Today was my second visit to this rec. center preschool. They're a wonderful group of great listeners, and I had a great time! I especially love that this story time is stripped of any technology, including recorded music. I get the best response when it's just me and the books.
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Samantha on a Roll by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christine Davenier (2011)
The rhyming text in this book is clever and never forced, but it was somehow still difficult for me to read aloud. It's hard to get the right inflection and keep the rhythm at the same time.
Song: Roll Your Hands
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle (2011)
You can never go wrong with Eric Carle, and this new book is a great challenge to those adults who believe that children must color things "correctly." The kids enjoyed telling me what each animal was, and the pink rabbit was an especially big hit.
Rhyme: Blue is the Lake
Bark, George by Jules Fieffer (1999)
There is no picture book I enjoy reading to kids more than this one. It's funny for an adult, but also silly enough to appeal to very small kids. I saw nothing but smiles on the kids' faces as I read today. This book is my secret weapon and has yet to ever fail.
Song: Rum Sum Sum
Song: Ten Little Icicles
Kids do not know what icicles are. This is something I need to remember in the future.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
I had forgotten about this book and chose it as an alternative to The Snowy Day. I also really wanted a story with a boy at its center, and I wanted to add some diversity to my repertoire.
Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This