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Picture Book Month: Week Three

It is time tCover of I am Bato look at the silly and the absurd. As an adult, I do love an absurd picture book. But you know what? Kids tend to love them as well. Not all kids, mind you, but I can usually count on these books getting a deep giggle from someone in the crowd. I’ve found a few new ones this year that fit the bill.

Perhaps my favourite absurd book so far is I am Bat by Morag Hood. A bat, portrayed in lino-cut prints and bright ink, loves cherries. Do NOT mess with his cherries. Or is it pears this bat most loves? Hard to tell, but the simplicity of the art and text are just right for me. And you may know a toddler or two who have similar characteristics as Bat. Or a few adults?Book cover: I love you like a pig

It is not difficult to find a bit of the absurd in a Mac Barnett book. This may be the sweetest absurd book of the year. I Love you Like a Pig is a silly, playful book that may leave you wondering what it is like to be a lucky as a window, but that’s ok. Because sometimes, being silly is just what we need. Playful cartoon illustrations fit the mood .

Two gorillas dare each other. The biggest dare results in the demise of one gorilla. I dare you to eat a tree. I dare you to read this book to a group of grade 2 kids. Funny, absurd, and that’s all I’m going to say. Read it and see. Oh Cover: I dare youyes, the title is I dare you, by Reece Wykes.

Two more books, both just plain silly, might fit into this category. Give me back my Book is a fun little jaunt with two um, things. A rabbit? A monster of some sort? They fight over a book but make up when a bookworm steals the book. Book lovers will have fun with this one. The other is There’s a Monster in Your Book — this one is what I call an “app book” — if this were an app, the book characters really would move when you tip the book to the left or wiggle it. But since it is paper, your imagination has to do the moving. Still, these are fun to play with in storytime. Just be sure the kids you share it with are old enough to know the monster doesn’t REALLY leave the book and hide in their room….

 

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I’m back!

Caldecott picture-book looking is over, and I am now back to talk about picture books to use in storytime! If you want to read a bit about my Caldecott experience, I’ve posted that over on the ALSC blog. And I’ve also got a post about Beekle there as well. Now, on to the new stuff!

The Duck Says by Troy Wilsonduck says
A silly duck makes his way through the barnyard, chased by a swarm of bees. Lots of good vocabulary and fun sounds to make for storytime. The text is simple, rhymes, and the pictures are big and clear for group sharing.

No, Silly by Ken Krug
Bright pastels accompany this book that will give toddlers a little chuckle. Animal children like to do things (sleep, ride, eat) – and each time, there’s a “wrong” page—ending with “No, Silly” and the right answer. Just the right length for young listeners and perfect for a bedtime storytime.

monkey book
Sometimes We Think You Are A Monkey by Johanna Skibsrud
With delightful illustrations by Julie Morstad, this homage to a new baby would work well in storytime. It could be used for baby storytimes, read in a soothing, lilting manner. Or turn it into a guessing game and movement activity for toddlers.
beardBook-o-beards by Donald Lemke (also masks, hats, and teeth)
Storytime gold right here folks. Each book has a set of rhymes, and then you wear the book!  For instance: pictured here I am “wearing” the pirate beard. This book is so interactive and so silly that kids will just love it. Buy extra copies for your storytime collection, because these are going to get a lot of use.

Silliness abounds!

Set up for the book app

Set up for the book app

I learned a few new silly songs at the ALA conference, so I decided to share them at my monthly Milk & Cookies Story Hour.  I also share an app, and was looking for something silly, and then found out that Sheree Fitch’s book, There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, has been made into an app. This is the first time that I have used a book app in storytime (I have usually used shorter, interactive apps).  I actually let Sheree Fitch read it, (using the “Read to Me” option) since she is a well-known and beloved author for Nova Scotians.  And she does a good job of reading it. But 3 year olds would rather have a LIVE person read to them, even with the interactive elements such as popping a bubble-gum bubble and dancing along with monkeys. The older kids (ranging from 6-9) enjoyed it, and sat for it, but the younger ones got a bit fidgety. Lesson learned! The adults in the audience also enjoyed it.

But the main reason I wanted to use a silly app was that I had these awesome silly songs and puppet show that I just learned. We did “Fruit Salad”, which I learned at ALA during “guerrilla storytime”.  You can see it in action here, at around 3:16 in the video. We’ll be doing that “Shake Shake” song next month, so stay tuned!  I also learned “The Wishy Washy Washer Woman” from the WCCLS wunderkind, Rick. Both songs were very well received by the whole age range (even adults).

I also found a fun little puppet story that I adapted a bit to match my puppets (I didn’t have a chick, so I used a hen). The story is from the book Farmyard Beat by Lindsay Craig, and here’s how Steven Engelfried does it.  After the puppet story I had to read the book because the crowd demanded it! Always fun to compare.

Play storytimeOther books we shared were: Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea, which again was more appreciated by the older kids, but since this storytime has turned into a family free-for-all, I’m ok with having some things that are over the littler ones heads.  I also read The Doghouse by Jan Thomas and Duck on a Bike by David Shannon.

Then it was time for play and also milk & cookies. Vanilla sandwich cookies and chocolate milk this time. It really doesn’t matter how cheap the cookies are. Kids will eat them. And these were pretty good for cheap cookies. The 6 iPads were quickly snapped up, but so were the puppets, the textured balls, and the magnets. I also brought along the Monster Feet which are always a hit.

Milk & Cookies storytime is really fun– and I consider it my Testing Ground storytime — I get to try out new things on a live audience. And so far, they really seem to enjoy being my guinea pigs!