Parachute ideas for all kinds of programs!

Stumped for ideas for using the parachute at storytime?

Think outside the picture books stacks!

Here are some great ideas for incorporating material from other areas of your collection.

Want to make your own clip art?

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started!

Some easy ways to spice up your site!

Be sure to suggest your favorites in the comments!

Ideas for incorporating factual materials into storytime

There is lots of great nonfiction for kids out there. If I missed your favorite, leave a comment!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

"Get a Clue!" Mystery Storytime

I had my first official program duty at work today (a Family Reading Night at the school--a monthly outreach thing that we do). It was a mystery theme, to go along with (and promote) the Summer Reading Club. It was definitely a learning experience.

First of all, I learned that I perhaps have NOT picked the wrong career entirely as I had a great time and people seemed to enjoy themselves. The last book that I read, in particular, was a great crowd-pleaser.

Here is the general outline of what went on:
Introduced myself
Read Jake Gander: Storyville Detective in the Case of the Greedy Nanny by George McClements
Read Where's the Big Bad Wolf? By Eileen Christelow

Did craft (made detective hats and magnifying glasses)

Read The Search for the Perfect Child by Jan Fearly

Read Mystery Mansion by Michael Garland. This one was a big hit, and by the end of the book, I had what WERE very shy children at the onset of the program half-crawling into my lap to look at the illustrations. This would make a great gift and even teaches counting (as there are more than 400 animals hidden throughout the book)