This was my last story time for this group, and today is essentially the last day of summer reading program related sessions. They're usually a really easy group, and today was no exception. There were 13 kids, and we had some great discussions about three picture books. This is what we did:
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
The Mitten by Jan Brett (1989)
I would never read this in the summer, because I save my winter books for winter, but the school requested it specifically. When the kids got here today, though, they told me their teacher had already read it to them recently. Oh well. They remembered a lot of it from their first reading, so that was a nice way to make it interactive.
Song: Rum Sum Sum
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Blackout by John Rocco (2011)
This is a new favorite. A bit harder to read aloud than I expected, but there is so much going on in the illustrations I didn't want to leave anything out! It's a heartwarming story about how a city blackout brings one family closer together. I will review this one on my book blog soon!
My fiance, who despises this song, will be glad to know these kids didn't like it at all. Some of them actually covered their ears! So I guess that one can go in retirement for a while.
Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (2004)
This is going into my regular story time rotation for big kids. They love this book. Today's main attraction was teeth. We spent the longest time on any page featuring big teeth.