PJ Storytime: Dinosaurs

There’s no shortage of dinosaurs books in the library, but some great new ones grabbed my attention this past year.

I also finally found the time to create a flannel I’ve been thinking about for the longest time. I’ve always thought that the book “Shape by Shape” would be fun as a flannel but there were a few logistical issues that I had to overcome. I finally had success and started out the storytime with the flannel adaptation.

We Read:

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian & Ann James

This is a book that can also be sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot.” I’m a huge fan of singing books. They really capture the attention of the crowd. Today’s group was a little squirrelly and I think this is the only time I felt like I really had everyone’s attention. Thank you, dirty dinosaur!

I put out other singable books on display and focused on this for our literacy tip this week:

Give a book a new twist and

try singing the book!

Singing a book is not only fun and engaging,

it is also a proven memory tool.

I think the effect this book had on tonight’s audience really proved how effective singing a book can be.


If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur 
by Linda Bailey & Colin Jack

I think this would have been better suited for an older group. My storytime is All Ages and you never know who’s going to show. Today’s group was mostly 2-3 year olds, so I found myself skipping pages (which was easy to do without interrupting the flow). The kids liked the concept of the book and it got some laughs, just a little long for the kids tonight.

Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

I ended with an old favorite. The short text was just what I needed. For it’s brevity of text, there’s really a lot to work with in this book. Great vocabulary words (fierce/ meek) but enough familiar words that you can also give kids a chance to guess the opposite.

We Sang:

Put Your Hands Up High (not dinosaur related, but it’s fun and gets everyone moving and focused)

I’m a Little Teapot (To get the melody in everyone’s head for I’m a Dirty DInosaur)

Kangaroo Brown (Seriously, no dinosaur songs? The book If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur ends with the question, but what can you do with a kangaroo, so . . .) Hopping around the room was just what we needed.

If You’re a Dinosaur and You Know It (finally, a dinosaur song. jeeze!)

We also rolled our song cube a few time. We needed lots of songs today! I am loving this cube. It kept coming up on the Wheels on the Bus, so I let kids take turns rolling to get some fresh songs.

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