Bunnies: Preschool Storytime


Books We Shared

On this cool and cloudy day, Bunny Fun by Sarah Weeks and illustrated by Sam Williams seemed like a fun way to start storytime, with its adorable bunny main character who finds ways to keep himself entertained on a rainy day.

The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits features nice rhyming verse by Douglas Florian, and lovely pictures by Sonia Sanchez.

In What’s the Matter, Bunny Blue? by Nicola Smee, a little bunny is troubled and looking for his grandma. He struggles to describe her to other animals in a helpful way, but his friends aren’t giving up!


Puppets

We used puppets to perform the song “Little Bunny Foo Foo”:

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Down came the good fairy
And the good fairy said:
“Little bunny Foo Foo, I don’t wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head!
I’m gonna give you two more chances,
Then I’m gonna turn you into a toad!”
Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Down came the good fairy
And the good fairy said:
“Little bunny Foo Foo, I don’t wanna see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ’em on the head!
I’m gonna give you one more chance,
Then I’m gonna turn you into a toad!”
Little bunny Foo Foo
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head!
Well, the good fairy was mad now and little bunny Foo Foo had to run away…

My bunny puppet went and hid under the tablecloth, and the fairy left too. So we said, “Come out, Foo Foo! The coast is clear!” And what do you think came out of the tablecloth?

Then we recited the “Here comes a bunny” song (see farther down), a magic spell to turn Foo Foo back into a bunny. 🙂


Flannel Boards

Little Peter Rabbit

(This is an old song you sing to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Each time you sing, take one word away and try to remember not to sing that word! I let the kids choose which word to take away.)

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his ear
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his ear
Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his ear
And he flicked it til it flew away

Little Peter — had a fly upon his ear
Little Peter — had a fly upon his ear
Little Peter — had a fly upon his ear
And he flicked it til it flew away

Little Peter — had a — upon his ear
Little Peter — had a — upon his ear
Little Peter — had a — upon his ear
And he flicked it til it flew away

Little Peter — had a — upon his —
Little Peter — had a — upon his —
Little Peter — had a — upon his —
And he flicked it til it flew away


Songs and Rhymes We Shared Without Music

Here Comes a Bunny

Here comes a bunny–hippity-hop (hop)
With ears so funny–flippity-flop (wiggle fingers on sides of head)
When in danger he–sniffity-sniffs (wiggle nose)
Then hides in his hole–jiffity-jiff! (cover eyes)

(Credit: Teaching Mama)


Music from CDs We Shared

“If You’re Hoppy and You Know It” from Fisher Price Little People Easter Sing-Along (private collection)

“The Shaker Hop,” from Dancing Feet by Carole Peterson

“I Know a Chicken” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band

“If I Was a Bird” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

“Goodbye in the Bayou” from Bon Voyage by Jazzy Ash

“Goodbye Song” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty


Video We Shared

We watched “Max’s Bath” from our DVD “Playtime with Max and Ruby.” Bunny rabbit Max is hungry, and a messy eater. His sister Ruby is determined to get him clean, no matter how many baths it takes!


Continue the Fun

Want more stories about bunnies? Check these out at your Pasadena Public Library branch:

AnnMarie Kolakowski

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, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes 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 on creative writing activities for kids.

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