After last week not going so hot, I was very pleased at how well this storytime went! The kids absolutely loved the book selections this week and the craft. Here is what we read:
Yes, I know. All the books we read were titled Whose Shoe(s). A very strange coincidence. However, they all worked perfectly for reading aloud. We started with Whose Shoes? by Stephen Swinburne. They loved the pictures of children and loved guessing whose shoes belonged to who. The book is a bit dated, but very effective. Next, we read Who’s Shoe? by Eve Bunting. The rhyming and bright illustrations were great for reading aloud. After we looked at each animal, we asked, “Do you think it belongs to elephant?” etc. Again, it was a fun guessing game. Last, we read Whose Shoe? by Margaret Miller. This book is very dated. I wish the publisher would update the pictures because it is so great for storytimes. Regardless, the kiddos had fun guessing who wears what shoe. They especially loved the horse shoe. One of the shoes belonged to an angler, but I just substituted fisherman.
Our craft was simple and fun this week. Anytime we can have a craft without the use of glue, I am a very happy camper. I prepped a shoe (using my own sneaker) by cutting cardboard and used a hole punch for the laces. I also drew some defining lines in sharpie. The kiddos loved decorating their own shoes. Parents helped the younger ones tie the ribbon, while the older kiddos had fun tying their ribbons in very creative ways.
Overall, a successful storytime. They seemed to really enjoy talking about their own shoes as well. Again, do not be afraid to use nonfiction in storytimes! I have found that real pictures tend to keep their attention better.