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Share a Story: Giraffe Storytime


In case you missed our giraffe storytime this week, don't worry. Here are some of the fun stories and songs we shared, plus some extras for sharing your own very tall and fast storytime at home. 

From Storytime

Blue & Bertie by Kristyna Litten

Bertie the giraffe oversleeps and becomes separated from his herd, but a new friend helps him get home and gives him a new perspective in the process.

We had a good time stretching up and down with the song "My Ups and Downs."


Spotted Giraffe from the Fingerplays & Action Rhymes blog

     The spotted giraffe is tall as can be (raise one arm as high as you can),

     His lunch is a bunch of leaves off a tree (nibble with fingers of hand of outstetched arm)

     He has a very long neck and his legs are long too (point to raised arm and legs)

     And he can run faster than his friends at the zoo! (run in place)


Giraffes by Kate Riggs

An introduction to giraffes, covering their growth process, behaviors, the lands they call home, and such defining physical features as their long necks.


Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (try jbrary for an example, but pretty much just point to all the body parts!)

     Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes

     Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes

     Eyes and Ears and Mouth and Nose

     Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Knees and Toes



Five Giraffes in the Bathtub (from the Mansfield/Richland Public Library)

     One giraffe in the bathtub going for a swim

     Knock, knock (clap twice) Splash, splash (slap knees twice)

     Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)

     [Repeat, adding one giraffe each time until...]

     Five giraffes in the bathtub going for a swim

     Knock, Knock, Splash, Splash

     They all fall in!


This is fun! [sound recording] by Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants (a.k.a. Chris Ballew, lead singer of the Seattle-based band Presidents of the United States of America) captures children and adults with his light, airy folk music that will make you happy and want to get up and dance.

More Stories to Enjoy

The starry giraffe by Andy Bergmann

Picking red apples from a high tree in the hope of enjoying a satisfying snack, a starry giraffe generously gives away each apple he picks to a sequence of hungry friends and begins to fear that there won't be any apples left for him.

One word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her rather complicated family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one. Includes glossary.

Giraffes ruin everything by Heidi Schulz

It seems that giraffes will misbehave whether attending a birthday party, going to the movies, playing in the park, or just about anything else.

I am not a chair! by Ross Burach

A giraffe's day goes from bad to worse when every animal he encounters mistakes him for a chair.

The story of two giraffes - one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking - that overcome the language barrier to forge a friendship.

Oh dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O'Neill

A tall, awkward giraffe struggles to fit in despite his perpetual clumsiness, slipping and falling on his face before discovering that his height is an advantage that allows him to stretch up high and find friends in the trees.

The surprise by Sylvia van Ommen

In this wordless picture book, Sheep goes to great lengths to surprise Giraffe with a lovely red sweater.