Trains, Trucks, and Other Things that Move

The Books:

  • Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
  • Flying by Donald Crews
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

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The Extensions:

“Hurry Hurry Drive the Fire Truck”
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Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck.
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck.
Hurry, hurry, drive the fire truck.
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.
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Hurry, hurry…
     …turn the corner.
     …climb the ladder.
     …spray the water.
     …back to the station.

“The Wheels on the Bus”

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.
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The wipers on the buys go swish, swish, swish…
The doors on the bus go open and shut…
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The driver on the bus says “Move on back!”…
The baby on the bus says “Way, wah, wah”…
The mommy on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush”…

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The Extras:

Right now I do storytime where time is not an issue and the people doing childcare are happy for the kids to have a little extra activity.  So, I try to find a short video to go along with my theme.  I wouldn’t normally do a movie at a library storytime, but it works really well in my current situation.  This week I showed an animated version of “Trashy Town” by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha.

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How It Went:

It is funny how a tiny shift in the age of your group can make such a difference.  I do most of my storytimes twice.  Once for a group of 3 to 5-year-olds (sometimes this group has some older kids also.)  Then again for a group of 2 to 3-year-olds.  That small shift of one year makes a huge amount of difference in how the storytime goes.  The older group loves to participate.  They yelled “NO” to Pigeon with great gusto at each page.  My goal with that group is to have a little fun, get them interested in the books I’m reading. My goal with the younger group is just to hold their attention…which is not an easily accomplished task.

Overall, the storytime went well.  Nothing major that I would change.

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