Since Christmas is three days away, I feel like I should post something holiday appropriate, but as it turns out, I don’t really read many “Christmas” books. Or, like, any. I do currently have My True Love Gave to Me on hold at the library, and I have previously read the first couple of stories, which were excellent (the Rainbow Rowell book opener! Goodness, I love that woman). And then I remembered the Christmas storytime that I put together, so here you go! For this storytime, I went with the Christmas versions of some of my favorites. My kids all seemed to have a good time and interacted with the stories really well. Continue reading
Recently, I got to put on my very first baby storytime! I’ve been doing preschool storytime for awhile now and feel pretty comfortable coming up with an engaging storytime for that age, but a storytime for babies is a whole different ballgame! I’d spent the few days prior to my babytime debut looking for resources, tips and tricks online and asking all my librarian friends how they handle the 0-12 months crowd.
The morning of, I was as prepared as I could be and ridiculously nervous, which was only made worse when I found 60 people staring at me. In case you’re wondering, 60 is a lot of people. Especially if you’re doing a baby storytime for the first time. Thankfully, everyone was very nice and understanding when I messed up and seemed to enjoy themselves. I prepped about fourteen activities for the 20 minute storytime and made sure I had alternates as backup in case I needed to fill some time. It seems I planned it pretty well, as I only had to supplement with one extra rhyme (The Grand Old Duke of York). I used a couple of songs from CD’s and found that, for the first one, the volume was too low for how many people were present, and the second one, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, was too slow, but I made the best of it.
The books were all hits. Chick made all the moms laugh and laugh when it was time for chick to poop, and everyone practically cheered when I pulled out Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. I loved how involved all the moms were and how excited they got about the different activities. All in all, this was a great experience, and everyone seemed to walk away really happy.
Amy’s First Baby Storytime