Storytime Picks from Monday, April 30th

April is quickly becoming May, and while the cold season isn’t completely gone, this Monday morning felt downright June-like. Such beautiful, warm weather, it’s a wonder that there were as many kids in the Toy Lending Library as there were (maybe weather reports of possible storms were enough to keep away from the park for the time being).

But kids there were, and fortunately so, because storytime was absolutely AWESOME. We stretched and shouted and sang, then settled in for a fantastic story about a little girl and her very favorite toy:

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

There’s no end to the adventures Emily and her stuffed rabbit, Stanley, can have – that is, until a naughty, jealous queen steals the bunny for herself. Can Emily save her favorite toy from a horribly over-stuffed, terribly pink-stained fate and bring him back home where he belongs? Will Queen Gloriana find a toy of her own?

Stories about the bonds between children and their inanimate toys are nothing new, but Cowell and Layton approach the story in a fresh, clever manner that will engage young readers of varying ages. The book is a little long for very young children, so the recommended age is three and up.

To finish off our storytime, we made hand-held rabbits of our very own. It’s super easy, so try it at home after your favorite bunny story:

You will need:
– A paper plate, cut in half
– Cotton balls
– White construction paper for ears and eyes
– Pink construction paper for nose
– Scissors
– Glue

Use half of the paper plate as your base. First, glue on the cotton balls. You and your kids can cover the body in them or simply choose to use them as a tail (an easier option for very young children). After cutting out ears and an eye, glue them onto the body as well, finishing off the bunny with a perfect pink little nose. Allow a minute to dry.

The fun doesn’t have to stop there! For more adventures of Emily Brown and Stanley, try these great follow-up titles:

Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.

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