Outer Space Storytime at Handley Regional Library

Ad Astra – To the Stars! for Storytime

Have you registered for your spot in the Planetarium show?  It’s coming up this weekend, on Saturday, June 17th, so be sure to register here before all the spots are filled!

Did your child love one of our storytime books this week?  You can find them and more suggested books in our catalog under the tag: #readforthestars

Space Stories: 


Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share:

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom (brush hands together)
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip (creep fingers up arm)
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom (brush hands together)
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (crouch down lower and lower)
Blast off! (jump up high)

Galaxy Stretch
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky
Stand on tippytoe, oh so high!

If You’re Going to the Moon
Tune:  “If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)
If you’re going to the moon and you want to get there soon
If you’re going to the moon, wear your suit (ziiiiip)

…wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
…wear your helmet (pat head, pat head)
wear your gloves (clap, clap)

Stars Fingerplay 
At night I see the twinkling stars
(fist up and open hands over your head)
And a great big smiling moon
(circle arms overhead)
My Mama/Papa tucks me into bed
(Lay pointer of one hand across the palm of the other hand)
And sings a good-night tune.
(Rock your hands back and forth)

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle twinkle little star
(Hold hands up about shoulder height. Open and close hands)
How I wonder what you are
(Raise shoulders and hold hands out)
Up above the world so high
(Raise hands high in the sky and open and close them again)
Like a diamond in the sky
(Form forefinger and thumb from each hand in a diamond shape)
Twinkle twinkle little star
(Hold hands up about shoulder height. Open and close hands)
How I wonder what you are
(Raise shoulders and hold hands out)

Six Little Men in a Flying Saucer
Six  little men in a flying saucer
Flew round the world one day
They looked left and right
But they didn’t like the sight
So one man flew away
Wheeeeeeeee!!

(Continue counting down to zero)

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

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

Solar System Stories

In honor of the continued exploration of our solar system, Twilight Tales on Tuesday featured stories about our solar system, astronauts, and space exploration.  Here are a few of the books available at Handley Regional Library that feature stories about space, astronauts, and the solar system:

Book Jacket for: If I were an astronaut

If I were an Astronaut by Eric Braun – fun and simple text, packed with information about the life and work of an astronaut.
JE Braun

 

Book Jacket for: Space probes : exploring beyond Earth Space Probes by David Jefferis – a more in-depth nonfiction book all about the unmanned missions we have sent out to explore our gallaxy.
J 629.4354 Jef

 

Book Jacket for: Hush, little alien

Hush, Little Alien by Daniel Kirk – behind a hilarious adaptation of the classic lullaby “Hush, Little Baby,” lies a singable bedtime tale with depth and sweetness.
JE Kirk

 

Book Jacket for: Astro Bunnies

Astro Bunnies by Christine Loomis – bold, high-contrast illustrations and simple text make this an excellent choice as a read-aloud to babies.
JE Loomis

 

Book Jacket for: Zoom, rocket, zoom!Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! by Margaret Mayo – “A rhythmic, rollicking text pairs with bold, bright illustrations to capture the imaginations of young space explorers everywhere.”
JE Mayo

 

Book Jacket for: Astronauts are sleeping

Astronauts and Sleeping by Natalie Standiford – a dreamy, imaginative bedtime story whose lush pastel illustrations take the reader on a tour of the solar system.  JE Standiford

We also have a selection of books and library resources relating to recent solar system exploration here on the blog in our post about the New Horizons mission to Pluto: Expand Your Horizons: Fly By Pluto.

As our craft, we made a star counting game to take home.  The game is based on the traditional song “Bye’m Bye.

By’m bye, By’m bye;
Stars shining, number,
number one, number two, number three,
number four, number five,
Oh, my! By’m Bye, By’m Bye
Oh, my! By’m Bye.

Instructions for the Game:
To play, you need five stars and 5 small squares.  On each square, write one number, from 1 to 5.   Before you begin singing, lay the squares face down and pick one number.  The number you select is the number of stars you count out as you sing.  Pick a number for each verse, and sing only up to that number of stars, laying down a paper star with each one you count. By engaging the senses of touch, sight, and hearing simultaneously, this game helps engage several primary learning styles.  By engaging all of these together, children will more readily learn the meaning of the numbers.  The game can also be expanded to as many numbers as you wish when your child is ready to learn more numbers!