To tie in with our summer reading theme, Paws to Read, I’m doing a couple pet-themed storytimes over the summer. They are drop-ins advertised for ages 2-5, but this crowd skewed pretty young (mostly 2’s and 3’s and some younger kids as well). I dropped a few things I had planned since they were so young and wiggly. There were about 30 people in attendance.
Our special guest for these storytimes is Reese, a goldendoodle therapy dog from our community, and her owner, Susan. Reese and Susan do a lot of work with the library, the local schools, and other community organizations and they are fabulous. (I seriously love that dog. It makes me really happy when they visit us.) We featured Reese by reading some books about dogs and singing a song verse about Reese, and the kids got lots of time to visit with her before and after storytime.
Check out my Storytime Songs and Rhymes page for the words to ones I commonly use.
Opening song: Hands Are For Clapping by Jim Gill
Opening rhyme: I Wiggle My Fingers
At the end of this rhyme (“Now all the wiggles are out of me and I’m as still as I can be.”) a parent laughingly muttered, “Oh–is that all it takes??” Heehee. The answer was no. They were quite wiggly at the beginning of the first book.
Book: Bertie Was a Watchdog by Rick Walton
I used a felt board for this book. In hindsight, most of the kids were probably too young to get the story. The parents and older kids liked it and laughed at the end.
Song: Sleeping Bunnies
We did doggies, rabbits and cows, per audience request.
Song: Jumping and Counting by Jim Gill
This song continues to be much-beloved by our patrons. Even the youngest ones who are still learning about jumping, and counting, love it.
Rhyme: 2 Little Blackbirds
Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
We have a cool prop set for this. Someone on our staff took a large dog puppet and cut through its mouth into the part of the puppet where your hand would go. Prior to storytime we stuff finger puppets down his mouth so we can pull out the appropriate animals as the vet pulls them out of George.
Mama’s Sleeping (we sang a verse about Reese!)
Shake Your Sillies Out by Raffi
Closing rhyme: Wave Goodbye by Rob Reid
Craft: dog paper bag puppet