We combined speed and transportation in today’s storytimes about all things fast & slow!

Books We Shared

In both Infant and Toddler storytimes we read Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee.  This is one of my favorite books for this age group!  In it, Mr. Horse is having fun on the farm giving everyone rides.  But what happens when he goes too fast?  Mr. Horse may be worried, but everything turns out all right in the end!

In Infant storytime we read Slow Snail by Mary Murphy.  Snail may be slow, but she is determined to get where she is going.  But where is she headed?  The answer may just give you a giggle.

For our second book in toddler storytime we read “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle, the creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Sloth is very slow, slow, slow — at everything!  But is he lazy?  Find out when you read this beautifully illustrated book.

Flannelboard Story


Fast or Slow
Fast or Slow Flannelboard cropped

(Flannelboard pattern & rhyme from 2’s Experience Felt Board Fun by Liz & Dick Wilmes. Art by Janet McDonnell)

Have the vehicles behind the board.  Put one vehicle on the board at a time, and ask the audience if it goes fast or slow. When they answers, move the vehicle across the board at the correct speed.  You can also make the noises the vehicle makes as you move it. Take this piece of the board, and then repeat with the next vehicle.

This is a great way to encourage talking with your child.  Even if you don’t have a flannelboard, you can play this same sort of game with toys, or even looking at different vehicles as you walk around your neighborhood.


Nursery Rhyme

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Film We Watched

“The Balloon Ride” from Peppa Pig: The Balloon Ride

Peppa is excited when she wins a ride in the hot air balloon!  But, make sure you hold on to your teddy tight, Peppa!

Continue the Fun

Share fast and slow stories with your infants or toddlers at your local Pasadena Public Library branch.
Click the cover of each book to find it in the library catalog.



Children’s Room Infant Toddler Storytime 11/11/2014