One of my favorite parts about helping in the school library is storytime. Because the kindergarten and first grade only get 45 minutes to divide between library and computer class, we don’t get to have storytime every week.
Today, though, the librarian was helping to chaperone the 8th grade trip, and I was flying solo in the library. The lesson plan she left for me included storytime for both of the primary-grade classes I’d see. Bonus: I got to pick the story!
The first-graders had let us know earlier this year that they are big fans of Tomie dePaola. Me too–I’ve enjoyed his picture books since the time I used to read them to Big Brother. So I went to the bookshelf and chose one of Big Brother’s favorites: Tom.
In this story, a little boy’s grandfather shows his mischievous side, giving Tommy two chicken feet. Tommy takes them to school and uses them to scare his classmates–and a teacher.
We were just getting to the good part when the first-grade teacher walked into the library to collect her students. And there I was, reading all about how this little boy caused a little playground mayhem with a couple of chicken feet.
So…what do you think the odds are that I’ll be asked to substitute again?