The story time starter for this month is Black & White. From zebras and skunks to penguins and pandas, this story time theme is great fun for children of all ages! You can focus on animals that are both black and white, or include others that are just black (like bats or spiders) or just white (like polar bears or Snowy owls). This is a great way to include many different animals into one theme. You may even want to add in some books that are illustrated in black and white with few, if any, other colors in the pictures.
Once you’ve picked out your books, feel free to supplement your story time with some rhymes and finger plays. These classic nursery rhymes would be perfect!
- Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
- The Eensy Weensy Spider
- Two Little Blackbirds
We’ve also picked out some great songs to go along with your story time.
- Bah Bah Black Sheep (#9) on the Boogers’ Road to Rock CD
- Eensy Weensy Spider (#9) on Sharon, Lois, and Bram’s Mainly Mother Goose CD
- The Penguin Polka (#26) on Dance and Sing! The Best of Nick Jr. CD
- The Skunk Song (#7) on Ruth Roberts’ Animal Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone CD
Ready for a craft? Here are some that are ideal for little hands. Just click to follow the link to these printable crafts.
We’ve also got some Early Literacy Tips that incorporate many of the books and songs listed. Focusing on early literacy during story time can help you teach parents things they can do at home that will help their children be better readers. To see more about early literacy, go to the Early Literacy page on our website. There you find ways to encourage and cultivate early literacy in your children.