Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
This fabulous storytime title is, regrettably, out of print. My library’s hardcover was hugged to death before I started here, so I bought the hardcover used from Amazon and donated it to the Office collection. I’ve read this book more than any other storytime title, and in three different formats: the tiny board book, the full size hardcover, and a stick puppet I made from the photocopies of the hardcover book. My favorite is the puppet – it’s so fun to throw all the animals when they go flying into the haystack! My storytime students are starting to really know this book – when they see it propped up in the front of the room, they shout “clip clop!” at it.
Clip Clop is so successful because it’s so adaptable. You can do a straight read aloud, but that’s not going to make this a storytime all star. If you add a rhythm slap on your thigh when you read out “clip clop, clippety-clop!” you’ve suddenly got an interactive, exciting book that lets kids practice gross motor skills. But it doesn’t stop there: for very little listeners, you can break on each page to count the animals riding on Mr. Horse, name their colors, or make their sounds.
Read during: Toddler Time, winter-spring-summer sessions 2014