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Baby Storytime Recap (2/24/2012)

on February 24, 2012

Monday was a holiday, so I only had 1 storytime this week. The crowd was smaller than normal in the beginning, but halfway through people started to pile inside the room. I don’t mind. The kids were up and wandering around, kind of bored. There was a fussy vibe today, I’m not sure why.  Overall, storytime went well. The kids liked the books, although I think the regulars are quite bored of my routine.

Today’s Routine
Clap, Roll, Rub
Open/Shut Them
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book One:

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Thank you bear

Bear finds a box, which he thinks will be the greatest thing ever for his friend Mouse, but the rest of the animals have different opinions. What will Mouse think of the box?

This book is adorable in so many ways. The illustrations, the fact that Bear looks the Mr. Bear I keep on my lap during storytime, the fact that it’s a book about friendship, manners and good intentions. It’s a book about not being discouraged and going with your instincts, it’s a book about knowing your friend better than anyone else. The text is large enough to read from a glance, and although the book itself isn’t large, it did well for the group I had today. Its better for a small group or a one-on-one read. The colors are bright, although the images are very simple, with just the box, Bear and the animal in question.

Hickory Dickory Dock (one, book, yippee!)
Wheels on the Bus (Wheels, wipers, horn, people)
Roly Poly (2x)
Itsy Bitsy Spider (2x)
3 Little Monkeys – Jumping on the bed
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book Two:

When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff

When sheep sleep

When you can’t fall asleep, then try counting sheep. But what do you do when the sheep are asleep?

That is how this wonderful bedtime book begins. I think I’ve already talked to death about Laura Numeroff and probably this book as well. It’s perfect for storytime, with its easy repetitive phrases, the large and detailed images, and the warm tones of the pictures. They are perfect for a bedtime read. The kids liked this book as well, watching rapt as I turned each page.

Heads/Shoulders/Knees and Toes
Count to 10 on fingers
10 Little Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed (2x)
This is Big, Big, Big
Little Bird
Garden Snail
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book Three:

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough by Karen Beaumont

Who ate all the cookie dough?

Who ate all the cookie dough? Kanga asks everyone she knows, but no one seems to know.

A fun book, I like that I can ask the kids if they know who ate the cookie dough. They get very gleeful and excited trying to guess. The font is large enough to read at a glance, the book is large enough for a big crowd. The images are very simple, white background with just the animals colored in on each page. Most of the page only has a couple of lines. Although it’s a quick book, it went on a little too long for today’s storytime. I like to end on a short and sweet note for the 3rd book since most of the kids are ridiculously feisty and fidgity at this point. This is still a fantastic storytime book, especially when paired up with The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson.

Two Little Blackbirds (2x)
Fee Fi Fo Fum (2x)
If You’re Happy and You Know it


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