Unexpected Guests — Preschool Storytime

This week’s storytime was about unexpected guests; we read stories about: (1) a girl who’s afraid of dogs, but is approached by one at a park, (2) an elephant who wishes to join a club, but is not allowed, and (3)  animals from the zoo arrive unexpectedly to cheer up their sick friend.


A Small Thing…but Big by Tony Johnston; illustrated by Hadley Hooper:  Lizzie meets an elderly man and his companion, Cecile, at the park, but Lizzie is afraid of dogs, so she relies on her new friend to help her take things one step at a time.  Note:  This book has wonderful illustrations, but was an awkward read-aloud.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Erin E. Stead:  Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day–‘Ah-choo!’–he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn’t make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.

Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo: A boy is excluded from joining his friends’ pet club because of his unusual pet.

Draw & Tell

“Daniel’s Incredible Adventure” by Jerry J. Mallett and Timothy S. Eruin. From More Stories to Draw.

A young dolphin named Daniel was out swimming when spotted something he had not seen before.


Max & Ruby. Rainy Day Play dvd. “Bunny Party”

Ruby is organizing a tea party for Grandma’s birthday and only certain guests are invited, but Max has other ideas.

Preschool Storytime 2/18/2017, Central Library

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Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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