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 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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