Today, we read about animals who live nearby!  (Some of these critters even sneak into our backyards and homes.)

What follows are the books, rhymes, songs, tickle, bounces and flannel activity we shared.

   Our library friends, Percy & Mickey!

P.S.  At first I couldn’t find Mickey the mouse…he was hiding in my pocket the whole time!  Silly me!


Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry opened with an orange squirrel gathering acorns!  Of course he needs to hide these away for the winter months so he buries them.  He is so eager to gather as many as possible that he tears them away from a bird and some mice!  Of course there are other creatures in the fields including a pretty big, hungry bear.  Orange squirrel is relieved when the bear is distracted by some berries!  But now orange squirrel is hungry!!!  Where did he bury those acorns anyway???  A play on words that might escape infants (bury and berry) but the simply story and the bright, bold illustrations will teach infants a bit about the life of a squirrel while keeping them engaged.

In City Animals by Simms Taback, we are given very specific clues about some city animals.  A squirrel, a dog, a cat, a horse and a mouse pop out in this lift-the-flap book of huge proportions.  Some of the animals are easy for little ones to guess, others not so much.  A beautiful and clever concept book that highlights animals seen around our neighborhoods.


Little Mouse, Little Mouse

Little mouse is hiding behind one of these colorful houses.  Can we find him?

Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the ____ house?





It’s up to us to guess!  Can you guess which house little mouse was hiding behind?

Action Songs, Rhymes & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Welcome Song
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!
First we clap our hands just so,
Then we bend and touch our toes.
Welcome, welcome everyone,
Now we’re here let’s have some fun!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Video:  Twinkle Twinkle

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle Twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.

Dickery Dickery Dare (bounce)

Video:  Dickery Dickery Dare

Dickery dickery dare,
The pig flew up in the air –
The man in brown,
Brought him back down,
Dickery dickery dare!

The Grand Old Duke of York (bounce)

Video:  The Grand Old Duke of York

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up,
They were neither up nor down.

Peas Porridge Hot! (nursery rhyme)

Video:  Peas Porridge Hot

Peas porridge hot
Peas porridge cold
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old!
Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, nine days old!

Tickle:  Round and round the garden, goes the Teddy Bear, a one-step, a two-step, a tickle under there.

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, it’s time to say goodbye.

Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.  Click onto the CD titles to find these items in our library catalog.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Ladies Ride” from More Tickles & Tunes by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“Smooth Road” from Baby’s Boat by Kathy Reid-Naiman

“With My Little Hands” from  Active Baby by Tumble Tots

“I’m a Little Teapot” from Toddler Favorites by Music for Little People

“Two Little Blackbirds” from by Circle Time: songs and rhymes for the very young by Lisa Monet

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

Continue the Fun

If you’d like to read more stories about city animals, check these out from your local Pasadena Public Library.