What We Did in Storytime: Unicorns!

We’re taking August off from storytimes so as one last hurrah we did a unicorn theme. There are some really cute, readable unicorn books out there! We talked about the letter U and other things that start with that letter. Here’s what else we did…..

Theme:   Unicorns!                 Ages: 0-6               Early Literacy Focus: Letter Knowledge

Books

My favorite of the bunch. Hilarious and very readable.

 

Songs & Rhymes

Finger Poppin-Georgiana Stewart

Shake Your Sillies Out-The Wiggles

One and Two-Ella Jenkins

If You’re Happy and You Know It

5 Little Unicorns- adapted an idea I found here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities

We made unicorns based on this craft I saw on Pinterest. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few parents freaked out about the mess of glitter. But you can’t do a unicorn storytime and not have glitter! Unicorns = glitter! I ain’t afraid of a mess!

Where are They Now? When Your Favorite Picture Books Go Out of Print

Earlier this summer, as I was putting together a summer/beach-themed booklist for my library’s website I thought of one of my all-time favorite beach picture books, How Will We Get to the Beach?. It’s apparently, out of print because my library no longer owns it and isn’t able to get a copy. Ugh. Why do good books have to go out of print?! With sweet illustrations and a story that invited kids to guess what was missing, it was a great, no fail read aloud. Read on for a few of my other favorites that sadly, are no longer available. If any of you have any of these books, I’d love to know!

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When I found out this one was out of print I was saddened. I was bummed. This was basically a permanent fixture in my read aloud rotation because it was so fun to read, audiences loved it and it always, ALWAYS worked! Always! I read it to everybody! Now I’ve got a whole new class of storytimers that will not know it. In the ‘something gets eaten’ genre this book is second only to…..

Without a doubt the best title in the ‘something gets eaten’ niche which is my favorite of picture book niches. My favorite memory of this book happened a few years ago with a kindergarten class that was pretty evenly split between boys and girls. As I neared the end I asked them if they wanted me to keep reading or stop where I was. “Keep reading!” they said. When I finished the boys’ response was, “Cool!” All the girls had a look of horror mixed with disgust. I read it in a storytime and even parents were shocked. One said to me, “I hadn’t taught my daughter about the circle of life yet!” You’re welcome. I love when people have a strong reaction to a book. I recently had to withdraw the last copy in the library system due to damage. I couldn’t bear to part with it. It now lives in our storytime collection.

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A story about a cute, little alligator who wakes up one day feeling bitey. Hey, who hasn’t? Oh, just me? Anyway, he goes around biting things until he learns his lesson. I’ve gotten over the fact that this book is unavailable but I still sometimes feel bitey.

 

Do you have any favorites that are out of print?

Adventures in Storytime

It was our first week of summer storytimes and we had a full house and loads of fun! Kids, even the older ones, seemed to have a good time with this theme. Looking for more books? Check out my Construction/Building booklist.

Theme:   Construction/Building   Ages:    0-6                   Early Literacy Focus:  Vocabulary

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I’m going to try to include a visual element in every storytime so I made a magnet set of the vehicles in “Macdonald” and plopped them on a magnet board as I read the story. After stories, parents and kids talked about and played with the pieces again. Double bonus!

Songs & Rhymes

“Shake Your Sillies Out” by the Wiggles

“The Elevator Song”

Humpty Dumpty

“The More We Get Together

Activities

The most popular stations were the craft stick houses on foam core and the bean table. If I were doing it again I’d do a second table for the craft stick houses and make an even longer streamer/bubble wrap tunnel.

Got a favorite construction-themed readaloud or activity? Share it in the comments!

 

Until next time, Book Lovers!

Picture Book Month, day 29!

The continued celebration of great picture books……

 

The comical illustrations and the snarky tone make this a good read for bigs and littles.

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If your kids’ imaginations need jumpstarting, this is for them. Also, you’ll want to build all the cardboard things after reading it so start gathering now. Continue reading

Picture Book Month, day 21

Three books that prove in stories anything can happen!

I liked this one but wasn’t sure if younger readers would ‘get it’. They did and it was funny to see the mix of reactions from laughter to perplexity. At one storytime a four year old said to me with a ‘what in the world’ expression, “No one would actually tear their house down because they heard a noise.” Exactly. Continue reading

Picture Book Month, day 18

One of my favorites of the year. I smiled all the way through the first time I read this. With its rhyme, crazy illustrations and the ‘mystery’ of who broke the teapot (hint: it’s not who you think it is!) this one is a crowd pleaser.

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