Last night was the first night of Chanukah and also the feast of St. Nicholas. In Chelmsford Center we celebrated the Annual Holiday Prelude and Tree Lighting Celebration. I read stories in the Little Red Schoolhouse as part of the prelude. I read one story about Chanukah, and I read ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. I thought it balanced the evening well.
I was prepared to read both today in storytime, but the group was very young. My guess was that the children were just 2.5 years old. I think children need to be approximately 3.5 to 4 years old to enjoy ‘Twas the Night before Christmas. They were the right age for the Chanukah book:
We question whether the dinosaurs have good behavior or bad behavior in this book. By the end we know that they are well behaved dinosaurs. We know we will have good behavior also when there is a special holiday at our house.
Rather than longer books, I read some books that were new at the library:
Mo and Beau is a great book about friends. I have 2 puppet friends who come to my storytimes – Maureen Mouse and Bobby Bear – so it was cute to read about a mouse and a bear being friends.
Go Home Flash is a great easy reader that you can find in the picture book section. The children helped me read the refrain.
I am deliberately showing the cover for Counting Lions larger than the other book covers. This is not a photograph. This is a charcoal drawing made after taking a photograph. The illustrations in the book are astounding. There is information about the ten endangered animals in this book, but we just read how many there were on each page and counted to see if we could find them all. This is a book that older children will appreciate.