Roar Like a Lion!

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Roar Like a Lion!

The Benefits of a Participatory Storytime

In August 2013, librarian Nell Colburn wrote in her School Library Journal article, "Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-Year Pro," "The best story times are those in which adults are fully engaged -- shaking out their wiggles, clapping, singing, dancing, and encouraging kids as they interact with the books."

When adults participate in a story time, children are more likely to join in, making funny faces, meowing like cats, or stomping around the room.

Two story time classics in the DC Public Library catalog encourage readers of all ages to become involved in the story, often with hilarious results. 
Can You Make a Scary Facer? by Jan Thomas
From the title alone, readers of Jan Thomas' Can You Make a Scary Face? know just what they're in for.

(Check out Thomas' other books for more brightly-colored fun.)
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
The title characters of Mac Barnett's Count the Monkeys are nowhere to be found.

But you can count the animals, lumberjacks, and other guests who invade the book.  
When reading at home, if you aren't sure how to participate with your child, it's easy to be creative.
  • Animal books can lead to asking about animal noises or habitats. Mimic the animals in Mem Fox's Hello, Baby!
  • Movements in songs work well too. Babies on the Bus, by Karen Katz, is based on "The Wheels on the Bus," with actions as part of the song. 
  • Alphabet or counting books are great chances to review knowledge together. Denise Fleming's Shout! Shout It Out! covers letters, numbers, colors and more.
Join us at story time at a DC Public Library near you to be part of the fun!