Rhymes and Poetry Storytime at Handley Regional Library

National Poetry Month storytime title card2April is National Poetry Month!  

This week’s storytimes are dedicated to exploring the world of poetry and rhyme.  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 ones at home.

Books to Share:  

Find all these books in the Handley Regional Library catalog here: Poetry Booklist

Book Jacket for: Hit the ball Duck

Hit the Ball Duck by Jez Alborough – JE Alborough
“Duck and his friends are playing baseball and have to stop when they hit the ball into a tree, but Frog has an idea that could save the game.”

Book Jacket for: WiggleBook Jacket for: A tu ritmo!

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin and JE Cronin (Spanish)
“Rhyming text describes the many ways to wiggle.”

Book Jacket for: Llama Llama time to share

Llama LLama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney – JE Dewdney
“Llama Llama doesn’t want to share his toys with his new neighbors. But when fighting leads to broken toys and tears, Llama learns that it’s better to share.”

Book Jacket for: The pout-pout fish

The pout- pout fish by Deborah Diesen ; pictures by Dan Hanna – JE Diesen
“The pout-pout fish believes he only knows how to frown, even though many of his friends suggest ways to change his expression, until one day a fish comes along that shows him otherwise.”

Book Jacket for: My people

My People by Langston Hughes – JE Hughes

Smith’s “artful images engage in a lyrical and lively dance with Langston Hughes’s brief ode to black beauty . . . This celebration of the particular and universal will draw a wide audience: storytime participants; students of poetry, photography, and cultural studies; seniors; families. A timely and timeless offering.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library.  Review quoted from School Library Journal

Book Jacket for: If I never forever endeavor

If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade – JE Meade
“A fledgling teeters at the edge of his nest in a gorgeously illustrated tale sure to resonate with anyone facing a rite of passage, change, or challenge. With the help of her bold, beautiful collage artwork, Caldecott Honor-winning artist Holly Meade offers a gentle nudge for hesitant fledglings of all ages and species to step out, to dare, to try . . . and to fly.”

Book Jacket for: All the world

All the World by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee – JE Scanlon
Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day, this 2010 Caldecott Honor book affirms the importance of all things great and small, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.

Book Jacket for: There's a wocket in my pocket!

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket by Dr. Seuss – JE Seuss (Easy Reader)
“A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words.”

Book Jacket for: Sheep in a jeep

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw – JE Shaw and JE Shaw (Board Book)
“Records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.”

Book Jacket for: The moon

The moon by Robert Louis Stevenson ; pictures by Tracey Campbell Pearson. – JE Stevenson
“Tracey Campbell Pearson takes readers on an illustrative late-night adventure set to this text in which we follow not only the moon as it shines on the creatures of the night, but also a father and his young son out on a late-night romp through quiet streets and fields, in a boat around a moonlit bay, and home again to sleep in their cozy house.

Detailed, luminous watercolor-and-ink paintings capture the magic of nighttime, and its many nocturnal creatures, as well as the special love between a father and son.”

Book Jacket for: Here comes the big, mean dust bunny!

Here comes the big mean dust bunny by Jan Thomas – JE Thomas and J CD/Book Thomas
“Dust bunnies who enjoy rhyming games and a boisterous cat who likes to chase and grab learn how to play together.”

These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Lyrics:

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
“Did you ever you ever see a goose
kissing a moose?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
“Did you ever see a whale
With a polka dot tail?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
“Did you ever see a fly
Wearing a tie?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
“Did you ever see a bear
Combing his hear?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
“Did you ever see a llama
Eating pajamas?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do
My mother will say
“Did you ever have a time
When you couldn’t make a rhyme?”
Down by the bay

Down by the bay
Where the watermelons grow
Back to my home
I dare not go
For if I do

And The Green Grass Grew All Around

There was a tree
(There was a tree)
All in the wood
(All in the wood)
The prettiest tree
(The prettiest tree)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the tree in a hole
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around
 
And on that tree
(And on that tree)
There was a limb
(There was a limb)
The prettiest limb
(The prettiest limb)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And on that limb
(And on that limb)
There was a branch
(There was a branch)
The prettiest branch
(The prettiest branch)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And on that branch
(And on that branch)
There was a nest
(There was a nest)
The prettiest nest
(The prettiest nest)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And in that nest
(And in that nest)
There was an egg
(There was an egg)
The prettiest egg
(The prettiest egg)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And in that egg
(And in that egg)
There was a bird
(There was a bird)
The prettiest bird
(The prettiest bird)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And on that bird
(And on that bird)
There was a wing
(There was a wing)
The prettiest wing
(The prettiest wing)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the wing on the bird,
And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And on that wing
(And on that wing)
There was a feather
(There was a feather)
The prettiest feather
(The prettiest feather)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh,the feather on the wing,
And the wing on the bird,
And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And on that feather
(And on that feather)
There was a bug
(There was a bug)
The prettiest bug
(The prettiest bug)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the bug on the feather,
And the feather on the wing,
And the wing on the bird,
And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.
 
And on that bug
(And on that bug)
There was a germ
(There was a germ)
The prettiest germ
(The prettiest germ)
That you ever did see
(That you ever did see)
 
Oh, the germ on the bug,
And the bug on the feather,
And the feather on the wing,
And the wing on the bird,
And the bird in the egg,
And the egg in the nest,
And the nest on the branch,
And the branch on the limb,
And the limb on the tree,
And the tree in a hole,
And the hole in the ground
And the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.

Oh, the green grass grows all around, all around
The green grass grows all around.

Available at the library from:
Book Jacket for: The green grass grew all around [sound recording]

The green grass grew all around [sound recording] / Phil Rosenthal and family. – J CD Rosenthal

Classic Nursery Rhymes are also a great way to introduce your children to poetry and rhyme.  Try such rhymes as these:

Tick Tock Clock

Tick-tock, tick-tock
(sway back and forth)
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
(point to self while swaying)
Tick-tock, tick-tock
(sway back and forth)
STOP!
(stop swaying, hold hand up in front of body)
What time is it?
(lift hands in question)
It’s one o’clock.
(hold up one finger)
Cuckoo!
(jump up one time)

Repeat rhyme, adding one hour per verse. 

Apple Roll

Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)\

I’m a little teapot

I’m a little teapot
Short and stout
Here is my handle
(one hand on hip)
Here is my spout
(other arm out straight)

When I get all steamed up
Hear me shout
“Tip me over
and pour me out!”
(lean over toward spout)

Itsy Bitsy Spider

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout. (alternately touch the thumb of one hand with the index finger of the other hand)
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out! (raise hands over head, wiggle fingers and lower hands to lap)
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
(raise hands in circle over head)
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again. (alternately touch the thumb of one hand with the index finger of the other hand)

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Twilight Tales – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Tuesdays and Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time

Handley Library
Mondays @ 10:30AM – Preschool Time
Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – Baby and Me
Wednesday, Jan. 20 @ 6PM – Pajama Time
Thursdays @ 10:30AM – Toddler Time

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

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