Last week’s storytime was all about fireflies, or lightening bugs, as we called them where I’m from. When I mentioned this, the grown-ups in my storytime all nodded and agreed that they’d called them lightening bugs when they were growing up, too. One of my favorite things about summer as a child was staying out well into dusk and evening, when it would start to cool off, just enough, and running around barefoot in the grass catching lightening bugs.

For this storytime, we started with our opening song and then read our first book, The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. This is such a sweet book about finding a place to belong and I really love the twinkling lights at the end. The parents and some of the older kids oohed and aahed over them! The youngest ones were too distracted by the end of the book to really notice them. I’m glad I started with this one and didn’t try it at the end.

The Very Lonely Firefly

Next we did a flannelboard of Six Flashing Fireflies . The littles loved the hand motions and giving a big sneeze at the end of each rhyme!

After the flannelboard came our fingerplays, Where is Thumbkin?, The Itsy Bitsy Spider, and this time we added Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Then we did our bounce rhymes – A-Bouncing We Will Go and Big A, Little A. The little guy who likes to sit on my lap for the bounce rhymes was here today, so that was really fun! His smile and laugh at the end of it is contagious! Then we sang Open, Shut Them before reading our second book.

Book #2 was It’s a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree. As soon as I read this book the first time, I knew I wanted to read it for this storytme. I found the illustrations lovely and the rhyming text about a little girl catching fireflies with her father utterly charming. I had the children count with me as she caught the fireflies and let them go at the end.

It's a Firefly Night

After the second book in our Mother Goose storytimes, it’s time for action songs and movement before we color and have playtime. In this session, I’ve been using I’m a Little Teapot, The Wheels On the Bus, and Ring Around the Rosie to close.

This storytime went really well. I would love to do an expanded version of it for Preschoolers or a Family Storytime. This would make a fun glow-in-the-dark PJ storytime, too!