…storytime, books, and ideas

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, Smicbear atek, 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! what ship

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 thraindropse 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 frankenstinkchoice 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.

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