Stories With Ms. Jenna

Storytimes, Programs, Booklists, and More!

Storytime: Books

During the summer, we have a weekly “picnic storytime” for all ages. The kids bring a picnic lunch to have during the storytime. The staff rotates who leads the storytime, and when it was my turn, I chose the theme “Books!” This storytime is different than my normal ones because I used a lot less movement since the kids would be sitting and eating.


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The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
I’m Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen

Folder Story:


Lovely Ladybug. (This didn’t fit into my theme at all, but it was a great way to get participation from the kids without making them move)

Songs & Rhymes:

Both from the wonderful Jbrary!

Let’s Take a Look

Let’s take a look
at this book
Here is the cover
We open it wide
Here are the pages hidden inside
There are words and pictures
We look and we look
And when we are finished
We close up the book

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
For your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

The more we read together, together, together
the more we read together
the happier we’ll be.
Read big books and small books
Read short books and tall books
The more we read together
the happier we’ll be.

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Yoga Storytime

A while ago, I did a Yoga Storytime alongside a co-worker. (I thought I posted about it already, but just realized I only had a draft of it!)

We had never done a Yoga Storytime before, so this was an expirement. Overall, it went really well! We had 12 kids in grades 1-3, and the program lasted 45 min. My co-worker and I both practice yoga, but neither of us are instructors. Therefore, the actual yoga in this program was pretty light. It was more of a movement storytime with some yogic principals infused.

We wanted to set a mood when the kids entered the program so we had instrumental music, dim lighting, and mood lamps. After everyone was settled on their yoga mat or towel, we gave a brief introduction and talked about breathing techniques. Throughout the program, we mentioned being mindful of nature and creatures around us and the importance of compassion.



Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Breathe by Scott Magoon
Hi, Harry! by Martin Waddell

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Music/ Movement:

In between the books, we used three songs from the CD “Dance for the Sun” by Kira Willey:

Dance for the Sun (Yoga Track)
The Shimmy
Namaste Song (for this song, the kids laid on their backs and placed beanie babies on their stomachs to watch the rise and fall of their breath)


This idea came from my co-worker’s daughter! We called it “Yoga Combo.” Each kid was given two slips of paper, one with an adjective and one with an animal. They had to put the two together and create a new pose to go along with it. If they were willing, they could share the pose with the group and we would all do the new pose together! We all had so much fun with this.

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Storytime: Red, White, & Blue

A “Red, White, & Blue” themed storytime to use near the 4th of July!


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The Red Hen by Rebecca & Ed Emberley
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes
Red, White, and Boom! by Lee Wardlaw

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Songs & Rhymes:

Blue, Blue
Blue, blue is the color I see
If you’re wearing blue, then show it to me
Stand up, take a bow, turn around
Show me your blue and sit back on the ground

repeat with white and red

Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
Oh say can you see me slap on my knee?
If you’ll do the same, we’ll begin this new game.

Oh but say I have plans to add clapping hands.
And this we’ll repeat ’til the song is complete.

Oh say just suppose that we tried tapping toes
And attempted all three simultaneously.

Oh say have you tried to sway side to side?
Lean left, then reverse … on this, the fourth verse.

Oh say I’ll advise that you now close your eyes.
And let me remark … it’s more fun in the dark.

Oh say one more thing. Do you think you could
sing? La la la la la la la la la la la la………

(Mary Had a Little Lamb tune)

Fireworks go
snap, snap, snap (snap fingers)
crack, crack, crack (slap knees)
zap, zap, zap (make flashing motions with hands)
Fireworks make me
clap, clap, clap (clap hands)
on Independence Day!

The Freeze from “Greg & Steve’s Kids in Motion
Tell the kids, when they freeze, they have to freeze in a firework pose (however they want to interpret that)

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