One of my favorite parts of my job is outreach storytimes at daycares. I see almost all the kids in daycare once a month, and one of the best parts is when they come into the library, gasp when they see me, and then ask WHAT I’m doing there. Even though we always talk at the beginning of storytime about how I come from the library…
Last month our theme was ART. We start by asking Harold, my blue three-headed dragon puppet, what we are going to read books about. He’s a sneaky dragon, so he almost always responds with a question. This month, he asked who likes to draw and color and paint, and what are some other ways we can make art.
We typically read 3-4 stories, depending on the age group and the amount of wiggles going on.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont. Oh man, this is my FAVORITE. Every group I read it to loved it. We talked about how incredibly silly it is to paint your body, and what we usually paint instead. Someone always pointed out the ants on the arm, so we would count them (there are 15, if you were wondering), and some groups laughed hysterically when they figured out the kid was going to paint his butt.
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. We loved this one. We made animal noises (One teacher even asked before I could, “Miss Holly, what does the fox say?”), we talked about what color the animals are normally, and about artistic freedom.
Lines that wiggle by Candace Whitman. Fun and silly, and good for getting the kids to move in different ways with their bodies.
The dot by Peter H. Reynolds. I like this story a lot, and the kids got into making dots and lines with their imaginary crayons.
Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman. This was a back up/extra book, and I only read it a few times, but the kids liked talking about what colors things are supposed to be.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh. A favorite for a reason. Lots of kids recognized it, they did great at the color mixing, and one kid even knew what camouflaged meant!
Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty. This book is really adaptable for different ages; you can talk a lot about the demanding monster, about imagination and making friends, or you can just talk about the monster!
We usually do a few of the same songs, and I use my song die for the younger kids:
We also do a flannel story on my traveling board. This month I had two to choose from, Mouse Paint and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.