Yum!: Toddler Storytime

Books We Shared

Baby Cakes by Theo Heras and illustrated by Renné Benoit is a cute new book about baking, with a recipe for cupcakes included!

Yummy, Yucky is one of my favorite books by Leslie Patricelli, contrasting things that sound or look alike, but taste very different!

Puppet Story

I did a puppet show telling the narration of the classic book The Little Mouse, The Red, Ripe Strawberry and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. I used a mouse/rat puppet to be the mouse and the parents helped to be the sound of the big, hungry bear.


One little, two little, three little apples
Four little, five little, six little apples
Seven little, eight little, nine little apples
Ten little apples on the tree!

Ten little, nine little, eight little apples
Seven little, six little, five little apples
Four little, three little, two little apples
One little apple left for me!

Rhymes & Bounces & Songs We Shared without Music

We sing a lot of songs during storytime!  You’ll find lyrics to those songs without music here.

Stir, Stir, Stir the Soup

(To tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

food toys 2

Stir, stir, stir the soup
Stir it all day long.
Add some (add a play food item and insert its name here),
Take a taste (slurrrp!)
Soup will make us strong. (flex arm)

Bananas Unite!

Form bananas, form, form bananas
Form bananas, form, form bananas


Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas

Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas

Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
Mash bananas, mash mash bananas

Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas

Go Bananas! Go! Go! Bananas!
Go Bananas! Go! Go! Bananas!

Go…. Bananas!

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABTRe5Docww


Storytime’s Over

Hands up high! (Put your hands in air)
Now give a big sigh (sigh and bring hands down)
Our storytime’s over
So wave bye-bye (wave)


Goodbye Friends

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 on CD that we used in storytime.

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


“Popcorn” from Shining Like a Star by Laura Doherty –we sang this one with scarves popping in the air.

Video We Watched

“Grandma’s Berry Patch” from Max & Ruby Berry Bunny Adventures DVD

Continue the Fun

Want more stories about food? Check these 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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