Summer Storytime: Dogs and Cats

We are already at Week 3 of our summer reading program and I wanted to post my first storytime outline for posterity (some prosperity would be nice. Kids, don't forget to tip your librarian!):

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.

This is an adorable book and the kids loved it at every single storytime. You can download the song Pete the Cat sings (actually it is the whole book) for free from the HarperCollins Kids Website. What I have done with this track is to split it apart in Audacity, the open source music editing software program, and then covert it back to MP3 files which I then dumped into a playlist on iTunes and now I play it off my iPod. Formerly I used an iPod dock speaker, but then that broke and I discovered a cheaper option the iHome portable MP3 Player Stereo Speaker which I got at WalMart for $19. I like this option a little better because it uses a cord into the iPod's speaker jack, so you could play audio off anything with a headphone jack. It also uses AA batteries instead of AAA batteries, which are less likely to be around when you need them. YouTube has some really cute vide0s of kids reading this book, and one of the author performing it as well. There is something about a librarian dancing to an iPod that really seems to amuse people. I get lots of comments on this from the parents--"I couldn't believe it when you used the iPod! I guess libraries really are different! these days"

Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd. I alternated this one with What The Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson, depending on my mood. Ladybug doesn't fit the theme as nicely, but it works well for a slightly older audience. Dog's Colorful Day also makes a cute flannel board. I simply photocopied a picture of Dog from the book, cut it out, traced it onto felt and then made dots of each of the different colors. Easy peasy!

What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Jan Thomas never leads you wrong.

Dogs by Emma Gravett
Nice simple book with a clever twist at the end.

Big Cat, Small Cat By Ami Rubinger
This is a fun one because the kids have to help fill in the missing words from the rhyming text. Also deals a lot with opposites.

I am pretty happy with the way this storytime has been able to work for crowds big (yesterday we had 58 people) and small (10 today). There is just enough interaction to keep people engaged but not so much that it is hard to pull it off for a small audience.