We are having a super space party at the library this week, so I planned a space storytime. I decided to use some books about traveling into SPACE!!!
This book is stunning, the images are beautiful and have the feel of the iconic space images. I did plan on doing some editing, since it is long for reading, but the text really tells the story and makes it exciting, so hard to do much of that.
Mousetronaut is cute, a little mouse helps the astronauts in space. I liked the pictures, of the space shuttle. Written by an astronaut.
Super cute and very simple, this bright story shows the activities and daily lives of a very diverse crew of the space station.
Our craft is to color and then make straw rockets.
NASA created a pdf for data analysis and rocket design, which is more than I would do for First graders, but is cool for older kids or a more involved program.
I decided to go with the simple folded paper and tape one I found on the blog The Pleasantest Thing. It is simple and straightforward, and easy to make colorful.
I love Dinovmber. It is the month when toy dinosaurs come to life and get into some mischief. I learned about it from the amazing people at the Dinovember tumbler. The Dinos took over at the library this last November, playing with all our interesting things and generally getting silly. I also did a dinosaur themed storytime to celebrate the silliness inherent in the month.
In this hilarious book by George O’Connor, a little girl dreams of the fun to be had having a Velociraptor for a pet. The punchlines are all in the knowing looks by the raptor as the girl dotes affection on a vicious killing machine. A great selection to add to the diversity goals of at least one not-white character per storytime.
Is there anything more ridiculous and endearing then a ballerina Brontosaurus? Brontorina begs to be taken on as a student at Madame Lucille’s school of dance. Brontorina is eager to follow directions, but is constantly limited by the size of the school. In an effort to make her realize her dreams, Madame Lucille moves the school outdoors, and invites anyone who wants to come join in.
This book starts out like a boring story of a boy running errands with his mother. He quickly changes his attitude about each stop when each store offers a Dinosaur with a purchase. His mother is initially eager to head straight home after the first Dinosaur, but the boy drags her along collecting more and more dinosaurs. Hilarious.
We did this craft from www.cuttingtinybites.com. I prepped the long strips and tringles, and the kids got to tape it all together. We made rainbow colored spikes, and the kids loved it. One made a tail all the way to the floor!
Here are some alternates that are also super funny.
Are All the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad? by Julie Middleton
If the dinosaurs came back by Bernard Most
The Super Hungry Dinosaur by Martin Waddell