Toddler Storytime: Halloween


Books We Shared


Flannel Boards We Shared

Shadow Shapes

I showed everyone these “scary shadows” that, upon being flipped over, turn out to be cute pictures of happy things!

Four Little Bats

Four little bats as happy as can be.
One flew away and then there are three.

Three little bats are swooping towards you.
One flew away and that leaves two.

Two little bats having lots of fun.
One flew away and that leaves one.

One little bat and we’re almost done!
He flew away and then there were none.

(Credit: https://www.feltboardmagic.com/five-little-bats/)

Who’s That Knocking?

(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush)

Who’s that knocking at my door?
At my door, at my door?
Who’s that knocking at my door?
Who can it be?

Knock, knock! Who’s There?
It’s… a pirate! (or superman, or bumblebee)

Pirate’s saying “Trick or treat,
Trick or treat, trick or treat!”
Here’s a treat for you to eat–
Happy Halloween!

(Credit: Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols)


Letter of the Day: H

We drew a big letter H in the air and talked about words that start with H.


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.

Where is Thumbkin?

(Tune: Frere Jacques)

(hide hands behind your back)
Where is Thumbkin? Where is Thumbkin?
Here I am! Here I am! (bring out each hand with thumb sticking up)
How are you today, sir? Very well and thank you! (thumbs talk to each other)
Run away! Run away! (Hands hide again behind back)

Peekaboo

Peekaboo, where are you
Hiding in your… PLACE! Peekaboo!
Peekaboo, I see you
And your smiling… FACE! Peekaboo!

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye 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/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.

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

“Monster Boogie” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band


Video We Shared

We watched “Monster Mystery” from the DVD Pocoyo: Boo!


We took some group photos, and I also got a lot of cute pics of the kids, many of whom were wearing Halloween costumes today!


Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about Halloween 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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