People of All Kinds Storytime

This storytime is about people and celebrating our differences! I really enjoyed this storytime and my audience seemed to as well!

Books

Shades of People by Shelley Rotner

How Do You Say I Love You? By Hannah Eliot

Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones by Susan Hughes

Activities

“I Am Different From My Head to My Toes”

This action rhyme encourages kids ot love themselves and their backgrounds, while also practicing body parts. I love it!

“I am different from my head to my toes”
I am different from my head to my toes
(point to self then to head and toes)
I am different from my eyes to my nose
(point to self then eyes and nose)
I come from a place that is far and wide
(point to self then spread arms wide open)
A place where we all smile instead of cry
(trace your lips into a smile 
and up to eyes as if you were crying)
I am very different as you can see
(point to self then at a friend)
But I still love myself and my history.
(hug yourself)

“I’ve Got Peace in My Fingers”

I found this song on The Children’s Music Network website. If you have a tamborine, this is a great song for it! I used a tamborine during my storytime, and my audience began clapping the rhythm all on their own. I still love singing this song to my little one.

“I’ve Got Peace in My Fingers” 
I’ve got peace, peace, peace in my fingers
Watch what I can do!
I’ve got peace, peace, peace in my fingers,
And I’m gonna shake hands with you.

I’ve got words, words, words in my head
Watch what I can do!
I’ve got words, words, words, in my head
I’m gonna talk things over with you!

I’ve got love, love, love in my heart
Watch what I can do!
I’ve got love, love, love in my heart
I’m gonna give some to you!

I’ve got peace, peace, peace in my fingers
words, words, words in my head
love, love, love in my heart
And I’m gonna give some to you!

“Love it Little”

A short, sweet rhyme. I made up my own actions to this one and we did it a couple of times.

“Love is Little”
Love is little, love is low,
Love will make our spirits grow.
Grow in peace, grow in light,
Love will do the thing that’s right!

“We Are Neighbors”

We did this song as a call and response and it was very sweet.

“We are Neighbors”
(Sing to “Frere Jacques”)
We are alike, we are alike.
We are different too, We are different too.
We are friends, we are friends.
Neighbors too! Neighbors too!

Conclusion

This is one of my most successful storytimes. I think because the parents and caregivers appreciated the sentiment. It also contains some of my favorite storytime books ever: How Do You Say I Love You? and Up! I LOVE How Do You Say I Love You? because it goes over so many different languages, but has super convenient pronunciations right there on the page. And Up! is just the cutest! The moms, especially the baby-wearers, really liked it!

 

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