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HeadStart visit–I Can’t Sleep!


Last Thursday was my last storytime for HeadStart.  😦  I have been seen them once a month at their school and once a month at the library since February, so I will really miss them!  I decided to use our last storytime to tell them about our summer reading program, Dream Big–READ!

Of course, my troublesome bear puppet Grizz had to make an appearance:

Grizz was too excited about summer reading to sleep, so I decided to do an “I Can’t Sleep!” storytime!









I did two of the same books I used for our Teddy Bear Sleepover in March: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems and Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.  In this post, I want to note two things that I did differently.

First, since this group was all younger kids (ages 3-5), we sang Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed using my monkey glove puppet.  As suggested by Hi Miss Julie! I ended with kissing the monkeys’ boo-boos, covering them with a blanket, and we sang them to sleep with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  This is a fantastic idea, and the kids loved it!






I also read Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson.  I prepared by setting out a purple crayon and taping a large white sheet of paper on the board.  Near the beginning of the story, Harold draws a moon, so I drew a moon.  Harold draws many other things throughout the story, but I decided not to draw them for simplicity’s sake.  I just drew the moon at the beginning and read the rest of the book up until this point: “Then, suddenly, Harold remembered.  He remembered where his bedroom window was, when there was a moon.  It was always right around the moon.” (draw window and curtains around the moon).  It was very effective to do it this way, and it jazzed up the story a little bit.




I ended with telling them about some of the things we have coming up for summer reading and distributing stickers and coloring sheets to the kids, and handing the teachers a stack of packets to send home for parents.


Teddy Bear Sleepover (with link to slideshow)


Last Thursday we had a Teddy Bear (or other stuffed friend) Sleepover at the library.  The fun started at 6:00 p.m. with a bedtime snack (Teddy Grahams or Goldfish with milk or pink lemonade) and a few stories.






As the kids came in, we asked them each to take a sleeping mask for their stuffed animal.  They wrote the name of their friend on the front and the child’s name on the back.  This helped us to identify who was who and who belonged to whom.  To make them, I just cut out a sleeping mask shape from cardstock scraps.  I punched a hole in either side and tied ribbons to each side.  Big Boy is pictured on the left, modeling a mask.






I’m thrilled to tell you that two of the four books we read have since been checked out!  Yay!  However, since they aren’t here now I can’t take a picture of the covers.  Anyway, here are the titles:

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.  Our lovely volunteer Miss Allison read this adorable book.  Little red chicken can’t possibly go to sleep without a bedtime story, but she just can’t seem to stop interrupting the stories that Papa tries to tell her.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.  Always a favorite.  This book not only fit in with my “Can’t Sleep” pajama theme, but it was also a good way to address any reservations the kids might have about leaving their stuffed animals overnight.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Illustrated by Mark Teague.  Our teen volunteer Miss Lexi did a great job reading this book while simultaneously managing the unruly Grizz (my bear puppet pictured here wearing dinosaur pajamas).

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!  The pigeon is hilarious to me, and I have to say that this book was no disappointment.  It even features Knuffle Bunny (you can’t say no to a bunny, can you?)!

After the stories, we did a short craft.  This consisted of a worksheet that allowed each child to tell me something about their friend. Click below for the PDF:

teddy bear sleepover worksheet

After the craft, we tucked our friends into snug blankets and sleeping bags, then we sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to lull them to sleep.  Little did we know, that’s when the fun began…

To see a slideshow of the sleepover antics, go here.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, and to Leesburg McDonald’s for donating cups.  Most of all, thanks to everyone who came!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did!