Dragons: Preschool Storytime

Today, we were dragons flying high and breathing fire!


Books We Shared

Did you know that the best way to make friends with a dragon is by giving him a taco? Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri let you in on the big secret that Dragons Love Tacos. You’ll learn everything you need to know about how to host a taco party for dragons, including some of the most important things to avoid, and why!

Have you ever asked your parents for a pet, and needed a really, really convincing reason? The narrator in The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama begs his mother for a dog, to no avail. Then when he asks her for a dragon she says, “Sure, if you can find one.” Well, reader, be careful what you tell your kids, because he DOES find one and it wreaks havoc on the house until his mother is practically begging for a dog!

Again! by Emily Gravett is a cute book that uses her particular gift for out-of-the-box book concepts, like a baby dragon breathing an actual hole in the pages. But I have to admit I need to modify the way I read it if I use this book in the future. In it, a dragon parent is reading a long story (that’s the problem I was having) and modifying it a little to encourage baby dragon Cedric to go to bed, eventually falling asleep herself. Cedric has a tantrum and damages the book. It was cute but some people didn’t stick around for the ending. In hindsight, I probably should have read Prince & Knight instead.

Flannel Boards We Shared

Five Brave Knights

Five brave knights, here to save the day!
Along came a dragon, and carried one away.

(Continue counting down until there are no more knights)

No brave knights here to save the day.
They’re all in the castle, and there they will stay!

(Source: http://readrhymesing.blogspot.com/2015/10/flannel-friday-royal-flannel-board.html)


Scarf Songs and Rhymes

We are Dragons

We are dragons
We have wings (wave scarf like wings)
We can fly and do dragon things

We can breathe fire (hold scarf to your face and blow!)
Swish our long tails (wave scarf)
Travel for miles without leaving trails!

Roaring, soaring dragons fly (dance around and wave scarf)
And now it’s time for dragons to say goodbye.

One Bright Scarf

One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow,
Toss it up high and wave it down low
Wiggle it fast and wiggle it slow
Hey! (cover face) Where did you go?

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, where are you?
Hiding in your… place! Peekaboo!
Peekaboo, I see you
and your smiling… face! Peekaboo!

Action Songs & 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.

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Goodbye friends, 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 on CD that we used in storytime.

“Song in My Tummy” and “Monster Boogie” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band.

“Dancing Scarf Blues” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson


Video We Shared

We watched “Where The Wild Things Are,” an animated version of the book by Maurice Sendak, which has a dragon in it.


Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about dragons to check out at your Pasadena Public Library Branch:

AnnMarie Hurtado

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, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime 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, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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