The new year is a great time to consider the passing of time. For several years running now I have focused on stories that show the passing of time through the days of the week as well as the months of the year. Nancy Tafuri’s book “All Year Long” is unfortunately out of print. I bought a used copy through Amazon to use because I like its simplicity. I often see the rhyme below, Cheer the Year, used with the first two verses. Somewhere along the way I saw the other two verses but couldn’t find the author when I went back to look for it again.
All Year Long by Nancy Tafuri Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak Hap-pea All Year by Keith Baker The Stars Will Still Shine by Cynthia Rylant The Turning of the Year by Bill Martin Jr.
Cheer, cheer, cheer the year sway w/arms up A new one’s just begun. Celebrate with all your friends, Let’s go have some fun!
Clap, clap, clap your hands, A brand new year is here. Learning, laughing, singing, clapping, Through another year.
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet, A brand new year is here. Learning, laughing, singing, clapping, Through another year.
Pat, Pat, Pat your hair, A brand new year is here. Learning, laughing, singing, clapping, Through another year.
Fireworks On New Year’s Day 5 little children waiting to see, Fireworks on this New Year’s Eve. One saw the fireworks and what did she say? “Happy New Year to you this day!”
Can’t Wait to Celebrate by Jim Gill
Dance along and Jim Gill celebrates
The Countdown by Jim Gill
I recently saw a new album released my Jim Gill titled “Jim Gill’s Most Celebrated Songs Volume 3.” In it he included this song after a librarian once asked him to perform “Jumping and Counting” backwards in honor of New Year’s Eve. He couldn’t perform the song backward at the time but we on to create this song. After counting down from 10 you either jump, spin, or dance.
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