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Inventions Storytime

The Most Magnificent Thing is a really great book, and the kids seemed to appreciate and understand it.  For this storytime, I was determined to find a good nonfiction picture book about a famous inventor.  The problem with most picture book biographies is that they tend to be long and wordy.  Long and wordy doesn't usually work for my crowd, so I had to search high and low to find a shorter book.  

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Environment Storytime

Originally, the theme for this storytime was recycling, but I had a hard time finding good books about recycling that weren't too preachy, so I stretched the theme to include gardening.  In our intro time, I tried to stress that we were talking about "building a better world" by making the earth greener.  

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Kindness Storytime

This storytime was Week 2 of our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program.  This particular theme started out very vague when I was planning it last spring, but it ended up coming together really well.  I tried to tie it into the CSLP theme by emphasizing that acts of kindness and service can help build a better world.

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Construction Storytime

This storytime was our Build a Better World Summer Reading Kickoff, and it went really well.  I had good crowds, and most of the kids were very engaged in what I was doing.  During The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, I cued the kids to fake-sneeze as a group when the wolf sneezed in the story.  They loved it!  And in Tip Tip Dig Dig, I asked the kids to stand up with me and mimic the digging, lifting, pushing, etc. motions in the story.  They played along really well and helped make that book be a little more exciting.

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Easter Storytime

Technically, this storytime was a little late since Easter was last Sunday, but the kids had a good time nonetheless. They thoroughly enjoyed both of the songs; I will definitely be using "Freeze Dance" again. The Color Monster is an oldie-but-a-goodie that I remember reading as a kid, and it went along perfectly with our craft. I think that the favorite book was probably The Easter Bunny's Assistant which I expected. You can't go wrong with stinky skunks!