Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Toddler Storytime: Welcome, Winter!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on December 13, 2017.

Each Toddler 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 – 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).


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Wonderful Winter by Jennifer Marino Walters, illustrated by John A. Nez


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!)

Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells,
Jingle all the way!
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a one-horse open sleigh! (repeat)

Dashing through the snow 
in a one-horse open sleight,
O'er the fields we go,
laughing bobtail ring,
making spirits bright.
What fun it is to ride and sing 
a sleighing song tonight!

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

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


Five Little Snowmen

Five little snowmen standing by the door.
This one melted and then there were four.

Four little snowmen underneath a tree.
This one melted and then there were three.

Three little snowmen with hats and mittens, too.
This one melted and then there were two.

Two little snowmen outside in the sun.
This one melted and then there was one.

One little snowman trying hard to run.
He melted too, and then there were none.

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 today?

Children and adults were invited to enjoy stringing wooden beads and playing with lacing cards.  These can be fun ways to help your child strengthen finger and hand muscles in preparation for beginning to write.

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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