Staff Picks: Four Favorite Story Time Picks
While there’s no shortage of awesome read alouds, trying to find something other than the usual standards (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, etc) can be overwhelming. Warrenton Youth Services staff is always ready to recommend great read alouds for all ages. Here are some of our favorites!
Burger Boy by Alan Durant 4-6 year olds
Benny would eat only burgers, and his mother gave him the sort of warning that might sound familiar; “If you don’t watch out, you’ll turn into a burger one day.” Burger Boy by Alan Durant follows the hilarious plight of Benny after he turns into a burger and is hungrily pursued by other burger lovers. Many short sentences keep the story rolling and the expressive illustrations will tickle your funny bone.
Humpty Dumpty by Daniel Kirk 4-6 year olds
The first thing you will notice about this great read-aloud is its bold and colorful illustrations. And did you know that Humpty Dumpty’s accident occurred while trying to get a better view of a parade? This version by Daniel Kirk is an imaginative expansion of the rhyme we all know. Following the same cadence as the original, this delightful story has a much happier ending.
∼ Becca, Reference Assistant
Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn (3-5 year olds)
Anna McQuinn’s Lola and Leo stories are adorable stories of a happy and loving family experiencing everyday situations such as going to a baby play program or a big sister reading to a little brother. In this latest Lola and Leo story, Leo and his father participate in a baby swim class. Short text and inviting illustrations make this a winning read for young attention spans.
What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum (4-7 year olds)
Parents, grandparents, and community members are often asked to read to elementary school students; although there are many picture books that are huge hits with this age group, they are usually not as well known to the general public as are the picture books generally considered to be “classic” picture books (Madeline, Corduroy, etc). Funny books are usually a sure bet. This features a young boy spending the night at his grandmother’s house for the first time; when he announces that he doesn’t have a pillow (or a bed, teddy bear, and more), granny responds in a most unconventional manner, with hilarious results.
∼ Jennifer, Youth Services Librarian