So…guess what happens when you have a storytime on New Year’s Eve? You get the one die-hard storytime attendee and her mom. I love this kid to pieces! But I don’t do well with small groups – I like to play off the energy of a crowd. As a result, this storytime didn’t go as well as I wanted it to. But she loved the free art time at the end, so there’s a silver lining. 🙂
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
We have a whiteboard in our story room, and something I always love to do for Harold and the Purple Crayon is to draw the story while telling it. I remove some of the sections of the story that are harder to draw and recite the rest from memory while drawing. You can ask for some audience customization with this – we had a pineapple tree instead of an apple tree, and Harold’s picnic had “blueberries, strawberries, mashed potatoes and cherry cobbler”.
I also wanted to read Tiz and Ott’s Big Draw by Bridget Marzo, but my audience of one wanted to get on with the art, so we skipped it.
Songs and Rhymes:
An action rhyme to go with How to Draw a Dragon:
Dragon, dragon swoop and sway.
Dragon, dragon fly away.
Dragon, dragon, fly even higher.
Dragon, dragon breathe your fire!
(From Falling Flannelboards)
I used a dragon puppet for extra fun.
I had planned some other songs and rhymes, but I didn’t think they’d work with my audience of one. In retrospect, maybe that was a mistake. She probably would have responded well to some of them, even though it’s always awkward to sing and dance with one kid.
Free art time!
I brought out the big paper, crayons, markers, feathers, sequins and stickers. My one kiddo loved it, and it’s the easiest craft in the world because there are literally no instructions.