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Share a Story: All About Me Storytime

Did you miss our All About Me storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a celebratory storytime of your own.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
     I have ten little fingers and they all belong to me. 
     I can make them do things, would you like to see? 
     I can shut them up tight; I can open them wide; 
     I can put them together; And I can make them all hide. 
     I can put them up high; I can put them down low; 
     I can fold them together, And hold them just so.
     Source: rif.org
Another fun action song to try: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Happy in our skin by Fran Manushkin ; illustrated by Lauren Tobia


Wild about us! by written by Karen Beaumont ; illustrated by Janet Stevens

Ten little fingers and ten little toes by Mem Fox ; [illustrations by] Helen Oxenbury

Share a Story: Pumpkin Storytime

Did you miss our pumpkin storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for a squash storytime of your own. It can be hard to find pumpkin stories that aren't focused on Halloween, but most of these stories manage to incorporate pumpkins without the holiday.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
   Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
   The first one says, "oh my, it's getting late!"
   The second one says, "there is frost in the air."
   The third one says, "but we don't care!"
   The fourth one says, "let's run and run and run."
   The fifth one says, "are you ready for some fun?"
   Then woooooo went the wind and OUT (with a clap) went the lights,
   And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.


Pumpkin time! by written by Erzsi Deàk ; illustrated by Doug Cushman

Share a Story: Counting Storytime

Did you miss our counting storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own 1-2-3 storytime.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme at home: 
   There were 10 in the bed 
   And the Little One said: "Roll Over, Roll Over" 
   So they all rolled over and 1 fell out. 
   There were 9 in the bed
   And the Little One said... 
   Continue until... There was 1 in the bed 
   And the Little One said: "Good Night!"

Counting crows by Kathi Appelt ; illustrated by Rob Dunlavey

Let's count goats! by words by Mem Fox ; goats by Jan Thomas

Bear counts by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman

1-2-3 peas by Keith Baker

Share a Story: A Fine Dessert

We had a great time reading A Fine Dessert and making the delicious Blackberry Fool that went with it. We looked at how making this simple dessert has changed over 300 years and then tried out some of the different technologies used.

If you missed it, create your own culinary adventure at home with some of the following stories. 

 More Stories About Food (with recipes!)

Hasty pudding, Johnnycakes, and other good stuff: cooking in colonial America by Loretta Frances Ichord ; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis

Bring me some apples and I'll make you a pie: a story about Edna Lewis by Robbin Gourley

Once upon a time in the kitchen: recipes and tales from classic childrens stories by Carol Odell, illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Share a Story: Bathtime Storytime

Did you miss our bathtime storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own splashy storytime.

From Storytime

Try this rhyme from SurLaLune Storytime
   One elephant in the bathtub, going for a swim. 
   Knock, Knock, (Clap twice) 
   Splash, Splash, (Slap knees twice) 
   Come on in! (Motion with both hands to come in) 
   Two elephants elephants in the bathtub… etc. (Until…) 
   Five elephants elephants in the bathtub, going for a swim. 
   Knock, Knock, Splash, Splash, They all fell in!

Get out of my bath! by Britta Teckentrup

Ten pigs: an epic bath adventure by story and pictures by Derek Anderson

Animal baths by Bob Barner

Share a Story: Purple Storytime

Did you miss our purple storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own colorful storytime.

From Storytime

Try this counting rhyme, which can be adapted to just about anything!:  
     Five little eggplants, sitting in a bowl. (Hold up 5 fingers) 
     One fell out and started to roll. (Roll your hands) 
     It bounced on the table (Slap your knees)
     And hit my feet - how many eggplants are left to eat? 
     (Repeat until all the eggplants are gone)

Sally and the purple socks by Lisze Bechtold

Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley

Putumayo Kids presents Rock & roll playground [sound recording] — We used Let's Shake for our Parachute Song, but it's a great one to just boogie down to!

Other Stories and Songs

Chicken, pig, cow and the purple problem by Ruth Ohi

Share a Story: Circus Storytime

Did you miss our circus storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own big top storytime.

From Storytime

A small surprise by Louise Yates

Wolf won't bite! by Emily Gravett

The acrobat by Alborozo

Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times [sound recording] by Gill, Jim

Snacktime! [sound recording] by Barenaked Ladies

This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Other Stories and Songs

Tree ring circus: based on a true story by written and illustrated by Adam Rex

Share a Story: Clothing Storytime

Did you miss our getting dressed storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own clothing storytime.

From Storytime

I love my hat by Douglas Florian ; illustrated by Paige Keiser

Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by story by Eric Litwin (aka Mr. Eric) ; art by James Dean — This is a pretty easy story to memorize and pull out in the grocery line, at bathtime, or anytime the little ones are getting squirrely.

Clothesline clues to jobs people do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook ; illustrated by Andy Robert Davies

Jim Gill sings The sneezing song and other contagious tunes [sound recording] by Gill, Jim — A round of Silly Dance Contest is always a welcome treat.

Blue moo [sound recording]: 17 jukebox hits from way back never by lyrics by Sandra Boynton ; music by Boynton & Ford — The One Shoe Blues is a great song, whether you have a parachute or not.

Share a Story: Monster Storytime

Did you miss our monster storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own spooky storytime.

From Storytime

Have fun singing "If You're a Monster and You Know It" to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It." Make up your own actions to go with the song.

And try a version of the Chocolate Chip Ghost.


Yeti and the bird by written and illustrated by Nadia Shireen

Oh no, Little Dragon! by [by Jim Averbeck]

Share a Story: Bug Storytime

Did you miss our bug storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own buggy storytime.

From Storytime

Try a round or several of Itsy Bitsy Spider between stories.

I'm trying to love spiders: (it isn't easy.) by words & pictures by Bethany Barton

Bee dance by Rick Chrustowski

Step gently out by poem by Helen Frost ; photographs by Rick Lieder

Share a Story: Camping Storytime

Did you miss our camping storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions for your own camping storytime.

From Storytime

Don't forget to sing a round of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!

A stick is an excellent thing: poems celebrating outdoor play by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Scare a bear by written by Kathy-jo Wargin ; illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

Quiet night by Marilyn Singer ; illustrated by John Manders

Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Rocketship run [sound recording] by the Laurie Berkner Band