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.
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.