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Many Colored DaysI used this for a daycare visit and StrongStart, so it’s a bit shorter than the standard 30 minute storytime.

Opening: Bread and Butter, Marmalade and Jam, Let’s say hello as FAST as we can…

Book: My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Flannel:  Red Fish, Red Fish, What Do You See? (Modified “Brown bear, brown bear.” I used fish flannels but you could use any coloured item.)

Song: Driving round in my little red car, driving round in little red car, driving round in my little red car, zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom.
(Then ask the kids to choose another colour car and keep going with the colours they choose.)

Book: Where is the Green Sheep? By Mem Fox

Action Rhyme/Game: Green means go- go, go, go! Yellow means slow, slow, slow, slow. Red means stop- stop.
(I use a big piece of green, yellow, and red flannel to hold up as I say each part of the rhyme. I also tell the kids they can stand up if they want and run on spot, and freeze on red. I run through it 2 or 3 times.)

Book: Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry

Song: If you’re wearing red today touch your head, if you’re wearing red today, touch your head. If you’re wearing red today, if you’re wearing red today, if you’re wearing red today, touch your head.
… blue touch your shoe… yellow clap your hands… green stomp your feet

Closing Song: We wave goodbye like this, we wave goodbye like this. We clap our hands for all our friends, we wave goodbye like this.

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!


My first storytime was a complete success! I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at work before. I was beyond surprised at how natural it felt and how much I enjoyed it right away. I suppose they’re right when they say that your comfort zone may actually be the least comfortable place. Don’t walk… run out of your comfort zone- that’s what I learned today. (Read more.)

My group consisted of 54 kids and parents/grandparents etc. 54!!! Most kids were preschool age- 3-5. They really liked the Pout Pout Fish. I thought it may be too long for the little ones, but everyone enjoyed it. Tip: Start off with your longest story first! Fidgety Fish was a hit, as well. One boy asked me to read it again, but then when I asked the rest of the group if I should read it again, there were a few no’s, so I continued on to my next story. I was grateful to receive some advice from my fellow coworkers about adding stretches to my plan. Tip: After each flannel and/or story add a stretch! It can be totally simple “Stretch up high, reach the sky…” but little kids can’t sit still for very long and need to move around. I was so surprised at how much fun they thought these silly little stretches were. Simple pleasures, I suppose; I could learn a lot from these little folks. My giant fish puppet was a big hit- lots of oooohhs and ahhhhs. It really helped to make my “Critters in the Sea” song more fun. I finished by giving everyone a glittery fish sticker, which was well received. I was thrilled with the feedback I received! I really didn’t expect as much, as this was my first storytime. I thought you had to be really silly/quirky in order to be entertaining to kids, but apparently there are many different storytime styles that are successful. Several parents said my choice of books was great and that the program was really well done. One boy came up to my fellow librarian afterward and asked if I would be coming back. That warmed my heart. ♥

I may have found my true calling in this library world! Could this digital/adult services librarian be crossing over to the other side of library land; a land full of puppets and nursery rhymes and Pout Pout Fish? Time will tell 🙂 If nothing else, I have added to my skill set and have made myself a more well-rounded librarian- one who can put together a successful preschool storytime, just as well as she can conduct an eReaders workshop.


If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.
Clap your hands, stamp your feet,
Make your hands all nice and neat,
If you’re ready for a story, take a seat.

It’s time for storytime! Yes, I officially have to do my very first storytime next week as part of my Librarian 1 training checklist. I think I have been dreading this since I started the MLIS program years ago, knowing that this was in my future! I am an Adult Services Librarian, after all; I teach computer classes; give computer device 1 on 1’s to people; create eReader workshops etc. I don’t sing nursery rhymes! But I’m going to… next week! I’ve decided to change my attitude about it. I watched a storytime today and it’s not as intimidating as I first thought, despite working at one of the largest branches in our system- sometimes there’s 70 attendees to a storytime! I’ll try to have fun with it and think of it as a challenging, learning experience, as it’ll be way, way out of my comfort zone.

Here’s my plan for a preschool Fishy Storytime.

Opening Rhyme: Up, Down, Turn, Around
Book: The Pout-Pout Fish
Flannel: Five Little Fish swimming by the shore…
Book: Fidgety Fish
Action Rhyme with octopus puppet: Octopus, octopus, turn around. Octopus, octopus, touch the ground…
Book: Hooray for Fish!
Flannel: Modified “Brown Bear:” Red fish, red fish, what do you see…
Song with huge fish puppet: The waves in the sea go up and down… The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap… (tune of Wheel on the Bus)
Book: Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round
Closing Rhyme: “I think it’s time we have to go, wave you elbows, wave your toes…”
Then everyone gets a fish sticker when they leave!