Family Storytime: Dirt!

In honor of summer and outdoor play, today we read books about going outside and getting dirty! We started with a beautiful new book called Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals and illustrated by Patrice Barton.

Then we did a flannelboard story about five clean and squeaky pigs who each get dirty and need a bath!

five clean squeaky pigs

Sing it to “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

Five pigs so squeaky clean
Cleanest you’ve ever seen
Wanted to go outside and play
Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud
Landed with a big thud
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs.

(Source: Mel’s Desk)

We continued on our piggies track by reading Hogwash, written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jim McMullan. It’s a fun rhyming read!

I converted another great rhyming book into a flannel story–Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry:

little blue truck

We sang and danced to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and then read Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, a book with many surprising turns!

Our video for today didn’t work out unfortunately. The disc was skipping. But we tried to finish things on a happy note with the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It Clap Your Hands!”

If you’d like more great books on this theme, try these!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. 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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