Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Kelsey, who works with children and families in Children's Services at our Main Library.
Recently during Family Storytime, we changed things up a bit and focused on the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Using the program guide located on the Firefly award website, we formed a special storytime that would include all five nominees, plus a little time to vote for our favorites at the end.
I began with a one-minute introduction to the Indiana Firefly Award, pointing out a collection of previous nominees and winners on a table available for checkout after the storytime. In order to have time to read all five nominees, we were only able to do two quick songs (with the exception of our hello/goodbye songs).
First we read A Hippy Hoppy Toad by Peggy Archer. To introduce the next book we discussed how jumping can be fun but also a little scary, before diving into Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall. Next we talked about other things that might seem scary at first but don’t have to be (like monsters), before reading There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher and acting out the interactive motions together. Then we sang (to the tune of Wheels on the Bus) “Goodnight Little Monster” and “Hello Animals” to the animals in the next book: Hello, Hello by Brendan Wenzel. And for our last book, Play This Book by Jessica Young, I encouraged everyone to stand up and act out the musical instruments with me.
Finally, we had just enough time to vote for our favorite books! I placed the five nominees all around the room with lots of space between each book, passed out one small wooden block to each child, and asked everyone to put their block on the floor next to the book they liked the most. As I had predicted, the more interactive books (There’s a Monster in Your Book and Play This Book) received the most votes overall. I sometimes worry about changing things up suddenly on the kiddos, but we had a great time and the interactive books really helped make up for the lack of songs and rhymes.
- Play This Book: 5 votes
- There’s a Monster in Your Book: 4 votes
- Jabari Jumps: 3 votes
- A Hippy-Hoppy Toad: 2 votes
- Hello, Hello: 1 vote
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