Skip to main content

Show Me The Awesome: Finding My Voice

For Show Me The Awesome, I wanted to write about one of the things I do really well: preschool visits. I have to say that I absolutely love this age group and find their enthusiasm infectious.I can remember being so nervous to do any kind of visits when I first started out. The fear of a group of strangers was terrifying to me (even if those strangers only came up to my knees).

 It took a while before I realized that the trick to a successful group visit was to share my absolute favorite material, and nothing less and then my natural enthusiasm for those stories would shine through. Realizing that was my "lightbulb moment" and I have looked forward to having preK classes come in to my library ever since.

Being a great youth services librarian means finding your own voice. It means I'm constantly discovering books that fit with my personal voice and style. What are your favorites? Please share them in the comments. Here are mine:

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Red Sled by Lita Judge
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett
BINGO draw and tell story by Dr. Jean
Little Mouse, Little Mouse felt board story (traditional) 


  1. Pete the Cat books are such fun-- I can almost always get the kids to sing along. And mu singing voice is not going to win prizes, so I agree- use what you love and it doesn't matter if you sound silly....

  2. Duck on a Bike by Shannon and Bark, George by Feiffer

    Huff & Puff by Rueda
    Drat the Fat Cat by Thompson
    Seals on the Bus by Hort
    Seconding Pete the Cat.

    Stuck by Jeffers is quickly becoming a new favorite.

    Great post!

  4. Recently had the PreSchoolers visit me at the library. Did a Mixed Up Animal Story Time which included Bark George, Ribbit by Rodrigo Folgueira and Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Rosenthal. All titles were well received. For an activity in between I used a recent purchase thru Mr. Anderson's of PreCut Learning Wonders Animals-they came cut in halves. We talked first about the front front and backs of animals, showed an example of a correct front and back match, then of course an incorrect match. Passed out to each child a front or back, then they had to find the match for the animal half they had in their hands. Then together they brought it up to the flannel board. Stole a cute craft idea from Pinterest for Duck/Rabbit. Kids always love animals.

  5. Bark, George by Feiffer is AMAZING. I love reading it!

  6. With very young pre-schoolers I like 'Walking Through the Jungle.' It alternates quite blank pages, with just a baby walking/creeping/crawling etc.'through' the jungle and an animal sound and really colourful pages with a picture of tag
    He animal. There's scope for actions, animal noises and guessing which animal is coming up next. Brilliant!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Program Idea: Parachute Playtime

This summer I offered a parachute playtime for kids 2-3 and 4-5. The idea for this program came from the genius that is my close personal friend Miss Lisa, so make sure you stop by her blog to see what activities she includes in her parachute programs. In addition to her program, I also got ideas from Parachute Play by Liz and Dick Wilmes

I like to do a lot of nursery rhymes with the parachute for a few reasons:
Parents/kids are more likely to participate in activities where the content is already familiarI already know them so I don't have to learn a whole bunch of material at once (just being honest here)Easy for the families to replicate this activities at home with whatever props they might have. If they (or you!) don't have a parachute, a bed sheet or blanket can be substituted easily. Even a beach towel would work for one parent and one child to play together.  This is my mean reason and I tried to hammer this in at all three programs I did the past two weeks! Parachute …

"Sleeping Bunnies" on the Parachute!

Here's one of my favorite parachute activities! I actually mentioned it a few months ago when talking about my summer parachute playtime but it's become a storytime staple since. We've been doing this here at my 2 and 3 year old storytimes and it's a great activity that I thought deserved its own post. I learned the song "Sleeping Bunnies" from Mary and I had the idea to adapt it to a parachute activity.

We use the version from Kathy Reid-Naiman's Tickles and Tunes CD.

Here are the words:

Sleeping Bunnies
See the little bunnies sleeping til it's nearly noon. 
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune. 
Oh, how are still. 
Are they ill? 
Wake up soon. (Here I yell "WAKE UP BUNNIES!" and the kids shake the parachute.)

Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 
Hop, little bunnies, hop, hop hop! 

Then we say "good night" to the bunnies and repeat a few times.

Today's Flannel Friday is hosted by Cate! 

A Year's Worth of Library Display Ideas (part 1 of series)

One of my favorite things to do in my library is create displays. I thought it might be helpful if I shared the calendar that I drew up to make sure I don't miss any of the "must-do" displays. It is so helpful if you can take people over to a seasonal display versus trying to look up in the catalog or find Easter books or whatever. I hope this helps any new librarians who might be overwhelmed by the process of marketing your collection!

As a general rule, I tend to keep displays up for about 3-4 weeks or if I run out of books all together. One tip I'd recommend if you have the space for multiple displays is to change one display in each space every week and rotate around the youth department like that. For example, one week you put up a new picture books display, then nonfiction, then YA/teen, etc. Don't forget to raid your CD and DVD collections for a multi-category display.

A great resource for making display is Chase's Calendar of Events, which is a prett…