Story Time

Going to the Zoo!
Submitted by: Nancy Rodriguez, Baldwin Boettcher
Audience
• Toddler
Books
Dear Zoo by:Rod Campbell
What kind of pet would you get if you wrote to the zoo and asked them to send one? Something big? Something small? Or something just right?
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? by:Bill Martin, Jr
What kind of noises do the animals make? Enjoy this wonderful trip to the zoo through snarls, snorts, and other animal noises colorfully illustrated by Eric Carle.
Two at the Zoo: A counting book by:Dana Smith
A child and grandfather explore the zoo counting the animals from 1 to 10.
Songs
100 Animals
I went to the zoo
And what did I see?
100 animals looking at me.

There were . . .
10 tall giraffes eating from the trees,
10 silly monkeys scratching their knees.

10 sleeping snakes lying in the sun,
10 munching elephants eating peanuts one by one.

10 leaping tigers putting on shows,
10 pink flamingos standing on their toes.

10 spinning spiders making their webs,
10 happy hippos in water to their heads.

10 roaring lions walking two by two,
10 galloping zebras all living in the zoo.
Swing, Swing (action rhyme)
(have group form a cirlce holding hands)
Little monkeys swinging in the tree,
All hold hands and swing with me.
Swing up high and swing down low,
Swing in the tree, now don't let go!
Swing, swing, swing, swing like I do,
Swing like the little monkeys in the zoo!
The Elephant
An elephant walks like this
And like that,
He's terribly big,
And he's terribly fat.
He has no fingers,
He has no toes.
But, goodness gracious
WHAT A NOSE!
Other
Check out the following resources for more information on early literacy storytimes:

*Toddle on Over: Developing Infant & Toddler Literature Program by Robin Works Davis

*Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz
Notes
Remember, with toddlers, movement and finger plays can keep very young children engaged in the story time activity. Encourage parents to sit on the carpet with their children when possible and to help little ones to be successful with finger plays and songs. Fun, fun, and more fun is what Toddler Story Time is all about! See you at the library.