Storytime this week was all about owls! I love owls, so I was pretty excited about this! We started with our usual opening song, The More We Get Together with ASL signs and then sang We Clap and Sing Hello, too. We talked about Halloween because it was the night before and the kiddos told me what their costumes were.

Then we read Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson

I love all of the books in this series – they all have repeated phrases that make it easy to encourage participation from the audience and they are all so cute. This one offers lots of chances to predict what will happen, too. Who is making that rustling sound? Who do you think is hiding down in that hole? Let’s find out!

Next we did some finger plays – this past month, we’ve been doing some favorites – The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Where is Thumbkin. Then, to get the wiggles out we did:

Gray Squirrel

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,

Shake your bushy tail.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,

Shake your bushy tail.

Wrinkle up your little nose,

Put a nut between your toes.

Gray squirrel, gray squirrel,

Shake your bushy tail.

(We did this multiple times with different colors)

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell was next

The kids always love it when we read the big book edition – there are always exclamations over the giant book! Owl Babies is another of my favorites…the kids LOVED repeating Bill’s line, “I want my mommy!” and we were all so relieved when the mommy owl came back home.

We did another action song, which I thought was particularly fun…

Big Eyes, Beaks, Wings, and Claws (sung to the tune of Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes)

Big eyes, beaks, wings, and claws,

Wings and claws.

Big eyes, beaks, wings, and claws,

Wings and claws.

Who flys and night and says, “Hooo, hooo?”

Big eyes, beaks, wings, and claws,

Wings and claws.

(I would like to credit this one, but I only know that it was in the filing cabinet in my office from the previous children’s librarian.)

We sat down one more time to read Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor.

The kids liked this one a lot and decided that Hoot Owl’s disguises were pretty clever even though none of them worked to get him food.

At this point, we did a couple of Laurie Berkner songs: I Know a Chicken with shaker eggs and The Goldfish Song. When I introduced this song to my storytimers after hearing about it in a Storytime Underground facebook thread, I had no idea how much they were going to love it. I can’t end storytime anymore without The Goldfish Song, it’s become a requirement. It’s hilarious to me how much they enjoy pretending to sleep and then wake up. And they LOVE shouting, “Wait a minute! We’re fish!!” I have one mom who told me she had to download the song at home and they do it every single day now.

We did what I thought was a kind of uninspired owl craft to end things, but the kids seemed to like it anyway. They put lots of feathers and there was some very creative beak and eye placement. I wish I’d taken pictures of theirs!