The Lee County Library is now offering Book Buddies on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.! Book Buddies is a storytime for children of all ages and abilities. We have had several meetings and so far they are going really well! Since this is a new program, I’m still trying things out to see what works best. I had some great guidance from the storytime ninjas over at Storytime Underground (thanks, y’all!). Last week I did a birthday theme with all of my groups, including Book Buddies. For the most part, I used the same books that I used with preschool and pre-k, but I added some other extension activities at the end.
We start each storytime with the bubble machine while I sing “Hello Bubbles” and “One little, two little, three little bubbles.” Then, we open our “Letter of the Day.” This brilliant idea was suggested by Anna over at Future Librarian Superhero. I used clipart from Microsoft Word to create the cards (printed on regular size cardstock, two images per sheet). I arranged them so that the last image is most related to the day’s theme. So, for this week, I put the cake as the last image before revealing the letter card–we talked about what kind of cake it is and what was written on it. I have also been using this activity with my preschool storytimes and so far it has been a big success!
Book: Tiny the Birthday Dog, by Cari Meister and Rich Davis. (E BIRTHDAYS MEIS) Not all beginning readers make good readalouds, but I really like this one. Before we started reading, we talked about what the word “tiny” usually means and whether the dog named Tiny is *actually* tiny, or small.
Book: If You Give a Pig a Party, by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond. (E PIGS NUME) I love using this in my birthday storytimes because 1) it’s adorable and 2) it has balloons, so it leads perfectly into what *could* be my favorite storytime song of all time…
I thought I had gotten this song off of YouTube but now I can’t find it. Does anyone know where it came from? Anyway, I cut out balloon shapes in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, pink, and white. If you’d like, you can give a balloon to each child and have them bring it up when you sing their name and color, but I chose to just use my pig puppet to connect it with the previous book.
Another book that I love but wasn’t able to use at this storytime is Pop! Went Another Balloon, by Keith Faulkner and Roger Tyger. (E BALLOONS FAUL)
Book: The Birthday Queen, by Audrey and Don Wood. (E BIRTHDAYS WOOD)
Activity #3: Birthday cake coloring page. First we colored our cakes with crayons. Then I squirted some glue on their cake and they spread it out like frosting using a craft stick as their “knife.” Then we put on sprinkles that were punched from colorful paper with a hole punch.