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Rock n' Roll

Updated: Dec 10, 2018

This storytime celebrates rock n' roll with four clever musical books, drum and dance activities, and a nifty boombox craft!

Rocking Musical Books to Read!


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes (Eric Litwin)

Kids love Pete the Cat (and so do I)! In this story, Pete is excited about his new school shoes, so he sings a long song throughout the day. Since we had big kids attend this storytime, I had them read Pete's singing lines.

Rock N' Roll Mole (Carolyn Crimi)

This book is hilarious, though the kids probably won't get the references. Mole's idol is Mick Badger (Mick Jagger). My assistant and I were laughing about this, but the kids didn't get it so we asked them if they knew the song "Moves Like Jagger," which they did. We then showed them a video of Mick Jagger dancing and we did hilarious impersonations of him.

After Activity: Moves Like Jagger

As mentioned above, play a video of Mick Jagger dancing and mimic his moves together. You can also invite the kids to show off their own dance moves. Ask them "Who is the Mick Jagger of our time?"

Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears (Corey Rosen Schwartz)

This is the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" with a clever rock n' roll twist! The bears leave their house in hopes of finding a soprano singer to join their band. Goldi wanders into their studio while they are gone. Who do you think their new soprano will be?

Punk Farm on Tour (Jarret J. Krosoczka)

I didn't read this one during storytime because the book hadn't arrived yet (I had been waiting over a month - our system only has one copy), but I finally got it and read through it and thought I'd recommend it. If you haven't read the first one, simply called Punk Farm, I'd start there (I reviewed it in the Barnyard Bash storytime here.)

This book is neat because the Punk Farm band travels to different states, so you can use a map to show the kids where they are traveling. You can also do a movement and singing activity, since they are performing their version of "The Wheels on the Bus."

Activity: Drum Circle and Name Clapping


There are lots of variations to this, like we did during the Drums & Rhythm storytime. You can make a beat and have the kids repeat it or go around and have each kid make their own beat. You can also practice drumming or clapping to the rhythm of the person's name!

Examples (Clap or drum for each syllable):

Tor-i- By-ers-

An-tho-knee- Smith-

Craft: Construct a Construction Paper Boombox


These are so cute! I found these on Pinterest but unfortunately the link took me to a spammy site so I can't give credit.


Construction Paper (half sheeps, oblong bases, and strips for the handle)

Paint Samples (these are the circles, but you can also just make some with construction paper)

Buttons or pom-poms (for the buttons)


Scissors (for cleaning up the pieces if needed)

Glue sticks or liquid glue

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