Animal Shenanigans: Twenty-four Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers

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Featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scaled, and feathered friends, this new series of story program lesson plans from bestselling author Reid will help librarians and teachers unleash kids' curiosity and learning. Using a combination of high-quality picture books, fingerplays, movement activities, songs, and games, these ready-to-use, mix-and-match lesson plans focus on universal themes such as family, friendship, and school—but with animal protagonists. Useful for both school and public libraries, for teaching as well as collection development, Reid's book

  • Includes two dozen complete 30-minute story programs for preschoolers that can also be adapted for K–2 children
  • Offers 70 new "in-between" activities such as fingerplays and movement activities, songs and musical activities, chants, creative dramatics, imagination exercises, and more
  • Provides alternate book lists at the end of each story plan so readers can further customize their own storytimes
  • Gives tips on how to energize presentations and encourage audience participation

Using Reid's sure-fire story programs, kids and grownups alike will have a howling, barking, clucking, roaring good time.

  AcknowledgmentsIntroduction The Programs Let's Act Like Animals: Stories and Activities about ImaginationThe Animal Book Club: Stories and Activities about ReadingThe Animal Talent Show: Stories and Activities about Singing, Dancing, and ArtAnimal Countdown: Stories and Activities about NumbersIt's Not Easy Being Green (or Red or Blue or Yellow): Stories and Activities about ColorsIt's a Small World: Stories and Activities about Tiny AnimalsBig and Tall: Stories and Activities about Large AnimalsDeep Down Underground: Stories and Activities about Animals That Live below the GroundWay Up High: Stories and Activities about Animals in the Sky and Tall TreesLost and Found: Stories and Activities about Being Lost and Losing and Finding ThingsI've Got a BIG Problem: Stories and Activities about Problem SolvingCool, Cool Water: Stories and Activities about Animals That Live in and around Water (and Even Bathe in It!)Forest Friends: Stories and Activities Set in the WoodsAnimal Buddies: Stories and Activities about Unlikely FriendsWeird and Wonderful Pets: Stories and Activities about PetsThe Animal Elementary School: Stories and Activities about SchoolLet's Visit the Animals: Stories and Activities about Field TripsAnimals on the Move: Stories and Activities about TransportationAnimal Chefs: Stories and Activities about FoodAnimals from Long Ago: Stories and Activities about Prehistoric AnimalsNoisy Animals: Stories and Activities about Sound EffectsA New Look at Old Favorites: Stories and Activities about Fractured Fairy TalesAnimal Winter Wonderland: Stories and Activities about WinterAnimals at Night: Stories and Activities about Bedtime

Rob Reid

Rob Reid, with more than 20 years' experience as children's librarian, teaches courses on children's and young adult literature and librarianship as full time lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is the author of Family Storytimes, Something Funny Happened at the Library, Cool Story Programs for the School-aged Crowd and other ALA Editions favorites. A regular contributor to Book Links, he is also a popular and entertaining presenter at conferences, libraries, and schools.

"For those seeking new ideas or hoping for some ready-made programs at their fingertips, this guide provides high-quality suggestions."
— Catholic Library World

”Conveniently packaged ... For the novice school or public librarian, [this book] can kick-start a slew of well-balanced, highly participatory storytimes and lessons.."
— Public Libraries