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Share a Story: Music Storytime

If you missed our Music Storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the stories and songs from this week's storytime, plus some suggestions to inspire a storytime that will get your toes tapping at home. 

From Storytime

Hiccupotamus by Steve Smallman

The jungle animals are having a musical celebration! Mouse squeaks, Bird tweets, and Centipede taps his feet. Then more animals hear the music and want to join in, as Monkey, Warthog, and Crocodile bring their own music-making talents to the group. But what is that silly Hippo doing?


FIVE LITTLE DRUMS (Built on the framework of one of my favorite fingerplays):

     Five little drums making music at the show (hold up 5 fingers)

     One fell down and started to... ROLL! (roll your hands)

     It bounced offstage and landed with a BOOM.

     How many drums are left in the room? (repeat until all the drums have rolled away)


Wheels on the bus by Steven Anderson

We just sang the song, but if you're looking for musical accompaniment, this book and CD kit might help. This classic song gets an updated, original recording paired with a delightful picture book. The combination of paired music and text helps engage students and develop early literacy skills. 

Dancing feet! by Lindsey Craig

Easy-to-read, rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

We tackled the Silly Dance Contest during storytime, but there are many other musical games to play here.

Also available in: e-music

We bounced the parachute to Mr. Bassman, and I defy you to not dance along.

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood.

Music class today! by David Weinstone

A group of toddlers enjoys a lively music class including, at last, one very shy two-year-old boy.

88 instruments by Chris Barton

A little boy can't choose which instrument to play, so he decides to try them all.

I think my favorite from this disc is Bagpipes.

Also available in: video

Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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