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Friday Baby Storytime 8/12/2011

on August 12, 2011
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.
This week the kids were amazingly quiet and well behaved. There were a few stray toddlers roaming around the room, but none caused any major distractions. The parents are also adept at being able to tell when their kid is about to cause trouble. One kid roamed all the way from the back of the room right up to my chair, to sit in front of me like a little helper. I love this kid. He never sings to any of the songs, but he always acts out the motions.
 
This was today’s routine:
  1. ABC Song
  2. Clap, roll, rub hands (slow then quickly)
  3. Open/Shut Them
  4. If You’d Like to Read A Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 1: Little Black Crow by Chris Roschka
Little black crow
This is a wonderful, watercolored story about a little boy asking a little black crow all sorts of questions. Questions about the weather, about the crow’s emotions, and family etc. Its a great baby picture book because of the calming illustrations and the few words on the page. The kids sat very quietly while I read this book, I think it helped that most of my audience today were boys. Even some parents repeated lines from the book to reinforce the imagery and concepts.
 
 
 
 
 
Songs
  1. This is big, big, big
  2. Hickory Dickory Dock
  3. Roly Poly
  4. If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 2: How Long Can A Long String Be by Keith Baker
Just how long can a long string be?!
This wonderful book is a great way to discuss utility of ordinary household objects. Wow, that makes the book sound kind of boring., which it absolutely is not! I love this book for its concepts, visuals and the easy, rhymed pace. The tune is catchy, almost sing-songy as a bird explains to a little ant just what a string can be used for, and the different lengths needed for each task. Whether its flying a kit, hanging up a photo, or playing jump-rope with friends. I also like the notion of how prevalent something as a mundance as a piece of string is our lives and how extraordinary it can be with just a little attention.
 
Songs
  1. Little Bird
  2. Head, Shoulders Knees and Toes
  3. Ten Little Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed
  4. If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 3: Feathers for Lunch by Lois Elhert
Feathers for lunch
This was the perfect closing book because of its size. It is a relatively short book, well compared to the first two books I read, its short. The words are in huge font, so the older kids can try to read along. The story is fun. A fat cat gets out of the house through a crack in the doorway and decides to hunt down a wild and fancy feast for lunch. Too bad for the cat, the birds are quick on the uptake and leave the cat with only feathers for lunch as they flock away. The illustrations are very unique. I only think of Lois Elhert when I see illustrations like this. For the older kids, there is a photo glossary in the back of the book discussing the names of the different birds in the book. I didn’t feel that a 1-year-old would benefit or understand the difference between a bluejay and a cardinal, but I think toddlers would love to be able to tell the birds apart. This book would be a great lead-in to a bird/cat craft afterwards
 
 
 
 
 
Closing Song
  1. One, Two
  2. Jack & Jill
  3. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum
  4. If you’re happy and you know it
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