Thursday, July 8, 2010

Storytime Spotlight (4)

Most of you probably know that I work at my library holding a weekly Storytime every Thursday, for around three year old kids to around five year old kids, with some closer to twos and some over fives. Shesten of I Heart Monster suggested that I share my lesson plans for the week. I rarely actually have a lesson plan, since most of my Storytimes follow pretty much the same general structure, but I figure I'll share with you guys what I'm reading and such each week.

The theme: Cats! M who comes almost every week had been asking for a kitten week, and I tried to get as many of those as possible, but it's really more of a cats themed week. I'd done a cat week before, but it was long enough ago that it didn't really matter. Cats are a very popular subject for childrens books so you have a lot of choices with this theme.

Books we read:

Nini Here and There by Anita Lobel

Nini the cat is very, very worried. She loves her comfortable windowsill perch in her sunny home in the city. But the clues are clear: Nini's people are going away. Will they take her? Or will they leave her? And if they take her (and, oh, she hopes they do), will she like wherever it is they are going? Will it feel like home?

Tiger by Nick Butterworth

Tiger isn't a real tiger, he’s a kitten. But sometimes when he plays, he pretends to be a tiger in the jungle. Children won't be able to resist joining in the fun as this precocious kitten runs, creeps, snarls, and sleeps just like a real tiger!

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? by Billy Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, are you waking up?
Not yet, Mother, I'm a sleepy buttercup.

Kitty Cat should be getting ready for school, but instead, she's practicing her purr, looking for her socks, chasing a little mouse, and more.

(All summaries are from goodreads. Click the titles to go to the goodreads page of each book for more information about the books.)

We read Nini Here and There first. It wasn't a favorite of the kids, but I thought they liked it pretty well. It might go over better with older kids, and I think it'd be a good book to read to a child before a vacation or trip if they were a little bit nervous.

Tiger was really well loved. It's absolutely adorable and the kids really liked it (and so did I). They liked seeing Tiger pretending to be a real tiger and it was really cute asking them if they thought he was a real tiger or not. The final decision was that he was a baby tiger, if you're wondering. ;)

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? we read last since it was the shortest and I always try to leave the shortest book for last when their attention spans are running out. They liked this one a lot, too.

I don't have any pictures here since the colouring pages I used were from a colouring book. Tip if you go for that option: Copy one page the day before/the day you prepare and then photocopy the copy. Since colouring book pages are double-sided, when you photocopy them, the picture on the other side can show through and copying the copy gives you a cleaner picture. I always copy my pictures while the kids are there because they love watching it. They're fascinated by the photocopier.

Of course, we did our Storytime rules.

"Turn your listening ears up." We pretend to turn our ears up.
"Stay in your chair." I tap the leg of the chair I'm sitting in.
"Look with your eyes, not with your hands." I point at my eyes, then at them.
And then I always ask, "And if we're good listeners, what do we get?" and they get to go, "Stickers!"

Other cat themed books:

Pandora by William Mayne
The Mouse, the Cat, and Grandmother's Hat by Nancy Williard
The Grannyman by Judith Byran Schacher
Have You Got My Purr? by Judy West
The Cinder-Eyed Cats by Eric Rohman
Wee G. by Harriet M. Ziefert
Hello, Calico! by Karma Wilson (and sequels - board books)
A Little Kitten by Jane Feder (board book)
Sammy Salami by Jerry Smath
A Box Full of Kittens by Sonia Manzano (Maria on Sesame Street!!)

And I think that's everything! This was a nice, easy and simple one, so... not that much to write about!

Peace and cookies,

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