Infant & Toddler Storytime: Halloween!

It’s that time of year for Halloween stories!  We had fun sharing books about pumpkins in this morning’s storytimes.  And even more fun was seeing all the infants and toddlers in costume!  We have such adorable patrons.

Books We Shared

 DuckandGooseFindaPumpkinbyHills PumplyDumplyPumpkinbySerfozo
We started infant storytime off with a guessing game: What Am I? Halloween by Anne Margaret Lewis, illustrated by Tom Mills.  Each page gives a clue and half an illustration of a Halloween-centric object, then you lift the flap to reveal what is underneath.  This book is a little long, but you don’t always have to read a book in order.  We skipped a few pages today in storytime, and that’s ok.  Always remember to follow your child’s cues while sharing stories with him or her — reading should be fun, not tedious.

In both infant and toddler we helped Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills.  Duck and Goose see their friend Thistle with a pumpkin, and they want one of their own.  But where do pumpkins live?  Your little one will enjoy saying no to this book, and being smarter than Duck and Goose.

In Toddler storytime we saw Peter the Tiger find a Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin written by Mary Serfozo and illustrated by Valeria Petrone.  Once Peter finds the pumpkin though, what is he going to do with it?  This is a fun story that while Halloween themed, isn’t the least bit scary.


Flannelboard Stories

5 Little Pumpkins
5 Little Pumpkins Flannelboard cropped
(Flannelboard pieces & Rhyme from ArtFelt)

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “There are witches in the air!”
The third one said, “Well, I don’t care!”
The fourth one said, “Let’s run, run, run!”
The fifth one said, “I’m ready for some fun!”
OOOOOOoo went the wind and
OUT (clap) went the lights.
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.


Mouse’s Halloween House
(Pattern & Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra)

One day in the fall, a little gray mouse found a big orange house.
She nibbled a hole in the middle to make the door.
She nibbled 2 holes near the top to make windows.
She nibbled a wide hole near the bottom so her children could run in and out.
Then she put a candle inside so the house was never dark.

The mouse’s little house
was a sight to be seen.
It was a jack-o’-lantern –
Happy Halloween!


Nursery Rhyme

Hickety, Pickety, My Black Hen
HicketyPicketyFlannelboard1 HicketyPicketyFlannelboard2
(Template and Rhyme from Mother Goose’s Playhouse by Judy Sierra)

Hickety, pickety, my black hen.
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentleman come everyday
To see what my hen doth lay.
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten,
Hickety, pickety, my black hen.

Film We Watched

“Goblin Night” from Little Bear Halloween Stories

There are so many ways to have fun at the playground!

Continue the Fun

Celebrate Halloween with books for infants and toddlers at your local Pasadena Public Library branch.
Click the cover of each book to find it in the library catalog.



Children’s Room Infant Toddler Storytime 10/28/2014

Jennifer Driscoll

Jennifer D. is a Senior Librarian of Youth Services . When she was young, she was once grounded for reading too much. Things haven’t changed much since then and she loves escaping into a good story. When she’s not reading she enjoys watching old musicals, scouring flea markets, taking way too many photos and letterpressing. If she could have any pet she wanted she would have a wombat or a manatee.

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