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Back to School Storytime


Storytime and other Library programs.

Let the wild rumpus start!

Back to School Storytime

Scott Bahlmann

(A little drama occurred prior to this storytime. I took my bag of books home to practice them, and it got lost somewhere! So I scrounged together a new set in the half hour before my program. It worked out pretty well though. )

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Late for School -Stephanie Calmenson


(The kids had fun with this, it was nice having them identify all the different modes of transportation.)


(wanted to use Cornelius P. Mud, are you Ready for School?  by Barney Saltzberg)

Song: There's  Dog in School


There's a dog in school, OH NO!
What are we going to do?
As long as there's a dog in school
He'll have to learn his alphabet, too!

(Bark the ABC song, then continue with other animals. I used a dog, cat, mouse, dinosaur, then child to sing the proper way.)

(This was very popular!)

Book: How Rocket Learned to Read - Tad Hills


(This story is rather long, so I clipped some pages together. Not very suited to for storytime but it worked okay.)


(wanted to use Llama Llama Misses Mamma by Anna Dewdey)

Activity: If You’re Wearing Any Red


If you’re wearing any red, any red
If you’re wearing any red, any red
If you’re wearing any red,
wave your hands above your head,
If your clothes have any red, any red.

...if you’re wearing any blue,
jump up and down inside your shoes,
...if you’re wearing any white,
scrunch your face up small and tight,
...if you’re wearing any yellow,
jiggle like a bowl of jello-o,
...if you’re wearing any green,
tilt sideways ‘till you lean,
...if you’re wearing any brown,
make a face like a clown,
…if you’re wearing any purple,
spin around in a circle,
…if you’re wearing any black,
pat yourself right on the back
…if your wearing any gray,
go ahead and shout Hurray!
...if you’re wearing any orange,
pretend to sleep and snoreange.

(Talked about wearing new school clothes, it was a good get up and move activity.)

Book: If You Take a Mouse to School - Laura Numeroff


(This was a little flat, but worked okay. It was good we'd just done a moving thing!)


(wanted to use Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin)

Activity: One Was Johnny
from the book by Maurice Sendak


(I had a little flip board with number for the kids to call out. It worked well enough, but some of the kids were getting a little restless.)

Book: How do Dinosaurs go to School? - Jane Yolen


(Pretty compact, and who doesn't love dinosarus!  One little boy started shouting out No! after each of the questions. Love that participation!)


(wanted to use Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten! by Heywon Yum)

Activity: Hand Out Books


(We had a bunch of books to give the kids to help them 'Get ready for school'. And as a present for those that wouldn't be able to attend storytime anymore when summer ends.)