Beds and pillows are a natural topic for storytimes. For an activity, make paper patchwork quilts, or the Five Monkeys jumping on the bed. Or, make a Goldilocks doll after reading The Three Bears. Be sure to sing Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, and Ten in a Bed.
Cabrera, Jane. TEN IN A BED. A picture book version of the popular song and finger play.
Christelow, Eileen. FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED. A picture book version of the popular finger play, with delightfully droll illustrations.
Canyon, Christopher. GRANDMA’S FEATHER BED. A picture book adaptation of the popular John Denver song.
Fenton, Joe. WHAT’S UNDER THE BED? Fred cannot sleep, because he believes there is something under the bed!
Lum, Kate. WHAT! CRIED GRANNY: AN ALMOST BEDTIME STORY. Granny builds Patrick a bed when he sleeps over.
Marshall, James. GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS. A girl is sleeping in Baby Bear’s bed when he and his family return from a walk. Funny details in Marshall’s cartoon illustrations add zest to this old tale.
Mayer, Mercer. THERE’S AN ALLIGATOR UNDER MY BED. A child cannot sleep until he lures the alligator out from under the bed.
Root, Phyllis. CREAK! SAID THE BED. On a dark and stormy night, one child and then another asks to sleep in mama’s bed, until papa declares there is no more room.
Waber, Bernard. BEARSIE BEAR AND THE SURPRISE SLEEPOVER PARTY. In this hilarious cumulative story, several animals knock on Bear’s door seeking shelter in a storm. He shares his bed, until porcupine is the one needing a place to sleep.
Wood, Audrey and Don. THE NAPPING HOUSE. The audience will chime into the repeated phrases in the cumulative tale.
This storytime theme was originally designed for the 2012 Summer Reading Program “Dream Big – Read.”