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.
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.
A few weeks ago, a lady came into my library volunteering to bring her therapy dog for a children's program. Of course, I jumped at this opportunity, but I wanted to have a trial run with the dog just in case. So, I planned this 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!
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I'm glad that I planned for four books instead of three because the kids stayed with me the whole time. They especially liked Book! Book! Book! because they got to make animal sounds with me. I don't know if they understood the play on words at the end of the story, but they enjoyed mooing and clucking. Raffi's song went very well, as I knew it would, but I wish that I had incorporated motions with "Take Me Out to the Library." I need to use that song again and do it right.
The Plan Books Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley Ducks Don't Wear Socks by John Nedwidek Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin Be sure to visit Pete's website to learn the "I Love My White Shoes" song before reading this book.