Theme: Concept Storytime
Early Literacy Skill: Play With Letters
Opening Song: Shake Your Sillies Out by The Wiggles
Read: First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
-The kids loved guessing what was next in this book. I also loved that the kids pointed out how the book had two stickers on the cover, which gave me a chance to talk about other ALA awards.
Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner
Read: Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
-Lois Ehlert books are always a hit in storytime anyway, but this one has cut touts and animals, so what's not to love? Plus, the kids loved shouting out what animal they saw in the pictures.
Song: ABCs-since our next book was an alphabet book, I asked the kids if the knew their ABCs and could sing the alphabet song. Of course they took me up on the challenge!
Read: Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
-This one was lots of fun to point out how to look for letters in unexpected places. Since there are so many alphabet books that are Caldecott winners and honor books, I set up a display of these titles for the kids to check out and many were picked up at the end of storytime.
Song: Listen and Do by Hap Palmer-Hap Palmer may have been around forever, but his music and movement songs are great! Listen and Do is great because it's simple and has great easy movements the kids can do along with the song (move forward and backward, up and down, apart and close, and circle and square). The kids had a blast moving along to this song.
-Letter stamps-I bought a set of letter stamps earlier this year and they are a popular activity for storytime. I put out paper with the stamps and let the kids stamp whatever letters they liked-they loved stamping out their name.
-Wild Animal Zoo-We have a nice set of plush animals that fit with our Color Zoo story, so I put these out for the kids to tell stories about the animals.
-Color Zoo Craft-I got the idea on Pinterest thanks to an awesome pinner who made these. I put out scrap paper and plates and let the kids create whatever animal they wanted. This was by far the most popular activity and many kids made more than one animal plate.
How it Went: This was a fantastic storytime! The books went together nicely and the kids responded well to each of the books. They all were interactive books which made the response from the kids even better. The activities were lots of fun and very popular. It was one of my favorite Caldecott themes.