A new job means new and different responsibilities. I was called in to fill in for a storytime with about a week to prep for it. I’ve never done a storytime in a professional setting but I’ve read stories to children in my personal life. I also went to a training workshop a few years ago with our system.
I opted to go for something simple that is always a hit with kids… pets! I did a slight twist on pets and read stories about unusual pets.
Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown
Peanut by Linas Alsenas
Silly Doggy by Adam Stower
Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett
The Songs, Rhymes, and Fun
If You’re a Pet and You Know It
(Sung to the to tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
This was great for getting them up because they were being a bit antsy.
I didn’t get any pictures but I printed a dog house on a piece of paper and printed up some different clip art pets and cut them up. The kids had to glue their pet(s) to the page with the dog house and color everything.
I think this was a good first storytime. It worked out that only a few kids came because of summer so I didn’t feel as overwhelmed. Hurrah!
Also major thank you to all the storytime/librarian blogs out there! You make storytime planning so much easier.