My Unintentional Hiatus (with Bonus Crowdsourced Train Song)

Yikes, that was a long gap in posts! I had thought I would have a little breathing room between “end of the winter quarter” and “end of school year mayhem,” but April went by in a hurry over here. I’m really hoping to get back on track for May. In the meantime, here’s a fun thing that happened on Twitter on Monday.

I had learned a new-to-me storytime song last week during a webinar from Cen at @LittleeLit: “This Train Is Going to the City.” You can listen to a version here. There is nothing like learning a new song to put me in a good mood! And of course once I heard it I immediately started to dream up new verses. When I shared a couple of them on Twitter, Amy and Lauren and Kary joined in. We came up with so many verses that I couldn’t resist reporting out.

Here’s the first verse:

This train is going to the city, this train
This train is going to the city, this train
This train is going to the city,
Where the lights are oh so pretty
This train is going to the city, this train

Here’s what we came up with. Thanks @choosejoytoday @laurengsnell @MissKaryReads! And thanks @billyhank for the otters.

This train is going to the jungle / where the monkeys jump and tumble

This train is going to the mountains / where waterfalls all splash like fountains

This train is going to the library / come gather round and listen to the story

This train is going to the forest / where birdies chirp and sing in chorus

This train is going to the shore / where the sleepy walrus snores

This train is going to the river / where the otters shake and shiver

This train is going to the zoo / where flamingoes are pink and the sky is blue

What verses can you add?

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8 Responses to My Unintentional Hiatus (with Bonus Crowdsourced Train Song)

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for sharing! I was just looking for a new “things that go” song for baby storytime, and this is perfect.

    I’ll add
    This train is going to the pond / to find a frog behind a frond
    and another zoo version
    This train is going to the zoo / where pandas chomp and chew bamboo

  2. Melissa says:

    Yay for new songs! Yay for more verses! LOVE the chomping pandas. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Laura C says:

    Very cute! That is a fun little song! Here are my hot and cold contributions:

    This train is going to the desert/where humpbacked camels live in comfort
    This train is going to the arctic/where polar bears romp and frolic

  4. Tracey says:

    Love this! could add this “train is going to Ohio/where they say oh-me-oh-my-oh” or something of the sort.

  5. Melissa says:

    Sweet! Laura, we’ve got so many animals this could be a Zoo Train in a Zoo Storytime! And Tracey–I wonder how many rhymes we could make for all the states? You’ve got me thinking about Colorado now… something about a shadow???

  6. Anne says:

    I LOVE this!!! A couple thoughts that popped into my head:

    Another beach verse: Going to the beach/where the seagulls soar and screech…
    Going to the prairie/where the buffalo (or prairie dogs, or coyotes, etc) are oh-so-hairy…

    I also think that coming up with one for each state would be fun…what rhymes with Michigan? :p

  7. Greg says:

    This train is going to the moon / it will be right back at the end of this tune

  8. Melissa says:

    Nice! 🙂

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