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
Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea. START OFF WITH THIS BOOK. It's short, it's fun, and it leads into reading another book.
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.
This Is Not a Book by Jean Jullien. Wordless board book with lots of possibilities for discussion.
Froggy Goes to the Library by Jonathan London. Lots of sound effects here.
Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins. What can I say. It's Maisy.
Robo-Saurus by Adam Rubin. Soooo strange.
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra is a great place to start because like everything she writes, it's funny, it's about dopey animals, and it's a natural readaloud. Dedicated to the great Dr. Seuss, her rhymes couple in his silly style. And the props for this book are a natural: books. "Thin books, fat books, Cat-in-the-Hat books, new books, true books, heaps of how-to books. Tall books, small books, panda bear Chinese, and Harry Potter for the otter." 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. Of course,hyenas would want your joke books!
Wild about EVerything today -- booksale today so we had to have storytime in the children's area and it was a bit crazy.
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.
Good Book: Read It, Don't Eat It by I 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!)
For Older Kids
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Craft Book 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.