Storytime Theme: Happy, Friendly Monsters

It’s the Halloween week in storytime! Like most holidays, I try to do a familiar, yet different take on the event each year.  For example, I’ve had “Halloween” storytime based on pumpkin or bats.  This year I did monsters!  Such fun!  Kids are the perfect mix of apprehensive, yet giddy!

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Goo-goo ga-ga!

 

Also, check out my costume!  I found this giant baby head at Dollar General for 8 bucks!  I think it looks like a baby version of Jimmy Kimmel.

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Hi!  It’s Ms. Carey!

 

Also, I have a storytime mascot, Ollie the owl, who normally gets an outfit.  This year, I let him be me since I was being a kid.  I put him in my chair and just waited for the kids to notice.  They thought it was hilarious!

Books:

  • Red’s Great Chase by Simone Lia (Something was in Red’s basement and now it is chasing her! What is it? )
  • Monster Hug! by David Ezra Stein (What happens when two monsters meet?)
  • Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems (Leonardo learns a valuable lesson about friendship by the end of this book. Plus, it is a fun one to tell out loud!)
  • Under the Bed by Paul Bright (Everyone has been worried about what is under the bed from time to time. This book answers that in a very silly way.)
  • Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere (This story is a suspenseful build up story that leads you to wonder if the monster is trying to eat you. But in the end, you see that all of that worry was just silliness!)

Activity:

We did not have a craft this time as we always go on a costume parade for the Halloween storytime. The kids come in their outfits and we parade through the library showing them to everyone.  Then we stop at a few trick or treat stops (staffed by employees or volunteers) and then check out our loot with the time left.

Songs/Fingerplays:               

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Now, for the next song, I made a prop.  I already had this prop for the chant “Five Little Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed” and just switched it to monsters.  the prop is made from a Kleenex box and a clip art picture of a bed.  I used an exacto knife to cut small slits and put the monster cut outs onto popsicle sticks.  This is the end result:

 

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Monsters for the song

                                                                               

This lesson plan is free and you have my permission to use it all you want.  I just ask that you give me a little love by crediting me on any blog or social media post.  Thank you!

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