Elephants are adorable, right? I feel that they are one of the most recognizable animals out there for the younger set.
Opening Song: My Hands Say Hello
Nursery Rhyme: Baa Baa Black Sheep
Nursery Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages
Book: Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na
I love Il Sung Na’s illustrations, because I feel like they’re whimsical and expressive without feeling forced. My favorite thing about this book, though, is the amazing number of textures. Although the drawings themselves are simple and straightforward, everything from rhino skin to grassy plains comes to life because of the organic-looking textures. This plot of this book is a typical hide-and-seek story, with a liberal does of counting worked in. Great for toddlers and preschoolers.
Song: Storytime Cube
Book: How to Hug by Maryann Macdonald and Jana Christy
A sweet little book with some important concepts, How To Hug is a great way to talk about the ways we interact with people (or maybe shouldn’t!). I like that this book subtly reinforces the idea that it’s okay to not want to be touched, or to be hugged only a little, while still encouraging kids to show their loved ones they care. Although I thought the soft illustrations were made with pastels, the artists note tells me they were created digitally. They’re pretty delightful either way.
Activity: Parachute Play
Book: Splash by Flora McDonnell
This is a really beautiful book with simple text. I think you could definitely use this book in a baby time with no problems! Which also means it’s a great book to read at the end of toddler time, when they’ve become wiggly from the parachute and they’ve been listening patiently for twenty minutes. I really love the illustrations – I think the combination of watercolors and acrylics lends the animals and water a nice depth that you just can’t get with only one medium. Unfortunately, it seems like all of the copies of this book in our system are nearing the end of their lives, so I’m a bit sad. Oh well, that’s the cycle of books in a library, right?
Shaker Song: Shake It to the East
Shaker Song: Shaking your Shaker!
Song: Rum Pum Pum
Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Goodbye I’ll See You Soon
Okay, I’ll admit that most of the books I used for this storytime only included elephants in a ensemble cast of animals, but whatever! They were all fun to read, and it was a fun storytime for everyone! For some reason, my numbers are ramping up each week. We’re not a SUPER busy library, so seeing my number of kids in Toddler Time jump from 6 or 12 to 20 or 25 is a big thing! I’m wondering if people are just getting out of the house more, and they’re making the library a destination on their way to the park. Who knows! I’ll take ’em, no matter how or why they get here!