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C2E2: Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library

WP_20140425_00620140425181457 - EditedToday at C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo), I was on a panel as part of their “Professional Day” programming. The panel was a joint collaboration between Reading With Pictures and ALA‘s Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group. Our session was titled “Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom and Library.”

Our moderator, Josh Elder, talked about Reading With Pictures and how they collaborate with educators and librarians. Check out their website for more info!

Jim McClain discussed how his comic Solution Squad can be used to teach math skills to middle schoolers.

Educator David Cutler talked about using comics in his high school history classes.

I was the public librarian perspective on the panel, and rather than present a specific program, I talked about how I developed the juvenile graphic novel collection at my library and how I continue to promote it. I mentioned the 10 Benefits of Reading Comics Handout I made, and bringing Free Comic Book Day to my library (which I will blog more about after the event next week!)

I had a great time today at C2E2, and I’m excited to head back tomorrow!

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Storytime: Space

Storytimes take planning. There are some non-librarian folks out there who think storytimes are just throw together, but the reality is far different. I lead a weekly evening family storytime for ages 2-6 with their families. I come up with a theme each week, and then find books that not only fit that theme, but will work as a good read aloud for a mixed age group. I have to balance different length books with movement rhymes and songs (that also tie-in to the theme), and sometimes throw in a flannel story (which requires making the flannel pieces and learning the story!).

All that being said, sometimes the days just get away from me, and I need to plan my storytime at the last minute. When this happens, my favorite resource is Jbrary. Not only do they have an amazing pinterest with many boards for a variety of storytime themes, they also have a fantastic youtube channel filled with storytime songs. I mention this all because going into work on Wednesday, I had my stack of books ready for storytime, but hadn’t yet prepared any songs. I looked no further than Jbrary to find 4 fabulous songs for my theme: Space!

Book: I Took the Moon for a Walk by Carolyn Curtis


Song: We’ll Be Orbiting Around the Moon

We’ll be orbiting around the moon, yes we will
We’ll be orbiting around the moon, yes we will
We’ll be orbiting around the moon X 3
Yes we will

We’ll be landing on the Moon…
We’ll be walking on the Moon…
We’ll be blasting off again…
We’ll be landing back on Earth…

Book: Moon Plane by Peter McCarty


Song: My Little Space Shuttle

Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle,
Bumpin’ up and down in my little space shuttle,
Won’t you go to the moon with me?

My space suit’s on and my boots are, too…
We step on the moon and bounce up and down…

Book: Higher! Higher! By Leslie Patricelli


Song: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Blast off!

Book: Zoom, Rocket, Zoom! By Margaret Mayo


Song: Climb Aboard the Spaceship
Tune: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Climb aboard the spaceship,
We’re going to the moon.
hurry and get ready,
We’re going to blast off soon.
Put on your helmets
And buckle up real tight.
Here comes the countdown,
Let’s count with all our might.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1—BLAST OFF!!

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Storytime: Pigs

This week’s evening family storytime was all about Pigs! As I was preparing for this storytime, I had trouble finding pig-themed songs/ rhymes that I liked. I prefer ones that involve the kids standing up and using their whole bodies. So, for the first time, I adapted classic songs to make them my own- not near as painful as I thought it’d be! Hence, “Little Piggy” and “Piggy Wiggly” were born, and they were great fun!

Book: Little Pig Joins the Band by David Hyde Costello


Song: Little Piggy
to the tune of “Wheels on the bus”

The little piggy’s feet go trot trot trot
trot trot trot
trot trot trot
The little piggy’s feet go trot trot trot
All around the farm

Snout- sniff
Tail- swish
Mouth- Oink!

Book: Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda


Flannel: The Old Woman and Her Pig


Book: Piggies by Audrey & Don Wood


Song: Piggy Wiggly
to the tune of “Hokey pokey”

Put your right hooves in
Put your right hooves out
Put your right hooves in
And you shake them all about

You do the piggy wiggly
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

left hooves, snout, tail, whole pig

Book: Z-Z-Zoink! by Bernard Most


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Flannel: The Old Woman and Her Pig

This week my storytime was about pigs, and I knew I wanted to tell the folktale “The Old Woman and Her Pig”. Specifically, I was following the picture book adaptation from Margaret Read MacDonald which I like because it has two short songs that are repeated a few times, and it involves less animals than other versions.

In the story, a woman goes to buy a pig with a penny that was found. When she’s trying to return home with the pig, they get to a bridge and the pig refuses to cross. A dog comes and the woman asks him to bark at the pig so he’ll cross the bridge. The dog refuses. A rat comes and she asks him to nip at dog so dog will bark at pig so pig will cross the bridge. Rat says no. The cat comes along and agrees to set off a chain of events that leads to the pig crossing the bridge, and they return home. In other versions, there are more animals or other elements before someone decides to help, setting off a longer list of chain of events.

I knew I wanted to tell this story, but I didn’t feel like making a whole new set of flannel pieces. Therefore, if you look through my other flannel stories, you’ll notice most of these pieces are borrowed from other sets.


For more flannel stories, check out the Flannel Friday roundup this week, hosted by Anna from Future Librarian Superhero.

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