Tales of an Elementary School Librarian



4 Questions about Arnie the Doughnut

Forgive me for letting the blog idle for a bit. Last week was Spring Break, and we have a big author visit next week. I’m very busy scurrying around trying to get ready. Laurie Keller, author of Arnie the Doughnut,  Theodore Geisel Medal winner, We are Growing and many other fabulous books is coming to visit! Anyone know where I can get this costume?


I bet authors get tired of answering the same questions over and over again like, “Where do you get the inspiration for your books?” “How long have you been writing?” “How many cats do you have?” You know, the usual.

I thought I might come up with some really good questions about Arnie the Doughnut to ask Laurie when she comes. These are the BIG questions, guys. The ones that keep me up at night.

Warning: There will be spoilers here if you haven’t read the picture book, yet. And if you haven’t read it, come on. It’s Arnie the Doughnut. Where have you been?

Question #1. What is up with this apple fritter? She’s like 5 minutes old. What could she possibly have going on in her life that could make her so haughty?


Question #2: Is Mr. Bing going to continue his habit of eating a doughnut every day now that Arnie is living with him, or is this a turning point in Mr. Bing’s life? I mean, could he really do that in front of Arnie? Or maybe he could hide in the closet like I do when I’m eating my kids’ halloween candy?


Question #3. How did Arnie know the number to the bakery? I can’t even remember my own cell number most of the time, and Arnie just happens to know a number he’s never had to call before?  Maybe he’s just smarter than I am. Probably.


Question #4. How does Mr. Bing keep that figure? He eats a doughnut every morning, and hates working out because he would get too sweaty. What’s his secret? No really. I want to know.



Odds are, I’m going to be too starstruck to ask Laurie any of these questions, but it’s always better to be prepared.




#ukulelesongFriday The Hokey Pokey (Dan Zanes and Father Goose Version)


Here’s a fun version of the Hokey Pokey. It’s 2 chords and pretty simple.


And here’s a video of me trying to sing it for you. I played it in F instead of G, so I just played F and C.

The Unofficial Du Iz Tak Phrase Dictionary


One of my favorite picture books of 2016 was Du Iz Tak. 

I love reading it with my students, (and my own kids) and seeing the blank looks on their faces when it begins, and they realize the dialogue is not in English. I assure them that we’ll figure it out together using the illustrations and context clues, and then we do. I pause as we go along and ask them what they think several of the words or phrases mean, and every time, someone guesses the right word or phrase in English (or at least what I think is right.)

After  we finish, I ask them what they thought about it. They always tell me that, at first, it made them uncomfortable when they realized that the book wasn’t in their language, and they thought it would be hard to follow the story.

Then we talk about how they did, in the end, get what was going on because they left their brains on, and kept trying to figure it out. So often, when confronted with something new, or something we don’t understand, we shut our brains off and quit trying.

I feel like Du Iz Tak offers a great opportunity to have a conversation with kids about having a growth mindset and about not giving up just because something is hard or unfamiliar.

I thought it would be fun to share how my students and I have translated the bug language in Du Iz Tak over the last two years. I have no confirmation if any of this is accurate, but I feel like most of it is at least close. That’s why it’s an “unofficial” dictionary.

The Unofficial Du Iz Tak Phrase Dictionary

Badda– to need or require something

Du iz tak– What is that?

Du kimma…? – What kind of? (example “Du kimma plonk? What kind of plant?”)

Furt– fort


Gladdenboot!- Flower!


Ho!- Hey! or Yo!

Icky- This totally chill guy. He’s a reader, a relaxer and likes to lend out ladders to friends.


Ma nazoot- I don’t know.

Oodas-  friends, or maybe guys. Where I’m from, this could probably be translated as, “Y’all.”

EDIT: Carson Ellis tweeted @ me (which made my morning) and let me know that this one is actually “kids.” So I missed 1 out of 19. Not bad.

Ooky– Icky’s better half. And guess what, oodas? She can totally blow smoke rings.


Plonk-  plant


Ribble- a ladder


Ru– we

Rup– our

Scrivadelly– beautiful (this one is definitely just my best guess. I could be way off here)

Su!– Yes!

Ta ta– goodbye

unk– a

Voobeck!– Spider!


That’s it. If you haven’t seen this beautiful book you should probably go buy it. It won a Caldecott honor, so you should be able to find it at any self-respecting bookstore.


#ukulelesongFriday Raffi’s Brush Your Teeth

Sometimes I’ll have a stand- up-and-dance song planned for a class, but I can tell it just  isn’t going to work on that particular day. Usually, it’s because the class is extra rowdy, and I can just tell there’s going to be some pushing and shoving, or I just know that one  kid is going to dance a little too crazy and “accidentally” smack a friend in the face.

For days like this, it’s nice to have a quiet sitting-down song in your pocket that you can go to whenever you need it. I have a few, and this is one of them. The kids stay seated , and before the song begins,  I ask them to take out their imaginary toothbrushes, and we practice together. ch ch ch ch, ch ch ch ch. 

It’s a pretty simple two chord song. I usually play it in F, but I’ve played it in G as well. (Just switch out F for G and Bb for C.) If you want it really low, you can play in C. ( C and F)

OR….if it’s that day that you forgot your ukulele, (happens all the time to me) or if you don’t play ukulele and are looking for a good story time song, you can sing it a capella, and snap your fingers and brush along with the kids.

Here are the chords:


My son helped me out this week.

Have a great weekend guys. Happy uking!


Author/Editor/Teacher interview: Colby Sharp!


Today, I have something pretty special. My friend, Colby Sharp is here to talk about his soon-to-be-released anthology, The Creativity Project. He made this video answering my questions. Enjoy!

Let me just say, this book is awesome. I read an advanced reader copy on the airplane on the way back from Denver, and there is so much talent and genius packed into this one book, it’s incredible. Teachers and librarians, it would be a very good thing for your library or your classroom if you purchased this book when it hits the shelves on March 13.


Five Great Nonfiction Read-alouds

I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m a fiction kind of guy. I usually gravitate to books that are fanciful and made up. This goes for my story times, too. I generally like to read fiction picture books to my classes. Not everyone is like me, though, and a lot of my students think nonfiction books are great. I want to read books that they love, too. Plus, I like to  wow the kids with some “I did NOT know that!” facts every once in a while.

It’s tough, though, to find a nonfiction book that reads aloud well. It’s got to have good narrative and flow.

Today I wanted to highlight four great nonfiction titles that I like to read to groups of kids. All four are very different, but that have one thing in common. They have excellent narrative and fit right into my storytimes.  I can read Fabulous Frogs right after A Ballet Cat book, and no one even bats an eye.

Since I already mentioned it, I’ll start with that one.

1. Fabulous Frogs, written by Martin Jenkins and Illustrated by Tim Hopgood.

fabulous frogs

Ok, first can I pause and remark that the illustrator’s last name is Hopgood? And he has illustrated all of these lovely frogs for us? Hop good? Am I the only one that thinks this is hilarious? I am? Ok, well moving on….

This books is stuffed full of those cool facts that make a kid say “Wow!” It has a HUGE frog (with a life-sized illustration), tiny frogs, hairy frogs, frogs that can float on the air with the skin between their toes, and frogs that keep their eggs in their throat (and many more!). Mr. Hopgood’s (sorry, I can’t stop laughing) mixed media illustrations are fantastic pairing great with the text which never gets too heavy or dense, making it a perfect story time read.

My favorite moment of the book is at the very end. The narrator has just shown us all of these wonderfully remarkable frogs, but he brings us back home by remarking,  “All of these frogs are wonderful, but my favorite frog of all is the medium-size, greeny-brown one that sits on a lily-pad in my backyard pond.”

Isn’t that a lovely way to wrap things up? It invites the child reader to think about the frogs that they’ve seen in their backyard. And they do. Out loud. So I like to give them a moment to talk about their own amphibian experiences at the end of the book.

I like to read this book to kids in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade.

2. Wolf Snail by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell


See, this is the beauty of book awards. This book would never have been on my radar if I hadn’t been going back to look at old Geisel award winners, a few years ago. I’m so glad I came across it. My students love it.

It’s about the wolfsnail, which is basically this mustached, Canibal snail that slides around eating other snails with this long, toothy tongue called a radula.  The content matter alone, would make this book a decent purchase. The kid appeal is off the charts, but when you add the fantastic photography and the simple, but informative text, you have a nonfiction book that’s a perfect read aloud for 1st-3rd graders. There’s some great back matter as well, for the students to explore on their own.

3. The Airport Book by Lisa Brown


This one is a delightful picture book for younger groups. The narrator feels like an older sibling telling a younger sibling (probably the pair on the cover?) all about the ins and outs of the airport. There’s a lot of side conversation and humor going on in the word bubbles for readers to discover on their own, but they don’t really work for a read-aloud. It just adds an extra element to the book. The only minor flaw that I’ve seen in the book (thanks to notables) is that the narrator mentions that planes run on gasoline, which isn’t true. This is a small thing, though, and doesn’t really affect the awesomeness of this book for me.

I like to read it to preschoolers, kindergarteners and begining of the year 1st graders.

4. One Proud Penny by Randy Siegel and Serge Bloch

one proud penny

This is a funny picture book about currency, specifically pennies, with a penny as a narrator. There’s lots of good information about how pennies are made, what they’re made of, how many there are in circulation and so on. The funny penny narrator doesn’t feel like a teacher, though, so the kids are learning and laughing at the same time.

I read this one to first graders and fifth graders and everyone in between.

5. Her Right Foot  by Dave Eggars and illustrated by Shawn Harris.

her right foot

I saved my favorite for last. This one may not seem like pure nonfiction as there is a thesis and a timely commentary on immigration at the end, but the book is packed with facts about the statue, about how, when, where and why it was made, what the statue is made of and all sorts of cool “I-didn’t-know-that” material.

The narrator has a friendly and unique voice, and he or she gets kind of passionate at the end, when speculating *Spoilers* that Lady Liberty’s right foot is lifted because she is moving to meet and welcome immigrants on their way to the U.S. This is a message that I love, and one that I think our kids today need to hear, along with all of the good facts stuffed into the book.

I’ve read this one to 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, but I think younger elementary students would appreciate it as well.

So there you have it, five nonfiction books that I like to mix into my story times. The great narratives of these texts keep them from feeling like a bunch of facts, and they are engaging read-alouds. Does anyone one else have any favorites like this? Please, share them. My students will thank you.


The Great Rug Election of 2018

We had an impromptu school election this last Friday that very much amused me.

I guess it all started at ALA Midwinter in Denver a few weeks ago. I was walking through the exhibit hall, killing time before a meeting when I saw a marvelous reading rug. It was bright and fun and covered in some of my students’ favorite characters. My current reading rug is old, getting worn, and is too small for some of my classes.


In that moment, I just knew that I had to have that rug.

Well, something happened while I was in Denver that made me change my mind. (You can read the last question of my interview with Betsy Bird yesterday for a hint, if you must know.) I decided that it would be best if I didn’t buy that particular reading rug at this time, but the seed was planted.  The idea that I was buying a new rug was in the back of my mind, and it wouldn’t go away.

I started browsing online and saw a few that I really liked. I’m no interior designer, however, and the task of picking just one was starting to stress me out. Then, on Thursday afternoon, I had an idea.

Why not let the kids decide? So I sent out an email to all of the teachers with my top four picks, and asked them to have their students vote on which rug they liked the best. Each class would get one vote, and whichever won would be our new library rug.

Here are the four they picked from:

Option 1


Option 2


Option 3


Option 4


I started straightening some bookshelves. I didn’t get much done before I heard a ding letting me know that I had a new email. I walked over to my desk and checked it. One of the classes had already voted. That was when I knew how much fun this was going to be. Every time I checked my email over the next day, there were new votes. When I walked through the hallway during the day, kids would stop me and ask which rug was leading.

At one point, two rugs were tied, and the kids thought this was very exciting. I heard some spirited discussion from kids who were suddenly experts on reading rugs and interior design. Most of the preschool teachers were unsurprisingly, in favor of the rugs that had squares where each child could have their own defined space to sit. I honestly never knew how much thought could go into rug selection. I just thought you chose a rug that looked cool.

As lunchtime on Friday neared, the final votes were trickling in. The tie had long been broken, and rug #1 (The dark one with the blue rings) was the clear winner with 12 classes voting for it. 2nd place went to the third option (the geometric looking one) with 9 votes.  I logged into Demco, ordered the winner, and put a big checkmark next to “ORDER RUG” on my to do list.




Author/ Editor/ Super Librarian Interview: Betsy Bird

This morning, I have the pleasure of interviewing Betsy Bird, a librarian that I really admire and look up to. I read her blog nearly every day (I only say nearly because there are a few sad days when she doesn’t post.) She’s one of the prominent voices in kid’s lit, and she’s been especially busy these last few years having also taken on the rolls of author and editor.

1. How long have you been a children’s librarian? When did you realize that life had destined you for a life of poverty, but in the end, fulfillment?

Heh. You hit it on the nose with the “life of poverty, but in the end, fulfillment” line. Yeah, I often say that I was doomed to be a children’s librarian from a very young age. I was the kid that made a cataloging system for the family’s VHS tapes. Who alphabetized all the books in the dining room. Who made a series of search terms (pre-internet) for the subjects of my National Geographic Magazines. Still, I fought my calling tooth and nail. I wasn’t going to be a stuffy old librarian, nuh-uh! I was going to be a photographer! Problem is, I’m not so talented in that area. So when I came to library school I decided I’d go for it, but on the archival side of the equation. I’d preserve books! It was only when I set my coffee cup down on my book talking about how to preserve books (much to my husband’s amusement) that I switched focus. I took a children’s lit class on a lark to fulfill a credit and realized with a shock that it was the place I was meant to be all along. I’ve been a librarian since 2002, and my math isn’t swell but I think that means I’ve been in this job 16 years.

2. First, let’s talk about Giant Dance Party (ice pops!) When did you start writing it? How long did the process take? Was the reception what you expected?
Ice pops! Good callback.
Yeah, that was funny. I’d always meant to be a writer (as a kid it was my dream job, until I figured it wasn’t good for paying the grocery bills) but it took kind, sweet, wonderful illustrator Brandon Dorman to make it happen. He essentially told me one day, “Let’s do a book together! You write it, I’ll do the pictures, and I only want it to be about one thing: giants leaping”. I wrote three ideas and Greenwillow bought two of them. Writing the book didn’t take all that long, but the revising process was intense. The book went through two different editors with two different visions of where it could go. As for the reception, I didn’t really have any expectations. I was a blogger with a following, but this was going out to folks who didn’t know me from boo. To my infinite amazement, the book has stayed in print all these years AND it was picked up by Scholastic Book Clubs, so that was a thrill. I’d say it’s done better than I expected.

3. Was it harder or easier to put together a collection like Funny Girl than creating a picture book?
Harder, yep, but it’s so near and dear to my heart that I would have walked through fire for it. The kooky thing about FUNNY GIRL was that it required me to take off my author hat and put on an editorial one. NOT something I ever saw myself doing. I mean, basically my job was to ask people to submit free material to me, I’d accept it or reject it, and I’d have to tell these talented writers when they weren’t funny. That is, should anyone ask, difficult. But I got such a wonderful crop of women helping me out that I think it worked out really nicely in the end. Whew!
4. What about Wild Things? That’s a different animal (ha!) all together.
Rowr! It was indeed. A co-collaboration with two of my favorite children’s literature bloggers. In that particular case I reached out to Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta with a kind of vague, “Hey, I have an agent so let’s do a book together.” I was a bit hazy on the logistics. But like FUNNY GIRL I learned that if you work with extraordinarily talented people, all boats rise with the tide (as they say). My co-writers were amazing and the greatest stroke of luck was that we were paired with Liz Bicknell at Candlewick who took one look at our bloated monstrosity and basically told us, “Yeah. You need a thesis.” It’s because of her that the final product turned out as nicely as it did.

5. I think we all saw the need for a compilation of stories by female writers. (There are so many men compilations out there) When did it hit you that they needed to be funny stories and that you were going to be the one to collect them?

Well, if you see a gap in the marketplace, dive for it, that’s what I say. The idea came to me slowly. When DIARY OF A WIMPY KID hit the market it made funny cool for older readers. CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS had made it cool for the younger kids, but it was Jeff Kinney that had the ten and eleven-year-olds flooding the library with “What else do you have that’s funny?” requests. And like any diligent librarian I ran around grabbing everything I thought they’d need. Sometimes I had to make a conscious effort to find funny women, though, and I couldn’t help but wonder if there was a single source of funny female writers out there somewhere that I could hand somebody. When I discovered that there wasn’t, that just seemed kind of baffling to me. Just through my work and blogging I knew a whole slew of funny women, so it didn’t take much to just cram them all into a book together.

6. I know your kid lit network is vast. How did you decide which women would be included in the compilation?
Ah, see, that was the tricky part. I made this massive wish list of the women I wanted in the book. I got a couple verbal agreements early in the process when I was making up the proposal, but for the full list I just thought up anyone I could. My editor at the beginning of the book was Sharyn November and she contributed names as well. It was a huge list which we narrowed down as people told us they were too busy or when they just didn’t quite have a feel for the tone of the project. Still, it was an awful amount of fun. How could it not be? These are funny women, for crying out loud!

7. Here’s what I love about the book. Girls (boys too) will come for the funny stories, but will leave feeling empowered. You set that tone from the beginning. Was it intentional from the start of the project, or did it morph into something bigger and more important than you had imagined?
I think if my time working on WILD THINGS taught me anything it was that I’m the kind of writer that writes first, finds a thesis later. But in the case of FUNNY GIRL I wrote a proposal before the book sold, so I had to have a clear sense of what I was trying to accomplish from the very start. A lot of what ended up in my introduction to the book came straight from that proposal too (right down to the embarrassing picture of me in the 7th grade). Did I have this vast sense of how important the project was? To a certain extent, but I think Sharyn November was the one who was able to put it in Bigger Picture terms for me.

8. Just between you and me and anyone who reads this blog, who is the funniest lady in the book?

HAH! That’s like asking a mother to say which of her children is her favorite. Impossible! Couldn’t do it!
. . . .
Okay. It’s Carmen Agra Deedy. I mean. Come on. Clearly.

9. Who would win in a stand-up comedy show-down?

Oh, see now that’s a tough call. If I were a betting woman I think it would come down to Libba Bray and Shannon Hale. With the possible advantage going to Hale. I mean, I once saw her perform an interpretive squirrel dance with her husband. So, y’know. Girl got skills.

10. Funniest female of all time?
Madeline Kahn. I aspire to be her. I fail. But I aspire.

11. Funniest female writer?

Boy, it’s hard to get away from Dorothy Parker, isn’t it? Talk about a woman born in the wrong time. I mean, this is the lady who was told she couldn’t make a joke out of the word “horticulture” and came immediately back with “You can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.” Plus she wrote THE funniest negative review of Winnie-the-Pooh of all time. Look it up if you get a chance. It inspires me.

12. Have you received any particular impactful feedback from Funny Girl readers?
It sounds strange but one of the most meaningful interactions I had with the book occurred before it had even come out. I was cleaning up a display on my library’s first floor when a mom and her daughter come over and ask if I’m Betsy Bird. I admit that I am and the girl proceeds to tell me how much she loves FUNNY GIRL and how she’s taken the advice in the very first story (the one by the Yaeger sisters) to heart. I was floored, not least because the book wasn’t slated to come out for another month and I’d only gotten about five copies of the early galleys myself. Naturally I asked where she’d gotten the book and it turns out that one of my children’s librarians had shared it with her. You can talk about early reviews all you want but I think that particular early review was the best I’ve ever had or ever will have in my lifetime.

13. Do you have plans to put together any more anthologies?
I’ve been batting about a couple ideas. After the publication of FUNNY GIRL I had a lot of women put themselves forward for FUNNY GIRL 2 if it ever happens. I also wouldn’t be opposed to switching gears a little and doing COMIX GIRL to highlight the women doing amazing comics for kids in the future. But there are no immediately plans at this point in time.

14. Switching gears, Is there anything new coming in 2018 that you’re particularly excited for?

Ooo! Yes! Where to start? Okay, I’ll just do a quick rundown of one title per kind of book. In short:
Picture Book:  Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love is still my top pick. I’ve shown it to a lot of librarians and we’re all just completely floored by it. Great art and this amazing empathetic story. This a book I’ve been waiting to see for a long time.
Fairytales/Folktales: The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier, ill. Sonia Sánchez is this amazing combination of the classic Little Red Hen storyline with this warm and intergenerational tale of a girl making things by hand. It hits all the right buttons (and the backmatter is to die for!).
Early Chapter Books:  Baby Monkey, Private Eye by Brian Selznick and David Serlin is a case where once again Selznick knocks it out of the park by melding his genres together. The faux Bibliography is there for the parents and the hilarious sequences that involve a monkey trying to put on pants are . . . well, actually that’s for parents AND kids, I’d say.
Poetry:  Seeing Into Tomorrow: Haiku by Richard Wright, ill. Nina Crews is another case where I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book for years. I’ve always loved the photography of Nina Crews and now to see it so beautifully rendered with the haiku of Richard Wright (who knew he did haiku?!?) is a real treat.
Middle Grade Fiction: The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras is how you write a debut novel, people! This is a book that explodes off the page right from the start and doesn’t stop running until it reaches the finish line. You want excitement and strong girl characters? This is the book for you.
Graphic Novels:  Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell is achingly good. I was so thrilled to encounter it this year and I can’t wait until it comes out. In it you have a full neighborhood of kids that use cardboard to enact their ultimate fantasies. J’adore.
Nonfiction:  Nothing Stopped Sophie: The Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain by Cheryl Bardoe, ill. Barbara McClintock   is a picture biography of a woman I certainly had never heard of. Usually if female mathematicians get mentioned in books for kids it’s because they worked on computers in some way. Not Sophie. She’s the whole reason we have skyscrapers. Crazy, right?

15. What is your favorite book of all time?
That changes every other day. Since you’re asking me right now at this point in time I’m going to have to go with A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge. It taps into that little sense of “weird” in me that I need.

16. So, we’ve all read the SLJ article, and spent hours scrolling though the comments. Personally, I was blown away by some of the men being accused. (This could be because I’m a man. I know lots of women who weren’t surprised at all) One name in particular, bothers me very much. His books are staples of my story time and favorites of my students. As kid’s librarians, how should we respond to these allegations? I know some librarians who are pulling books off of their shelves, others who are keeping them there, but won’t read them to kids anymore, and more who are still celebrating the books, but are separating that from celebrating the book creators. What do you think, as a leading woman in this field, we should do?

I mean, we’ve faced this kind of thing before with children’s books in the past. This isn’t a new situation when you think about it. What’s one of the most censored children’s books of last year? The Little Bill series by Bill Cosby. What do you do with those? Heck, let’s go a little farther back in time. William Mayne was a beloved children’s author/illustrator and he was actually convicted on child molestation charges. Yet you’ll still find his books in the library. But to get to the nut of this argument you have to ask what the role of the library is. I’ve seen articles about bookstores pulling these authors’ books, and that’s a little different to me. A bookstore is under no obligation to provide access to literature. A library is. I’ve got books by Hitler on my shelf, and you don’t get much worse than that guy.  There are books in my children’s room that I find personally offensive. Do I burn them in my parking lot after hours? I do not. Like it or not, our job is to provide these books to the public and let them decide. And, if it turns out that the public rejects someone and doesn’t check out their books for years at a time, then I am well within my rights to weed these “dead” items. But you’re getting into very sticky territory when you are making moral calls about literature for children.
Thanks, so much, Betsy! Keep up all of the good work!
Betsy Bird is the collection development manager at Evanston Public Library. You can find Funny Girl, Wild Things and Giant Dance Party in bookstores now.

#ukulelesongFriday Jim Gill’s Silly Dance Contest

“The Silly Dance Contest” is a song I’ve been using for story times for a long time. Much longer than I’ve been playing the ukulele.

Jim Gill

I purchased this Jim Gill cd when I fist started out as a kids’ librarian, and got more than my money’s worth. There are several good songs on here (I did a post on Hands are for Clapping a while back), but the best of them is “The Silly Dance Contest.”

Let me explain how it works. I  play the song.  The kids dance like crazy ,and when I get to the line “Stop when I say freeze” all the kids freeze like a silly statue. Then I pick the person who is in the silliest pose. I tell all of the other kids to look at them, so they can see how silly they look. It helps to know the kids’ names, but there have been story times when I didn’t, so I just point and ask for them what their name is.

There are several verses:  round 1. round 2 (exactly the same as round 1) the jumping round, The fast round, the slow round and the last round (same as round 1)

It ends with me playing down the notes on the top string. I tell the students “As the music gets lower, you get lower” and they end up back on the floor, and get back in their spots, ready to hear the next book.

Here are the chords. It’s an easy two-chord song, which I love. I also play it in F sometimes if I have a cold or something, or if I just feel like singing a little lower that day. (The notes would be F and C instead of G and D)

Here I am playing it for a summer story time last year. It gets cut off before the very end, when the students all sit back down, but you can the gist of it, I hope.

It’s a fun song, and the one my students request the most. I hope that someone out there can use it!


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