Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Miriam, who works with children and families in Children's Services at the Main Library.
I recently created a storytime that worked well with preschoolers in our storytime here at the Main Library, as well as class visits like our Juvenile Delivery Collection storytimes. It did not start out to be a storytime about fluffy things. As storytimes often do – this one evolved that way. First I found a new favorite book, The Very Fluffy Kitty Papillon by A. N. Kang. Here is that perfect blend of larger format and interesting storyline that captures the attention of both the grownups and children. It even lends itself to some dramatic storytelling but there was one problem. One of the pages had nine tiny pictures that were integral to understanding the story. By enlarging and laminating those little pictures I had nine pages of super silly pictures for kids to hold up as we read. We had a lot of fun talking about the crazy costumes Miss Tilly created in order to keep Papillon from floating around.
Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold was the second book I added to the storytime lineup. It was just right for lots of giggles. Sally's new socks grow mysteriously to fill her entire house! Children love thinking about the scenario and asking themselves “What would happen if….?”
A movement based Jim Gill song gave us a chance to stretch our legs, clap our hands, and listen as well as pay attention to when to be still. Pretending we were cats getting up and going through our day with motions for every step of the day added more ways to connect our bodies to words. We even added some silly elements of the cat's day, such as brushing their teeth, for extra fun.
Finally, a book that invites the reader into the story as a participant with holes in the pages for peeking through engaged everyone’s attention. Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda makes sure every child feels a part of the story as we helped bunny down the ski slopes and back home again for cups of cocoa.
We had a great time with all the fluff! Check out one of these great titles today or ask your librarian to help you find THEIR favorite fluffy book.