An entertaining, interactive video series on owls, teaching children counting.
We invite you to actively engage with Jo in this fun storytime. There will be signing, storytelling, and counting. Do you like counting? Can you count all the owls you see? Count the owls and let us know how many you see. Are you ready for a fun storytime? 1-2-3 Go!
Hello, my name is Jo, and I’m a children’s staff member at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, and today, I’m going to share some stories about birds. Today’s stories are about birds, and we’re going to read “I’m Not Cute” by Jonathan Allen.
[Catalog Record: “I’m not cute.” by Jonathan Allen: https://cmlibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1370491106_im_not_cute]
Ok, put your hands behind your backs. Two little owlies we’re sitting on a hill. One named Sarah, and one named Bill. Fly away, Sarah. Fly away, Bill. Come back, Sarah. And come back, Bill.
We have five little owls on our flannel board. You want to help me count them? One, two, three, four, and five. The first little owl had great round eyes. The second little owl was a very small size. The third little owl can turn her head. And the fourth little owl liked mice, she said. The fifth little owl flies all around. And her wings don’t make a single sound.
Have you ever wanted to be a bird? Where you could get your wings and fly? I like to pretend I’m a bird sometimes, but I need some wings, right? So, I tend to use scarves. And you can find some scarves at home, or you could find a towel or something and spread your wings. And when you’ve got it ready, you can sing this song with me!
[Singing] Red bird, red bird turn around. Blue bird, blue bird touch the ground. Yellow bird, yellow bird, tap your beak. Green bird, green bird, take a seat. Orange bird, orange bird fly up high. Blue bird, blue bird touch the sky. White bird, white bird flap your wings. Brown bird, brown bird sing, sing, sing. [End singing]
This story is called “Little Owl Lost” by Chris Haughton.
[Catalog Record for Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton: https://cmlibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1319436106_little_owl_lost]
One little owl says, “Who, who who.” Two little owls say, “Who, who, who.” Three little owls say, “Who, who, who,” as they sat in the old oak tree. One little squirrel says, “Crunch, crunch, crunch!” Two little squirrels say, “Crunch, crunch, crunch!” Three little squirrels say, “Crunch, crunch, crunch!” as they sat in the old oak tree. One little bee says, “Buzz, buzz, buzz.” Two little bees say, “Buzz, buzz, buzz.” Three little bees say, “Buzz, buzz, buzz,” as they sat in the old oak tree.
Our next book is Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard.
[Catalog Record for Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard: https://cmlibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1166799106_boo_hoo_bird]
Can you see my nest of birds? We have all sorts of birds in this nest. Now in the wild, they do not share a nest together. They probably wouldn’t even be friends. But in the library everybody gets to hang out together in the same basket. So let’s see who we have first. Oh. You know how I like owls.
[Singing] I’m a little owl, and when I look at you, I think, and blink, and say, “Who, who.” [End singing]
Isn’t he cute? Mm-hmm. Oh, who’s over here? It’s a duck.
[Singing] I’m a little duck with feathers on my back. I wobble and waddle and quack, quack, quack. [End singing]
Mm. OK guys, move over. Let’s see who we have here. Does anybody know what this is? It is a red cardinal, and he is our state bird.
[Singing] I’m a red cardinal, the bird of the state. I fly near feeders and the garden gate. [End singing]
Look at him trying to fly. And we have another color here. This is a blue bird. Oh, come on blue bird. On you get. There we go.
[Singing] I’m a little blue bird, I like to fly. My bird feathers are blue, just like the sky. [End singing]
Now, I need another hand for our friend over here. He’s a big guy. Do you know what he is? He is an ostrich. He’s the biggest land bird there is.
[Singing] I’m a tall ostrich with very long legs. I run really fast, and I lay giant eggs. [End singing]
Move over guys, make room for me! And that is our bird family.