Monday, October 12, 2015


This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on September 16, 2015.


My Friend & I by Lisa Jahn-Clough


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello friends.

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together,
The more we get together the happier we'll be!
'Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together the happier we'll be!

You can make up your own verses for this song!  Talk with your child and think up other things that friends can do together!  Here are a few suggestions:
The more we... 
play together
dance together
read together
swim together


Friends Photos
 Parents/caregivers were encouraged to talk with their child about one or more pictures made available to them.  The pictures are shown below.  Suggested starter questions included: "What are the friends doing in this picture?"  "How many friends can you find in the picture?"  "Do you have a (dog, swingset, sand bucket, magnifying glass, etc.)?

What's in the Green Box?
(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the green box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the green box 
For us to play?

In the green box today was our...
Writing practice:  

Sidewalk Chalk!!!


Circle Beach Ball!

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all five of the early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing – were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

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