Welcome, Spring! Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Hooray, hooray, Spring is here!  Swept in with windy Spring are a flock of colorful picture books.  Here at Handley Regional Library, we’re happy to return to books about bright flowers, April showers, windswept kites, new eggs in nests, baby bunnies, and chirping robins.

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:  

Book Jacket for: Rabbit's good news

Rabbit’s good news by Ruth Lercher Bornstein. – JE Bornstein
“Rabbit leaves her warm dark burrow and discovers that spring has come.”

Book Jacket for: Click, clack, peep

Click, Clack, Peep by Doreen Cronin – JE Cronin
“All of the barnyard animals are excited about the arrival of a new duckling, until the noisy little one refuses to go to sleep.”

Book Jacket for: Splish, splash, spring

Splish, splash, spring by Jan Carr ; illustrated by Dorothy Donohue. – JE Carr
“Illustrations and rhyming text describe some of the delights of spring.”

Book Jacket for: Wake up, it's spring!

Wake up, it’s spring! by Lisa Campbell Ernst. – JE Ernst
“Word of the arrival of spring spreads from earth to worm to seed to lady bug and on through the natural world to a sleeping family, until everyone is dancing in celebration.”

Book Jacket for: In the tall, tall grass

In the tall, tall grass by Denise Fleming. – JE Fleming
“Rhymed text (crunch, munch, caterpillars lunch) presents a toddler’s view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime till nightfall, such as bees, ants, and moles.”

Book Jacket for: Bumblebee, bumblebee, do you know me? : a garden guessing game

Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do you Know Me? by Anne Rockwell – JE Rockwell
“A series of riddles that first give descriptions of various flowers and then reveal their names.”

Book Jacket for: Spring : an alphabet acrostic

Spring : an alphabet acrostic by Steven Schnur ; illustrated by Leslie Evans. – JE Schnur
“Describes spring, with its animals, green smells, and renewed outside activities. When read vertically, the first letters of the lines of text spell related words arranged alphabetically, from “April” to “zenith.” ”

Book Jacket for: Countdown to spring : an animal counting book

Countdown to spring : an animal counting book by Janet Schulman ; illustrated by Meilo So. – JE Schulman
“What a wonderful way for preschoolers to practice counting and, at the same time, celebrate the coming of spring! From ten little ladybugs crawling all around the crocuses to one Easter basket brimful of carrots, corn, berries, and other treats for the animals, this book is a joy to share with a very young child. Meilo So’s inspired and deft watercolor paintings of bunnies, chicks, ducklings, and other little woodland creatures set against a tapestry of flowers capture the very essence of spring.”

Book Jacket for: Carrot soup

Carrot Soup by John Segal – JE Segal
“After working hard on his garden all spring and summer, Rabbit looks forward to harvest time when he can make soup, but every carrot disappears and Rabbit must find out who has taken them. Includes a recipe for carrot soup.”

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first spring

Mouse’s first spring by Lauren Thompson ; illustrated by Buket Erdogan. – JE Thompson
“A mouse and its mother experience the delights of nature on a windy spring day.”

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:

Bunnies, Bunnies Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”

Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, stop.
Twitch your ears and twitch your nose.
Twitch your tail and twitch your toes.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, hop.
Bunnies, bunnies, hop, hop, stop.

Rain is Falling Down

Rain is falling down (splash)
Rain is falling down (splash)
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down (splash)

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on their heads
Down came the Good Fairy and she said,
Little Bunny Foo Foo, I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice and bopping them on their heads.
I’ll give you three chances, and if you don’t stop, I’ll turn you into a goon.

Bunny Pokey Tune: “Hokey Pokey”

You put your bunny paw in.
You take your bunny paw out.
You put your bunny paw in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Bunny Pokey
And you hop around and shout
That’s what it’s all about!

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…

One little duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad Mother Duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother Duck said, “Quack, quack,
Quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks
Came back.

Here is a Bunny

Here is a bunny with ears so funny.
And here is his hole in the ground.
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears
And hops in his hole in the ground. 

Cheer up!

The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
The robin came and sang
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
Spring is here, spring is in the air!


Little Robin Redbreast

Little robin redbreast
Sat upon a rail
Niddle noodle went his head (nod head)
Wiggle waggle went his tail (shake tail) 

Watch It Bloom

Here is a green leaf (hold up palm)
And here is a green leaf (hold up other palm)
That, you see, makes two. (hold up two fingers)
Here is a bud (cup hands together)
That makes a flower; (begin opening hands)
Watch it bloom for you! (slowly open hands)

It Is Spring Time
To the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”

It is spring time.
It is spring time.
Winter’s gone!
Winter’s gone!
Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

Flowers are blooming,
Flowers are blooming,
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

Birds are singing
Birds are singing
Spring is here!
Spring is here!

Soon it will be summer.
Soon it will be summer.
It won’t be long.
It won’t be long.

We hope to see you at storytime!

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

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

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

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

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