Archive for March 2016

Here’s my new version of a Fishy Storytime, geared towards preschoolers:

Opening: If you’re ready for a story clap your hands. If you’re ready for a story clap your hands. If you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story, if you’re ready for a story clap your hands.
… stomp your feet
… wave hello

Book: Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Everybody reach up high
Stretching, stretching to the sky
Swaying left and swaying right
Swimming in the sea at night
Everybody reach up high, stretching, stretching to the sky

Flannel: The Octopus (octopus flannel with 8 flannel boots)
How many boots should an octopus buy?
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let’s count his feet and then we’ll know–
We can count, let’s go!
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Eight new boots is what he should buy–
That will keep the octopus dry!

Book:  Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

Song: Critters in the Sea (tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The waves in the sea go up and down, up and down… all through the sea
The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim…
The crabs in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch…
The octopus in the sea go wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp…
The clams in the sea go open and shut, open and shut, open and shut…

Flannel: Modified “Brown Bear” on flannel board
Red fish red fish what do you see?
I see  blue fish looking at me… Blue fish blue fish what do you see? Etc.
Children, children, what do you see… We see a red fish, blue fish etc. …. looking at us!

Stretch up high
Stretch, stretch, away up high;
On your tiptoes, reach the sky.
See the bluebirds flying high.
Now bend and touch your toes;
Now sway as the North wind blows;
Now waddle as the gander goes!
Now turn around and sit back down!

Book: Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

Action rhyme with octopus puppet: “Octopus, Octopus”
Octopus, octopus, turn around.
Octopus, octopus, touch the ground.
Octopus, octopus, dig in the sand,
Octopus, octopus, shake your neighbors’ hand.
Octopus, octopus, dive for a pearl.
Octopus, octopus, do a twirl.
Octopus, octopus, reach up high.
Octopus, octopus, swimming by.
Octopus, octopus, sway in the sea breeze.
Octopus, octopus, sit down please.

Book: Ten Little Fish by Audrey Wood

Closing Song: I think it’s time, we have to go
Wave your elbows, wave your toes
Wave your tongue, wave your nose
Wave your knees, wave your lips
Blow me a kiss with your fingertips
Wave your chin, wave your eye
Now it’s time to wave goodbye

Fish Stamp for all the kids!


I’m officially the backup for Babytime at my new position. Babytime was always my most feared aspect of librarianship and something I vowed I never to do. I was a 100% adult services librarian! However, after filling in for my coworker a few weeks ago, I realized that Babytime is actually a lot of fun and not nearly as intimidating as I thought. For one, singing in front of a group of 20 or so parents isn’t as daunting as it sounds, since most parents know the words of the songs and sing along with you (I also put up lyric sheets so parents can follow along). Also, a coworker had me look at it from the parents’ point of view- they’re simply grateful to be out of the house and entertained for a half hour! Plus, when you see how excited some of these little ones get when we sing a song they recognize, it’s most satisfying. I don’t think I’ll convert to a children’s librarian but it does add some interaction and variety to my position.

My first attempt at Babytime was somewhat chaotic, as I hadn’t expected the majority of the babies to actually be toddlers, and Toddler Times are definitely planned differently than Babytimes. Now I’ve got a solid plan, so this week should go more smoothly. Here is my outline:

Roly Poly
I’m in the mood for singing
Acka, backa soda cracker
This is the way we wash our hands

Shaker Songs:  pass around shakers to each baby
Shake and shake and shake and stop
Shake them up high
Shake it high, shake it low
Tap, tap, tap your hand

Scarf Songs:  exchange shakers for scarves
Jack in the box
Peek-a-boo baby
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
Where is baby

Book: So Many Babies by Lorna Crozier

Elevator song
A bouncing we will go
Here we go up, up, up
Bell horses (with bells)
Are you sleeping (with bells)

Book: Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

Zoom, zoom
Tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
One little, two little toesies
Row, row, row your boat (with alligator/crocodile puppet)

Closing Rhyme:
See you later alligator (with alligator/crocodile puppet)