I’m certainly not re-inventing the wheel here – you’ll find links to all of my sources and inspiration. I’m paying it forward and sharing my plans in case they might be helpful to even one other person. My storytime planning includes book choices, songs, flannels, action rhymes, fingerplays, and games.
Opening and Closing Songs
I like to maintain consistency with my opening and closing songs so my attendees know what to expect for storytime beginnings and endings.
Can’t Sit Still by Greg & Steve: I play this song over our sound system at the very beginning when I open the doors and folks are finding a seat. I have a hand puppet dancing along and waving at people while they get seated and there’s also a door greeter with a puppet who says “hi” to folks as they arrive.
Bread & Butter Hello Song: I sing this song a cappella and invite everyone to join in. It’s a great way to establish participation in storytime and get everyone exercising their voices.
It’s Time to Say Goodbye: I sing this song a cappella and invite everyone to join in. It’s got hand motions to go along with it and it’s a lovely way to end storytime.
If You Feel Like Rockin’ by Greg & Steve: After we sing our goodbye song, all the kids line up to get a stamp on their hands. I play this song over our sound system while I’m giving out stamps. Many families will dance along while getting stamps.
Planning Sheets for Individual Storytime Sessions
Themed 30 minute programs with books, flannels, games, action rhymes, and songs.