Two of my storytime favorites, one newly discovered and the other I’ve known for a while. The old…Big books. I know they are just bigger versions of regular books, but I love to use them in storytimes! The new favorite…storytime bear. A couple weeks ago I borrowed Rico’s teddybear for a storytime about being sick. The kids put felt band-aids on the bear to make him feel better. Turns out…I really like having a stuffed animal storytime sidekick.
In acknowledgement of these two favorites storytime elements, this week I had a bear themed storytime featuring two excellent big books! Thanks to Storytime Katie (one of my favorite storytime blogs) for the rhymes.
Opening Song: “Open Them, Shut Them” (As always!)
Big Book: “The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear” by Don and Audrey Wood
Book: “Bear Feels Scared” by Karma Wilson
Rhyme: Where is Bear? (To the tune of Where is Thumbkin?)
- Where is bear? Where is bear?
- Here I am. Here I am.
- How are you this winter?
- Very tired, thank you.
- Go to sleep. Go to sleep.
As I said go to sleep I would make Storytime Bear lay down with his hands over his eyes. Then I would have the kids yell, “Wake Up Bear!” The kids really enjoyed this and we did the rhyme several times.
Book: “Old Bear” by Kevin Henkes
Big Book: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle
We ended up reading this book twice at my younger storytime. At the storytime with older kids, I didn’t even have to read the story…they read it to me!
Closing Song: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” – I like to mix up the third verse with something that links to the theme…this week we “gave a growl.”
The storytime for the older kids had a couple different books and an extra rhyme.
Books: “Tops and Bottoms” adapted by Janet Stevens
“Bear in the Air” by Susan Myers
Rhyme: Teddy Bear Action Rhyme
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, reach up high.
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your knees.
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, sit down please.
This rhyme went exceedingly well with “Bear in the Air.
If you’re happy and you know it give a growl!