Friday, July 7, 2017

SLP 2017: Butterflies Storytime: "Silly Stories!"

This Butterflies Storytime, for toddlers and preschoolers, was presented at Bellevue Public Library on July 5 & 6, 2017.

Each Butterflies Storytime includes activities that support all or most of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing  – 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).

The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak

Simpson's Sheep Won't Go To Sleep! by Bruce Arant

Action Rhymes:

I Have Ten Little Fingers

I have ten little fingers 
(show fingers)
and they all belong to me.
(point fingers to self)
I can make them do things,
(make fingers dance in front of body)
would you like to see?
I can wave them up high,
(reach high to wave hands)
I can wave them down low,
(reach low to wave)
I can make them hide...
(quickly hide fingers in pockets, behind back, etc.)
And I can fold them, so.
(fold hands in lap)

The children in storytime love saying this rhyme several times, each time increasing the speed!


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!)

Put Your Finger On
(from Parachute Express)
Listen to the song on YouTube by clicking here

Put your finger on, put your finger on,
put your finger on your...nose (2x)

Turn around and clap, clap! (4x)

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

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

Home Activity:
I encourage our storytime families to spend time this week seeking out some humorous books to read with their children!  Our storytime children this week loved hearing "The Book With No Pictures" by B. J. Novak.  It is a story that just begs to be read with LOTS of expression and silly voices!  Here is a photo I found of the author reading "The Book With No Pictures":

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