Storytime Themes

Letter R Storytime

OPENING:  “Hello Friends” (with sign language)
Credit: Jbrary

BOOK:  The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister


One of my childhood favorites!  I love the story of the Rainbow Fish and its message of generosity.  I have heard the complaints about this book, and I realize that some people struggle with the subtexts.  But, everyone at my storytime seemed to like it, so I will choose to focus on the positives.  

SONG:  “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
Credit:  Jbrary

Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the Nile,
If you see a camel,
Don’t forget to smile.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the river,
If you see a polar bear,
Don’t forget to shiver.

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently to the shore,
If you see a lion there,
Don’t forget to roar!

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the creek,
If you see a little mouse,
Don’t forget to squeak.

This is one of my new favorite storytime songs.  I love the extra verses and how they incorporate fun animal noises.  I’m definitely going to use this song more regularly from now on. 

BOOK:  Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas


Another great Jan Thomas book!  I’m not sure how well my storytime kids understood the rhyming-and-not-rhyming concept in this book, but my dramatic voices earned some giggles.

SONG:  “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, No More
Credit:  Jbrary

It ain’t gonna rain no more, no more
It ain’t gonna rain no more
Oh no, it’s up to my toe
But it ain’t gonna rain more.

Oh gee, it’s up to my knee
Oh my, it’s up to my thigh
Oh fiddle, it’s up to my middle
Oh dread, it’s up to my head,
I’m just going to swim on home.

BOOK:  My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee


I just recently discovered Jon Agee’s books, and I have already found several that I really like.  My Rhinoceros is a fun story about a seemingly-disappointing pet that I think would be especially appealing to little boys.  Robbers are always engaging.  

BOOK:  RRRalph by Lois Ehlert


I have a love-hate relationship with Lois Ehlert’s books, and RRRalph is one of the “loves”.  I feel like I’m telling a steady stream of dad jokes while reading this book, but it is a fun collection of puns.  I don’t know if my kids understood the humor (the adults did), but a few of them enjoyed barking and growling along with me.    

CRAFT:  Rainbow Fish CDs
Credit:  Healthy Happy Thrifty Family


My primary motivation for reading The Rainbow Fish was this craft.  We have a huge collection of old CDs in our craft room, and I’ve been looking for some ways to use them up.  This craft was a perfect opportunity, and it was pretty low prep.

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