Last night was only my second session of Evening Family Storytime, so it doesn’t mean much to say this, but it was my best storytime yet. I’m definitely getting a better feel for what works and what doesn’t in a wide-range-of-ages storytime. This week’s theme: In the Kitchen! As usual, I started and ended with my Hello and Goodbye songs/ rhymes. After the Hello song, I explained the theme and then asked what the kid’s favorite foods were… “Pizza!” “Mac & Cheese!” “Blueberries!”… and then it was on to books, songs, and stories.
Book: Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park, Ho Baek Lee
Story: The Enormous Turnip -Check out the link to see my flannel story for this. The kids (and adults!) loved this story!
Song: “All Around the Kitchen” by Dan Zanes (Thanks for the suggestion, Rob!)
After this song, one kid exclaimed, “I LOVED that song! Can we do it again??”
Book: The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Song: “Milkshake” by Songs for Wiggleworms
You take a little milk. Pour some milk.
And you take a little cream. Pour some cream.
You stir it all up.
You shake it and you’ll sing:
Milkshake Milkshake shake it up shake it up
Milkshake Milkshake shake it all up
Book: Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand
The end! I had a lot of fun with this storytime, and the kids responded well to the dance-crazy-music, rhyming books, and repetitive stories.