Family Storytime: Bedtime

Jun 9th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I threw together this new storytime after my favorite book for my Toys Storytime is not only out of print and not available online (for under $200), but my personal copy is missing too. We started with my favorite play on a folktale, The Squeaky Door by Margaret MacDonald. I used to be really embarrassed reading it, but the more you do all the sounds,…

Family Storytime: Nocturnal Animals

Mar 25th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

The first book we read was Night Animals by Gianna Marino, one of my favorites. Here’s a short review I did of it: PreS-Gr 2 – Possum is hiding in a tree from the scary noises that are night animals. One by one, more night animals join the mass hysteria as more and more bright, white eyeballs appear in the night. Each successive animal is…

Family Storytime: Bugs Theme

Mar 11th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

  For the younger storytime, I started with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Fellow librarians kept telling me that the kids loved it and though it was hilarious. I’m not really a fan because of several reasons: a) the lady is eating whole animals (animal rights!), b) the text and kids keep commenting on how she’s eating…

Family Storytime: Jungle Theme

Feb 12th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort was the first book we read. I got this idea of a blog and I wasn’t sure about using it. It kind of bothered me that they weren’t all jungle animals. But it was fun to sing and the kids went nuts. They liked that they already knew the tune, and we took some time to look…

Family Storytime: Royalty

Feb 5th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

The first book we read was I Want to Win by Tony Ross. I like this one because it’s simple. There are only one or two sentences per page. The illustrations are clear and easy to understand. We talked about how no one always wins, how it’s fun to win, and sometimes you want to win something and you don’t. These are all familiar feelings…

Family Storytime: Pets

Jan 27th, 2016 Family Storytime, Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

Pets storytime is sometimes hard because I feel like we always focus on the dogs and the cats, being the most popular. There’s just not really great books on lizards and gerbils, etc… Hotrod Hamster sometimes makes it on the list, I just don’t think it’s as great as a read aloud as these classics. I read Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes because…

Family Storytime: Bear Storytime

Dec 2nd, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I like doing a bear storytime during this time of year because we talk about hibernation. It’s always fun to see which kids actually know the word hibernation. Most of them know that bears like to sleep until spring and that animals gather food to save during the winter. Those smarty pants. The first book we read is Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson because…

Family Storytime: Thanksgiving

Dec 1st, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox is my favorite Thanksgiving book. Not only is it suspenseful and not about killing turkeys, the illustrations are also pretty good, especially when looking at perspective and all the fun details in the pictures. You can see that Kitty has a nametag place at the table to remind you to watch out for him. It’s…

Family Storytime: Sick / Get Well

Nov 19th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

When I did this storytime, I picked I Feel Sick! (a Little Princess story) by Tony Ross. It’s short and funny, but also relatable. The princess always pretends she’s sick when she is asked to do chores. Kids don’t like chores. As one of the ones in my program put it, “Going to a party is funner than cleaning up cat poop. I don’t like…

Family Storytime: Mice

Nov 13th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

Mouse storytime was a success, although my kids are still bent on shouting out answers and talking through the entire storytime on tangentials. This particular group is looking untamable. But they like mice. We started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I love how this story is circular and repeats the what ifs. I think the repetition makes kids confident…