Silly Play Storytime

Silly Play Storytime

wowwwww it has been awhile since I last blogged! I have been busy with SRP and we took a storytime break for all of May and half of June but we are in the swing of things again! Our first storytime this summer was PLAY!  At the library we love reading and books but we also love Play :)

Copy of Fairy Tale Storytime

Silly Play Picture Books

Mr Tiger Goes Wild
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Where is the Green Sheep
Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
Tap the Magic Tree
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Count the MonkeysCount the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, illus by Kevin Cornell

All of these books were perfect! Some other books you could do are:
Can You Make a Silly Face by Jan Thomas
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle, illus. by Jeremy Tankard
Oh, No! by Candace Fleming, illus. by Eric Rohmann
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illus. by Adam Rex

Silly Play Songs

Any silly song from Laurie Berkner is perfect for this theme.  We did The Goldfish Song!

Herman the Worm is also my go to song, and will work especially well for the pre-school and school age crowd.  Instead of eating parents/grandparents I have Herman eat library books, my car, the library, etc..

Instead of a craft at the end of this storytime we did the parachute!  For some awesome parachute ideas check out Kendra’s blog!


All in all this was a very fun storytime!  This was planned right on the heels of the tragic news out of Orlando so it was great for me, and probably the adults in the room, to just play and laugh and have fun for a little bit.

Fairy Tale Storytime

Fairy Tale Storytime

We recently did a fairy tale storytime with my pre-school and outreach visits!  This is best done with an older group, but was simple enough to adapt with my younger crowds during outreach.

Fairy Tale Storytime

Fairy Tale Picture Books

Interrupting Chicken
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
One of my favorite books to do, but again, was better with the pre-school crowd.
Little Roja Riding Hood
Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middletown Elya, illus. by Susan Guevara
I LOVED reading this one, it was really fun with the spanish words mixed in with the English words and the ending always got a good laugh from the adults in the room.

Yummy: eight favorite fairy tales by Lucy Cousins
We read The Giant Turnip story out of this one.  It was fun to do a story that some of the adults hadn’t even heard of.  Also a great book to talk about teamwork

Other Picture Books:

Over at the Castle by Boni Ashburn, illus. by Kelly Murphy
The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illus. by Dan Santat (Any of the fairy tale spin offs by Corey Rosen Schwartz would be great!!!)
Jack and the Beanstalk  by Paul Galdone
Fairly Fairy Tales by Esme Raji Codell
One, Two, Guess Who? by Colin and Jacui Hawkins

In addition to the stories (I usually only did two books, unless they were a really good group), I had downloaded this free story book of The Three Little Pigs from Little Green on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I used the pictures and loosely the words, but also improvised a little bit because I know the story pretty well.   I think it was a nice change up for the kids and I to do a story that wasn’t in the traditional book format!

Fairy Tale Songs & Extension Activities

We built a castle using this awesome idea from Falling Flannelboards!  I handed out the shapes and would call out one shape at a time and each kid with that shape would put it on the board.  With smaller groups you could go more each individual but this was better with the bigger groups to save on time.  None of them *really* looked like castles but it was fun nonetheless :)

Build a Castle Flannelboard | Miss Meg's Storytime

Build a Castle Flannelboard | Miss Meg's Storytime

The Grand Ol Duke of York

The Grand ol Duke of York
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
And when they were UP, they were UP!
And when they were DOWN, they were DOWN!
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither UP nor DOWN!

If You’re a Hero and You Know It
source: Franklin Public Library 

If you’re a hero and you know it, Clap your hands!
If you’re a hero and you know it, Clap your hands!
If you’re a hero and you know it, Then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a hero and you know it, Clap your hands!

other verses: jump up high, touch the ground, etc..

Fairy Tale Craft

Building on our build a castle flannelboard, I had out different shapes and gluesticks and the kids created their castles!

Fairy tale craft with shapes | Miss Meg's Storytime

Other Fairy Tale Storytime Ideas

Abby the Librarian, Storytime: Fairy Tales
Falling Flannelboards, Storytime: Fairy Tales!
Project I.Am.Abbey, Fairy Tale Theme- Toddler Storytime
Storytime Katie, FairyTales!
Franklin Public Library, Fairy Tale Storytime
Brenda Potter, Pinterest, Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales (crafts, storytime & other classroom activities)
Blair Preston Public Library, Pinterest, Fairy Tale Storytime

Unicorn Storytime

Unicorn Storytime

Unicorn Storytime

In a semi recent Storytime Underground facebook page post someone mentioned about asking their storytime group for suggestions on books or themes… I got to thinking about doing something similar and realized that without a doubt, hands down, the most asked for topic would be Unicorns! So I decided to plan a Unicorn Storytime!  I announced the theme the week before (which I never do) so that the big die hard unicorn fans would know to come, and many even came wearing unicorn themed clothes or with their unicorn stuffed animals!

Unicorn Picture Books

*also let this be known, this is my official call for more picture books featuring unicorns!*

Unicorn Thinks Hes Pretty Great
Unicorn Think’s He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
uni the unicorn
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager

i wished for a unicorn
I Wished for a Unicorn by Robert Heidbreder and Kady MacDonald Denton

Unicorn Extension Activities

Actually… I couldn’t find/come up with any great Unicorn songs or rhymes so we just did our basic Goldfish Song and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum!

Unicorn Craft

If this didn’t fall the week after ALA Midwinter I might’ve prepared a much cooler craft BUT, I think we did alright with some last minute planning.  I printed off two unicorn coloring sheets, added the traceable text on the bottom, and set out markers, crayons, glue, ribbon, scissors, and GLITTER!  One of the skills I try to work in at least once a month in storytime is scissors so for this one they were able to cut little pieces of ribbon for their Unicorn’s mane.  The glitter was just because it was unicorn storytime and can you REALLY have an authentic unicorn storytime without glitter?




All in all this was a great storytime, despite very few options that I could find for book choices and songs.  Many of them loved that storytime centered around one of their favorite things and they got to tell me about the unicorn stuffed animals they have at home!

Other Unicorn Storytime Resources:

Storytime Secrets- Fannel Friday: I Saw Five Little Unicorns
Random House- Uni the Unicorn Storytime Kit

Fictional Talking Bears Storytime

Fictional Talking Bears Storytime

What started as, I assume, a joke response on twitter to storytime theme ideas has morphed into one of my new favorite storytimes:
Fictional Talking Bears Storytime!

I took Glam Librarian’s response and ran with it!  I began storytime by asking the kids what they knew about bears– they growl, are big, have fur, etc– and then asked them if they knew of any real  bears that talked.  They didn’t.  So I told them that today we would be reading stories about bears that talked.  These were called fictional stories, because it isn’t real.  Sometimes in our make believe stories bears do talk.

And, it was super fun picking books for this theme…some of my favorite books include fictional talking bears!

Fictional Talking Bears Picture Books

Baby Bear Counts One
Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff
I Want My Hat Back
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
This was probably the favorite of the day…by both the parents and the kids! Everyone laughed at that ending
Bear Snores On
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman
I really take any opportunity to read a book from this series!
The Terrible Plop
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, illus. by Andrew Joyner

For our songs we just did our normal Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau. If we don’t do them both than I will have requests!

In past bear themed storytime I have done this flannel story from Mel’s Desk
bear flannel

For our craft we of course had to make our own fictional talking bears– puppets! I used the template from East Coast Mommy.  I explained that for the older pre-schoolers they could try and cut their own and that since these are fictional bears they can be any color!

Bear Puppets

All in all, this was a GREAT storytime–  up there in my favorites with the teeth theme!  This storytime really forced me to have unique conversations with the group using new language and talking about new concepts.

Invention Storytime

Invention Storytime

Invention Storytime

Invention Picture Books

Anything is Possible
Anything is Possible
by Giulia Belloni, illus. by Marco Trevisan
Rosie Revere Engineer
Rosie Revere
by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts
Al Pha's Bet
Al Pha’s Bet
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Delphine Durand
Oh, Ducky! A Chocolate Calamity
Oh Ducky!: A Chocolate Calamity
by David Slonim

I actually only read the Anything is Possible and Rosie Revere, Engineer because they were all pretty lengthy books and I was losing the attention of my preschoolers. This storytime theme would work a lot better with the 5+ crowd (I had mostly 3 & 4 year olds). That being said, It was a really fun one and it was a fun challenge.  This would also fit really nicely in a STEM storytime theme.

Invention Songs & Rhymes

This theme was a little bit harder to find songs and rhymes for…

source, sung to “twinkle, twinkle, little star”

Invent, invent, inventors
Cameras, robots, radios
There’s the wheel and telephone
They are all your inventions
Invent, invent, inventors
Thank you for your creations

I also did a version of this shadow guessing game from Storytime Secrets

If anyone has any other great invention songs or rhymes that would work for storytime please leave them in the comments below!

Invention Craft

I was planning on doing the marshmallow and toothpick thing with this but since I have a young pre-school crowd I thought it might be more eating of the marshmallows and the idea would go over their head a little bit.  So, instead we decorated boxes!  These were just plain brown mini treasure chests we had leftover from something else.

Other Picture Book Ideas:

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming, illus. by Boris Kulikov
Now & Ben: the modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin
Oh No! Or, How my Science Invention Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett, illus. by Dan Santat
Inventor McGregor by Kathleen T. Pelley

Vegetable Storytime

Vegetable Storytime

Vegetable Storytime | MIss Meg's Storytime

Last weeks theme for story time was vegetable’s!  This was an especially fun one for me to plan because my partner and I are part of a farm share this summer/fall and I have been trying so many new vegetables that we may not have ever tried just going to the grocery store (I can now confidently say I am not a big fan of beets but will eat swiss chard any day)… What better way to share my new knowledge than with the little ones at preschool storytime?!

I started storytime by asking the kids their favorite veggies… The most popular answers were carrots and corn!

Vegetable Picture Books

Creepy Carrots
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown
Eating the Alphabet
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Rah Rah Radishes
Rah, Rah, Radishes by Apil Pulley Sayre
This is a great one for learning about new vegetables
Vegetables in Underwear
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

Vegetable Songs & Rhymes

tune:Mary Had a Little Lamb

We are pumpkins, big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.

We are string beans, green and fine…..
Growing on a vine.
We are onions, round and white….
We make soup taste right.
We are carrots, orange and long…
Help us sing our song.
We are cabbage, green or red….
See our funny head.
We are corn stalks, tall and straight….
Don’t we just taste great.

Every week we have to do Icky Sticky Bubble Gum & The Goldfish Song. I actually attempted to only do one of them this last week and had a parent remind me that we hadn’t done Icky Sticky Bubble Gum yet.

We did also have an extension activity that I will post about later this week as part of Flannel Friday.

Vegetable Craft

It was a no-brainer for my to do vegetable stamping this week!  It wasn’t as great and fancy of a finished product as last weeks painting but the process was really great and it prompted a lot of discussions about colors and vegetables with the caregivers and children. I had mushrooms, celery, and potatoes available.  I cut shapes into some of the potatoes.

Vegetable Stamping | Miss Meg's Storytime

Vegetable Stamping | Miss Meg's Storytime

Also, I mentioned that I was doing a vegetable storytime to a coworker and she made this table runner (featured on the top image in this post)!  How awesome is that!? <3 <3

Vegetable Storytime

Other Vegetable Storytime Ideas

I previously blogged about a fruits and veggies storytime
as well as had a flannel friday/extension activity

What Happens in Storytime | Storytime- Fruits and Vegetables

 Verona Storytime | Vegetable Story Time- Toddler

Preschool Alphabet | Vegetables

Storytimes and More | V is for Vegetables…and Other Garden Things!

Perry Public Library Storytime | Eat Your Peas Please! [pdf]

Fall Storytime

Fall Storytime


One of my goals this year was to do more outreach and finally after SRP I was able to dedicate more time to actually doing this.  Before the summer I had advertised daycare storytime’s on the library facebook page and attended an at home daycare workshop to present but got little response.  I then decided to post about it on the local parent facebook page and got some interest! This month was the first month I went to multiple daycare’s (and still have a couple left) and FALL was our theme.  I also did this for pre-school storytime.

Fall Picture Books

It's Fall
It’s Fall by Linda Glaser
Red Leaf Yellow LeafRed Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Fall Mixed Up
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illus. by Chad Cameron
Fall Leaves Fall
Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall, illus. by Shari Halpern

These were all really great books but my two favorites would have to be Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  and Fall Mixed Up!  

Fall Songs & Rhymes


These flannels made an appearance in my Fall storytime last year but they were so well received (and easy to take to outreach visits) that I brought them out again!  We talked about the colors of the apples, how many there were, and the letters in the word APPLE.  This set was great for both the little and older ones because there were so many different things we could talk about.  I also did this rhyme from Storytime Katie:

Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)

This was actually the only activity I did other than the books for my outreach groups.  A lot of it was getting to know the kids and their ages.  For the in- house storytime we sang The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau.

Fall Craft

I found this craft on La Classe Della Maestra Vaelntina via pinterest.  I am not fluent in spanish so I couldn’t read much of the post but I got the main idea from the pictures. The q-tips were great for working on our fine motor skills & the parents loved the finished products!

Fall Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Fall Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Other Fall Storytime Ideas:

I did a post last fall that had other ideas down at the bottom but here are some more that were not on the original list!

ALSC Blog: Fall for a Good Storytime
Sturdy For Common Things: Fall Storytime
Sunflower Storytime: Fall & Halloween (tag)
Verona Storytime: Fall Story Time: Toddler
Jbrary: Fall or Autumn Storytime (playlist)