M is for Mouse: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Activity/guessing game: "Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are You in the Blue House?" etc
Book: The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek

Action Rhyme [standing]

Hickory dickory dock [clap hands on thighs 3 times]
The mouse ran up the clock [run fingers up body from waist]
The clock struck one...BONG! [lightly bonk head with fist]
The mouse ran down [run fingers down body to waist]
Hickory Dickory Dock [clap hands on thighs 3 times]

The clock struck two...BONG! BONG!
And down he flew.
The clock struck three...BONG! BONG! BONG!
The mouse said, “Wheeee!!!!”
The clock struck four...BONG! BONG! BONG! BONG!
There is no more—
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Letter Verbs [now, before our first song, let's do a few things that start with the letter of the day]:

We can MOO like a cow. We can MILK a cow, too [milk pretend udders, explain udders if necessary]. We can MEOW like a cat. We can MARCH in place.  [“We MARCH and we MARCH and we stop.”] We can MEASURE something. [What’s one tool we use to measure something?] After storytime, if you like, you can use this ruler to MEASURE your arm from your elbow to your hand.

Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red
Book: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood [Have group say "red, ripe strawberry" each time it comes up]

Action Rhyme:
Five little mice, as bold as can be,
teasing Mr. Kitty Cat, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Kitty Cat, quiet as can be---and SNAP!
4 little...3 little..2 little...
[NOTE: Have kids vote on whether the last mouse gets eaten, too--if no, end "Off goes Mr. Kitty Cat...FULL as can be." [rubbing tummy]

Action Rhyme [standing--1 time as below, then mix it up]
Tall as a tree
Wide as a house
Thin as a pin
Small as a Mouse

Song with Shaker Eggs: "Milkshake Song" (for M) by Anne-Marie Akin from album At Before song, do "Mouse is sleeping; don't wake it up...etc by having kids gently pet their eggs then shake them really hard. Songs for Wiggleworms [if crowd too large for enough shakers, have kids jump up and down when they would usually shake their shakers]
Book: Lunch! by Denise Fleming [or Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus]

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with M." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: Monster! Monkey! Motorcycle!