I’m Moving!

I’m moving… in two ways…

1. The time has come to move this blog over to my new domain: sillylibrarian.com! I will now be updating the blog at sillylibrarian.com/blog. Please update your bookmarks, links, etc. and head on over to my new site! This is the first of many fun changes I hope to make with this blog. I also changed to my favorite color purple! Wahoo!

2. I’m physically moving from Burbank, CA. to Elgin, IL.! My husband and I bought a house and will be back in Illinois the first week of September. No job yet… but, hopefully, I will find a library, bookstore, museum or school to do storytimes at very soon.

In the meantime, head over to my new site! I’m posting a video! and a transportation-themed preschool storytime!

P.S. Please pardon some dust during this moving process. For example, my search box has disappeared on my new site. Mysterious… I’ll resolve that asap!


Changes Ahead

Hello friends! I hope that you are all having a very fun summer. I haven’t totally forgotten about this blog. Actually, I am working on changing domains, redoing the design, and adding some nifty features. It’s going to be awesome! Hopefully, I’ll be back to posting every Friday (and maybe even more often!) really soon.

Make Many Colorful Splashes!

Not only did we cover animals that make a splash, we also got in some counting and color identification. It was quite a wonderful and splashy way to end our storytime year and to introduce our “Make a Splash” Summer Reading theme.

It was also a nice ending to my time here in Burbank. I loved being a part of all your lives and will never forget you! Thanks for coming to storytime and for sharing stories, songs, dancing, puppets and bubbles with me.

Feel free to keep in touch (or keep track of me on this blog!), and have the best summer ever!

Stories Shared:
Little White Duck by Walt Whippo
The Wide-Mouthed Frog: a Pop-Up Book by Keith Faulkner
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. (Finger Puppet Set available here.)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet):
Hands Up High
If You’re Happy and You Know It
I Clap My Hands
Thank You

Bonus Song:
Five Little Ducks (Flannel pieces can be purchased here. Lyrics and melody can be found here.)

Bonus Song:
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Tune: “Muffin Man”
If you’re wearing red today, Red today, red today, If you’re wearing red today, Stand up and shout “Hooray!”
Repeat for other colors

Bob McGrath: Bob’s Favorite Street Songs (Rubber Duckie; Put Down the Duckie)
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)


I have a bittersweet announcement to make… next week will be my last week working at the Burbank Public Library. I am inching my way back home to my native Illinois, and I will hopefully be moved there by the end of this summer or early in the fall. It’s been a wonderful privilege to share stories and sing songs with Burbank’s children and to see them grow these last three and a half years. I will miss you all very, very, very much!!! Please come to my final storytimes this week (on Wednesday at BV and Friday at Central) to exchange good-byes. Did I mention that I will miss you?!

I intend to continue posting to this blog. I have some ideas of pages that I could add (including how I format storytimes, favorite preschool books, and fingerplay videos or podcasts). I also have a backlog of some of my preschool and baby storytimes from previous years. I hope to find a new library, bookstore, or school “home” to present storytimes again very soon! (Any Chicago suburb libraries looking for a storyteller? Hehe.) I love storytime!

Wiggly Bugs

This week’s storytimes were BUG-tastic! Remember everybody that NEXT WEEK is our LAST storytime of the season! Be sure to come and celebrate our wonderful year together. Storytime will be on hiatus until the fall (date to be determined), but there will still be fun times at the Burbank Public Library this summer.

Registration for our Read-to-Me Summer Program (petting zoo! music! puppets! fun!) starts on June 1st, and the program will run the week of June 13th through the week of July 18th.

Stories Shared:
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! By Bob Barner (Patterns available here.)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet):
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
The Beehive
Itsy Bitsy Spider
I’m a Little Teapot

Bonus Rhyme:
Way up high in the apple tree,
(Stretch arms in the air.)
Two little apples smiled at me.
(Hold up two fists.)
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
(Shake fists in the air.)
Down came the apples.
(Drop fists to lap. Mime biting into “apples”.)
Mmm, were they good!
(Pat tummy.)

Five Little Apples
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little apples hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Slinky Worm quiet as can be…
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 apple flannels and a worm finger puppet)

Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (The Wiggle Song)

Tags: bugs, butterfly, insects, storytime

Families Give You Lots and Lots of Love!

This week’s storytimes celebrated families: mommies, daddies and babies, too! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there:)

Stories Shared:
Does a Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too? By Eric Carle
What Mommies Do Best / What Daddies Do Best by Laura Numeroff
What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet):
Five Little Monkeys
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Hands Up High
Old MacDonald
I Clap My Hands

Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Let’s Get Clean!

Who needs a bath? A king, animals, a car, YOU!

Stories Shared:
King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey and Don Wood
Bath Time by Sandra Boynton
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
The Scrubbly-Bubbly Car Wash by Irene O’Garden

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Old MacDonald
I Clap My Hands

Bonus Rhyme:
“Five Elephants in a Bathtub” felt board rhyme
(My Five Elephants in the Bathtub felt board set came from Artfelt.)

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
(Clap twice with “Knock, Knock.”)
Splash, Splash,
(Slap knees twice with “Splash, Splash.”)
Come on in!
(Motion with both hands to come in.)

Two elephants…
Three elephants…
Four elephants…

Five elephants in a bathtub
Going for a swim.
Knock, Knock,
Splash, Splash,
They all fell in!

Bonus Song:
The Wheels on the Bus
(Melody and lyrics can be found here.)
(Patterns can be found here.)

Bob McGrath: Sing Along with Bob #1
Frank Leto: Time for Music (Coconut Soap)