Valentine's Day at my library is when we talk about feelings. I use it to bring up some of the many subjects that may be bothering young children. It's one of my favorites.
Prop: After the book, I drew a grid on the chalkboard and divided into four. I drew a scared face in the 1st grid, and then showed the next book, A Good Day, and introduced it by drawing a sad face and then a happy face.
I'm Not Scared by Jonathan Allen. This one is actually a kind of thin read aloud about fear. Pass next time.
It's Tough to Loose Your Balloon by Krosoczka. Pitch perfect about the good and bad of very, very, authentic kids stuff. We had a nice chat about bandaids.Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas. Fun.
How Kind!Props: cup of milk (I have a plastic cup painted white on the inside -- comes in very hand), a flower, and my big golden egg with a little chick inside. This friendly book about "paying it forward" gets my storyhour off on a cheery note.
If I Were a Lion by Sarah Weeks. Sarah Weeks writes a great readaloud, and this is no exception. The indignant child in the book is reminding her accuser that if she really were a lion she would... The repetition is charming, but to gear this one up a bit, start reading faster and faster towards the end to emphasize the humor and predictability.
- When Sophie Gets Angry
- I'm Not Cute
- How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You
- Pierre: A cautionary tale
- My Many Colored Days
- What Was I Scared Of?
- Painting white paper doilies.
- Squishy Potato Dudes. Fill a balloon with playdough and seal it, then draw a face on it. They'll stay moist and squishy for months.
- 2015: Someone just gave me a huge box of TP rolls so we used them to stamp heart outlines. Used lots of colors and added a bunch of embellishments too.
What Was I Scared Of by Dr. Seuss. Story pulled out of The Sneetches. Memory: This scared Noah and Milo into listening.