105 Ways to Give a Book

ABC Storytime: J & K are for...

I’m combining the letters J and K because I don’t appear to have ever done a storytime for J and I’m waaaaaaay behind schedule in putting these up. I get distracted by other things and forget about these posts. Is there hope for me? Anyway, here are...

The Letters J and K

Book: This is the House that Jack Built, by Simms Taback

Rhyme: “Jack and the Candlestick”
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick.

Book: One, Two, Three... Jump! by Penelope Lively

Book: I Love You, Blue Kangaroo, by Emma Chichester Clark

Fingerplay: “The Brown Kangaroo”
The brown kangaroo is very funny
She leaps and runs and hops like a bunny
(two fingers up and hop)
And on her stomach is a pocket so wide
(place other hand on tummy)
Her baby can jump in and go for a ride
(first hand jumps into “pocket”)

Book: Katie Loves the Kittens, by John Himmelman

Fingerplay: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens standing in a row
(hold up five fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so
(bend fingers)
They run to the left, they run to the right
(run fingers to the left and then to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight
(stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who’s in for some fun
(hold up one finger from opposite hand)
MEOW! See those little kittens run!
(let fingers run)

Alternate Books: A Kiss Like This, by Catherine Anholt; Jumpy Jack and Googily, by Meg Rosoff, and Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems.

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Carrie said...

CUTE! My son would love this. Bookmarking and memorizing....

Elisabeth Marie said...

Are you a librarian?
...did I know this already?

beth said...

J is for JAMBERRY. I love that book; we even loved the song that came in the book & cassette package from the library.

Knufflebunny for K is just mean. Might as well use Good Night, Good Knight.

Another song for J is John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt. Start soft and squatting down, and stand up a little with each verse as you get loud, then back down for the final soft verse.

(Warning: I am not a librarian) (But I am going for my comment challenge :-))

MotherReader said...

No Beth, the Knuffle Bunny one isn't mean, it's clever because Mo pronounces it with a hard K. K-nuffle Bunny. It's based on a Dutch word.

Elisabeth, was a children's librarian sort for a long time, but am taking a recession sabbatical.

Carrie, glad that you found something to bookmark and I'll try to finish up the alphabet by June.

Sarah N. said...

Thanks for these great suggestions. My daughters both love all the blue kangaroo books. And Jumpy Jack and Googily has recently become a favorite too.

Joycers said...

Thanks for the clarification on K-nuffle Bunny. My kids love that story and my husband and I always pronounce it differently.

MotherReader said...

Joycers, Mo doesn't mind how you pronounce it - as he jokes - once you buy the book. ;^) But it is a topic that comes up once in a while. And what's funny to me is that it never occurred to him that people would pronounce it any other way. I always thought it was K like in know, and until I heard him talk about it.

Gretta said...

Julius ~ The story of a pig who comes from Alaska. A great read for younger kids!

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KathyS said...

"Jack be nimble" can be expanded: do 1st as flannelboard, then have flannelboard Jack jump over a real candlestick, then have toddlers jump over the laminated candlestick while chanting it with their name. My 2-yr-old storytime loved this!

Then we also did "Jack and Jill went up the hill" - 1st as flannelboard, then we acted it out.

Additional fingerplay:
"Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill. One named Jack and one named Jill. Fly away, Jack. Fly away Jill. Come back Jack, come back Jill" (Hold up a finger for each bird and do the actions)

I also handed out bells and we sang "Jingle bells"