This week I started my summer reading program for the kids. I open the library on Wednesday's from 10 - 2. At 10 we read, then check out books. Each week I have a theme for story time. This week the stories were all animal stories. Together we read:
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. I love this story. It's a great fictional bat story that can jumpstart inquiries about real bats. We had a great discussion about bats and the bats that live in East Tennessee. Even the moms had questions. WONDERFUL!
The Frog With the Big Mouth by Teresa Bateman. This is just a cute story about a little frog in the Amazon that can't keep bragging. I love the illustrations by Will Terry. They just make this book terrific.
I finished story time with Three Hens and a Peacock by Dr. Lester Laminack. My kids laughed themselves silly. Of course it didn't hurt that I was being goofy when we were reading this one. Being me, I pulled out a peacock feather and we took turns trying to strutting around the library. If you don't have this one, get it. It's a wonderful story about everyone's own importance.
The kids all took home a bookmark to color. (Next week I'll laminate them. Can't get crayon in the books!) I used Cari Young's Summer Reading bookmarks and Printable Bookmarks by Chrissy Beltran - both were free on TPT!
Next week it's Country Time in the library. Now I just have to come up with something fun and crafty for them to do. To Pinterest I go!