Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers

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Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers. By Rob Reid. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 248 p. Paper $50 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1271-3).

If your storytimes are feeling a bit stale and in need of some inspiration, get ready to walk on the wild side with Rob Reid's Animal Shenanigans: 24 Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers. Reid uses his experience as a professor of children's literature and an author of beloved books on children's programming to craft this guide to animal-themed story programs. As the title indicates, the book features two dozen thirty-minute storytime plans for a preschool audience, although the plans could also be adapted for an older group.

While the story programs are animal-themed, they also tackle other topics such as imagination, colors, reading, and problem solving. Each plan includes four or five picture books, movement activities, musical activities, fingerplays, storytelling tips, and five backup picture books. This volume focuses on newer titles, listing only picture books published between 2010 and 2014. The summaries of the picture books are very descriptive and include full bibliographic information. Reid's passion for picture books is clear as he provides storytelling tips for each title and great ideas for engaging children with the books. …

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