I love the library, you love the library, we all love the library.
It’s a place to come for Pram Jams and Storytimes, a place to borrow all the books, CDs, DVDs, etc you can fit on a library card to take home and enjoy. It’s a fun place where Storytimers come to hear stories, do some rhymes, and then make something fun to take home with them. And I get to work here!
Today, for my Storytime post I’m sharing books about the library. And because we’re talking about the library the books are also a celebration of READING and I love reading too. I don’t get to read for pleasure as much as I used to but I do love reading aloud to children at events so it’s quality over quantity.
Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn and illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Every week Lola goes to the library and every day her parents share a story with her. Then she gets to be the character she’s just read about. This book is a celebration of the imaginative play that can come out of reading and the way it expands our understanding of the world – we can learn about pirates, cats, plants, magic, frogs, babies, farms, the sea, and so much more. Books also provide inspiration for children to pretend to be something different, or to change how they play and we know that play is how children learn about themselves, practise social skills and interpersonal interactions, as well as being the way they go about putting into practise all of the behaviours they see modelled.
Everyone’s favourite anthropomorphic pig is visiting the library in this book – Daddy Pig has been a little naughty and has forgotten to return his library book so they all go to visit the library and find something to borrow and enjoy. The joy of books and reading is one of the best parts about visiting the library whether it is finding a book you already know you will love or finding something new there are always books (and DVDS, CDs, magazines, audiobooks, eResources….etc.) waiting for you at the library.
How the Library (Not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel by Wendy Meddour
Rapunzel is bored, waiting for a prince who hasn’t come, she doesn’t interact with the people around her until one day she gets a job at the library and starts to go out, do things, and learn. Then she realises that there is much more to life than waiting for a prince and she starts to live her life. I really enjoyed this book for the rhyming language, the fun rhythm when read aloud and the fact that Rapunzel found as much joy in being a librarian as I do.
There aren’t a lot of rhymes about libraries so I though this would be a good chance to go looking for kids songs about the library and I found a few.
The video is only of the cover of the album but the song is fun, bouncy and a great celebration of the library and books with ‘in-jokes’ for older kids.
Fun and boppy this song follows an easy repetitious cycle that children can participate in.
Made by the same people who make Sesame Street this song has lots of information about the library.
A New Zealand group, from what I read, this song is a fun trip through some animals wanting to visit the library.
Visit the Library
I don’t have a craft for this week, I would just love you to come and visit us at the library.
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