Colors! 

This week at storytime, we read these awesome books about colors!

  It was SO hard to narrow it down, because there are so many great books about colors, but these are the ones I chose:

Little Green Peas by Keith Baker- LMNO Peas was such a hit, so I figured the kiddos would like this one just as much, and they did! The kids got a little confused about the repetition of “little green peas” though, because sometimes they changed to “little green guys” or “little green fellas” but it kept them on their toes! This one would have been good with a little smaller of a group though, because the illustrations are so detailed and the green peas so little.

Magic Colors by Patrick George- THIS BOOK IS MAGICAL, if you couldn’t tell from the name. We had lots of fun turning the magic pages and watching the colors change. Mesmerizing.

…and one of my very favorites:

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh- Not sure what to say about this book aside from the fact that it’s one of my faves. It introduces the concept of mixing colors to make other colors perfectly… and there’s a cat in it, so there’s that. 🙂

After stories, we had a couple of colorful activities!

The first was mixing colors, just like the mice did! I almost always do this activity when I read Mouse Paint, so of course I did it this week! Very simple, just put red, blue, and yellow paints in a baggie with a spoon, seal them up, and let the kids go to town squishing the paint around to see what new colors they can make.

  
This activity is usually a hit, but it wasn’t as amazing to the kids this time because on the other tables were ACTUAL PAINTS AND PAPER, and of course, the messier the better!

Here are some examples of masterpieces that were created:

This was a great storytime, and the kids love playing with paints so much, I think I’m going to get them out more often!

Picture Book Categories! 

One of my projects to make the Children’s Room more kid and parent friendly is separating picture books into categories for easy browsing. I have heard nothing but positive feedback so far, which is a great feeling. I think it has helped to empower people who like to browse and don’t want to ask for help.

Another thing that I like about these categories is that they incorporate picture books, easy readers, easy non-fiction books, and board books, so everything is in one easy to find section. I’m hoping that this increases circulation of non-fiction, as it sometimes feels like no man’s land over here. We shall see!

Here are the categories we have so far:

Early Concepts

The first category that I created was for books that teach concepts such as shapes, colors, numbers, letters, etc. It’s a pretty large category, but it also gets a lot of action, especially since the shelf faces our storytime area and is right near the Children’s Room desk.

Stories & Rhymes

This section is so much fun! It’s got everything from Mother Goose nursery rhymes to re-tellings of classic fairy tales. And poetry! I have always loved the children’s poetry books that we have, but they have been largely neglected, so including them in this category is my way of tricking people into checking them out…. Muahahahahaaaa!

Growing Up

This section is still a work in progress. I think it has too much going on, and there are SO many books that could fit into the “relationships” and “families” classification that I’m thinking about creating a “Friends & Family” category. I really like this category though, especially when looking for books on big life events such as potty training or learning to share. 

Things that Go

This category is a must-have, if you ask me. We debuted the Things that Go category at this week’s storytime, and there was one young boy who just didn’t know what to do with himself. All of his favorite things are now in one place! He got to see some books that he had already read, and the section introduced him and his grandma to other awesome books such as the Kate McMullan ones which he might not have run into regularly. Again, we put in some of the easier non-fiction books, and I think that the real-life pictures will really appeal to kids who are into this stuff.

Coming Soon

This week, we are adding a Seasons category, which will be shelved right near our Holiday section, since they all correspond to different times of the year (plus that’s where there was some extra shelf space).

All in all, I love the way these categories are shaping up! Like I said, some of them will need some tweaking before they are just right, but that’s true of any collection. These categories have really made it easier for people to find what they are looking for, and have helped to introduce people to things that they didn’t even know they wanted. Some other categories I’ve been thinking about are Dinosaurs, Pretty in Pink (ballerinas, princesses, etc.), and Heroes (superheroes, everyday heroes, etc.) I might start working on the Heroes section so it’s ready before summer reading. I’ll keep you posted!