More storytime!

Today is another Park North Storytime!

I’m not sure that I wrote about what I did last time, so here’s both –

July 7 – Let’s dance!

My husband owns a music school and has a MFA in Guitar Performance…an all around talented guy when it comes to music, so I’m lucky to have him when I decide to do storytimes that have anything to do with music. So, if you can have a real life guitar player with you during this storytime, that’s great. It can still be done without a real life guitar player, however. Here’s what we did:

I read –

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Elephants Can Not Dance by Mo Willems

While reading both of the above books, Marty did whatever kind of tune fit with the storyline. Not songs, really, but just what he thought worked best…maybe I’ll videotape today’s storytime (we are doing something similar), so that you can hear what he does…anyway, after reading the stories, we played Just Dance on the Wii – we did about 5 songs, all the short version of the song. I let the girls pick which songs we did. After we were tired from dancing, we made Elephant and Piggie puppets with colored pictures (we colored them) printed from Mo’s website ( and craft sticks – just tape the craft stick to the back of your picture after you’ve colored and cut it out. Easy! We then told a couple of stories using our puppets and we were done! Snack was Oreo cookie sticks that I called drum sticks.

July 21 – Guitar Hero!

I am reading –

Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer

EITHER Punk Farm by JJK or I’m Bad by Jim and Kate McMullen (waiting till Marty wakes up to see which one will work better as a “musical” storytime. I’m thinking Punk Farm…plus, JJK is one of our favorites 🙂 )

Marty is joining me again for this one. We’ll be doing what we did last time – as I read, he’ll play music. I will bring my FLIP and record. After reading the stories (or maybe in between the stories), Marty will tell them a little bit about the guitar (parts of a guitar, etc.). Then, we will make our own guitars out of shoeboxes, rubberbands, and papertowel rolls. If we have time, I am going to bring Guitar Hero for the Wii and we can play a little of that. One word of wisdom for Guitar Hero – go ahead and decide which songs you will play for kids. I am bringing brownies for a snack.

And there you have my musical storytimes!



About Valerie Byrd Fort

I live in South Carolina. I am passionate about libraries, books, and reading. I am also a mom. This is my blog about those things.
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