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Friday Baby Storytime Recap

on February 10, 2012

Today’s storytime went ok. Its turned more into a Baby/Toddler time than just baby. I don’t mind though, the kids are more interactive. I still lose everyone in the room when it comes to the books. The parents chat, the kids get fussy. They all love the songs though. It’s a conundrum.

Notable moments of storytime:

  • I was kidnapped by one of my regular tots after storytime. With a firm grip on my fingers, he led me around the storytime room, up the stairs and up to the train books. It was adorable. This is a kid that I though was a tough nut to crack. He always looks so serious and slightly bored with everything. My heart melted seeing how much he grew attached to me.
  • Lots of new faces, but still managing an 80+ crowd today
  • Chats with kids before storytime starts. They are so chatty!

Today’s routine:

Clap, Roll, Rub
Open Shut Them
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book ONE

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama red pajama

This Llama Llama book is always a favorite for storytime and with the kids. Its full of fun rhymes, the pictures are large enough for everyone in the room to see, and the font is large enough for me to read through side-ways glances at the page.

Hickory Dickory Dock (one, bool yipee)
Wheels on the Bus (Wheels, wipers, horn, people chat)
Itsy Bitsy Spider (2x)
Roly Poly (2x)
If You’d Like to Read A Book – Clap Your Hands

Book TWO

Big, Bigger, Biggest by Nancy Coffelt

Big, bigger, biggest!

This is a good book for storytimes, with a few reservations. The book itself is a small square, which doesn’t work well for the large crowds that I get. The colors are in bold, strong prints and the images are easy for everyone to see. The vocab building is fun, but definitely not for the baby crowd. It worked for the Monday storytime group, but the older kids today weren’t interested in it until I started having them shout out the appropriate name of the animal/bird/bug.

Head/Shoulders/Knees & Toes
Count to 10 on fingers
10 Little Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed
This is Big, Big, Big,
One Two
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands


Posy by Linda Newberry


This is the perfect book for cat lovers and kitty-cat themed storytimes. Its simple sentences about a playful, curious cat named Posy. The images are huge and often take up both pages of the book (ideal storytime fodder). I would definitely use this book again. The group liked it too, although it was the last book we read, so everyone’s attention span was pretty much spent at this point.

Two Little Blackbirds (2x)
Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum (2x)
If You’re Happy and You Know it.

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