This weekly meme is an attempt to improve my reader’s advisory skills as well as highlight the great literature out there for kids, and their uses for library story times.Today’s baby storytime went much, much smoother than last week. There were fewer people, which helped keep the noise level reduced. Pretty much all of the kids were 2 or younger this week, last week I had a lot of older kids. I added in a couple new songs and fingerplays this week: 5 Pretty Flowers (via Storytime Secrets) and If You Want to Read a Book, Clap Your Hands/Stomp Your Feet. (Sung to If You’re Happy & You Know It) I plan on using the latter as an intro to the books from now on. My ending song is If You’re Happy & You Know It, so its a good tie-in and the kids love to clap and stomp feet.Book 1 went over well with all the kids, but book 2 was a little to wordy for the 2 and under age set. Althought I adore Jane Yolen and I think the book would be fantastic for a toddler or preschool storytime instead. The songs were fan favorites, and I had my trusy teddy bear that I incorporated into the song-to-book transitions.
The mood for today was playful, the kids were attentive and I actually feel pretty confident with my song selections.
This was today’s routine:ABC Song Clap, roll, rub hands (slow then quickly) Open/Shut Them If You Want to Read a Book, Clap Your Hands Book 1: Maisy’s Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins Songs Hickory Dickory Dock This is big, big, big Garden Snail Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum If You’d Like to Read a Book, Stomp Your Feet Book 2: Not All Princcesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen