Today’s blog was written by one of our very own children’s storytellers: Miss Alex. You’ll find Miss Alex sharing stories with children of all ages as well as creating wonderful children’s programs at a couple of our branches.
This week, I am thankful to be a children’s librarian. I got to get hoarse reading Holler Loudly by Cynthia Leitich-Smith to a group of 49 kids and get peaceful reading Julie Flett’s Wild Berries to a smaller group. I chose these activities to promote literacy around Thanksgiving because, as Debbie Reese suggests (2014), “for very young kids, I’d stay away from historical contexts and focus on Native people of the present.” There are links below to a few interesting reads if you want to explore this topic further. Since I am thankful for this opportunity to share my own post and for your attention as well, I will keep the rest short and sweet.
During my November school visits, I was also blown away by how enthusiastically the kids practiced how to write thank you cards, and I was happy to crack a “Thank You” card joke similar to this quote. Laughing with the kids was a fantastic mood-booster in this time of sniffles and shorter days.
As we did in my storytimes, I also found it was great to focus on shared small joys like crunching on leaves as we walk outside or play pretend. I am sharing my story time handout on fall and winter as well, in case you feel like singing and reading, too. You are always invited to our library and our programs and always welcome to share your feedback and ideas.
Constant creativity and encouragement are so important when working with kids. Thank you to my colleagues and students and to the parents, teachers, and others who may be reading for your infectious openness, curiosity, and support. I am going to follow this blog’s title and “laugh, play, read” all fall and winter, listen to my kids, look for gifts and resources from others, and share my own. Thank you.
- Horn, C. and Diebel, T. (2017). “A wynk, a blynk, and a nod to books about Thanksgiving and Autumn” [Blog post]. Kent County Public Library. Retrieved from https://www.kentonlibrary.org/2017/a-wynk-a-blynk-and-a-nod-to-books-about-thanksgiving-and-autumn
- “Mindfully reading children’s books about Thanksgiving with kids” [Blog post]. Sturdy for Common Things. Retrieved from http://www.sturdyforcommonthings.com/2016/11/mindfully-reading-books-about-thanksgiving-with-kids/
- Reese, Debbie. (2014). “Oyate’s list of thanksgiving books to avoid” [Blog post]. American Indians in Children’s Literature. Retrieved from https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2014/11/oyates-list-of-thanksgiving-books-to.html