14 February 2017
Storytime: All about Love
It's that time of year again, and again, instead of focusing on Valentine's Day, my story time theme this week was love. My commitment to being a #StorytimeJusticeWarrior this year means that whenever possible I am including diverse titles or books with nonwhite characters. With some themes this is more difficult than others, but it was easy to do this week.
Opening Rhyme: Open Them, Shut Them
Rhyme: 2 Little Blackbirds
Book: My Heart Fills with Happiness - The characters in this book are First Nations, and the simple words and colorful illustrations make it perfect for my young storytime audience.
Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
Book: Hands Say Love - The main characters in this book are all Caucasian, but I like how this book ties in with learning to say "I love you" in sign language.
Sign Language: Learn the sign for "I love you"
Rhyme: Little Mouse
Song: "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes"
Book: Love Always Everywhere - This is another book with simple text that features a diverse cast of young children.
Craft: We made heart-shaped suncatchers with contact paper and tissue paper squares. This simple craft is a good one that allows children to practice small motor control as they pick up and stick the squares of tissue, but doesn't involve glue or lots of cutting.
Next week's theme is monsters, and doesn't lend itself as easily to including diverse characters, but the week after that is family, and again I have an opportunity to promote kindness and acceptance with my young patrons.