Monster Boogie (Halloween Storytime)

Rather than doing a Halloween storytime this week, I chose to do monster stories. This still makes it feel festive, but also slightly narrows down the book options (emphasis on slightly, because there were still too many to choose from). In the weeks leading up to it, we invited the kids to wear costumes to this storytime, and it was so exciting that every one of them came in costume. I also brought in a stuffed monster from home (his name is Oog) to help me out with the songs and rhymes for this week. When the kids first came into the room they were like “HAHA! That guy looks funny.”


Our first book was The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell. While this may not have been a huge it, the illustrations are beautiful and the story is so cute. Plus it has good spots for getting a little loud and using different voices.

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Next I handed out some shaker eggs, and we danced to “Monster Boogie” by Laurie Berkner. I didn’t really have high hopes for singing along, but surprisingly most of the parents/caregivers were singing the words with me and Laurie, and I’m not sure if this is because they new the song, or from me putting the lyrics up on the screen. I had Oog dancing around and making the motions for the verse’s, and some of the kids looked at me like I was a wierdo, but thats okay! If you aren’t familiar with the song, listen here, or  the lyrics are below.

I’m the biggest monster

That you’ve ever seen

My eyes are purple

And my teeth are green

I’m big and I’m scary,

You know what I mean

This is what I like to do

I do the monster boogie,

The monster boogie

The monster boogie

Round the room

Everybody does the monster boogie

The monster boogie,

The monster boogie

So can you!

I’m the biggest monster

That you’ve ever seen

My eyes are yellow

And my teeth are green

I’m big and I’m hairy

You know what I mean

This is what I like to do

I do the monster wiggle

The monster wiggle

The monster wiggle

Round the room

Everybody does the monster wiggle

The monster wiggle

The monster wiggle

So can you!

Rraaaahhh!

Next I read Monster’s Lunch Box by Marc Brown. This is a pretty old book, but a coworker found it in our pop-up collection and showed it to me knowing I was doing a monster storytime. And the book is actually great! It is perfect for the preschool age group, plenty gross and silly, and just a teeny bit scary (due to the surprise ending, where the monster pops out wanting to eat “you”). I did not regret choosing this book over some of my newer options at all. It was a hit.

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Next we did a really fun rhyme, “Monsters Galore,” that I found from Storytime Katie. I had requests for shaker eggs again, because the kids really enjoyed those. But they wouldn’t work very well with this rhyme, so I had to say “sorry no shaker eggs for this one, but I promise this will still be really fun.” Which it was, because when is falling on the floor on purpose not fun? We went through this twice, since it is so short.

Monsters galore, can you roar?

Monsters galore, can you soar?

Monsters galore, please shut the door.

Monsters galore, fall on the floor!

For our last book this week I just couldn’t resist Mo Willems’ “Leonardo the Terrible Monster.” It is short and sweet, and also funny. I am a little convinced that Sam’s speech is some of the greatest literature ever written. I had one boy ask how I could read through the back of the book, I tried to be all clever like “I have x-ray vision,” but he wasn’t buying it; he knew I had a cheat sheet taped to the back cover. I wish I had that speech memorized, but I was not feeling confident enough for that.

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We always end with “If you’re happy and you know it,” but I found this monster version from Preschool Education and had to use it as the closing song this week.

If you’re a monster and you know it show your claws

If you’re a monster and you know it show your claws

If you’re a monster and you know it and you really want to show it

If you’re a monster and you know it show your claws

(gnash your teeth, stomp your feet, growl out loud)

With the excitement of Halloween and wearing costumes at the library, I struggled a bit this week with keeping the kids’ attention. Once I got them focusing on a book they were fine, but getting them settled down and ready for a story was a struggle. We had recently talked about ways to handle this, and thought some kind of call and response would be a good idea. I ended up trying “If you can hear me put your hands on your head,” and then continued through body parts (it only took 3) until I had everyone’s attention again. This worked really well, and I think it will be something we continue to use since our crowd can be pretty antsy sometimes.

Finally, instead of a craft this week we did a special Halloween activity for all the storytimes. We created a simple maze in the half of the program room that is usually used for crafts or play time, and put the letters of the alphabet, along with various items starting with that letter, throughout the maze. We then sent small groups (4-7) into the maze with little finger flashlights, and shut the doors and kept the lights off so it was dark in the room. The kids then went through with their flashlights and tried to find an item that started with each letter of the alphabet. It was a great way to end storytime with something special for the holiday.

 

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