Storytime Report: Art


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. ūüôā


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

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.


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