Wednesday, November 12

Veteran's Day Storytime

This storytime was for preschoolers & toddlers at my library. We hosted some special guests: active-members of the Army National Guard from the community!

Read Aloud Books

Hero MomWritten by Melinda Hardin, illustrated by Bryan Langdo

Mom is a superhero in her own way by healing people, fixing machines, and flying. Mom is a soldier. This book ended up being the only one we read and it was perfect. It gives a good outline of what soldiers do.

America : A Patriotic PrimerWritten by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

An alphabet book about different aspects of America, it would've have worked great to have just read what each letter stood for.

America the BeautifulLyrics by Katharine Lee Bates, illustrated by Chris Gall

This is a simply an illustrated version of the song, and the art is so beautiful. It would've worked great to sing the song while showing the pictures. Singing would have kept the attention of the kids better, since some of the words in the song are practically foreign.

Special Guests

We welcomed some very special storytime guests! Some soldiers from the community were about to read our book and talk about what they do.


Games and Activities

Army Exercises! The soldiers took the kids on a march around the room, among other exercises, and it was adorable.

Craft: American Flag Thank You

After cutting a lot of red, white, and blue tissue paper in 1-inch squares, the kids had a lot of fun gluing them willy-nilly on their paper. On the back was a coloring sheet/letter. Their assignment was to find a veteran they knew to give their craft to. The file I used is below (soldier clipart from My Cute Graphics).

Other Book Ideas

Hero DadWritten by Melinda Hardin, illustrated Bryan Langdo

How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.Written and illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

What Is Veterans Day?Written by Elaine Landau

The WallWritten by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Ronald Himler

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