Blankets and Pillows Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Fly blanky Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri

fly blanky fly

Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – Laurie Berkner: Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs

Book: Flora’s Blanket by Deb Gliori

floras blanket

Rhyme with scarves:  I Once Had a Blanket
I once had a blanket. It was fluffy and new.
I once had a blanket, And its color was __________ (blue).
I once had a blanket, The prettiest I’ve seen.
I once had a blanket, And its color was ________ (green).
I once had a blanket, Soft as a pillow.
I once had a blanket, And its color was _______ (yellow).
I once had a blanket, At the foot of my bed.
I once had a blanket, And its color was ________ (red).
(Rhyme from Jen in the Library)

Action Rhyme: “Time For Bed”
Time for bed, time for bed (tap watch on wrist)
Fluff up the pillow (pretend to fluff pillow)
Lay down your head (lay head on hands)
Pull up the blanket (sign “blanket”)
Tuck it in tight (hold hands under chin)
Close your eyes (close eyes and tilt head)
And sleep all night (snore)
(Credit: Perry Public Library)

Book: Pillowland by Laurie Berkener, illustrated by Camille Garoche

Song: “Five Little Monkeys”- David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Book: Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum

kikis-blankie cover image

Song/Scarves: “Scarves on Your Laps” – Johnette Downing: The Second Line

Closing Rhyme


(credit: Fun With Friends at Storytime)


Food Story Time – Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda-Sue Park, illustrated by Ho Baek Lee

Song: “I Feel Crazy so I Jump in the Soup” – Laurie Berkner: Victor Vito

Book/Puppets: “Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter, illustrated by Ponder Goembel

Hi, Pizza Man! book cover

Flannel: Build a pizza (give children felt ingredients for board)

Rhyme: “Pizza People, Pizza People”
Pizza People, pizza people: turn around, touch the ground, reach up high, touch the sky,
find your nose, touch your toes, find your knees, sit down, please!
(Credit: Modified from childhood; idea from Awesome Storytime)

Book: Book: Who Took the Cookie from the Cookie Jar? by David A. Carter

who took the cookies cover image

Felt Story: “Five Little Cookies”
Five little cookies, with frosting galore
Cookie Monster ate the pink one, then there were four.
Four little cookies, two and two, you see,
Cookie Monster ate the green one, then there were three.
Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Cookie Monster ate the blue one, then there were two.
Two little cookies, oh, what fun!
Cookie Monster ate the orange one, then there was one.
One little cookie, watch me run!
Cookie Monster ate the red one, then there were none.

cookie monster prop image

Song with scarves: “Popcorn Calling Me” — Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

Closing Rhyme

Craft:  Plate of Cookies

Family Travel – Everybody Story Time

Opening Song

Sign Language: Family

Book: Over the River & Through the Wood by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Kim Smith


Song: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate”- Jim Gill: Jim Gill’s Irrational Album

Book: The Family Book by Todd Parr

The Family Book book cover

Flannel: Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Grandma Jennie.
All the other relatives show up and then:
Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Pizza! Party!

Song: “The Wheels on the Bus”

Book: Toot, Toot, Beep, Beep by Emma Garcia

toot toot beep beep

Activity: Green says, “Go!” (run in place)
Go go go! Go go go! Go go go! Go go go! 
Yellow says, “Slow…” (march slowly)
Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow…
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go go go! Go go go! Go go go! Go go go!
Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow… Slow slow slow…

Song/Flannel:  “Thanks A Lot” — Raffi: Quiet Time (kids sign the words “thanks” and “a lot.”)

thanks a lot
(credit: Mel’s Desk)

Song: “Family Goodbyes” – Jim Gill: Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Family Tree


Bird Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: bird

Book: Birds by Kevin Henkes

Cover of the book BIRDS by Kevin Henkes.

Song: “Owl in a Tree” (Tune: “Skip to my Lou”)
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Owl in the tree goes, “Hoo, hoo hoo,”
Skip to my lou, my darling.

Robin in the nest goes, “Tweet, tweet, tweet…”
Duck in the pond goes, “Quack, quack, quack…”
Rooster in the yard goes, “Cock a doodle doo…”
(Credit: Mel’s Desk)

Action Rhyme: “Little Birds”
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down
Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves
Little birds, little birds, sit down please

Book: Night Owl by Toni Yuly

night owl

Flannel: Five little owls sitting in the tree

Song: “The Little Bird” – Georgiana Stewart: Nursery Rhyme Time Songs

Book:  I am a Penguin by Karen Durrie

i am a penguin

Song: “This is the way we clap our hands” – Kimbo Educational: Teach a Toddler

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing song

Craft: Bird and nest on a paper plate (Credit: La La’s Home Daycare)

bird nest

Leaves Story Time- Everybody

Opening Song

Book: Leaves by David Ezra Stein

leaves cover image

Song: “Shakin’ Like a Leafy Tree”- The Wiggles: Racing to the Rainbow

Book: Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern

fall leaves fall cover image

Puppet Song: So many leaves are falling on the ground (Tune: “Five Little Ducks”)

So many leaves are falling on the ground,
Orange ones, yellow ones, and even brown,
But the one little leave that rhymes with ____________.
Is my favorite colors, it’s the color ___________.

tree puppet image

Book: Fall is Not East by Marty Kelley

Fall is not easy cover image

Song: “Autumn Leaves are Falling”- Junior Jukebox: Four Seasons

Book: Leaf Man by Lois Elhert

leaf man cover image

Closing Song

Craft: Leaf Man

leaf man craft


Apple Story Time- Everybody

Opening Song

Sign Language: Apple

Book: Ducking For Apples by Lynne Berry, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

Ducking for Apples Cover Image

Rhyme: The Apple Tree
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Way up high in the apple tree (Stretch arms high)
Two big apples looked down at me (Circle eyes with fingers)
I shook that tree just as hard as I could (shaking movement)
Down came the apples (Hands float downward)
Mm-mm-mm! They were good! (Rub tummy)

Book: Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church

little apple goat

Flannel/Rhyme: 5 Little Apples

Song: “Won’t You Plan Your Seeds With Care”- Kathy Reid-Naiman: Say Hello to the Morning

Book: Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray

apple pie abc

Rhyme: Eat An Apple
Eat an apple (bring right hand to mouth)
Save the core (close right hand in fist)
Plant the seeds (touch the ground)
And grow some more (extend arms up)

Flannel: Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear by Emily Gravett

Song: “All I Wanna Do is Dance” – Kira Wiley: Kings and Queens of the Forest

Closing Song

Craft: Apple with hole for finger/worm



Forest Friends Story Time- Preschool

Opening Song

Book: Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Moinca Carnesy

sleepover with beatrice and bear cover image

Song/Rhyme: “Bunny Hop”- Katherine Dines: Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta-WIGGLE

Book: The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner

bear who shared cover image

Song: “The Cool Bear Hunt”- Dr. Jean: Sings Silly Songs

Puppet Story: The Quiet Bunny by Lisa McCue — abridged

Book: Yeti and Bird by Nadia Shireen

yeti and the bird cover image

Song: “Shake my Sillies out”- Raffi: A Child’s Celebration of Silliest Songs

Closing Rhyme

Craft: Bird Feeder

big and litte

Big and Little Story Time- Everybody

Opening Song

Sign Language: Big and Little

Book: Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor, illustrated by Jill Barton

little mouse big cupcake cover image

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big

This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

Book:  A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian

pig is big cover image

Flannel Story: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Song: “I’m So Big”- Stuart Stotts and Tom Pease: Celebrate: A Song Resource

Book: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant

you are not small cover image

Song: “I’m Not Small”- Sharon, Lois & Bram: One Elephant Went Out To Play

Book: Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt

big bigger biggest cover image

Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book: Big Bug by Henry Cole

big bug

Closing Song


bird feeder

(Source: Storytime Katie)

Giraffe Story Time – Toddler

Opening song

Sign language: giraffe

Book: Giraffes by Catherine Ipcizade


Rhyme: “I’m a Giraffe”
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
A big tall giraffe, I almost reach the sky (stand on tiptoes)
I eat the leaves from the tallest tress (pretend to eat)
And when I run, I move with ease (pretend to run)
I’m a big tall giraffe stretching way up high (reach arms up)
Way…up…high! (reach on tiptoes)
(Credit: Perry Public Library)

Song: “Zoo Movements” – Dr. Jean: Better Bodies and Brains

Book: Abigail by Catherine Rayner


Song: “Butterfly Song” – David Landau: Rocket to the Moon

Song: “Reach for the Ceiling” – Toddlers on Parade

Book: Life-Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya

life-size zoo

Song: “Jump Jump” – Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights: I’m a Rock Star

Song: “Icky Sticky Bubble Gum” – David Landau: Kids and Kitties

Closing rhyme

 Craft: Giraffe outline with cereal for spots