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Stellaluna - Storytime Kit

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Hello everyone! We hope you are all excited for Stellaluna by Janell Cannon! Leanna and I have put together a bunch of fun activities and crafts for the little ones. Starting on Monday, November 16, the kits will be available to pick up for our online storytime.

"Stellaluna" by Janelle Cannon

Stellaluna is a 1993 children's book by Janell Cannon about a young fruit bat, Stellaluna, who becomes separated from her mother and finds her way to a nest of birds. She is adopted by them and learns bird-like behavior. Eventually, Stellaluna finds other bats and reunites with her mother, and she learns how to behave like a bat. She introduces the birds to her bat family. Stellaluna and the birds decide that, despite their many differences, they are still friends.”

You will have the book read to you by actress Pamela Reed. She does such a great job, we hope you enjoy her reading as much as we did!

Kits include:

  • a borrowed copy of Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon

  • information page

  • colors game (5 colored bats)

  • a flyer for this website

  • 2 activity pages

  • 2 coloring pages

  • matching game

  • rhymes/song pages with web links (maraca included)

  • a bat launcher craft

  • 3 magnets from the story

  • stickers

HANDOUT GAMES – play with included bat handouts

Can You Show Me…?

(tune: “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)

Can you show me the brown bat?

Brown bat, brown bat?

Can you show me the brown bat?

And wave it in the air?

Blue… gray… red… purple

Hold It High – Choose one bat from handouts

Hold your bat high and stand

Now wave it around in gestures grand!

Hold your bat below your chin

Now hold it way up high again

Hold your bat against your nose

Now touch the bat to your toes

Touch your bat to the ground

Now wave that bat all around!

Hold your bat in front of you

Now turn around – one time, two!

Hold your bat and jump up high!

Now let your bat fly fly fly (throw it in the air)

SONGS & INSTRUMENTuse included maraca

Echolocation by JumpStart

Flap Like a Bat by Skoolbo Music

Batty Bat by Sesame Street

Flap Your Wings Together by Super Simple Songs

BOUNCE RHYME (bounce along with child in lap)

Don’t Wake the Birds!

Way up high in the sky

The little birds fly

Then down to the nest

The little birds rest

Shhh... don't wake the birds!

With a wing on the left

and a wing on the right

The little birds sleep

All through the night

Shhh... don't wake the birds!

The bright sun comes out

The birds are up for the day!

Good morning, good morning

The little birds say!


Bat Hokey Pokey

You put your right wing in.

You put your right wing out.

You put your right wing in.

And you flap it all about.

You do the bat hokey pokey and you fly yourself around.

That's what it's all about. Squeak, squeak!

Left wing…

Bat ears…

Whole self…

Five Little Bats

Five little bats sitting on a gate.

First one said, “Oh my, it's getting late.”

Second one said, “There are mosquitoes in the air.”

Third one said, “Let's eat them up right here.”

Fourth one said, “I'm ready for some fun!”

Fifth one said, “Let's flap and run and run.”

Then Whooo-ooo went the wind and out went the light,

And the five little bats flew off in the night.

The Bats at Night

(Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The bats at night go flap, flap, flap

Flap, flap, flap, flap, flap, flap

The bats at night go flap, flap, flap

Up in the sky

The bats at night go squeak, squeak, squeak

squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak, squeak

The bats at night go squeak, squeak, squeak

Up in the sky

The birds at night stay in their nest

In their nest, in their nest

The birds at night stay in their nest

Safe in a tree!

Bats Are Sleeping

(Tune: “Frère Jacques”)

Bats are sleeping

Bats are sleeping

Upside down.

Upside down.

Sleeping in the morning sun.

Waiting for the night to come.

To fly all around.

To fly all around.


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Stellaluna page:

Stellaluna Read-to-Me and Game:

Stellaluna movie on Google Play:

Let us know what your little ones thought of Stellaluna! What did they think of the activities? Do you have any suggestions for us?

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