Hoot Hoot Said the Little Brown Owl One Storytime

It is officially October, which means it’s Halloween season! I wanted to kick off the month with a storytime that felt a little bit Halloweenish but was really mostly fall, so I chose owls. Owls are a little spooky, but they are also mostly so stinking cute.


I started the storytime with Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. I brought along three little owls to play the part of our owl babies, as well as our owl puppet to play the mother. I held the babies in my lap, pointing them out as each one said their lines, while also holding up the book so they could see the beautiful illustrations as well. It was so exciting when mother owl swooped in and cuddles up with the owl babies.


Next we did an owl version of “Mmm Ahhh Went the Little Green Frog” that I got from Jbrary. I used their version of the main verse, and then chose my favorite sounds for the end of the verse. We sang through it 3 times doing different silly sounds and silly actions to go with them.

Hoot, hoot went the little brown owl one day.

Hoot, hoot went the little brown owl.

Hoot, hoot went the little brown owl one day.

And they all went hoot, hoot, hoot.

But… We know owls go (clap) shanananana, (clap) shanananana, (clap) shanananana.

We know owls go (clap) shanananana.

They don’t go hoot, hoot, hoot.

(clap) la de la de la, (clap) La de la de la, (clap) la de la de la

(clap) shoe-be-do-be-do, (clap) shoe-be-do-be-do, (clap) shoe-be-do-be-do

We read Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood next. I really like this book, because the kids can tell you each new color that the owl is seeing. It even gives them a little lesson about how rainbows come out.


Next it was time for our song cube! This week the song options were:

  1. The Itsy Bitsy Spider
  2. Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  3. Five Little Ducks
  4. Baby Shark
  5. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  6. Two Little Blackbirds

For the first group we sang “Five Little Ducks,” and in the second group we did, one of my personal favorites, “Two Little Blackbirds.” I don’t know how things worked out so perfectly that we rolled the only two bird songs during a storytime about birds, but fate was clearly on my side!

The version of “Five Little Ducks” that I used confused a couple people. Many of them wanted to sing the “Sad mother duck” version.

Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away,
When mama duck said,
“Quack, quack, quack,”
Four Little ducks came running back.
Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…
No little ducks went out to play,
Over the hills and far away,
When mother duck said
Five little ducks came running back.

This is what I do for “Two Little Blackbirds”:

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

(Repeat with Stick, Slow, Quick followed by Cloud, Soft, Loud)

I ended storytime with Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton. This is a treat! The illustrations are bright and adorable, and the different “mommy’s” the squirrel tries to take the baby owl to are very silly. The book is a bit long for the age group (especially as the last book), but I made it interactive by having them make the different animal noises and complete various animal actions. This held the kiddos attention perfectly.


We ended storytime with “Mother Gooney Bird” by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael. I felt like most of the kids weren’t even doing the actions, but just watching me make a fool of myself as I tried to do them. The caregivers really got a kick out of this one, and were dancing along and laughing throughout. It ended our storytime on a great note!

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