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Shark Storytime


Storytime and other Library programs.

Let the wild rumpus start!

Shark Storytime

Scott Bahlmann

Opening: Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi


Book: Shark Kiss, Octopus Hug – Lynn Rowe Reed


(This was just a bit long, so we clipped some pages, and it worked great. ) 

Activity: 5 little fishes


(This was a hit, I think especially because of our shark puppet.) 

Five little fishes swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me! You can’t catch me!”
(buzz lips with fingers)
Along came Mr. Shark as quiet as can be
and SNAPPED that fish right out of the sea!

(count down remaining)


Book: The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark – Ken Geist


(I was a little reluctant about the wordiness of this, but it really worked well. The kids like the variation of the traditional story.) 

Activity: Baby shark


Baby shark, Do doo, do do do(x3) 
(make jaws with pointer finger and thumb) 
Brother Shark Do doo, do do do(x3)
(jaws with two hands joined at wrist)
Momma shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(shark jaws with forearms connected at elbows) 
Daddy shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(shark jaws with full arms)
Grandpa shark, Do doo, do do do(x3)
(Daddy Shark, curl fingers for gums)
Now let's swim, Do doo, do do do,
From the shark, Do doo, do do do (x3) (doggy paddle)
Gotca! (clap hands together!)

(The kids liked this more than I expected. It's a really simple premise, and a nice simple filler.) 

Book: Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure  - Viviane Schwartz


(A cute premise, fun characters, but not so well suited to group reading. The pages tend to be a bit busy with smaller images, and it runs a smidge long.) 

Activity: Shark in the Park -
adapted from the book by Nick Sharratt
see the full version here


(The kids love projector stories, and this is so well suited for it.) 

Book: I’m a Shark – Bob Shea


(A really fun book, as is everything by Bob Shea) 

Activity: Bubbles


(We ended the program with watery bubbles!)