Water Splash! Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Water Splash Storytime Title CardThere’s no better way to spend a hot summer day than in the water.  Join us at Handley Regional Library’s storytimes as we read all about splashy fun.  Here are some suggested books, poems, and songs all about water play, swimming, and boating.

Books to Share:

Book Jacket for: Boats

Boats by Byron Barton – JE Barton

  • Depicts several kinds of boats and ships.  Fishing boats and ferryboats.  Sailboats and tugs.  Boats on the water. Come aboard.



Book Jacket for: Mr. Gumpy's outingMr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham – JE Burningham

  • Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.




Book Jacket for: Splash!Splash! by Sarah Garland – JE Garland (Board Book)





Book Jacket for: Paul meets BernadettePaul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb – JE Lamb

  • Swimming left and right, up and down, and in big and small circles in his bowl, Paul the fish is astonished when newcomer Bernadette drops in and introduces him to an amazing outside world.



Book Jacket for: Yes, let'sYes, Let’s by Galen Goodwin Longstreth and Maris Wicks – JE Longstreth

  • Relates, through illustrations and simple, rhyming text, a family’s day in the woods, including a hike, swimming, and a picnic.



Book Jacket for: Splash!Splash! by Flora McDonnell – JE McDonnell

  • When the jungle animals are hot, a baby elephant has a good solution involving the squirting and splashing of water at the water hole.




Book Jacket for: Swim!Swim! by Eve Rice – JE Rice

  • A young girl describes all the things that she and her father do when they go to the swimming pool each Saturday morning.



Book Jacket for: Sergio makes a splashSergio makes a splash by Edel Rodriguez – JE Rodriguez

  • Even though he loves water, Sergio the penguin is afraid to swim in the deep water until he learns how.




Book Jacket for: Splish, splash, Splat!Splish, splash, Splat! by Rob Scotton – JE Scotton

  • Splat is not happy to hear that Spike will be coming over for a play date after school, but when their class starts swimming lessons the two discover that they have more in common than a love of candy fish.


These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag: Water Splash Storytime.  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

“The Goldfish” can be found at the library on: The best of the Laurie Berkner Band – J CD Berkner


Swimming Song
Let’s go swimming; it’s so much fun
to play in the water with everyone
let’s go swimming; it’s really fun to do
It’s true!We can swim on our backs
Swim on our sides
Paddle all around
Make a splash so high
We can swim at the pool
or swim in the sea
And you can really have a great time;
just wait and see
what you can do… oh yeah!


Gone Fishin’

Have you ever gone fishin’
on a warm summers day?

Have you ever seen the fishies
just a playin’ in the bay?

With their hands in their pockets
and the pockets in their pants,

Have you ever seen the fishies
do the hootchi-kootchie dance?
(wiggle your whole body like a fish)

Dance to Your Daddy Baby Bounce

Dance to your daddy, my little laddie/lady
Dance to your daddy, my little lamb
You shall get a fishy
On a little dishy
You shall get a fishy
When the boat comes in
Dance to your daddy, my little laddie
Dance to your daddy, my little lamb


Baby Shark

Baby shark,
Doot-doo, doot-doo-doo-doo
Baby shark,
Doot-doo, doot-doo-doo-doo
Baby shark,
Doot-doo, doot-doo-doo-doo
Baby Shark!

Mommy Shark…
Daddy shark…
Grandma shark…
Going swimming…
See a shark…
Swimming fast…
Safe at last…
Bye-bye shark…


The Swimming Song

I went for a walk and the walk was cool.
I saw some people in the swimming pool.
They swam to the right, swam to the left.
These are the things that they did best.
They backstroked, they backstroked, they backstroked until they . . .

Repeat verse, replacing backstroked with:

They doggie paddled, breast stroked, snorkeled, dove, and towel dried.

Went for a walk and the walk was cool.
Nobody left in the swimming pool.
They walked to the right, they walked to the left.
But these were the things that they did best.
They walked, they walked, they walked until they . . .
Went home of course.


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 @ 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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