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Chickens Cluck Storytime-At-Home

Chickens Cluck Booklist

We are eggggs-tra egggs-ited about this weeks Storytime at Home! Though we are still sad that we cannot share some of our favorite books with our young patrons in person, we are thrilled to have some great title options through our digital resources. The biggest news is that our newest resource, Hoopla, is now allowing 6 borrows every month through May 31st. Make sure you keep an eye open for some of their Bonus Borrows as well, which will not count against your six maximum borrows.

All week long you can enjoy wonderful stories of chickens, roosters, and eggs through online eBooks and read-along movies through Hoopla and our other digital resources. Hoopla has several great titles for eBook check-outs, including Brewster the Rooster by Devin Scillian, Brewsters crowing is getting out of hand! Find out why. Acoustic Rooster by Kwame Alexander sets up a fun story while you learn a little about jazz music. Why? How Did The Chicken Cross The Road? by Kiana L. Johnson explains Charlie Chicken's exciting adventure as he tries to find a way for all chickens to safely cross the roads. Bedtime for Chickies by Janee Trasler is a great bedtime book for babies and toddlers to join the chickies as they head to bed.This is available in an eBook or an audio as a second borrow. In the book Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting, all of the animals rush to the barn and arrive just in time to greet the tiniest member of the farm family, hatching out of his egg.

You can check out the read-along movie titles of a classic tale of Chicken Little by George Bridge. This title can be found as an eBook as well. Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman is a movie that has read-along subtitles about a curious little chicken and a bit of blue paint. 

Finally, The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band is a Bonus Borrow this month! You can borrow this musical collection and jam to some of Laurie Berkner's best tunes, including one of the bands most popular songs, "I Know a Chicken". If you have some plastic eggs lying around this week, now is a great time to fill them with beans (or Cheerios if choking is a concern), tape them up tight, and shake to the music! Because it's a bonus borrow, it will not count against your maximum 6 titles.

Next, head over to Overdrive and the Blue Ridge Download Consortium where you can find the title Chicken BIG by Keith Graves. Learn what happens when on a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. Speaking of very large eggs, you can find Big Egg by Molly Coxe on overdrive as well. One morning Hen wakes up and finds a gigantic egg in her nest. Whose egg can it be?

Finally, you can jump over to Tumble Book Library, which is now free for Handley Regional Library System patrons. There you can enjoy Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo. Hear what happens when Louise left her home and ventured out into the wide world!

If all of this chicken fun makes you feel like dancing, shake along with Laurie Berkner's "I Know a Chicken", then play some chicken finger plays, and sing some songs. 

Ten Fluffy Chickens
Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten.
[Hold up two hands]
Sitting on top is the Mother Hen.
[Fold one
hand over the other]
Crackle, crackle, crackle; what do I see?
[Clap three times]
Ten fluffy chickens, as yellow as can be!
[Hold up and wiggle ten fingers]

This Little Chick
This little chick got into the barn
[Hold up index finger]
This little chick ate all the corn
[Hold up middle finger]
This little chick said he wasn't well
[Hold up ring finger]
This little chick said he'd go tell
[Hold up pinky finger]
But this little chick said "Peep, peep, peep"
[Hold up thumb and wiggle it]
"Please be quiet, I'm trying to sleep!"
[Wiggle thumb]

I'm a Little Chicken
[Tune:Little Teapot]
I'm a little chicken, short and fat.
Covered in feathers with a tail in back.
When I get real hungry, I flap my wings,
And look for bugs and yummy things.

Higgledy, Piggledy
Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen.
[Hold up right fist]
She lays eggs for gentlemen;
[Left hand, fingers extended, bow them forward]
Sometimes nine, [Hold up 9 fingers]
And sometimes ten, [Hold up 10 fingers]
Higgledy, piggledy, my black hen.
[Hold up right fist]
And she clucks a song till they fall asleep.
[Fingers of right hand creep into folded left hand]

Five Hungry Chickens
Said the first little chicken, with a quick little squirm,
"I wish I could find a fat little worm."
Said the next little chicken, with an odd little shrug,
"I wish I could find a fat little slug."
Said the third little chicken, with a sharp little squeal,
"I wish I could find some nice yellow meal."
Said the fourth little chicken, with a small sigh of grief,
"I wish I could find a little green leaf."
Said the fifth little chicken, with a faint little moan,
"I wish I could find a wee gravel stone."
"Now see here," said the mother, from the garden patch,
"If you want any breakfast, just come here and scratch!"