Animal Friends Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Pets Storytime Title Card

A kids’ best friend is their dog, cat, fish, turtle, bird . . .  No matter which is your favorite pet, the library has a book for you.  Here’s a few of our favorite books which feature pets:

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Pet shop lullabyPet shop lullaby by Mary Ann Fraser – JE Fraser

    • When the pet store closes for the night, a hamster’s activities keep the other animals awake as they try to think of some way to put him to sleep.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Dogs

  • Dogs by Emily Gravett – JE Gravett

 

    • Various types of dogs illustrate the concept of opposites, with such examples as dogs that are big and small, tough and soft, hairy and bald, and slow and fast.

 

Book Jacket for: The best pet of all

The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle – JE LaRochelle

  • A young boy enlists the help of a dragon to persuade his mother to let him have a dog as a pet.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Be gentle!

  • Be gentle! by Virginia Miller – JE Miller
    • When Bartholomew gets a little black kitten, he must learn to take care of him and be gentle with him.

 

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: Ginger finds a home

  • Ginger finds a home by Charlotte Voake – JE Voake
    • A little girl feeds Ginger, a thin little cat who has been living in a patch of weeds, and takes him home to live with her.

 

 

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: Pet Storytime Booklist.  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

“I Love my Rooster” can be found on: Whadda Ya Think of That – J CD Berkner

I love my rooster, my rooster loves me
And I feed my rooster on the green-berry tree
And my little rooster says cock-a-doodle doo
Deedoodle-eedoodle-eedoodle-eedoo
I love my cow…
I love my duck…
I love the lion…
I love my elephant…

Can You . . .?

Can you hop like a rabbit?
Can you jump like a frog?
Can you waddle like a duck?
Can you wag your tail like a dog?
Can you fly like a bird?
Can you swim like a fish?
Can you sit back down and be still like this?

The Little Turtle

There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box
He swam in the puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn’t catch me.

I Want Someone To Buy Me a Pony

I want someone to buy me a pony
Jig jog jig jog jig jog jee
Not too fast and not too bony
Jig jog jig jog jig jog jee
Oh how I long to ride all around the countryside
With a jig jog jig jog jig jog jig jog jee
With a jig jog jig jog jig jog jig jog jee

Goldfish Finger Play

My darling little goldfish (wiggle one finger)
Hasn’t any toes (point to your toes)
He swims around without a sound (swim one finger)
And bumps his hungry nose (point to nose)
He can’t get out to play with me (point to yourself)
Nor I to get in to him (point away from self)
Although I say, “Come out and play!”
(beckon to come out)
He says, “Come in and swim.”
(Pretend you are swimming)

The Pets in the House Make Lots of Noise

The pets in the house make lots of noise,
Lots of noise, lots of noise,
The pets in the house make lots of noise,
Let’s see if we can hear them!

The cat in the kitchen goes meow, meow, meow
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
The cat in the kitchen goes meow, meow, meow,
How I love my cat!

The dog in the den goes bark, bark, bark . . .

The bunny in the bathroom goes crunch, crunch, crunch . . .

The bird in the basement goes tweet, tweet, tweet . . .

The fish in the front go glug, glug, glug . . .

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.

Kick It! Storytime @ Handley Regional Library

Kick it storytime title card2

Do your best ninja imitation and sneak on in to storytime.

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Ninja!Ninja! by Arree Chung – JE Chung

  • “A ninja must be strong, courageous, and silent! He creeps through the house on a secret mission. There may be obstacles! But have no fear–a true ninja can overcome all challenges”– Provided by publisher.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Tae kwon do!

Tae Kwon Do! by Terry Pierce illustrated by Todd Bonita – JE Pierce (Easy Reader)

  • Easy-to-read, rhyming text describes a Tae kwon do class, at which children learn to kick, punch, and spin, as well as to cooperate and have fun.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Jojo's flying side kickJojo’s Flying Side Kick by Brian Pinkney – JE Pinkney

  • Everyone gives Jojo advice on how to perform in order to earn her yellow belt in tae kwon do class, but in the end she figures it out for herself.

 

 

 

Book Jacket for: The three ninja pigs

The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz illustrated by Dan Santat – JE Schwartz

  • In this twist on “The Three Little Pigs,” Pig One and Two neglect their ninja school martial arts training and are no match for the wolf, but Pig Three’s practice and dedication saves the day. Includes glossary of Japanese martial arts terms.

 

 

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop! by Todd Tuell – JE Tuell

  • Illustrations and simple, rhyming text reveal a young ninja who uses his special moves to sneak up on the family dog, take a cookie from his brother, and escape Granny’s kisses, but before day is done he meets his match.

 

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: Kick it 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

Five Little Ninjas

Five little ninjas creeping through the door,
One said HIYAH, and then there were four.
Four little ninjas, climbing up a tree,
One said HIYAH, and then there were three.
Three little ninjas with nothing to do,
One said HIYAH, and then there were two.
Two little ninjas, having so much fun.
One said HIYAH, and then there was one.
One little ninja, on the run.
He said HIYAH, and then there were none.

If You’re a Ninja and You Know It

If you’re a ninja and you know it,
Be really quiet.  (Shhh!)
If you’re a ninja and you know it,
Be really quiet.  (Shhh!)
If you’re a ninja and you know it,
then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a ninja and you know it,
Be really quiet.  (Shhh!)

If you’re a ninja and you know it…walk on tip toe (Tip Toe)
If you’re a ninja and you know it…say HIYAH (HIYAH!)

Ninja, Ninja
Ninja, ninja – sneak around.
Ninja, ninja – on the ground.
Ninja, ninja – climb up high.
Ninja, ninja – touch the sky.
Ninja, ninja – jump down low.
Ninja, ninja – touch your toe.
Ninja, ninja – take a bow.
Ninja, ninja – sit on down.

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.

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.