Librarians highlight Shake, Rattle and Read story-time favorites

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Shake, Rattle and Read is a special story time for children ages 2 to 5 that uses music and movement to emphasize literacy skills and reading readiness. Ideal for the young and the restless, this program allows kids to explore sounds, movements, stories and rhymes — no sitting and no shushing allowed.

This fall, the program will be held at the Southwest Regional Library at 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 2-Dec. 30. It also will be at the Northside Branch Library at 4 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 8-Oct. 27. Here are several of the lively stories shared during Shake, Rattle and Read.

Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas

Beach Lane Books, 2009

For ages: 3 and up

This adorable interactive book asks kids to play pretend by acting out a series of activities — including scaring away a giant, hungry frog. The colorful illustrations and simple action sentences will get kids on their feet and laughing.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont

HMH Books for Young Readers, 2005

For ages: 3 and up

Told to the tune of It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More, a naughty child is told to paint no more after being caught leaving illustrations on all the walls in his house. While he sullenly agrees, creativity gets the best of him and he can’t resist once again spreading paint throughout his home.

Accompanied by black-and-white illustrations that gradually add colors as the boy decorates, this story uses rhyming stanzas to tell the tale, until the boy gets caught — and runs out of paint.

Little Bunny Foo Foo by Paul Brett Johnson

Scholastic Press, 2004

For ages: 3 and up

This is the story of Little Bunny Foo Foo, who hops through the forest scooping up various animals and bopping them on the head — only it’s told from the Good Fairy’s hilarious point of view. Will Little Bunny Foo Foo get what’s coming to him for committing such dastardly acts?

Sing along to this classic song turned into a book and find out. And remember — hare today, goon tomorrow. The clean illustrations strike the right balance between being bad and having fun, something most kids can identify with.

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

Henry Holt and Co., 2000

For ages: 3 and up

Sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus, this book twists the song to examine the animals riding the bus, the sounds they make, and the havoc they cause along the way. What would you say if you were riding a bus full of wild animals? Find out in the last verse, which examines what the People on the bus have to say. (Spoiler alert: It’s HEEEEELP!)

A Soup Opera by Jim Gill

Jim Gill, Inc., 2009

For ages: 3 and up

A man walks into a restaurant, orders soup, but can’t eat it. Find out why in this hilarious book told through a unique operatic-style song. The man is forced to call in the manager, a policeman and even the president in his quest to solve the problem.

The book is accompanied by a CD of author Jim Gill telling the story so parents and children can sing along to his brilliant presentation, or readers can add their own interpretations by reading the book sans musical accompaniment.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin; Illustrated by James Dean

HarperCollins, 2012

For ages: 2 and up

Trust us, your child will get down to the groovy fun that Pete the Cat books share. In this story, Pete loves his favorite shirt so much that he sings a song all about its buttons. Pop! When his buttons start falling off, Pete’s signature easygoing style stays in check as he keeps singing his song.

Kids will love counting down with Pete — but what button will he sing about when all his shirt buttons are gone?

Colorful and bright illustrations make this a perfect book for storytime at the library or at home. Check out other books about Pete — with his white shoes, at school and even at the farm. Readers who have grown up with Pete will be delighted to know that there is also an easy reader series starring the cool blue cat.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Houghton Mifflin, 1989

For ages: 6 months and up

Based on the classic nursery rhymes, Mama tries to get her five little monkeys into bed. Kids will love seeing the bedtime ritual illustrations of five little monkeys taking a bath, brushing their teeth and getting into bed. Mama keeps calling the doctor as each little monkey falls off the bed only to get the same advice every time: no more monkeys jumping on the bed.

Finally Mama is able to get all her bumped and bruised monkeys to sleep; and readers won’t believe the first thing Mama wants to do. This version is a board book perfect for little readers still learning how to handle books.

Wendy Dunn is a teen programming librarian and Lisa Smant is a children’s librarian at the Fort Worth Public Library.

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