOT a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Book: Don’t Wake Up Mama! (also called Five Little Monkeys Bake a Cake) by Eileen Christelow
Book: Don’t Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland, illustrated by David Catrow
Book: Don’t by Litsa Trochatos, illustrated by Virginia Johnson (this one is a board book, but I think it’s large enough that it would work in a storytime)
Book: Buddy and the Bunnies in: Don’t Play with Your Food by Bob Shea
Book: Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Sue Hendra
Book: Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner by Gareth Edwwards & Guy Parker-Rees
Book: Don’t Laugh, Joe! by Keiko Kasza
Book: Don’t Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand


This was a fun theme for a storytime, and I like that there are enough books to repeat the theme without using the same titles.

ATTENDANCE: 46 (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