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BLAST Early Learning
Let's Tell Stories Together!:

An Interactive Storytime


Press Here by Hervé Tullet; [translated by Christopher Franceschelli]

Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.


She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain

by Philemon Sturges; illustrated by Ashley Wolf

New words to the traditional tune describe a camper-driving, "hootin'" and "shoutin'" guest and the party that will begin when she arrives.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

Presents the traditional American version of a cumulative folk poem, first heard in the U.S. in the 1940s, in which an old lady meets an untimely end after swallowing progressively bigger insects and animals in the hope that they will catch each other. Includes die-cut pages.


Open-ended Questions for Press Here:

· What do you think will happen when we press the dot?

· What was your favorite part of this book?



‘Til the Music Stops

(taken from Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! by Peter and Ellen Allard)

Clap your hands

Clap your hands

Clap your hands

Till the music stops

Doo-dle-ee Doot Doot

Doo-dle-ee Doot Doot

Doo-dle-ee Doot Doot

Doot doot doot doot doot

Other verses:

Tap your toes

Nod  your head

Wave goodbye



Oliver Twist

(taken from Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! by Peter and Ellen Allard)

Oliver twist, twist, twist, twist

Can't do this, this, this, this

Clap your hands, hands, hands, hands

Touch your knees, knees, knees, knees

Touch your toes, toes, toes, toes

And around he goes, goes, goes, goes

(Each time repeating, take off one of the words at the end until you only say each action one time)


Vocabulary Word:

tilt: v. to lean to one side; slant


“Now tilt the page to the left… just to see what happens.”


(taken from Press Here by Hervé Tullet)





Create dots similar to the ones in Press Here out of red, yellow and blue paper. Let the students sort them by color. When you are finished sorting, let them choose which color they like the best and pick up that color dot. Make a graph, and graph the responses.



Make your own Press Here book:

Taken from:


Create a class “Press Here” book using any sequencing activity. Here’s an example:

Sunflower Grow
1. Let's grow a sunflower! Press a seed into the ground.
2. Tilt the book to the left to water the ground.
3. A sprout! Hooray! Blow on the page to bring in a few clouds.
4. The sprout needs rain. Tap the pages with your fingers.
5. Look, the flower is growing! Touch the yellow dot to make the sun shine bright.
6. Wow! The sunflower sure is tall. Touch the middle to help it grow some petals.
7. What a big flower. Look at all those seeds! Thanks for helping the sun-flower GROW!

Gross Motor


Use a book with song and dance or play instruments while you all “read” the book together.



After reading Press Here with your students, play a game of Twister. The dots on the twister mat resemble the dots in the book!





Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

by Mo Willems
When the bus driver decides to take a break from driving, a wild and wacky pigeon pleads and begs to take his place, capturing the antics of a preschooler's temper tantrum.


No, David! by David Shannon
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.



If You’re a Monster and You Know It
by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.



I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by David Catrow

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.