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

Superhero Storytime

Superhero Storytime

Like many other libraries across the nation, we are participating in the CSLP summer reading theme, Every Hero Has a Story!

As part of that, my library hosted a Comic Con kick off event!  One of the (many) workshops/events happening during Comic Con was a superhero storytime hosted by yours truly!

Superhero Storytime at Library Comic Con

Superhero Picture Books

Wonder Woman ABCsWonder Woman ABCs by Benjamin Bird & Ethan Beavers
A great girl power addition to a predominately boy centered subject matter!
Action Movie Kid

Action Movie Kid! by Daniel Hashimoto & Mandy Richardville, illus. by Valerio Fabretti

Shake to AssembleShake to Assemble by Marvel Comics
A great interactive book similar to the popular Press Here
Superman an Origin Story

Superman: An Origin Story  by Michael Manning, illus. by Luciano Vecchio

Superhero Songs & Rhymes


Superhero, Superhero, Turn Around
credit: the lovely JbrarySuperhero, superhero turn around
Superhero, superhero touch the ground
Superhero, superhero put on your suit
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.find other verses on Jbrary

(tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
credit: The Mild Mannered LibrarianThe Superheroes arms flex and lift,
Flex and lift, flex and lift, the superheroes arms flex and lift, all around the town.
Eyes go zap, zap, zap
Legs run very fast
Legs jump super high
Flies zoom zoom zoom
The person in trouble yells help help help!
The superhero goes to save the day

Extension Activities

Look here for a link to a flannel Friday superhero song soon!A superhero storytime is a great opportunity to get the kids up and moving! Have them show off their muscles, practice jumping or running in place.  You could also test their senses for a STEM activity!


I did this storytime twice–once at comic con and another time at a regularly scheduled storytime.
Comic Con did not have a special craft, but we did have crafts going throughout the day which were very basic and easy– design your own masks! We have this die cut for a mask and embellishments, but you could easily find a template on pinterest.  The die cut was really great for having to cut a large quantity, though.For the second group, which was smaller and on a less crazy day, I gave them all capes. I bought red, blue, and yellow felt and used a similar template to this one by Jolly Mom.  I even had two kids show up to comic con wearing their storytime capes!


Overall, this one went really well!  I was nervous about the book choices but all of them went over well and were fun to read.There are SO MANY superhero options in library world right now but here are some blog posts I found especially helpful:Superheroes! – Sunflower Storytime
Superhero Storytime – Mild Mannered Librarian
Pre-School Storytime: Superheroes – Jbrary
Superheroes! – Storytime Katie

Birds Storytime

Birds Storytime

Bird Storytime! I did this one a couple weeks ago and it was a lot of fun!

Bird Picture Books

Have You Heard the Nesting Bird
Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray, illus. by Kenard Pak
A great one for learning different bird calls! And a fun interactive story
Birds by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek
Cuckoo! by Fiona Robertson
Hello, My Name is Ruby
Hello, My Name is Ruby by Phillip Stead

Bird Songs & Rhymes

Two Little Blackbirds
source: traditional

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

other verses:
sitting on a stick, named slow and quick
sitting on a cloud, named soft and loud
flying through the sky, named low and high

We also always do Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau

Click HERE to see my flannel story based on the story Wise Blackbird by Ann Gadzikowski

Bird Craft

This was super easy for prep…All I needed was some TP tubes, feathers, blue, beaks (from paper or felt) and googly eyes…
Bird Storytime Craft

I also made Bird coloring sheet using graphics from mycutegraphics.com

Bird Coloring Sheet

Other Bird Storytime Ideas

Tweet! Storytime for the Birds– thelibraryann
bird storytime (Pinteret page)– jbrary
Birds!– Storytime Katie
Birds– Sunflower Storytime
PreSchool Lab: Birds -Abby the Librarian
Story Time! Birds! -Library Goddess
For the Birds: Stories about our fine feathered friends– Loudest Librarian

Eric Carle Storytime

Eric Carle Storytime

This was my first time doing a storytime theme around one picture book author/illustrator!  I also did these group of books and songs when I did my outreach preschools for the month of February and each time it was a success! I started out by telling all of the kids that Eric Carle is someone who writes the words and sometimes draws the pictures for books and he wrote The Hungry Little Caterpillar, which most of them are already familiar with.

With my storytime group (I don’t do this in pre-k visits) we started with our opening song, Rickety Tickety.

Eric Carle Picture Books

The Very Busy Spider
The Very Busy Spider By Eric Carle
(Toddler Storytime)
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? By Eric Carle
(Toddler Storytime)
very hungry caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
(Toddler Storytime)
Roosters Off to See the World
Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle
(Pre-School Storytime)
mixed up chameleon
The Mixed-Up Chameleon By Eric Carle
(Pre-School Storytime)
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle
(Pre-School Storytime)

Songs & Rhymes

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

Clap Your Hands
source: Vivian the Librarian

Slowly, slowly, slowly clap your hands
Quickly, quickly, quickly clap your hands

stomp your feet, shake your bottom, wiggle your fingers

Fly, Fly, Fly

Sung to: “Three Blind Mice”

Fly, fly, fly
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly

Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes

I also did a Flannel Activity to The Artist Who Painted a Blue House which I will post a bit later!


I did a take home craft this week and prepared everything before attempting it which resulted in a CRAFT FAIL. The idea = great and can easily be changed.

First, here’s what I did:

Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklace
hungry caterpillar
If you were to recreate this either a) don’t use a whole punch that the straws can fit through or b) get thicker straws

Other Eric Carle Storytime Ideas:
Vivian the Librarian: Carle-rific Storytime
Literacious: Eric Carle Celebration
Sunflower Storytime: jungle tag

Dance & Movement Storytime

Dance & Movement Storytime

Dance & Movement Storytime with Miss Meg!

Storytime this week was a bit of an introduction!  The parents are used to a lap sit but after I pimped my storytime, I wanted them to be reassured that it’s okay to move around during storytime now.

Opening Song: Rickety Tickety

Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes

Dance and Movement Books

Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome
jazz baby
Jazz Baby by Carole Boston Weatherford

Songs & Rhymes

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

We Can…
source: 1234 More Storytimes
We can jump, jump, jump
We can hop, hop, hop
We can clap, clap, clap
We can stop, stop, stop
We can nod our heads for yes
We can shake our heads for no
We can bend our knees a little bit
And we can sit down really slow

Dance Any Way You Want To
source: Librarian Jenna
Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
Bur stop when I say freeze.
Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

We also sang the Hokey Pokey and If You’re Happy and You Know it

I have an extension activity that will be in a Flannel Friday post later this week!


Movement Craft

I did not have much time to prepare or think about this craft so I made this up!  It is “movement”.  The kids attached different types of string to their paper plate and got to observe how the different materials moved around.  They also got to decorate with stickers, which they loved.

Ladybug (award) Storytime!

Ladybug (award) Storytime!

New Hampshire has their own award for picture books called the Ladybug Award. Pre-schoolers through third graders all across NH get to vote on which picture book wins the Ladybug Award!


ladybug awardNominees:

Little Dog Lost: the true story of a brave dog named Baltic by Monica Carnesi.

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm

If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder and Marc Brown

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell and David Catrow

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

Too Tall Houses by Giana Marino

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynold and Peter Brown

For our Ladybug award storytime I introduced the ladybug award to the parents and told them that I have voting sheets that they can fill out after storytime if they have a favorite!

For more information about the Ladybug awards go here!

Since I have already read Creepy Carrots a billion times to this group I decided to go with Extra Yarn, Too Tall Houses, and If All the Animals Came Inside.

Even though it isn’t technically ladybug themed our songs and rhymes were all about ladybugs:

Ladybugs Fly
(tune: 3 blind mice)
Fly, fly, fly.
Ladybugs fly.
Fly over here.
Fly over there.
They fly up high and they fly down low.
Around and around and around they go.
They fly fast, and they fly-fly slow.
Oh, ladybugs fly.

A Ladybug
source: Trails and Tales
A ladybug crawls up your arm
and sits right on your nose

A ladybug slides down your arm
and hops onto your toes

A ladybug creeps up your leg
and lands upon your knee

Then scurries to your folded hands
and snuggles down to sleep

Little Ladybug
source: Trails & Tales
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
I have a little ladybug,
ladybug, ladybug
I have a little ladybug,
It’s wings are black and red.

See the little ladybug,
Ladybug, ladybug.
See the little ladybug
Flying here and there.

Now it’s landing on the ground,
On the ground, on the ground.
Now it’s landing on the ground
And crawling everywhere.


Halloween Storytime

Halloween Storytime

Max Costume | Miss Meg's Storytime
Miss Meg is Max!

Last week was Halloween and we had a Spooktacular storytime!

We Enjoyed these Halloween Themed books:

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
I started with this book because I expected that very few of the kids (or parents!) would know what I was dressed as.
wheres my mummy
Where’s my Mummy by Carolyn Crimi, Illus. by John Manders
Most of the kids really liked the illustrations in this book and one girl in my toddler crowd got a bit scared!
creepy carrots
Creepy Carrotsby Aaron Reynolds,
illus. by Pete Brown
Because I take every opportunity I can to read this book…
sparkling halloween
Happy Sparkling Halloween
by Elizabeth Spurr, illus. by Colleen Madden

We Enjoyed these songs and rhymes:
Monster, Monster
source: Storytime Katie
Monster, monster, turn around
Monster, monster, touch the ground
Monster, monster, reach up high
Monster, monster, touch the sky
Monster, monster, touch your nose
Monster, monster, grab your toes
Monster, monster, touch your knees
Monster, monster, sit down please

Two Little Bats
tune: two little blackbirds

Two little bats, sitting on a hill
One named Jack, and one named Jill
Fly away Jack, Fly awake Jill
Come back Jack, Come back Jill

Two little bats, sitting on a stick
One named Slow, and one named Quick
Fly away Slow, Fly away Quick
Come back Slow, Come back Quick

Two little bats, sitting on a cloud
One named Soft, and one named Loud
Fly away Soft, Fly away Loud
Come back Soft, Come back Loud

Two little bats, flying through the sky
One named Low, and one named High
Fly away Low, Fly away High
Come back Low, Come back High

The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider
source: traditional
The eentsey weentsey spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
Then the eensey weensey spider went up the spout again.