Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Dawn, who works with children and families at the Grabill Branch Library.
Go Away Big Green Monster
has to be one of the most popular books I read at storytimes, both in the library and in day cares and preschools. I see a lot of amazing books that are perfect for sharing with preschoolers so it's tempting to only share the new and avoid rereading books this old (27 years old and counting). But this is the one they remember and the one they ask for again and again.
I think they love the bright colors and the way they get to help tell the story. The die-cut pages make their ability to make the monster disappear kind of magical. After hearing it once, there's also a level of mastery and control. I can almost HEAR them thinking "Yep, there's a big green monster in this book and I can make it go away with no trouble at all."
Rereading books to children has a lot of value. Even when adult ears get tired of the same old thing, little ones are gaining reading skills each and every time!