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: