Family Storytime: Starting School!

Today’s storytime celebrated school, which kids in our local public schools have already started, and kids in our private schools are starting soon! We started with the song “Clap Your Hands” and then read the book Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney. In the book, our little llama is starting his first day of preschool but isn’t prepared for the new experience of being without his mama all day. My own daughter started school on Tuesday, and one of her classmates was crying. I’m sure at least a few of the kids in my audience today know what that feels like!

llama

We sang “Mary Had a Little Lamb”–

mary had a little lamb

–and then we read another book, How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School

We did a counting down activity and sang a song to the tune of “Five Little Monkeys”–

five red apples

Five red apples, sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm, “You can’t catch me!
You can’t catch me!”
Then along came Mr. Slinky Worm, and… CRUNCH!

Our last book was called Delia’s Dull Day by Andy Myer. In it, a girl named Delia complains about how boring her life is, all while amazing things are happening all around her! It should make us think twice the next time we say we learned “nothing” and did “nothing” at school today. 😉

Delias Dull Day

We finished with the song “Wheels on the Bus,” and an invitation to check out some great books about school! The titles below are linked to the catalog records so that you can request them and check them out from your local branch. Have a great weekend!

school picture books

First Day at Zoo School

The New Girl…and Me

It’s Time for School, Stinky Face

A Pirate’s Guide to Recess

Schools Have Learn

Mouse’s First Day of School

Picture Day Perfection

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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