Friday, February 20, 2015

Pre-K Book and Library Storytime, Friday, March 3 @ 10:30


I gather up a bunch of different books and talk about how books come in all shapes and sizes.  Showing off the different book formats was a lot of fun, and many parents weren't hip to CD books etc.

  • Cloth book
  • Novelty book
  • Book with sound
  • Board book -- Waddle has scanimation.
  • Tiny little book & a big book, which I used to demonstrate page turning: on edge of book not in middle.
  • I played a book on a DVD.
  • Pop Up Book
  • and don't forget the net:  Scholastic Picture Books on Netflix

  • This is Not a Book by Jean Jullien.  The kids enjoy guessing the pictures. (I skipped the butt crack.)
  • It's a Little Book by Lane Smith. So suitable for acting out. A performance piece.
  • Frankencrayon by Michael Hall.  No preaching here, but we're talking about whether or not scribbling in a book is a good idea.  In a riotously--Michael Hall  funny way.
I just wanted to read a book I liked that I wouldn't usually use in storytime.  I picked one of my new favorites, Peanut Butter & Cupcake by Terry Border.
  • Splat the Cat by Scotton.  Kind of perfect: donating stuff, library fines, happy ending.
  • Froggy Goes to the Library by Jonathan London. Lots of sound effects here.
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra is as funny as everything she writes, it's about dopey animals, and it's a rhymy readaloud. Dedicated to the great Dr. Seuss, the props are also a natural: books. "Thin books, fat books, Cat-in-the-Hat books, new books, true books, heaps of how-to- books." Stack them up and show off the size and shape of them as you read. You'll be showing off what's on your shelves as well as underscoring the  humor of the book.
  • Read It, Don't Eat It by Ian Schoenherr.  Picking just one book to read to a group about how to treat library books? Choose this one! Its very simple text gets right to the point, and includes a pun on each page ("Don't OVERDUE it -- renew it!) so that you can use it on older as well as younger kids. VERY funny. (Thanks for the suggestion, Olivia!) 
  • Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher

The Book that Eats People by John Perry.  Unredeemably creepy. The book does eat people, innocent little children included, and ends up in a zoo.  I don't get it.
Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins.  What can I say. It's Maisy.
Robo-Saurus  by Adam Rubin.  Soooo strange.
A Big Surprise for Little Card by Charise Harper.  This really calls out for a metalboard with some magnet cards -- price tags, birthday cards, postcards and prize tickets.   But I'd shorten it too.

For Older Kids
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
When I say this book is for older kids, I mean MUCH older -- like all your bookish friends at Christmas time. This beautiful book inspired the film below. Like the best of children's books, it's about life itself.
But Excuse Me That is My Book (Charlie and Lolaby Lauren Child
End your storytime with a directions for playing scavenger hunt in the library. When kids drop by for a visit, tell them to stop by your desk and you'll give them a clue for something hidden in the library. 
CrafBook marks

Can’t wait to cook up a fun bookmark craft. Because the surface for bookmarks is so small and because the final product has to be relatively thin and unmushy-gushy, we might do tissue paper. This is still in the lab.
owilson3 Dec 23, 2013 @ 3:25 pmWhenever I am reading to a visiting school, I usually read "Read it, Don't Eat It." We keep a copy in our Story Time collection, which doesn't circulate. This book gives you all the prompts to talk about how to treat a book. We talk about water, mold, food, dog ears, sun damage...

  • tfsherman Dec 23, 2013 @ 4:06 pm
    Thanks for the title, Olivia! I'll put it on order.

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