Plus, I was right near an enormous tent where 50,000 free cupcakes were being handed out.
So, I had some competition.
What to do? I decided to use my all time favorite books, the ones that always work as read alouds, no matter what. I did some old classics, which was very effective because it drew in an audience, and I mixed it up with a couple of new favorites. Here are the magic books I used, and they attracted a crowd despite the strong allure of the cupcakes.
- Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
- Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
- Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly
- Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
- Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett (the British edition)
- The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
- The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I'm not sure if this list would work for everyone, because each storyteller has their own style. My style works best with books that are funny and have audience participation.
I'm curious, if you do storytimes or read to kids (your kids or anyone else's), what books always work for you?
You want to know more about the cupcakes, don't you? There's more about them here and here and fabulous pictures here.