I’ve been known to say, “I could do a story time at a moment’s notice in a grocery store with no books.” It’s not a joke. I just haven’t tried it yet. The thought of it doesn’t scare me. Of course, I prefer to read a few books during story times. But in a pinch I could pull one off without books.
Recently, I read three books which are begging to be read at story time. As the librarian in charge of programs for elementary age children, I rarely do story times these days. Maybe I should pack these books in my purse and do an impromptu story time at the grocery store.
Still a Gorillla! by Kim Norman and illustrated by Chad Geran – If you go to Publix and hear children yelling “Still a Gorilla!” over and over, you can bet it’s me.
Little Wolf’s First Howling by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee – If you go to Harris Teeter and it sounds like a pack of wolves, rest assured I’m instigating this crowd howling up a storm.
I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora – If you go to Whole Foods and you hear children whispering “good night” over and over, it’s me.’
If I get a chance to do a story time this fall, these are the books I plan to read. If I don’t, the likelihood you may see me on aisle three come December is high.
This morning, ML and I read Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and illustrated by Lee Harper. It’s a sequel to Turkey Trouble. In Turkey Trouble, Turkey overhears the farmer’s family are planning to eat him for Thanksgiving Day. He comes up with a plan to save his life. ML’s teacher read it to her class before Thanksgiving. So, when I brought home Turkey Claus she was excited. Once again, Turkey overhears the farmer and his wife making plans for a holiday dinner; turkey will be the main dish. Turkey realizes he needs to get his wish list to Santa as soon as possible. However, the elves won’t let anyone disturb Santa on Christmas Eve.
What Dogs Want for Christmas by Kandy Radzinski includes 14 different letters to Santa from a variety of dog breeds. ML’s favorite – “Dear Santa, My ears hand down to my feet. Can you fix them so they’re short and neat? Love, Daisy” The picture of the basset hound with a specially knitted hat with a pouch for each ear cracked her up. I loved the dachshund’s letter. “Dear Santa, I need something to help me get around ’cause my belly’s too close to the ground. Love, Ruby.”
The Night Before Christmas retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora is set in Africa. We read the information in the back about the author. She lived in Africa for over ten years. She’s created other classic stories with an African setting. ML is eager to read them all – The Ugly Duckling, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, The Fisherman and His Wife, The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Princess and the Pea.