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