For some reason, there are a lot of dogs in the books I picked up this week. So, if you are hankering for a doggie storytime, I have you covered.
First off, Smick, by Doreen Cronin. Her books are so active, you can really get moving with them. In this one, very sparse vocabulary featuring a dog, a bird, and a stick turns into a fun guessing game. Could work well for a multi-age group.
It’s only Stanley by Jon Agee – Stanley is a fix-it dog who wakes up his family with his late-night repair jobs. A slightly complex rhyme scheme and great vocabulary compliment the humour. Repeated verse and a good chance for guessing make this a great choice for older preschoolers. Plus, Agee’s cartoon illustration style really appeals.
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach is a surprise-ending tale that does not seem to feature a dog, but read it and you will find a dog. Another “Bear goes to the city” book, but still a fun tale with bright, large illustrations. Look at that bear’s face!
Another guessing game book, which was published in 2014 but new to our system is What Ship is Not a Ship? by Harriet Ziefert. This fun play on words may be a bit long for younger preshcoolers, but you could certainly use a few pages & get them to try to guess. Lots of new vocabulary. (PS, the answer is friendship).
A new dino book is nearly always a hit. The Dinosaurs are Having a Party by Gareth P. Jones will fit the bill. In a jaunty rhyme, a boy goes to a dinosaur birthday party …but where’s the food? The story is slight but the pictures are bold and silly, and will make a good addition to dinosaur storytimes.
Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre is a fine way to add a bit of non-fiction into storytime. The clear nature photography and rich vocabulary make it a good choice for rainy-day storytimes.
And I have to mention Ron Lightburn’s new book, Frankenstink. It has just about everything you need to get a reluctant reader on board: funny rhymes, underwear, gross garbage, and farts. It would work well for ages 5 -8, so it makes a good choice for class visits or after-school groups. If you are doing a recycling theme, this book will fit in just right. Or read it at a Grossology program. It is sometimes hard to find a good school-age book to read aloud, but keep a copy of this on hand for just that purpose. And don’t forget to check out the glow-in-the-dark cover! Oh, and there’s a dog in this one, too.