Infant & Toddler Storytime: Rabbits

Since this is the beginning of our Spring Storytime session, it seemed only fitting to do something super springy.  So we shared stories about rabbits and bunnies!


Books We Shared

 
At infant storytime, we started with Grandma Rabbitty coming for a visit in Grandma Rabbitty’s Visit by Barry Smith.  She might not get there the way you expect!  This fun story features lots of different vehicles and got a chuckle from the caregivers.  After a hard day of play, it’s time for Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson.  We followed little bunnies through an onomonopeoic trip to bed.

In the Toddler storytime, I couldn’t decide which book I wanted to share the most — there are so many good ones to choose from!  At 10 we found a way to play even when it rains with rabbit and mouse in Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Sam Williams.  In both sessions we also played a game of hide-and-go seek with Peek-a-Boo Bunny by Holly Surplice, where we learned sometimes you have to slow down to spot everything.  In 11am, we also had Grandma Rabbitty visit.

 


Flannelboard Stories

Infant Storytime: Run Run Rabbit
Run Rabbit Run flannelboard cropped
Pattern and Rhyme from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun written by Liz & Dick Wilmes, illustrated by Janet McDonnell

There once was a fox.
A sly, silver fox.
Who was looking for a rabbit.

Run, run rabbit
Run, run rabbit
Run, run rabbit fast as you can.

Don’t let him catch you
Don’t let him catch you
Don’t let him put you in the rabbit stew.

We did this one as a bounce, so as the rabbit was running, the caregivers bounced their little ones on their laps.

Toddler Storytime: The Giant Carrot
Giant Carrot Flannelboard2
(Pattern and story taken from The Flannel Board Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)

This is a fun retelling of the classic folk tale The Giant Turnip, or the Enormous Turnip.


Nursery Rhyme we Shared in Infant Storytime

In our nursery rhyme, we followed the path of Jack and Jill.

Jack and Jill
JackandJillFlannelboard1 JackandJillFlannelboard2

Flannelboard from Little Folk Visuals

Jack and Jill
went up the hill,
to fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down
And broke his crown.
And Jill came tumbling after

Film We Watched in Toddler Storytime


“Rebecca Rabbit” from Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party

Peppa and George have fun visiting Rebecca Rabbit’s house and learning how to be bunnies.


 Rhymes We Shared

We had a lot of fun doing action rhymes at storytime!

INFANT STORYTIME

Peek a Boo
(to tune of Frere Jacques)
Peek-a-boo, Peek-a-boo (play peek-a-boo)
I see you, I see you (point at baby)
I see your little nose  (touch baby’s nose)
I see your tiny toes (touch baby’s toes)
Peek-a-boo.  Peek-a-boo. (play peek-a-boo again) 

To Market, To Market
(Bounce baby on lap as you recite the rhyme)
To market to market to buy a fat pig
Home again, home again jiggity jig.
To market, to market to buy a fat hog
Home again, home again jiggity jog.
To market, to market to buy a plum bun
Home again, home again market is done.

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden (circle finger around baby’s bellybutton)
Goes the teddy bear
A one step, a two step, (move fingers up the chest)
A tickle-y under there. (tickle under the chin)

TODDLER STORYTIME

Two Little Feet
Two little feet go stamp, stamp, stamp
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap
One little body stands up straight
One little body turns around
One little body sits quietly down


 Continue the Fun

The library has a many more wonderful stories to read and get you bouncing!  Visit your local Pasadena Public Library branch to read these or discover others.

 

Children’s Room – Infant Toddler Storytime – 3/29/2016

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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