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November 2015 Storytime Review

In the Storytime review I will review the books and the crafts I used during each month’s Storytimes.

November 5th

  • Theme: Balls
  • Craft: Abstract painting with ping pong balls and ball pit balls. The kids really enjoyed doing this!
  • Books:
    • Bear and Ball by Cliff Wright (3 out of 5 stars)
      • This was good for the bitty kids to learn opposites and use movement.
    • Charlie Plays Ball by Ree Drummond (4 out of 5 stars)
      • This had the cutest pictures and there was some nice word play that the kids enjoyed.
    • Fall Ball by Peter McCarty (2 out of 5 stars)
      • The illustrations were strange and the message was as well. Wish I would have given this one a better read through before I tried it.
    • Pickle and the Ball (2 out of 5 stars)
      • I thought something short and simple would do well with the infants/toddlers but it was too short even for them.

November 12th

  • Theme: Mice
  • Craft: Construction paper M’s made to look like mice or Popsicle stick mice.
  • Books
    • Eight Enormous Elephants by Maeve Friel (4 out of 5 stars)
      • This was a cute little story about elephants behaving badly and the mouse who sets them straight and it was adorable.
    • Little Mouse, Biddle Mouse by David Kirk (3 out of 5 stars)
      • This was kind of cute but I struggled with the pronunciation of “biddle.’ I kept going forth between rhyming it with little and pronouncing it with the “d’s” instead.
    • Ten in the Den by John Butler (4 out of 5 stars)
      • The illustrations were the most adorable thing ever and the repetitive lines were good without being too annoying for the reader.
    • Mouse in Love by Robert Kraus (2 out of 5 stars)
      • The kids didn’t really seem to “get” the story of star crossed love.

November 19th

  • Theme: Thanksgiving
  • Craft: Foam critters or sticker turkeys. The foam things were cute but the kids who did the turkeys LOVED that so much.
  • Books
    • The Turkey Ball by Bethany Roberts  (4 out of 5 stars)
      • The turkey gobbles and costumes made for some good conversation.
    • Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell (2 out of 5 stars)
      • I really like Clifford but it seems that most kids aren’t into it anymore
    • Over the River by Derek Anderson (3 out of 5 stars)
      • The kids were rowdy during this so it was hard to read the song type book because of the interruptions.

My first few storytimes went over pretty well. There were some hits and misses but it’s sure to get better as I learn more about the personalities, abilities, and attention spans of the crowd.



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