My monster storytime is one of my favorites from year to year. It has two of my all-time favorite books, and I have a lot of fun with the mini-puppet show that I use to introduce the storytime to pre-k groups. This ^ is Millie. She is a marionette and I LOVE her. We start the storytime by disclosing that Millie is a monster. If the kids scream she slumps down and says she’s sad that they are afraid of her. I explain that sometimes when we’re afraid of things it’s because we don’t know much about them yet. Millie tells us that she likes marshmallows and books about motorcycles, and we say that we like that stuff too, so we should be friends because we already have so much in common. After all the books (and after Baby Shark, obvi) she leads us in a rousing rendition of “If You’re a Monster and You Know It”, mostly taken from the Ed Emberley book (snort and growl, stomp your paws, twitch your tail, wiggle your warts, give a roar). The best part is when the kids roar Millie acts scared. That usually makes them roar louder the second time, and by the end she can’t stand it and runs back into my storytime bag. HA!
Hello song: Hands are clapping/hey hey how are you (with uke)
Welcome song: Willoughby Wallaby Woo (with uke)
Letter of the day: M
Book 1: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone. This was the first favorite book I remember having (along with Put Me in the Zoo and the Poky Little Puppy). This book was interactive before interactive books were a thing. I don’t think I will ever *not* read this book for a monster storytime. Plus, Grover.
Monsters Love Colors, by Mike Austin. An awesome way to introduce the concept of primary and secondary colors. The kids always love the blue monster who eats his crayons.
Go Away, Big Green Monster, by Ed Emberley. This is the kind of book that ends with kids clapping and asking me to read it again. Another classic.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems. If I was forced to choose a favorite Mo Willems book (do I really have to?) I think it would be this one. There’s so much good stuff to talk about here. I feel like I see something new every time I read it. For example, just a few days ago I realized that at the end Leonardo and Sam are both happy, even though Leonardo didn’t achieve his goal of scaring the tuna salad out of Sam. Maybe he just needed a friend, too.
Closing Song: Baby Shark (with uke)
Goodbye song: See you later, alligator (with uke)
Activity: monster masks a la Storytime Katie. I had several older kids at today’s storytime, and they had a great time with this craft.