Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton Eight Nights of Chanukah Lights by Diane Regan Hanukkah is Coming by Tracy Newman Little Blue Truck’s Christmas by Alice Schertle Maisy’s Christmas Tree by Lucy Cousins Surprise: A Book of Christmas Shapes by Jonathan Litton
Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Bumping Up and Down on My Little Blue Sled Bumping up and down in my little blue sled Bumping up and down in my little blue sled Bumping up and down in my little blue sled Won’t you be my darling?
Snow is coming down on my little blue sled Waving to my friend on my little blue sled
Santa is Back Two merry blue eyes point to eyes A cute little nose point to nose A long snowy beard stroke chin Two cheeks like a rose rub cheeks A round chubby tummy rub tummy A big bulging sack touch shoulders and back Hurray for old Santa! Clap hands We’re glad that he’s back
Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Snowflake, snowflake in the sky Love to watch you floating by Down you fall upon the ground Down you fall without a sound Snowflake, snowflake in the sky Love to watch you floating by
Santa and His Reindeer Here is old Santa left thumb And here is his sleigh right thumb These are his reindeer, which he drives away hold up eight fingers Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen point to each finger in turn Away they all go fly fingers away
Jingle Bells by Sammy Davis Jr.
Bells are all you need. We shake the bells all they way through!
Ring Those Bells by Carole Peterson
We pull out the bells for this song.
Ring and turn around
ring and stamp feet
ring and jump
ring and touch toes
ring and turn around
Holiday storytimes always are a bit of a tricky subject to navigate depending on your patrons and the material you choose to use. Storytime Underground has a good summary of avoiding holiday themes all together. That said, the patrons I serve request Christmas and Hannukah storytimes I do both together in one go. Also, I have found it a bit more difficult to find flannel boards highlighting Hanukkah. I’ve managed to find one but am always on the lookout for more. I would love to hear if you have one to share.
The 12 Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wislon Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton Eight Days of Hanukkah by Haarriet Ziefert Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah by Susan L. Roth Mouse’s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson Penguin’s Christmas Wish by Salina Yoon Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin
I went down the black hole of internet searches looking for the author of this rhyme and can’t find any attribution. However, I have also seen it titled “Call Rudolph”. Parents get a good chuckle at the last line. It has been quite a few years since I have made this flannel board and I think I used clip art for the pattern to make the reindeer.