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Horse Storytime Ideas

Updated on February 19, 2012

Horses at the Library

How many times per day do little girls come and ask you for horse books? Ever think you could find them in your sleep? Unfortunately, you may have noticed most of the horse picture books aren't storytime friendly. No worries, though. Check out these ideas sure to please your favorite young horse lovers.

Are You a Horse? - by Andy Rash

Are You A Horse?
Are You A Horse?

When a young wanna-be cowboy named Roy gets a saddle for his birthday, it comes with only two instructions. 1) Find a horse. 2) Enjoy the ride. Approaching a snake, a crab, a chameleon and a zebra, Roy asks each if they are a horse. However, when Roy finally finds a horse, he again gets the idea wrong.

 

Boom Boom Ain't It Great to Be Crazy

Traditional Song

A horse and a flea and three blind mice

Sat on a curbstone shooting dice

The horse he slipped and fell on the flea.

"Whoops," said the flea, "There's a horse on me!"

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Giddy and foolish the whole day through,

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Way down South where bananas grow

A flea stepped on an elephant's toe

The elephant cried, with tears in his eyes,

"Why don't you pick on someone your own size?"

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Giddy and foolish the whole day through,

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Way up North where there's ice and snow

There lived a penguin and his name was Joe

He got so tired of black and white

He wore pink slacks to the dance last night!

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

Giddy and foolish the whole day through,

Boom, boom, ain't it great to be crazy?

*See the Recommended Song Blips below for Mother Goose Rocks's more up to date version of the song.

I Know an Old Lady Who Swalled a Fly - Traditional Song Story

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

I know an old lady who swallowed a fly.

I don't know why she swallowed the fly. (pause)

Perhaps she'll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a spider

That wiggled and giggled and tickled inside her.

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly

I don't know why she swallowed the fly. (pause)

Perhaps she'll die.

I know an old lady who swallowed a bird.

How absurd! She swallowed a bird....

I know an old lady who swallowed a cat.

Imagine that, she swallowed a cat....

I know an old lady who swallowed a dog.

What a hog! She swallowed a dog...!

I know an old lady who swallowed a goat.

She opened her throat and swallowed a goat...

I know an old lady who swallowed a cow.

I don't know how she swallowed a cow....

I know an old lady who swallowed a horse.

She burped, of course!

While the traditional song ends, "She died of course," I always sing, "She burped of course" to save parent heart attacks.

 

Ride a Cockhorse to Banbury Cross

Traditional Rhyme

Ride a cockhorse to Banbury Cross,

To see a fine lady upon a white horse.

Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,

And she shall have music wherever she goes.

Sally the Camel
Sally the Camel

Sally the Camel

Traditional Song

Sally the camel has five humps.

Sally the camel has five humps.

Sally the camel has five humps.

So ride, Sally, ride.

Boom, boom, boom, boom!

Sally the camel has four humps...

Sally the camel has three humps...

Sally the camel has two humps...

Sally the camel has one hump...

Sally the camel has no humps.

Sally the camel has no humps.

Sally the camel has no humps.

'Cause Sally is a horse, of course.

Also known as "Alice the Camel."

She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain

Traditional Song

She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes, (when she comes).

She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes, (when she comes).

She'll be coming 'round the mountain, she'll be coming 'round the mountain,

She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes, (when she comes).

She'll be drivin' three white horses when she comes, (whoa back)....

She'll be wearing wool pajamas when she comes, (itch, scratch)....

We'll be havin' chicken and dumplings when she comes, (yum, yum)....

Oh we'll all come out to greet her when she comes, (howdy)....

Also see Philemon Sturges's adaptation in which the six white horses is the library bookmobile. When using Sturges's book version of the song, I paperclip a few pages together to help keep the flow in a larger group setting. Children may also be encouraged to sing out "Yee HAW" at the end of each verse.

Trot Ol' Joe - Traditional Song

Trot Ol' Joe. Trot Ol' Joe.

You ride better than any horse I know.

Trot Ol' Joe. Trot Ol' Joe.

You're the best horse in the country-o.

Whoa... Joe!

*For additional verses, make Ol' Joe run, gallop, walk, etc, or sing the song progressively quicker as in the video below.

Reccomended Songs on CD

Like to use CD's in storytime? Check out Mother Goose Rock's versions of Boom, Boom, Ain't It Great to Be Crazy and She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain as well as The Laurie Berkner Band's She'll be Comin' Round the Mountain. Just hit the play button for a preview of the songs

Horses as Secondary Characters

Add your favorite books with horse characters. Then you can vote for your favorites.

These are some of my favorite stories, songs and rhymes to share in horse storytime.

Do you have favorites I didn't list? Please share below.

What are your favorite books and songs to share in horse storytime?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really liked this article of yours ... *angel blessed*

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      scss 6 years ago

      When I was little I read every single book in the "Brumby" horse series about wild horses in the Australian bush!

      Big Thumbs Up for your lens

      Helene Malmsio

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I wonder if the easy reader, Little Black, based on the Farley stories could be used for a Horse Themed storytime? I think it might be a little long but has good pictures and could be shortened a little. It's probably out of print though.