Fall Ball Storytime

Fall Sports Stories

We’ll be learning about Fall sports, exercise, and movement at some of our storytimes at Bowman Library this week.

Here are a few of the stories, poems, and songs  that we’ll be sharing this week, so you can keep singing, playing, and reading with your little one at home.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Baseball, football, Daddy, and me

Baseball, Football, Daddy, and Me by David Friend – JE Friend
“A little boy and his father enjoy a full assortment of sporting events together.”

Book Jacket for: Luke goes to bat

Luke Goes to Bat by Rachel Isadora – JE Isadora
“Whenever the Dodgers play in Brooklyn, Luke goes up to his roof where he can see the lights of Ebbets Field and imagine each play in the game. Someday he wants to hit a homerun like his hero, Jackie Robinson. But the kids on Bedford Avenue won’t let him play. “You’re just a squirt,” they tell him.
When he finally does get to play stickball with the others, he does so badly that he thinks they’ll never let him play again. But then his grandma takes him to see Jackie in a real game, and Luke discovers that part of being a hero is never giving up, even when there are two strikes against you and the game seems out of reach.
Rachel Isadora offers up a touching salute to 1950s Brooklyn, baseball, and one of the most inspiring players ever to take the field.”

Book Jacket for: Family huddle

Family Huddle by Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Archie Manning – JE Manning
“Pile into the car with Eli, Peyton and their older brother, Cooper in Family Huddle for a trip to visit their grandparents. Their dad, former NFL star Archie Manning, is at the wheel with Olivia at his side. Eli, Peyton and Cooper joke around and play football at every opportunity. The boys run fun plays like the buttonhook, quarterback sneak, and hook and ladder. Family and football will always be a big deal in the Manning family. Family Huddle is based on some of the Mannings’ memories from their days in Louisiana and Mississippi.”

Book Jacket for: Fall ball

Fall Ball by Peter McCarty – JE McCarty
“A little boy and his friends celebrate fall by taking in the sights, smells, and sounds of the season – and by playing backyard football.”

Book Jacket for: When autumn falls

When Autumn Falls by Kelly Nidey – JE Nidey
“Observes the aptly named fall season, characterized by falling leaves, falling apples, falling players on the football field, and falling temperatures.”

Book Jacket for: Dino-soccer

Dino-Soccer by Lisa Wheeler – JE Wheeler
“When veggie-nibbling Grazers and meat-munching Biters take to the soccer field, its a showdown of prehistoric proportions. Herbivores and carnivores play a hilarious and closely fought soccer match (refd by a dodo bird, naturally) in front of a stadium full of cheering dinosaurs.”

Book Jacket for: Dino-football

Dino-Football by Lisa Wheeler – JE Wheeler
“The Greenblades and the Redscales face off in the Mega-Bowl! Sacks and hand-offs. Touchdowns and interceptions. When dinos don shoulder pads, the action is sure to be epic. But as the clock ticks down, will the Scales make a goal-line stand or will the Blades break through for the winning TD? Full color.”

Descriptions in quotation marks are provided by publishers.

If your little ones are loving the sports stories, we have more titles available here on our Soccer and Football booklists.  These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.

Songs and Poems to Share

Stretching Fun

I stretch and stretch and find it fun
I try to reach up to the sun
I bend and bend to touch the ground
Then I twist and twist and twist around. 

Bouncing Ball Baby Bounce

I’m bouncing, bouncing everywhere, (bounce child on knees)
I’m bouncing, bouncing like a ball,
I bounce and bounce until I fall! (gently lower child by straightening legs)

Roll, Roll, Roll the Ball (Sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Roll, roll, roll the ball,
Happy as can be.
[Child’s Name] rolls it back to me,
Quick as one, two, three!

Soccer Song (Sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Kick, kick, kick the ball,
Soccer is such fun.
Pass the ball and kick the ball,
And run, run, run, run, run! 

Five Little Baseballs

Five little baseballs, look at them soar!
One went over the fence and now there are four.
Four little baseballs, look and see,
One rolled into a pond and now there are three.
Three little baseballs, over the hill one flew,
I can’t find it, now there are two.
Two little baseballs, Spot wants some fun,
He picked one up and now there is one.
One little baseball flying in the sun,
Johnny hit a homer,
Look at him run!

A Little Ball

A little ball, (form circle with thumb and finger)
A bigger ball, (form circle with hands)
A great big ball I see. (form circle with arms)
Now let’s count them.
Are you ready?
One,(form circle with arms)
Two, (form circle with hands)
Three! (form circle with thumb and finger)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks
I don’t care if I ever get back
Let’s root, root, root for the home team
If they don’t win, it’s a shame
And it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out
At the old ballgame!

Five Little Footballs

Five little footballs trying hard to score.
One makes a touchdown.
Hear the crowd roar! (cheer)
Four little footballs trying hard to score,
One makes a touchdown,
Hear the crowd roar! (cheer)
Three little footballs, trying hard to score,
One makes a touchdown,
Hear the crowd roar! (cheer)
Two little footballs, trying hard to score,
One makes a touchdown,
Hear the crowd roar! (cheer)
One makes a touchdown,
Hear the crowd roar! (Cheer)

We hope to see you at one of Bowman Library’s storytimes:
Toddler Storytime – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Storytime – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Storytime – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Storytime – Saturdays @ 11AM

Check the calendar for storytime schedules at the Handley and Clarke County Libraries and for special events throughout the system.

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