Q is for Questions: 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 [Talk about how, in English, Q usually needs a U next to it to make a sound, and that sound is kw, as in queen, quilt, quadraped, question. In spanish, QU sounds like a K, as in quince and quiero].

Talk: About what questions are. Show a big question mark and explain what it is. Demonstrate how we often pitch our voices higher at the end of a question: "We're leaving now." "We're leaving now?" Mention that librarians are great people to come to with your questions.

Book: WHAT! Cried Granny by Kate Lum [pretending ! is a ?--maybe don't show group the cover. Have kids say the "Whaaaat???"s---have sign on wall that says "WHAT?" as cue card]

Guessing Game/Activity: "Where Oh Where is My Teddy Bear?"

Song: Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin’ Red

Book: Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony [if audience skews younger] OR Guess Again! by Mac Barnett [to shorten, clip page with pirate/mother and knight/dentist] OR Would You Rather Be a Princess or a Dragon? by Barney Saltzberg

Action Rhyme with Scarves: "What Can You Do with Your Scarf?"

Can you wave your scarf up high? 
Can you pretend it's a cape and fly? [like a superhero]

Can you make believe it's hair? [drape scarf on head, looking silly]
Can you throw it in the air?

Can you swish it side to side?
Can you use your scarf to hide?
[drape scarf entirely over head, like ghost] 

Can you make it very small? [ball up scarf]
Can you let it gently fall? [drop scarf to ground]

Song with Scarves: "Freeze Dance" by Hap Palmer or "Silly When You Stop" by Jim Gill

Book: Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas


Book: Who Hops? by Katie Davis

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, because not many things start with the little Q, I'm going to ask YOU questions about what's in our book. [open book] "Oh my goodness! What is it?" [point to individual kids, call by name]


Alternative books to swap in

Book: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea [to shorten, clip together all pages after "Yes to cats. Yes to goats. No to hats. No to coats" and "If a joey grows and becomes a kangaroo". The challenge with this book is turning the pages gracefully while standing in front of an audience--love the text, not sure I can pull that off]

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Book: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems