Craicmonkey’s Storytime Delights #12

Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas


It’s time to hit the hay, and Cowboy, like all good cowboys, is singing a lullaby to his cows. However, Cowboy keeps getting frightened by dark shapes in the night. Is that a huge hairy spider? Is that a slimy slithering snake? The cows do their best to reassure Cowboy that there’s nothing to fear, but maybe there really are things lurking in the dark that cowboys, and cows, should watch out for.

Jan Thomas has a knack for creating fun, whimsical stories with a twist at the end. Be prepared to get your twang on, as well as your best “eeeek!” as you treat your audience with a lullaby with the (somewhat) brave cowboy.

A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan (illustrated by Tom Murphy)


One day

 a boy woke up

with a bunny

 on his head.

Oh dear, a bunny on his head. What a bother. This can only be seen as a hindrance.  Indeed, the boy’s mother seems quite concerned about her son’s unusual predicament; but wait! What’s wrong with having a bunny on your head? As it turns out, you can do all sorts of things with a bunny on your head.* In fact, the boy is able to all sorts of things from spreading peanut butter to building a tool shed with a bunny on his head.

What seems to be a simple story about a boy with a bunny on his head turns out to be a lesson in self-acceptance and perseverance as we discover that not even a bunny on your head can stop you from doing what you set your mind on.

*Extra points for wearing a bunny on your head while you read the story.

More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt (illustrated by Troy Cummings)


Once upon a time there was a story.

This story was a lovely story with absolutely no bears in it –

not a single bear anywhere. Then one day…

So begins the tale of a story and its author, and the insistence of a group of children who are quite sure that this story should have MORE BEARS! Although the author is a first resistant, he soon breaks under the pressure of the chorus of children who keep crying out for MORE BEARS! Soon the author is filling his story with an absurd and motley group of bears in an attempt to satisfy the children who, of course, demand MORE BEARS!

The great fun of this book is that it is written so that the children you are reading to can act as chorus, calling out time and time again for MORE BEARS! A silly story with great illustrations and a surprise ended, More Bears! is a gem to read, especially to larger groups.


Read-In Week 2012

As Read-In Week 2012 wraps up, I was delighted to have visited my daughter’s elementary school as a guest reader. It was something I did last year when she was in Kindergarten, and I wanted to do it again, this time with her Grade One class. As it turned out, the school wanted me to read to a couple of other classes as well. Soon one class turned into five classes and, long story short, I was in for an extended storytime. Just as well, as I was having the hardest time trying to narrow down my selections. Working in the Children’s Library has its advantages. I had a rough idea of what I wanted to read to each class, but I knew that it wouldn’t be until I got started that I would know for sure which books I would pull from the sack. I was a little worried going in, but I had my coffee, I had a sack full of books, and I was ready to have some fun! Here, then, is what turned out to be my “set list” for Read-In Week.

My itinerary for the morning

Special Needs Class (Grades One, Two, and Three)

Opening rhyme: “One Is a Giant”

One is a giant who stomps his feet,

Two is a fairy, nice and sweet,

Three is a mouse who crouches small,

Four is a great big bouncing ball,

Five is a king who wears a crown,

Six are the children who all sit down

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash

Grade One (part one)

Opening rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!”

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

We’re going to the moon!

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

We’re going to the moon!

If you want to take a trip,

Climb aboard my rocket ship.

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

We’re going to the moon!

In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,

Blast Off!

13 Words by Lemony Snicket

Flight of the Dodo by Peter Brown

Grade Two (part one)

Opening rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom”

Nothing by Jon Agee

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas

Grade Two (part two)

Opening rhyme, “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!”

Beware of the Frog by William Bee

Nothing by Jon Agee

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Grade One (part two)

Opening rhyme: “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!”

More Bears! by Kenn Nesbitt

Flight of the Dodo by Peter Brown

Where the Wild Things Are (recited) by Maurice Sendak

My wonderfully indecisive sack of stories

By the end I was spent, but I was so glad I went. It was fun to read to the students, and they did a great job interacting with the stories. One of the highlights of my visit was having my daughter help me read 13 Words. I read the story while she was responsible for the thirteen feature words. I was so proud to have my daughter stand beside me in front of her Grade One class reading words like despondent, haberdashery, and mezzo-soprano.

I wish to thank the students and staff of Lorelei Elementary School for inviting me and making me feel so welcomed. I thoroughly enjoyed the morning and I hope I can come again.