Bon Appetit! Preschool Storytime

Last Saturday, we did a storytime that worked up an appetite, with stories, lots of dancing and movement, and yummy, funny reads!

I did a short puppet show narrating the classic book The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. I used a puppet for the mouse and the kids helped me trick the mouse and convince him that there really is a big, hungry bear going tromp, tromp, tromp on big, hungry feet.

When I previously performed this puppet show for a toddler group I recorded it. Here it is:

Books We Shared

The Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen features a woodpecker with a dream. All Benny wants is just one maple-syrupy waffle… But he keeps getting kicked out of the diner, and laughed out of the forest by the other animals. Fortunately, Benny has a plan to show them all!

Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda is an interactive kind of book with prompts to touch, blow or tilt the pages, with the goal of helping the bunny reach the apples and get home in time for dinner.

I Won’t Eat That by Christopher Silas Neal was an instant favorite as soon as I read it! The sour, picky cat’s voice is just deliciously fun to read. In it, a picky eater cat interviews other members of the animal kingdom to find out what they eat.


Five Red Apples

Five red apples hanging on a tree
Big and red and so shiny
Along came a worm with a hungry tummy
And he ate one apple off of the tree!

Music from CDs

“Popcorn” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty

“Song in My Tummy” and “I Know a Chicken” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

Rhymes We Shared Without CD

Magic Finger

Magic finger in the air
Magic finger on my hair
Magic finger on my hip
Magic finger on my lip… Shhh!

Goodbye, Friends

Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
Goodbye, friends
It’s time to say goodbye

(Video here:

Film We Watched

We watched The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, based on the book by Mo Willems.

 Continue the Fun

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

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. 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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