Grumpy storytime

For this week’s storytime, we got angry, grumpy and very crabby. I think that some of the best picture books focus on this theme so it seemed fitting to bring them together for a very moody storytime.

The first book we read was Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard.
This hilarious book is about a bird who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and is very grumpy. Tankard’s illustrations are fantastic and I think that his writing can appeal to both children and adults; I found that both the children and their caregivers were chuckling at the the grumpy bird and his grumpy disposition. I have also found that this book is great for one on on reading time because children love to explore Tankards illustrations.

Next we read When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang.I have always thought that this is a great book to share with children about feeling angry. This book is a Caldecott Honor Award book and Bang’s illustrations are fantastic. She really captures the essence of feeling very angry. After reading we had discussion about feeling angry. We decided, as a group, that we rather feel happy than angry and then sang “If you’re happy and you know it” which is one of their favorite songs to get us in a happy mood.

Finally we finished with I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen.This book highlights Baby Owl who is fed up with being called cute. It is a very sweet story that little people can relate to. I enjoy reading it aloud because Baby Owl is so cute and it is so much fun to make his cute little voice declaring that he is a “huge, sleek hunting machine.”

For craft this week, we mad mood faces. This was a very easy craft to create and the chlidren enjoyed drawing very expressive faces. I am not sure why my picture ended up so dark for this craft, but you get the idea:

Happy Halloween!

Since Halloween is this week it seemed silly not to get into the spirit and have Halloween storytime!
The first book we read was The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler.

This is one of my all time favorite storytime books. It’s rhyming text lends itself to be a fantastic read aloud and while it is not specifically about Halloween the Gruffalo is a scary monster who is outwitted by a clever mouse. The kids really enjoyed this story and were eventually able to start predicting the text.

Next we read rick or Treat Countdown by Patrica Hubbard.

This counting book is geared for younger kids but I made it a bit more interactive for the older kids by having them help me count and guess which number was to come next. Five year olds love to show off their counting skills and this book provided an excellent opportunity for them to do it!

Finally, we finished with Halloween Sky Ride by Elizabeth Spurr.

This was a great way to end our Halloween storytime. A witch takes some of her friends for a ride on her broom and go to a Halloween party. This book has a great message about friendship and the kids got a kick out of the story and everyone was very pleased with the end.
For our craft we made cat masks in preparation for Halloween. This was an extremely fun craft and everyone was very creative with their decorating
The template can be found here:
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/tv/printables/catmask.pdf