Purpose: Provide a positive library experience for children and care-givers, encourage an interest in books and reading, and foster a love of the Library.
Creating a consistent pattern to your storytime helps children feel comfortable and focus on the content. Starting with a song is a great way to focus children's attention and get them ready to be part of the group. It is a pleasant indicator that the storytime is starting. Having the lyrics available on a large poster, visible so that parents can help facilitate the singing and lead by example, is a huge help.
Having a successful storytime means you are able to read your crowd. Be prepared to omit and alter items as you go.
When I told my girls I was planning a storytime, this was the book they both enthusiastically told me I should read. According to Novelist Plus: A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king. The tone is serious and whimsical and the writing style is thoughtful and witty with detailed illustrations.
In the event your crowd is begging for more, Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters rounds out our Wild Things storytime. With monsters that are similiar to Sendaks, and a cheerful ryhme, children will fall in love with these monsters. According to Novelist Plus: Two rambunctious monsters creep, gurgle, crawl, and tumble before falling asleep.
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Jill Hooper's insight:
I like to have something for the kids to do either in the library or take home. As a parent, I recognize that sometimes it is nice to be able to stay at the library longer and have your child engaged in something, and sometimes the wheels are falling off and you just need to get out of there. Having coloring pages also reminds the child of the time spent at the library that day.
I like to have more than one book to share. In keeping with the monster and bedtime theme....following the story we will stand up and quack our way to monster freedom.
Novelist Plus says: A young boy is frightened by the monsters that show up in his room at bedtime, until his parents show him how to get rid of them. The tone is silly and whimsical and the writing style is attention grabbing.
A Parade through the children's room - tear into the dress-up bin and get ready for a guided Rumpus!
Jill Hooper's insight:
Give the children (and care-givers) a limited amount of time to prepare - remind children that if they don't want to dress up they don't have to. My dream dress-up bin contains lots of crowns and scarves, silly hats and flags. Lead the "Wild Things" through the room but giving them cues like, "First bow to the king of all wild things," and have them climb through the trees and howl at the moon, finishing with a wild thing nap.
While the children are "napping":
Recap the storytime events,
Let them know when the next storytime will be,
Let them know you are available to help find books to take home,
Invite them to stay and color or take coloring pages home,
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