Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sleepy Stories for Summer Reading Program Family Storytime


I chose three or four of the following, depending on the age of the group and how much time I had left in storytime.

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Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
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The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
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Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
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What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum
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Time for Bed by Mem Fox
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Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones by Claire Freedman
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Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy by Denise Fleming


I adapted the board book story Bedtime Kiss for Little Fish by Lorie Ann Grover for this flannel board. It is such a short story, that I added it into the mix as an alternative for a rhyme between longer books. I asked the kids what each animal was before I said the rhyme. I just took some photocopies of the book to use as my template for the ocean and the animals and used Sharpie and glitter glue to embelish.

Time for sleep in the deep.
Night is dark, baby shark.
It's so late, little skate.
Make no fuss, octopus.
One last swish, jellyfish.
Tuck your tail, humpback whale.
Time for sleep in the deep, deep, deep.

I got the template for my version of Five in the Bed from This is a quick and easy flannel board to make.

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around
  • There Were Five in the Bed… (used flannel board visual above)
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (I used a puppet visual we have with our storytime supplies and threw the monkeys over my shoulder when they fell of the bed- always a hit.)
  • Wee Willie Winkie (bounce child on lap, clap hands or pat hands on legs)

Music & Movement

I handed out shakers to all the kids and we did the Hokey Pokey from the Carol Peterson's CD Sticky Bubble Gum.

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