Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Outreach Success (2)

Hi everyone!  Things have been very busy in Iowa, but I am still doing outreach, so I'm back to share more books and activities that were big hits. If you want to read more about how I typically do outreach you can check out my first Outreach Success post.  Today's post will also focus on preschoolers.  For now, let's get on with the books.



I'm really surprised I haven't heard more librarians raving about this book. Monkeys are almost always a hit with preschoolers, and this book has some fantastic interactive elements.  Absolutely every child loved the ending.

Of course, the perfect follow-up to this was Five Little Monkeys Sitting In A Tree with sign language.  Thanks to Marge for making the video and Amy to linking to it. It took the kids a few minutes to catch onto this one, but usually once you got to monkey three they were all pro. 

Another fantastic interactive book. I know some people have been nervous to share this book because of too many kids coming up to tap the tree.  Before reading this book I said, "Miss Liz will tap the tree, and you can pretend to do it from where you're sitting."  It worked great and the kids really enjoyed it and grasped the concepts. I also know people have given kids picture sets so that they can do the actions with their own pictures during the read aloud.

In between stories I did Wiggle Your Fingers, which I originally found in Amy's post. If you don't know it, here's how it goes:

Wiggle Your Fingers!
Wiggle your fingers up,
Wiggle your fingers down.
Wiggle your fingers all around.
Wiggle them on your shoulders,
Wiggle them on your head.
Wiggle them on your knees,
And tuck them into bed.

I finished with a Jan Thomas book, which are always a hit.  I taught the kids the lullaby before we read the book and the loved it.  There were gasps of surprise and sheer delight at the whole thing.

So there you have it.  Here are the books the preschoolers in my town have been loving. Please feel free to tell me if you've had any great outreach successes.

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