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My Bag O’ Tricks


I haven’t been a children’s librarian for very long, but a lifetime of being scatter-braine has taught me to keep stashes of extra in-case-of-memory-lapse-emergency items (i.e. chapstick, keys, $10) stashed away in all my bags, jackets, and desk drawers. I have found this rule work for me in the storytime room, too. I keep a mix CD of my favorite interactive kids songs hidden near the CD player. If things are going a little rocky, I need to fill some time, kids are getting restless; I pop it in on shuffle, and go with whatever the machine chooses. It’s a silly thing, but there something about that small element of surprise that I could never fake in a million years. It never fails to shake things up, and get storytime back on track.

So here’s my Storytime 911 mix:

  1. Clap Your Hands/ They Might Be Giants
  2. Shake Your Sillies Out/ Raffi
  3. Brush Your Teeth/ Raffi
  4. Brush Brush Brush/ of montreal
  5. 1, 2, 3, 4/ Laura Freeman
  6. Do You Wanna Know My New Dance Step/ Dog on Fleas
  7. The Hokey Pokey/ Dan Zanes
  8. Song about Slow, Song about Fast/ Hap Palmer
  9. Shake Your Sillies Out/ Michael and Jello

3 thoughts on “My Bag O’ Tricks

  1. This is the COOLEST TIP. I love the idea of being as surprised by the song as the kids are. What a great element to add to a storytime that needs a little something! We’re having a storytime providers training/meeting in a couple weeks and this is the thing I’m going to share!

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