Wednesday, January 28

Dogs & Puppies Storytime

This storytime was for a preschool-aged group at my library.

Today's storytime is brought to you by the letter 'D'. So, on the board when the kids walked in was:

Read Aloud Books

If You Give a Dog a DonutWritten by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Then he'll want apple juice to go with it. And he'll pick apples, and play baseball, and so on and so on. It's a classic book and the kids still love it. The happy dance the dog does in the middle is a great opportunity to show off everybody's happy dance.

This book just ate my dog!Written and illustrated by Richard Byrne

Bella's just minding her own business, walking her dog across the page when he disappears! The book ate him! It's new and it's fantastic. The kids thought it was pretty hilarious, especially when the book burps.

The DoghouseWritten and illustrated by Jan Thomas

Oh no! The ball has bounced into...THE DOGHOUSE! Who will get it out? So this one ended up actually freaking some kids out in the middle (it's scary!) but I think the end was a great laugh for everyone. Reading Thomas' books are always fun.

Songs & Rhymes

Song: Ten Little Puppies
(Tune: Ten Little Indians)
Ten Little Puppies One little, two little, three little puppies,
Four little, five little, six little puppies,
Seven little, eight little, nine little puppies,
Ten puppies bark like this – “Woof, Woof!”
(We repeated three times getting louder and louder with our barks)
(Credit: LibrarianLisa)

Action Rhyme: “Some Dogs Bark”
Some dogs bark.
Some dogs growl.
Some dogs yip.
Some dogs howl.
Some dogs wiggle their tails!
(We repeated three times getting faster and faster)
(Credit: StorytimeKatie)

Games & Activities

Flannel: At my mom's pet store

(Tune: Five Little Ducks)
Down around the corner at my mom’s pet store
Were six little dogs and not one more
Along came someone with a nickel to pay
And they bought a dog and took it away.

Credit for this idea: Mel's Desk, I just tweaked it to dogs instead of cats, and printed off a bunch of dog pictures to laminate. The kids had a lot of fun counting my dogs and nickels with me.

Flannel: BINGO

Craft: D is for Doghouse

I got this idea off of Crystal & Co. (with the printable). The parents helped cut the door, but otherwise, kids had fun decorating their doghouse for their dogs!

Other Book Ideas

Oh No, George!Written and illustrated by Chris Houghton

Dog BreathWritten and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Harry the Dirty DogWritten by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

GastonWritten by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

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