This week’s storytime theme was Space! I really had no idea how many cute picture books there are about space and astronauts. It was a little difficult to weed down the pile of books I’d collected. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I work in a small library, so these are just the ones we had in our collection. There are tons of other ones out there, but these are the books I used (and I was quite pleased with them).
I did two different storytimes. The first was 2-3 year old, the second group was 3 1/2-5 year olds. So I organized the books here according to the age group.
Astronauts Are Sleeping- Natalie Standiford
This is a cute, simple book that goes through what the astronauts are dreaming off. What is it? Earth,of course!
Sheep Blast Off!- Nancy Shaw
Sheep find a strange contraption on their farm, and suddenly they find themselves shooting through space with strange green buddies.
Happy Birthday, Moon- Frank Asch
Ok, no astronauts here, but the moon’s in space! This is an adorable story about a very nice bear who wants to do something nice for his new friend, the moon.
Waiting Is Not Easy!- Mo Willems
Seriously, I really love Elephant and Piggie! If you’re not familiar with this book, you may be wondering why this is on a list of books about space. Well, the two friends wait around all day until finally, the sky is full of stars!
Mousetronaut- C.F. Payne
A cute story about the littlest mouse of the bunch traveling to space and becoming a hero.
Otter In Space- Sam Garton
Otter keeper takes Otter to the museum where he finds a moon rock. He decides to take his own journey into outer space and bring back his own rock! Very cute, imaginative story.
The Sun Is My Favorite Star- Frank Asch
Simple story about all the wonderful things the sun does in a day.
I also found some cute aliens I cut out and laminated then glued a small piece of felt to the back for a simple flannel board story.
The rhyme for the flannel board was:
5 Little Aliens
5 little aliens went out to play over the moon to the milky way.
Continue counting down until you get to 1
Then Father alien went HEP HEP HEP and the 5 little aliens came floating back
And of course we had to have a themed craft. I found a really cute, simple craft online using simple shapes to form a rocket. And just because it was fun, and most kids love to color, I googled “alien coloring page” and printed out one of the cute ones that come up for them to either do if they finished fast, or to take home.