- My Favorite Things by Oscar Hammerstein, music by Richard Rodgers, illustrated by James Warhola.
Then each week we talked about some of my favorite authors and illustrators, past and present.
My favorite poems to memorize when I was a kid were Shel Silverstein's. Memorizing fourteen lines of light verse was a whole lot easier than memorizing William Shakespeare. For storytime, we read/recited the following:
- "Kidnapped!" by Shel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic;
- "Skin Stealer" by Shel Silverstein, from A Light in the Attic;
- "Crocodile's Toothache" by Shel Silverstein from Where the Sidewalk Ends; and
- "Sick" by Shel Silverstein, from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Just as I was wrapping things up and heading out the door, I got a request to read "Boa Constrictor." Unfortunately, we were out of time--I'll have to find a way to incorporate that into an upcoming storytime.
When I was a second grader, my favorite book to take on road trips was an Encyclopedia Brown book. Any Encyclopedia Brown book. The episodic chapters make the books easy to set down and pick up again when your family makes frequent stops as mine did. I introduced the students to Encyclopedia Brown, talked about what encyclopedias are, and read
- "The Case of the Silver Fruit Bowl" from Encyclopedia Brown Keeps the Peace by Donald J. Sobol.
Before reading the solution at the back of the book, I asked the students if they thought they could solve the case. They are pretty observant third graders and had some great ideas.
We looked at Erin Stead's beautiful illustrations and discussed woodcuts, linocuts, and the process for making prints. We read
- A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead;
- And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead; and
- If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Jon Agee's new book, It's Only Stanley, came out just in time to be included in my month of favorite things. We talked about humor and read
- It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee;
- Little Santa by Jon Agee; and
- Milo's Hat Trick by Jon Agee.
And I'll ask again what I always ask when I talk about Milo's Hat Trick: Why is this fantastic book out of print? Bring it back. Please.