Once upon a time, I was a baby librarian and a story time superstar. On our busiest days, I would do four or five story times a day. I’d recite fingerplays in my sleep and feel naked without a puppet in my hand.
Now, I do different kinds of presentations. More spreadsheets and fewer songs. But my favorite stories are still on my mind and someday I hope to read my favorites as a Mystery Reader in my son’s classroom!
Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller
While adorable illustrations and equally adorable, overly optimistic Arnie, this picture book makes me laugh just thinking about it. (Great for reading to kindergarteners and older.)
I Stink! by Kate McMullen
Ever wanted to impersonate a garbage truck? With this funny and aromatic book, you’re dreams will come true! (Great for the preschool crowd!)
Who am I?
I’ve got lights.
Ten wide tires.
No A.C., not me.
I’ve got doubles:
steering wheels, gas pedals, brakes.
I am totally DUAL OP.
Know what I do at night while you’re asleep?
Eat your TRASH, that’s what!
When Piglet knocks on Wolf’s door, the Wolf thinks it’s his lucky day since dinner has come to him! But when Piglet suggests Wolf makes him dinner to fatten him up first, we see that things aren’t quite what they seem in this hilarious, unlikely trickster tale. (Great for all ages!)
Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party by Bernard Waber
My favorite story times wouldn’t be complete without a funny puppet story–and Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party was one of best. Bearsie Bear is tucked snug in his bed on a cold winter night, when he hears a knock on the door. One by one his friends are looking for a place to stay and Bearsie makes room in his big bed. But what will they do when Porky Porcupine shows up? (Another favorite for preschoolers and anyone with a sense of humor.)
Whether you perform story times or love reading to a child, what are your favorites that you don’t mind reading over and over again?