Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Today I switched shifts with a co-worker, so I wasn't here to do baby storytime. BUT! I was here to do Family Storytime. As Wednesday nights are never part of my regular schedule, I very rarely get to do this storytime which is for kids ages 2-9. That's quite an age range, so it's hard to prep! Luckily every time I've done this one, it's a bit last minute so someone else has already prepped it.
Here's how it went!
Welcome and Introduction
Where is Thumbkin?
Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Nadine Westcott
This is fun because it follows the sheep-to-sweater arc, with good rhyme (often in the middle of a sentence, but done well) and a silly ending.
Hickory Dickory Dock
From Sheep to Sweater by Robin Nelson
This is a nice way to work nonfiction in. It's a small book, so it won't work for large crowds or big rooms, but it followed up Farmer Brown Shears his Sheep nicely, filling in more detail about what was going on.
Shake My Sillies Out
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek
Very silly. The kids quickly caught on to the refrain of "But where is the green sheep?" and recited it along with me. Very fun.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
I have a flannel board with a black sheep. Then he gets a red fleece coat (his head and legs stay the same) so we sing Baa Baa Red Sheep. I have lots of colors, including "stripey" and "spotty"
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple
Silly and short and very fun to read.
Comin' Round the Mountain
I had other stories about sheep and nonfiction books about sheep on display for people to check out, as well as extra copies of the books I read. It went well and we had a good time.
It's hard to fill in for a familiar librarian. Even though I've worked here for over 5 years, most of the Wednesday night crowd has NO IDEA who I am, so I was a bit nervous.
Also, in heart-warming news, my baby storytime moms were very worried about me this morning! They kept asking my co-worker if I was alright because I wasn't there! She had to reassure them many times that I was fine and doing her a favor by switching shifts and I'd be in later.