Fireworks and Fun for the 4th of July Storytime

 

Happy Birthday, America!

We’re celebrating Independence Day at storytime this Saturday at Bowman Library.  Check out these picture books all about 4th of July celebrations and adventures.  Find them in our catalog under the tag: #july4th

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Fireworks

Fireworks go
snap, snap, snap (snap fingers)
crack, crack, crack (slap knees)
zap, zap, zap (make flashing motions with hands)
Fireworks make me
clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
on Independence Day!

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

 

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Parks and Picnics Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Parks and Picnics Title Card

Summer’s here and we’ve prepared a week of park and picnic storytimes for you.  Snack on these delicious books, poems, songs, and games about parks and picnics, preferably while you soak in the sun and the blue skies on a blanket in the grass.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Central Park serenade

Central Park Serenade by Laura Godwin – JE Godwin

  • Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the sights and sounds of New York’s Central Park in summer.

 

 

Book Jacket for: The beastly feastThe beastly feast by Bruce Goldstone ; illustrated by Blair Lent – JE Goldstone

  • All sorts of animals bring a variety of foods to share at a picnic: bears bring pears, parrots bring carrots, mosquitoes bring burritos, mice bring rice, and so on.

 

Book Jacket for: The best picnic everThe best picnic ever by Clare Jarrett – JE Jarrett

  • While his mother prepares a picnic, Jack invites a giraffe, an elephant, and other animals to lunch and each eagerly agrees, as long as they can play first.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Ready for anything

Ready for Anything by Keiko Kasza – JE Kasza

  • Raccoon is nervous about all of the things that could spoil a picnic, from bees to dragons, until Duck convinces him that surprises can be fun.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: The rattlebang picnic

The Rattlebang Picnic by Magaret Mahy, illustrated by Steven Kellog – JE Mahy

  • The McTavishes, their seven children, and Granny McTavish take their old rattlebang of a car on a picnic up Mt. Fogg and have an exciting adventure.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Mouse's first summer

Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by Buket Erdogan – JE Thompson

  • Mouse tries many new things when he and Minka celebrate summer by enjoying a picnic in the park.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: McDuff saves the day

McDuff Saves the Day by Rosemary Wells – JE Wells (Holiday)

  • Fred, Lucy, the baby, and McDuff go to the lake for a Fourth of July picnic, but when ants consume all of their food it’s up to McDuff to find something for them to eat.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Hats off for the Fourth of July!Hats off for the Fourth of July! by Harriet Ziefert ; illustrated by Gustaf Miller –  JE Ziefert

  • Spectators wait to see what will come next as the watch the town’s Fourth of July parade.

 

 

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: Parks and Picnics 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

Ants at the Picnic (Tune “Skip to My Lou”)

Ants at the picnic, what’ll I do?
Ants at the picnic, what’ll I do?
Ants at the picnic, what’ll I do?
Guess I’ll eat real quickly!

Five Hungry Ants

Five hungry ants, marching in a line
They came upon a picnic, where they could dine
They marched into the salad
They marched into the cake
They marched into the pepper
Oh-uh! That was a mistake!
AAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCHHHHOOOOOOO!

Continue, counting down 4, 3, 2, 1 with each verse.

Watermelon Patch Song (Tune: “Are You Sleeping?/Frere Jaques”)

Watermelon, watermelon (make a circle with arms)
On the vine, on the vine (wiggle arms)
Sweet and red and juicy, sweet and red and juicy (rub tummy)
Please be mine! Please be mine! (palms together, pleading)

Fireworks

Fireworks go
snap, snap, snap (snap fingers)
crack, crack, crack (slap knees)
zap, zap, zap (make flashing motions with hands)
Fireworks make me
clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
on Independence Day!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Touch the ground
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Jump up now
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Take a bow
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Find your nose
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Touch your toes
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Arms up high
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Wave good-bye!

Going on a Picnic

“Going on a Picnic” is available from The corner grocery store [sound recording] by Raffi – J CD Raffi

Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Did you bring the sandwiches?
(Yes I’ve brought the sandwiches)
Did you bring the salad?
(Yes I’ve brought the salad)
Ready for a picnic here we go

Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Did you bring the melon?
(Yes I’ve brought the melon)
Did you bring the apples?
(Yes I’ve brought the apples)
Did you bring the lemonade?
(Yes I’ve brought the lemonade)
Did you bring the cookies?
(Yes I’ve brought the cookies)
Ready for a picnic here we go

Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Going on a picnic, leaving right away
If it doesn’t rain, we’ll stay all day
Goin’ on a picnic

The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

(Continue, counting up for as many verses as you like.)

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic

“The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” is available on There’s a Hippo in my Tub – J CD Murray
Bill Shontz - Teddy Bear's Greatest Hits

Or on The Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits – J CD Shontz

 

 

 

 

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about.
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.

If you go down to the woods today,
You’d better not go alone!
It’s lovely down in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home!

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them frolic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.

 

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.