Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Don’t you love the brisk wind that often erupts in the spring?  You can just be walking down the street and suddenly a gust of wind rustles the leaves on the trees, blows up your shirtsleeves and swirls around your ankles. It makes me want to go fly a kite. Or, at the very least, share some stories about kites and the wind.

In Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand, Bear and Mole build a kite to fly, but then a sudden storm erupts … and brings a surprise. I love the sheer exuberance in this book.


Someone Bigger by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Adrian Reynolds, is a cumulative tale with a satisfying ending proving that “someone bigger isn’t always someone better.”


Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Matt Phelan, is not really about kites. Instead it’s about a wind so strong it blows Flora’s little brother away, and — even though he’s annoying — Flora sets out to save him.


Designed for older readers, it’s fun to share portions of Kites – Twelve Easy-To-Make High Fliers by Norma Dixon both to develop vocabulary as well as to build background knowledge about kites.


Even though I appreciate the ideas of themeless storytimes which have been discussed recently on this blog, sometimes I find it helpful to have a theme to help focus my thoughts and plans. Have you done a storytime on kites or wind? What books did you use?


About Mary Voors

Mary R. Voors, the ALSC Blog Manager, is also the manager of the Children’s Services department of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she has the opportunity to work with one of the greatest groups of people in the world.
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One Response to Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

  1. Cydney says:

    I love “Super Duck” by Jez Alborough. It’s a great read-aloud and the kids just love it!

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