Storytime: Making Friends!

Books for older children

Beegu – Alexis Deacon

The New Girl…and Me – Jacqui Robbins

Leonardo the Terrible Monster – Mo Willems

Don’t Worry Bear – Greg Foley

Books for younger children

Little Gorilla – Ruth Bornstein

Maisy at the Fair – Lucy Cousins

Grumpy Bird – Jeremy Tankard

Clarabella’s Teeth – An Vrombaut

Knuffle Bunny Too – Mo Willems

Stretchers

The More We Get Together

Key to the Kingdom

Five Little Ducks

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Goodbye Song

Storytime: Blast Off!

Everybody loves space aliens! …right?

This storytime was much more successful with the older kids (five- and six-year-olds) than the younger ones. A lot of the younger kids didn’t know what an alien was, and without that context, these stories do not make much sense. Also, the stretcher “Zoom, Zoom, Zoom” (from The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants is terrible – it was too hard for the kids to learn, the rhythm is off, the hand motions are really forced…yikes.

Books for Older Children

I Want to Be an Astronaut—Byron Barton

Beegu—Alexis Deacon

Papa, Get the Moon for Me—Eric Carle

Alistair in Outer Space—Matthew Sadler

Hedgie Blasts Off!—Jan Brett

Books for Younger Children

Sheep Blast Off—Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple

Hush Little Alien—Daniel Kirk

Kitten’s First Full Moon—Kevin Henkes

Moon Plane—Peter McCarty

Stretchers

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (with alien and robot puppets)

Star Light, Star Bright

Five Little Aliens (with flannel board)