Preschool Storytime Ideas
The 2012 Summer Reading Program theme "Dream Big - Read" offers a wide variety of ideas for summer storytimes. We will cover a few each month, beginning with this issue, and continuing through February and March to give you plenty of time to prepare. Be sure to check out the themes Camping, and Bedtime, which are already listed.
Also check out the website for summer reading maintained by the California Library Association: www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=330 . They have the powerpoint presentations and handouts from a workshop on the 2012 SRP theme, held in November at the CLA conference. The children's presentation is listed first. Be sure to download the handout - it is 25 pages long so it takes a minute, but it is worth it. They have listed several storytime themes with craft ideas.
Even preschoolers will understand the concept of stars, since they can see them. Be sure to sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” For an art activity, try these easy sparkly stars: www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Easy-Sparkly-Star.html or these 3-D stars www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/stars/3dstar2/ if you have slightly older children:
If this is a storytime for the whole family, maybe you can include a "Star Wars" element by inviting a local "Star Wars" club to come in costume. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there is the Golden Gate Garrison: www.goldengategarrison.com/main.php .
Baumgart, Klaus. LAURA'S STAR.
Dragonwagon, Crescent. HALF A MOON AND ONE WHOLE STAR.
Durango, Julie. DREAM AWAY.
Goble, Paul. THE LOST CHILDREN.
Hort, Lenny. HOW MANY STARS IN THE SKY?
Jeffers, Oliver. HOW TO CATCH A STAR.
Lee, Y.J. THE LITTLE MOON PRINCESS.
O'Connor, Jane. STELLAR STARGAZER!
Ray, Mary Lyn. STARS.
Wallace, Nancy. STARS! STARS! STARS!
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