Opposites! Another theme that I expected would be harder to pull off than it was. A great line-up of books and an even better collection of songs made this storytime come together.
Little Big by Jonathan Bentley
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea
Animal Opposites: A Pop-Up Book by Petr Horacek
Introductions: “Let’s All Do A Little Tapping” (To the tune of We Wish You a Merry Christmas). We use bamboo drum sticks for this one.
Opening Song: “We Wave and Say Hello”
Discussion: We talked about what opposites were, and named some pairs that went together (like little and big, yes and no, or fast and slow). I had a very low turnout this week because of a snow storm, but luckily a few older kids made it and were able to participate in the discussion, however marginally.
Book 1: Little Big. This is a sweet story about a little boy who wants to be as big as his older brother. It includes great illustrations of the animals he wishes he could be, including giraffes and gorillas. I had a pair of competitive brothers in the room, so I think this one hit close to home.
Song: “Roly Poly”
Another great song from JBrary. This is a catchy action rhyme set to the tune of Frere Jacques. The kids liked it more than I expected, and I think I might begin to incorporate this in more of our storytimes as a transitional activity.
Roly poly, roly poly
Up, up, up! Up, up, up!
Roly, roly poly, Roly roly poly,
Down, down, down. Down, down down.
Repeat with In and Out, Fast and Slow.
Book 2: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? This was the hit of the day. An adorable book that features the opposite pair “yes” and “no.” It asks readers whether, if a calf can grow up to become a cow, a truck can grow up to become a plow? It also includes fold-out pages that really enhanced the reading. This was scooped up as soon as storytime was over.
Book 3: Animal Opposites: A Pop-up Book. This is a very simple book, but when you have pop-ups what more do you need? The kids enjoyed guessing which animal would show up next.
Wrapping Up: This theme was a lot of fun, but I didn’t have quite enough people to make it work. There were only five kids in the session due to a snow storm, and three of them were completely non-verbal. I think, given a larger and more interactive group, it would have gone over just fine.