In this monthly feature, I pick my favorite storytime reads of the month–one from my baby storytime, one from toddler storytime, and one from preschool storytime.
Baby Storytime Pick: Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti. Something I love for baby storytime: books that encourage participation with the babies and parents! And this book did just that–parents could play peek-a-boo along with their babies as we read, could make animal sounds, and could guess what the animals were going to be. Plus, this is a lift-the-flap book which is always very exciting for the babies. As are animal noises. And it’s nice and short, with very few words on the page, and would be easy to make even shorter if you need to, which again makes it a great baby storytime pick.
Toddler Storytime Pick: Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? by John Butler. John Butler’s books are pretty perfect for toddler storytime, and I’ve been using them a lot lately. This one was no exception and was also an excellent example of a great “middle of storytime” book. It allows a lot of participation for the toddlers, so we stand up during it and try all of the actions along with the book. A great way to get wiggles out, and model to parents how they can read a book with a very active child who never wants to sit still–with this book, they don’t have to! Also, while I feel like normally I would find Butler’s illustration style a bit too sweet, for some reason his adorable animals just work for me. And the parents and kids seem to love them as well.
Preschool Storytime Pick: All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle. I picked this one because it might have been my biggest surprise of the month. This was part of a winter storytime theme. I enjoyed it when I read it, but wasn’t sure how it would work in storytime. It was a hit! the kids loved guessing what would come next and what else you might need for a snowman, and they loved seeing the snowman grow. At the end, they all couldn’t wait to tell me about what kinds of snowmen they would build when it snowed enough (we’ve been having a mild winter in Colorado, but got a lot of snow over the past few days, so I’m hoping my kiddos got to go out and make their own snowmen). This book just has a lovely rhythm and use of the word EXCEPT that makes it a fun, participatory story. Perfect for preschoolers!