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Share a Story: Bat Storytime


Did you miss our Bat Storytime this week? Don't worry, here's what you missed, plus a few more suggestions so you can create your own batty storytime at home, complete with songs and stories.

Don't need a full storytime? Borrow a rhyme when you need a short distraction, or check out these materials and spend a few minutes reading together.

From Storytime

Hello, bumblebee bat by Darrin P Lunde

My name is Bumblebee Bat. I may be small, but I'm a great flyer.
Want to know more? Then open this book and fly with Bumblebee Bat into the night.


Flap Flap Went the Little Brown Bat (inspired by jbrary)

Flap flap went the little brown bat one day, flap flap went the little brown bat.

Flap flap went the little brown bat one day, and they all went flap flap flap. But…

We know bats go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

[clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms]

We know bats go [clap] la de la de la [wavey arms], they don’t go flap flap flap.


Slurp slurp went the fuzzy fruit bat one day, slurp slurp went the fuzzy fruit bat.

Slurp slurp went the fuzzy fruit bat one day, and they all went slurp slurp slurp. But…

We know bats go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

[clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms]

We know bats go [clap] rub a dub a dub [running arms], they don’t go slurp slurp slurp.


Animals upside down by Steve Jenkins

The three-toed sloth is topsy-turvy most of the time. The upside-down jellyfish rests on its back to feed. Skunks do stink-warning headstands and mallards upend in this colorful, interactive exploration of the hows and whys of upside-down animal behavior. We found a fruit bat flying in these pages!


Five Little Bats

Five brown bats, upside down in a row.

One lost her grip and fell down, OH NO…..

She spread her wings and few away, alright.

How many bats are left snoozing in the night?

[count down until all the bats have flown away]


I am bat by Morag Hood

Who took my cherries? Was it YOU? Join the grumpily adorable Bat as he searches for his missing cherries in this vibrant and hilarious picture book.

More Songs and Stories to Enjoy

Superbat by Matt Carr

Pat the bat wants to be a superhero, but the trouble is he has no special powers, and the other bats just laugh at him--but when he hears a mouse in distress, he learns that sometimes you just have to use the abilities you already have to make a difference, and that makes you a superhero.

Nightsong by Ari Berk

Chiro, a young bat, is nervous about flying into the world for the first time without his mother, especially on a very dark night, but he soon learns to rely on his "song" to find his way and stay safe.

Bats around the clock by Kathi Appelt

Click Dark hosts a special twelve-hour program of American Batstand where the bats rock and roll until the midnight hour ends.

Bats by Kate Riggs

A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of bats, Earth's only flying mammals. Also included is a story from folklore explaining how bats helped shape the earth.