In honor of the recent publication of the third (and final) installment of the Knuffle Bunny series by Mo Willems, I decided to do a Knuffle-centric storytime for my October program at the library. The program was advertised for 4 to 7 year olds, but some toddler siblings tagged along with their moms.
Here’s a rundown of the activities:
- Knuffle Bunny – A Cautionary Tale – DVD narrated by the author & his daughter
- Teddy bear toss with music & dance (kids brought their teddies)
- Knuffle Bunny Too – A Tale of Mistaken Identity – read aloud
- A look at the map – where does Knuffle Bunny travel to?
- Knuffle Bunny Free – An Unexpected Diversion – read aloud
- Craft – Make a Mo Willems-style picture of your family
It was my first storytime at the library, and I was nervous. The storytime was a bit hectic, as the toddlers-in-tow made a lot of noise, but the moms kept tabs on them, luckily. The children enjoyed the stories, it seemed. The craft took about 5 minutes longer than I expected, and the glue was much more messy than it was when I made a sample craft (my glue stick skills are more fine-tuned I guess). Another children’s librarian stayed in the room to observe me, and she said that the program went well and that I did a good job, especially considering the whiny toddlers.
I had a good, but nervous time, and I hope the kids enjoyed themselves. After all, it’s all about the kids’ enjoyment and developing love of reading.
My next program will be an “Honor Our Veterans” storytime, followed by children creating thank-you cards for local hospitalized veterans. Wish me good luck!