Hello! Hello! And Welcome to October! Is anyone else excited about the fact that it’s FINALLY starting to get cooler out?
This is actually for my storytime last week; yes, yes, I know… I’m late. Like I said…..busy! Doesn’t help that my supervisor is on vacation last week and this week; so both the regular storytimes and the new mall storytimes fall to me. So yea…. time got away from me a bit.
Anyway; last week was another ‘Silly Storytime’; which was about the best I could come up with for a theme. In reality; I found some new books I really liked and decided to use those and ‘Silly’ was about all they had in common.
The first book I used was called Silly Doggie by Adam Stower:
Which is a super cute book about a little girl who somehow mistakes a bear for a dog…… and the bear not only doesn’t eat her(which would be an awful children’s book), but lets this child treat him like a dog and love on him. It’s adorable and I had quite a few kids that told me very plainly that that was NOT a dog, thank you very much and pointed out that the bear would, indeed, probably eat the girl. So DON’T try to play with bears!
The next book was Whose Story is This, Anyway? by Mike Flaherty:
This story was a bit longer, and lost my younger kids a bit; but the older kids liked it and it was a good book to break out different voices and have a bit of fun. The story starts off with a boy claiming that this was HIS story about him and his cat…until he gets interrupted by a pirate…. then a dinosaur….then an alien…..and finally a knight. All the while the kid is being kinda a brat and saying this is HIS story and the others have to leave. Eventually the other characters get annoyed and wander off leaving the kid to his story, only for him to realize that his audience is supposedly bored with his story about his cat and it would really be improved by having all the other characters in it.
After that we did a storyboard of Ten Dizzy Dragons; a cute poem that I’ve used before and completely forgot about.
TEN DIZZY DRAGONS
Ten dizzy dragons lived long ago,
In a land full of magic where few people dared to go
The first dragon wore a garland of flowers
The second dragon had strong magic powers
The third dragon flew wildly through the air
The fourth dragon lived in a jewel filled lair
The fifth dragon rescued people in trouble
The sixth dragon liked to blow pretty bubbles
The seventh dragon wore a crown made of gold
The eighth dragon had a heart brave and bold
The ninth dragon had breath of smokey green fire
The tenth dragon was a terrible, awful liar.
Ten dizzy dragons lived long ago,
In a land full of magic where in your dreams you can go
This seems to be a fairly common flannel board. Sadly, I’m not sure where I got it originally (if you happen to know who the original artist/author is by all means let me know so I can give credit where it’s due). I’ve seen this flannel board done dozens of different ways, I went simple with mine; I kept the dragons white and just colored the specific parts that set them apart from one another.
A simple Google search will show you dozens of these dragons colored in a plethora of different ways. If you’d like the plain print of, to make your own: ten-dizzy-dragons.
My third and final book was That Stinks: A Punny Show and Tell by Alan Katz:
Which is a goofy story about a class doing show and tell; and each student seems to interrupt the class saying something offensive like ‘that stinks’ or ‘that’s garbage’, only for them to turn around and show the class something like a pet skunk, or some day old garbage (ew). There were quite a few very loud EWWWWWWWWWWW’s that erupted during this story.
Now, since I have younger kids in my Mall storytimes and my morning sessions during the Preschool Storytime; I did switch out That Stinks and Whose Story is this, Anyway. During the Mall program I initially used Whose Story is This, Anyway and saw that while the parents liked the story, I lost the kids a bit, so during the Morning session in regular storytime, I replaced it with That Stinks– which the younger kids liked a bit more. For them, my third book was a tried and true favorite The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak:
Which, if you’ve never read it to your children; shame on you, go borrow it from the library right now and remedy that oversight immediately. It’s a fun book that has absolutely no pictures in it; just words. And it makes the reader say weird and goofy things. Kids LOVE it.
For the craft portion of my program we did masks/hats that corresponded to the Whose Story is This, Anyway book. However, instead of a dinosaur mask, I substituted a dragon.
The Pirate Hat templates I got from FleeceFun.com from their free printables section.
I printed these out on cardstock, cut them out and punched holes in them so we could tie string to them. Then I let the kids color them however they wanted.
Also, on a more personal note; one of our kiddos gave us a present she had been working on. A little number book! Why…. I don’t know. But for some reason she wanted to give this little book to her storytime librarians so I’ll proudly accept it and display it at the desk where all my coworkers can see it.
Alright, next up Nautical Storytime!