Today marks the beginning of National Library Week 2011. First celebrated in 1958 to promote library use and support as well as to celebrate libraries and librarians, this year’s theme is “Create your own story @ your library®.” Libraries all over the countries have planned a wide variety of activities for this week, but one staple — at least for the public library — is preschool storytime.
I always enjoy pulling together materials for storytime. Since I enjoy presenting thematically-based storytimes, this allows me an opportunity to peruse both classic as well as new materials on a particular topic. I generally encourage a great deal of freedom in storytime, and support the kids in helping to decide the books we will enjoy together; this means there must be a variety of books available. Some of the titles I’m considering for this week’s storytime celebration of libraries, books, and reading include:
Books with Bright and Bold Illustrations:
- Reading Makes You Feel Good by Todd Parr (Little Brown and Company, 2005)
- Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins (Candlewick Press, 2005)
Books with a Fun Story to Tell:
- How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson, illustrated by David Slonim (Marshall Cavendish, 2011)
- The Old Woman Who Loved to Read by John Winch (Holiday House, 1996)
- Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke (Arthur A. Levine, 2001)
- We’re Going On a Book Hunt by Pat Miller, pictures by Nadine Bernard Westcott (Upstart Books, 2008)
- I Am the Book – Poems selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Yayo (Holiday House, 2011)
I’m also looking forward to sharing a book created by a local childcare.
Entitled Book of Book Rules, this one-of-a-kind book was developed by the preschoolers themselves with their own illustrations.
This book includes classic book care rules such as …
“Do not fight over books because they might get ripped.”
“Never use scissors to cut a book.”
“Do not throw books.”
I’m looking forward to this storytime! Maybe we’ll even enjoy a rousing version of the “Book Hokey-Pokey” or play a book matching game. It will be a fun celebration of books, reading, and libraries.
What books will you be sharing for National Library Week storytime? Do you have other NLW activities planned?