Storytime Picks of the Month: February

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.

This is an extremely late Storytime Picks of the Month! So without further ado, here are my favorite storytime books from February:

brown bearBaby Storytime Pick: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. This is a classic for a reason. It just works! Whenever I read this in storytime, I know that a bunch of babies are going to run up to see the book, point things out, and just generally get really excited about it. It’s also a great book for encouraging parental and baby participation. We can all say together what the different animals and their colors are. It’s just a book that works, and one that my babies always love. Definitely a go-to for baby storytime.

spots feathersToddler Storytime Pick: Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails by Nancy Tafuri. This book hits all of the fun notes for toddler storytime. There are animal noises and guessing the animals, and just a bunch of fun. Toddlers love to guess which animal is coming next. Basically, this is at the perfect level for toddlers and their development–it seems like all toddlers love farm animals and it’s a participatory book that all my toddlers are able to participate in. Another go-to for me for my toddler storytime.

where's my teddyPreschool Storytime Pick: Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough. This book has the benefit of being both adorable and allowing you to read it in a crazy, over-the-top way which is always fun. I love yelling “Where’s my TEDDY?!?!?!” dramatically. Also, we have a big book of this book in our storytime collection, which also always makes for a fun experience for everyone. We used this as part of an opposites storytime this month (which was a really fun theme if you’ve never done it), and it was a great choice for preschoolers.

More Managment Books To Read

In my last post, I talked about Trustology, a management book I read (and loved!) for my leadership program. After reading Trustology, my group presented on it to the rest of the CALLI cohort during a webinar. Everyone else was also put into groups to present on other management books. There were so many interesting sounding management books, I wanted toshare them here. Here are the books the other groups presented on during the webinar:

leading from the frontLeading From the Front: No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women by Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch. This book is written by two former Marines and details how women can work on their leadership skills. They argue that women haven’t been taught the skills to be leaders, and say that their time in the Marines makes them uniquely qualified to help women gain these skills. In their presentation, the group that talked about this book shared a lot of the anecdotes from the book, which were really interesting. I’m a little hesitant about the gendered nature of it all (it sounds like the women are saying the reason they are better leaders is because they succeeded in a male-dominated field), but I’m willing to give it a read and see if I’m wrong.

influencerInfluencer by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Marxfield, Ron McMillan and Al Switzer. This book sounded incredibly detailed and the group that talked about it had a lot of ground to cover. This is the book to go to for practical advice to take you step-by-step through how you can become an influencer. It seemed like the kind of book that leaves you with actionable, useful information to put into practice. I also liked that it specifically talked about how to manage change–this is such a huge thing in libraries, as they are changing all the time. Learning how to help teams navigate change is a necessity for a library leader.

tribal leadershipTribal Leadership by David Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright. This is a book about working with the natural groups that come together in workplaces and using them to get things done and to create an amazing workplace culture. It offers a way to look at workplace culture–is it more like Dunder Mifflin in The Office? Or is it like Apple when it was creating the iPhone? By understanding the different stages of tribal culture in a workplace, the book argues that you can improve your workplace environment and move into a higher performing workplace. I liked the emphasis that this book placed on understanding workplace culture and using that to build a better workplace.

start with whyStart with Why by Simon Sinek. A book about how great leaders–leaders who inspire–are leaders who create a passion for what they are selling and start from there. They are leaders who have thought of the purpose of their companies, rather than just the product. This is an interesting idea, and definitely applicable to libraries, which really do have to sell the purpose of the library to people on a regular basis. One thing the group that presented on this mentioned was that it felt more like a marketing book than a management book, so depending on what you’re looking for in a management book, this may or may not work for you.

The great thing (in theory) about this exercise was that you got to hear about 4 different management books while only reading the one you presented on. In reality, I just ended up adding all of these to my to-read list because they all sounded so interesting. But there are worse problems to have then wanting to read a bunch of interesting-sounding management books!