Since I’ve been working as middle years focused librarian, I only get to do one storytime a week for kids under age 5. Boy, how I miss it! I’m just starting to get to know my group of preschoolers, and this storytime theme went over really well. Alligator and Crocodile books just kept popping up on my radar so I put them to good use. If you’re looking for even more alligator and crocodile storytime resources, be sure to check out our Pinterest board. Here’s how my storytime went down.
1. Hello, Friends
2. I Wake Up My Hands
I wanted to give them a chance to get their wiggles out before the first book. With preschoolers, I ask for suggestions for additional verses to challenge them a bit more than toddlers.
3. Book #1: Open Very Carefully: A Book With Bite by Nick Bromley; illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne
The kids think this book is so funny, especially when the duck draws a tutu on the crocodile. You do need to practice this book beforehand though as a few of the sentences are missing letters and can cause some momentary pauses as you figure out the words. But it’s a great chance to talk about letters with the kids – ask them which ones the crocodile is eating.
4. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
We sang this a couple of times the usual way and then we did the alligator verse:
Row, row, row, your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see an alligator don’t forget to scream
One of my go-to movement songs when I want the kids up and moving.
6. Song Cube
7. Book #2: The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water by Gemma Merino
I love how the front and back inside covers have pictures of a basket of eggs with one egg that doesn’t quite match. We spent a few minutes talking about what this might mean and I snuck in an early literacy tip for caregivers about making predictions and discussing covers before you start to read.