It’s been a busy week of storytimes. Toddler on Wednesday and Thursday, and then preschool today. I feel with each one, I’m getting more and more confident. (That doesn’t mean, of course, that I don’t still make mistakes. I make a lot of mistakes. And the good news is that I figure out what works and what doesn’t, and we roll from there.)
Thursday’s went nicely.
I’ve done I Love Animals before, and it’s been great – it’s a good book for talking about animal noises or farm animals. So many books are more than just what’s on the page. (See I Went Walking, below.)
You may notice a similarity between Wednesday’s and Thursday’s books – I am a Backhoe and I am a Tyrannosaurus . They were good books for getting kids up and moving – which I don’t usually do – and acting out noises and other sounds. Sadly, and I hate saying this, but they were good “boy books.” I generally try to keep princesses and dinosaurs and tea parties and pirates out of storytime because kids seem to participate better when we’re tackling a general subject like farm animals or going to the zoo or what have you.
(However, there was one little girl who’s a regular with her daycare, and before I named the dinosaur we were talking about, she said, “That’s an allosaurus!” (or something, I’m not great with dinosaurs.) Then I turned the page and read, “I am an allosaurus.” and she said, “That’s what I said!” So hooray for a girl being my resident dinosaur expert.)
Strangely, Wednesday’s storytime was nearly empty – only about 6 or 7 kids and adults, while Thursday’s was much bigger.
How about some links?
I got 100%, because I rule.
Much better than RHONY, but not as good as RHOBH.
Stolen from Coworker A’s blog: YA lit is a constant.
I may hate the idea of the movie, but The Giver matters. It hasn’t been around this long by being a puff piece.
Not all books are for everyone, and I know a lot of people – myself included – who hate quitting books. But sometimes you just have to give up.
Who designs book covers, and how do they choose them? A neat read.
Libraries aren’t dying, so everyone just calm down.
From Friend M: BECAUSE THEY KEEP SOCIETY FUNCTIONING, THAT’S WHY.
From Mama Bear:
I want to go to all of these!
How in the world was the interrobang left off of this?
But it is the world’s worst book cover, so there’s that.
In What’s Annabelle Reading, I needed something to tide me over until my reserves came in, so I decided to tackle an old favorite (this one in ebook form) to get me through. I know, it sucks, but it’s still fun.