There are so many different ways to plan and structure your storytimes! I have been using a theme and picking books and songs based on that theme. While that works well, I know there are other ways to structure a storytime. I did some internet sleuthing to find ways that other librarians create their storytimes.
Reading to babies is extremely important, and I have been told that many times and by many people. Doing a storytime for babies got me wondering why board books in particular were good for babies. Here are some of the reasons I found while scouring the internet:
It is officially fall and that means fall themed storytimes! Whether you do an autumn theme, apples, pumpkins, or anything else fall, there are so many ideas to build a storytime from. This week is my first week back from maternity leave and I chose something that would be simple and also a fan favorite – fall. I am going to share some of my favorite places I found my ideas!
In the fall, our library is bringing back baby storytime for the first time since before COVID and I also just had my first baby in July. Those things got me thinking about the benefits of storytime for babies. Of course I have always thought that storytimes are fun and educational for older children, but never considered why there are storytimes for babies.
When the COVID numbers lessened in our area and I was able to put things out in the children’s area for them to play with, I realized that we didn’t have much. We have a few wooden puzzles which are fun, but the kids told me they get bored of doing the same ones over and over. Play is one of the five Early Literacy Practices and the ALSC blog post Play With Babies in Library Spaces by the Early and Family Literacy Committee discusses why play is so important. Knowing just how important it is for kids to play, I spent some time coming up with ideas on things I could do on a budget to make my children’s area more inviting and interactive.