Barnyard fun

Today for storytime we took a trip to the farm for a barnyard storytime!

We opened today with Clip Clop by Nicola Smee.

This is a short and sweet story about Mr. Horse who takes his friends Cat, Dog, Pig and Duck for a ride. The children really enjoyed this story, it has a great rhythm and fun illustrations.

Next we read Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller.

I really think Mrs. Wishy-Washy is a great character to introduce in storytime. There are many stories about Mrs. Wishy-Washy and so the children can continue to discover new books with this fun character. This is a super funny story and the children all laughed and chanted “Wishy-washy, Wishy-washy,” with me.

Next we read a very fun and interactive book, Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti illustrated by Stephanie Peterson.


I LOVE using this in storytime, especially with the younger crowd. It is a lot of fun for everyone to say all of the animal sounds and the upside down flaps are silly and fun.

After that we read First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

This book was a Caldecott honor book in 2008 so as a librarian I was excited to use it, however the kids could care less. This is a very nice, simple book with great illustrations. I have a feeling the parents enjoyed it a bit more than the children did, but that is Ok- they need to have a fun time too.

Finally, we ended with Look Who’s Talking! On the Farm by Danny Tepper illustrated by Valeria Petrone.
This was another lift the flap book and it was equally as enjoyable as the first we read. I was worried the kids wouldn’t have as much fun the second time but kids do love repetition so we had an even better time making animal noises.
For the craft this week, we made little chicks coming out of their eggs. The children got to glue on the beaks and the googley eyes and color in their chicks. I made mine a very boring yellow.

Here is the link to this craft:
http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/easter/draw-chick.gif

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