Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Leanne, who works with children and families in Children's Services at the Main Library.
Recently I had the idea that I should focus one of my toddler storytimes on architecture with at least one story focusing on girls and architecture. Why I decided this, I’m not quite sure, but it seemed important. I started looking for picture books that depict females interested in architecture, which was not an easy task! I finally decided that Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney would work.
This brightly illustrated story celebrates the love between dads and daughters. While reading the story I pointed out all kinds of mathematical skills, highlighting those that one would need as an architect. We talked about geometry and spatial relationships, measurement, tools, patterns and problem solving. While Daddy Gnu does most of the work, Nelly Gnu is observing and at times helping. How better to learn about the world around you than by observing a loved grown-up! This story was a hit with both the toddlers and their grown-ups! We had an unusual number of adult males for the one session and they really seemed to enjoy the story.
The other story used in this session was Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia. In this colorful book, each machine has its own special sound and we acted out the story with motions as well. In the end, the machines turn a big mess into a wonderful playground. It was fun to connect this book to early concepts in math and science.
All in all, my story time was enjoyed by everyone who participated! If you like construction and architecture books and want to try some out with your kids, just ask your librarian for these titles and many others.