Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Storytime: Librarian's Favorites

This was our last week of Spring Storytime and this week was Librarian's Favorites! I wanted to challenge my staff to think outside of themes, so we made this last week open for each presenter to choose a selection of their very favorite books. Here's what I did for mine:

Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello

Memory Box: This week's Memory Box item was a cow from Bark George by Jules Feiffer.

Book: Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems. One of my favorites, maybe because I love the spread where Sam freaks out about all the reasons he's crying.

Book: Bark George by Jules Feiffer. One of my all-time favorites. This is a great book for all ages, from young preschoolers through early elementary. I LOVE the surprise ending; although the kids don't always get it, it always makes the parents chuckle.

Song: We broke out the shakers for "I Know a Chicken" by Laurie Berkner. It's the first song on this video:

Book: Chickens to the Rescue by John Himmelman. I love the illustrations in this book, but it didn't hold my group as a readaloud this time. I had a different group this week - lots absent and several guests since Louisville (our neighboring city) public schools are on spring break this week.

Felt: Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton. Another silly animal story!

Closing Song:  Do You Know What Time It Is?

Take-Home Craft: Since we didn't have a theme this week, we sent home a handout listing a handful of each of our favorite books and a magic scratch art bookmark. We actually had the bookmarks leftover from a previous group.

Alternate Books: There are no alternate books since everybody just chose whatever their favorites were!

Honestly, I was a little bummed to have such low attendance this week, especially since it was the week for our favorites and it was our last week. I ended up with 14 kids, but at least 5 or 6 of those were siblings or guests who just happened to be in the department and this was the only time they'd been there. I will have more thoughts on this next week as I take a look back at our spring storytime series!

(Also: I realized I skipped posting last week. We did dogs last week and I will have that up for you shortly!)