Finally, I got to look through this huge pile of books by my desk. There were some real winners in that pile. Here are the ones I really liked.
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The Fly by Petr Horacek, Candlewick
Flies are interesting storytime fodder. I once did a whole FLY storytime and had a mother ask me why I chose to do a storytime with the theme of death. So, tread carefully when using ‘fly’ books is my sage advice. However, this fly book is quite fun, with some die-cut flyswatter pages and a warning not to squash the fly when you close the book. Fun illustrations.
Rufus the Writer by Elizabeth Bram, Illus. by Chuck Groenink, Schwartz & Wade
Instead of a lemonade stand, Rufus sets up a story stand. He writes and illustrates and takes barter as his payment. For storytimes with children who can sit for a longer story, this is a really delightful little book.
Bike on, Bear by Cynthea Liu, illus. By Kristyna Litten, Simon & Schuster
Bear can do so much. He is brainy, flexible, and helpful. But he can’t ride a bike. This little cub’s high-vocabulary adventures in learning to ride include a trip to the library and some pretty sweet illustrations. Kids can relate to this little bear easily.
Sun and Moon by Lindsey Yankey, Simply Read Books
This Canadian offering is a lovely tribute to the moon. The illustrations are detailed and the story reinforces the idea that we should take a look at what we have instead of wanting what others have, without being didactic.
The Moon is Going to Addy’s House by Ida Pearle, Dial Books
Gorgeous illustrations featuring lush colors show a family traveling home from the city. The moon follows. A simple tale, made special by the pictures. Pair with “Sun and Moon” for a lunar storytime.
Fish Jam by Kylie Howarth, little bee books
This fish is so loud; everyone asks it to hush, until it is swallowed by a whale. That seems a bit weird, but there’s a jazz jam going on inside the whale, so all is fine. An odd one, but a fun one for interaction, and a nice addition to music storytimes.
Get out of my bath by Britta Teckentrup, Nosy Crow
Tip the book and water splashes in this little elephant’s bath. If “Press Here” and “Tap the Magic Tree” are favourites, then this one will be a hit as well. A fun offering for storytimes.
Beastly Babies by Ellen Jackson, illus. By Brendan Wenzel, Beach Lane Books
A jaunty rhyme introduces a zoo’s worth of beastly babies. Lots of fun vocabulary and delightful pictures make this a great choice for toddler storytime.
Finders Keepers by Keiko Kasza, G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Kasza is one of those storytime greats – a good story accompanied by illustrations that are easy for all to see. This is no exception – a solid story about finding, using, and re-purposing. Nice little twist at the end. Use it with other Kasza favs such as “When the elephant walks” and “The wolf’s chicken stew”.