Story Time Starter - Seasons
Spring, summer, winter, fall. Seasons: I love them all!
It's the time of year where we get to celebrate the change of the seasons, say goodbye to summer, and welcome cool fall weather, so our story time starter this month is on the seasons. There are SO many great books to choose from, but we'll do our best to narrow things down for you!
For young children, we've got some general season non-fiction books that offer a great look at what the seasons are and how to distinguish them. Look no further than Seasons by Linda Aspen-Baxter and Which Season Is It? by Bobbie Kalman. Moving into toddler-friendly picture books, some great ones to share include Run, Jump, Whiz, Splash by Vera Rosenberry; Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson; Old Bear by Kevin Henkes; and A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann.
For the older preschool children, take a look at these non-fiction titles like What Makes the Seasons? by Megan Montague Cash or Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy: What Are Seasons? by Jane Brocket to find out why we have different seasons and to discuss science and weather. Some awesome books to read aloud to older children include Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors by Joyce Sidman, What Forest Knows by George Ella Lyon, A Friend for All Seasons by Julia Hubery, and A Wonderful Year by Nick Bruel.
Seasons Booklist (Word Document/.docx file)
Here are a few rhymes and songs to go along with all those books!
"The Leaves on the Tree"
(sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")
The leaves on the tree fall to the ground!
To the ground, to the ground!
The leaves on the tree fall to the ground,
All autumn long!
The leaves on the tree are hiding from us!
Hiding from us, hiding from us!
The leaves on the tree are hiding from us,
All winter long!
The leaves on the tree are starting to grow
Starting to grow, starting to grow!
The leaves on the tree are starting to grow,
All spring long!
The leaves on the tree are nice and bright!
Nice and bright, nice and bright!
The leaves on the tree are nice and bright,
All summer long!
Seasons turn like a big round ball (roll arms)
Winter and spring, summer fall (count four fingers)
Seasons turn like a big round ring (roll arms)
Summer and fall, winter spring (count four fingers)
First come green buds then comes grass (cup hands)
Green leaves turn brown, fall comes fast (make leaves falling motion)
Winter snows soon turn to rain (make rain with fingers)
Green buds spring out once again (cup hands)
Seasons come and seasons go
Watch the grass and flowers grow (make upward growing motion)
Winter, spring, summer, fall (count four fingers)
And everything’s growing throughout it all (stand up)
We've also picked out some music to supplement the rhymes and songs.
Dr. Jean and Friends by Dr. Jean (#13: Macarena Months)
Kiss Your Brain by Dr. Jean (#2: Seasons)
Seasonal Songs in Motion by The Learning Station (#2: Spring is Here, #7: It's Fall Again, #13: If You Feel It)
Finally, here are some pretty cool crafts to finish your story time!
Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your super sensational seasons story time!