Berry Time (or, “Good Riddance, Evil Winter!”)

It’s been a long winter for much of the northern United States (and yowzers–Canada has had it even worse). Here in New Hampshire, we’ve had storms dropping at least a foot of snow pretty regularly. Like, weekly. In other words, I think people are looking forward to their hard-earned spring season this year! In celebration of this, and maybe thanks to some wishful thinking, I’ve decided I’ve had enough of snow-themed storytimes. Bring on the sunshine, the baby animals, and this week, the berries!


Books: Jamberry, by Bruce Degen; The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, by Don and Audrey Wood


-Good Morning Song

-Shake My Sillies Out, from More Singable Songs by Raffi


-Pop Goes the Berry (Jbrary)

-Popcorn, Popcorn

-Grand Old Duke of York

-Can You Clap, Clap, Clap?

-Giddy-up, Giddy-up (Reading With Red)

-The Tiny Mice

Read: Jamberry


-When Ducks Get Up in the Morning (King County Library System on YouTube)

-Little Red Wagon


-Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

-I Wiggle, Wiggle, Wiggle

Read: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

Shaker egg song:

-“Everything Grows” from Raffi’s Everything Grows album (this one is a little slower than my usual shaker egg songs, but I love it so much and I think it complements the berry books).

Little Mouse Activity:

Every week I put up five different colored houses on the back wall. A mouse is hidden behind one of them. We knock on each door in succession, asking, “Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the _________ (fill in the color) house?” Then we lift up the house to see if he’s underneath!


-“Twinkle, Twinkle” from the album Catch the Moon, by Lisa Loeb and Elizabeth Mitchell. I blow bubbles during this song.









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