Family Storytime: Moose!

Today’s storytime was about the mighty moose! We started with a great new book written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, titled This is a Moose. In the story, a film is being made about a moose, but the film goes awry as the moose is anything but ordinary or natural. This moose has astronaut ambitions, and insists on being filmed with his space suit while the frustrated director screams for any animals that actually act like they’re supposed to!

This is a Moose

We read Ernest, the Moose Who Does Not Fit by Catherine Rayner. No matter how hard Ernest tries to squeeze into the dimensions of this book, he can’t get his whole body inside. But his little chipmunk friend has an idea to make the book fit him.

Ernest the Moose Who Does Not Fit

Then we did a Moose Hokey Pokey, which I called “The Goosey Moosey.” Yes, it’s a silly name. But it’s fun to do, especially using your hands as “antlers.”

We also told a story with the flannelboard, about a moose who is dying to go for a long walk with a friend, but his friends are all busy doing something else. In his Herculean effort to find someone to walk with, the moose does get some great exercise!

fine day for a walk flannel

We read Z is for Moose, a fun story by Kelly Bingham and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky, about a moose who is impatient for his turn to be in Zebra’s alphabet book, but when Zebra decides to go with Mouse instead, Moose throws a tantrum all over the book!

Z is for Moose

We wrapped up storytime with a rare Disney short film from the year 1950, called “Morris the Midget Moose.” You can check this out on the Disney Rarities Celebrated Shorts DVD which is available for request from Glendale Central Library.

Morris the Midget Moose

If you’d like some more great Moose stories, try these!

This Moose Belongs to Me
Looking for a Moose
Useful Moose

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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