It’s that time of year — new schedules and planning, new notebooks and books, new activities, and priorities … AND A NEW STORYTIME!
I’m thrilled to be starting a Tiny Tots Storytime at the new indie bookstore in town—Big Hill Books in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood of Minneapolis. It’s a lovely place full of wonderful people who know books and neighbors and friends who love to read. And starting Thursday September 14th at 10:30 am we will have storytime.
I’ve been busy picking monthly themes and stories and music (squee!) I’ve pulled together lists of books too numerous to read in a year’s worth of storytimes. In the late afternoons I’m practicing every song I can with the three ukulele chords I know.* I’m picking out alphabet letters to feature and reviewing how to count to ten in different languages — I love adding these little things to storytime. And I’m going through stickers trying to decide if hearts or stars are the better stickers for our September theme All Are Welcome.
Is there a more important theme than All Are Welcome? I think not — this is what we want our kids to feel, to be a part of, and to celebrate, is it not? That feeling when a circle parts and makes room for you … when someone invites you to join in, or you invite them … when differences are applauded alongside similarities acclaimed … It’s good stuff. We all need to feel welcomed and included, and we all need the occasional reminder to welcome and include others.
I can’t tell you how much I love storytime planning. Almost as much as storytime itself; but not quite, because I glory in having kids to read to and I can’t wait to see who is in this new Thursday morning bunch. Consider yourself and any little one you can find invited.
* I play the uke and sing in storytime if for no other reason than to embolden others to do things they’re not very good at doing with enthusiasm.
A few of my favorite All Are Welcome books
The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes
I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood and Julianna Swaney
Lily Leads the Way by Margi Preus and Matt Myers