Opening Song: “I Am Here & You Are Here” by Peter & Ellen Allard (on Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Vol. 3)
Story: Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett. This one is so fun! Both the kids and the teenaged camp counselors enjoyed the humor. I love beginning with a very interactive story. Not only do many of the pages have an interactive component – yell, wave your arms, say “thank you” – but the kids also loved telling me on each page that there were no monkeys.
Song: “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree”
Story: The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom. This one has very little text, which was great for inviting the kids to help me tell the story. It was easy to ask a lot of “What do you think will happen next?” and “What is happening now?” questions without interrupting the story flow.
Song: “Bananas” by Jim Gill, Music Play for Folks of All Stripes. Following The Monkey Goes Bananas, many of the kids wanted to peel their bananas – and then throw them to the sharks instead of eating them! I have used this song before, but usually a cappella. I used the CD today because my voice is dying and I have 3 more storytimes this week. I didn’t like it as much with the CD. Maybe because I’m a control freak? I like to control the pacing.
Story: Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps. This is another one with a lot of humor and repetition. The kids didn’t really join in on the “BOOM! Beach day!” line, but they were incredibly attentive. The humor is spot-on for the age group. As always when I do this book, the kids were quick to giggle at the idea of getting flushed down the toilet (today’s group told me in no uncertain terms that they are too big to get flushed down) and at Monkey Ono falling into the neighbor’s underwear.
No crafts – I used this for an outreach storytime to go with the “Paws to Read” theme.