Rain and Snow
Last month, we offered two storytime themes that would appeal
to boys (dinosaurs and superheroes), because some libraries have noticed
fewer boys attending their programs. I think science themes appeal to
boys (and girls), and are fun – that’s why kids enjoy visiting
the Lawrence Hall of Science and other science museums. During the winter
months, storytime can include books on rain and snow. Activities you
could include are:
-Art project based on Charles Shaw’s IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK:
cut out a white “cloud” and glue to blue (sky) paper,
-Glue packing peanuts to blue paper to resemble a snowstorm,
-Make a rainbow windsock by taping strips of colored tissue paper to
a paper tube and hang on the porch.
-Make paper snowflakes like those found in SNIP, SNIP, SNOW!
- Shaw, Charles. IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK.
The classic picture book, where different white blobs resemble an ice
cream cone, a rabbit, etc.
- Keats, Ezra Jack. A LETTER TO AMY.
Peter loses the invitation he wants to send Amy, while walking to
the mailbox in the rain.
- Freeman, Don. A RAINBOW OF MY OWN.
A small boy imagines that he “owns” the rainbow.
- Hesse, Karen. COME ON, RAIN!
One of the few books about rain in the city, with African-American
characters celebrating the end of the drought.
- Aardema, Verna. BRINGING THE RAIN TO KAPITI PLAIN.
Written in the same pattern as “The House That Jack Built,” this
African folktale describes a drought.
- Barrett, Judi. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS.
A very funny story about what would happen if it rained giant food
- Burton, Virginia. KATY AND THE BIG SNOW.
Katy is a snow removal machine who must dig out the city after a
- Keats, Ezra Jack. THE SNOWY DAY.
The Caldecott classic about a snowstorm in the city, and how Peter
plays in the snow.
- Enderle, Judith. SIX SNOWY SHEEP.
A fun rhyming story about counting sheep playing in the snow.
- London, Jonathan. FROGGY GETS DRESSED.
Froggy usually hibernates all winter, but he wakes up to find that
it has snowed!
- Poydar, Nancy. SNIP, SNIP, SNOW!
This simple story about a girl wanting to play outside includes instructions
for making paper snowflakes.
December 23, 2004