My friend, Hayden, and his teacher, Mrs. Lemon, invited me to share my story with his kindergarten class. The fun didn’t stop with Hayden’s class as I read to the other three kindergarten classes, too!
After I completed my story time activities with the fourth class, and I asked if there were any questions. A little girl raised her hand and asked, “Will you read it to us again? I looked over at the teacher, and she nodded “yes”. This time, the children all chimed in enthusiastically to say what would happen if you don’t take a bath! Compliments come in many ways, but for this story-teller asking for “Again, please” warms my heart! April 20, 2018
I enjoyed being a guest author at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins for Story Time on April 10th. After seeing my tale of the consequences of not taking a bath, the little ones decided they would rather take a bath than have a caterpillar crawling up their shoulder!
For my morning activities, I used picture cards for memory games and gave out coloring pages. I also read The Pigeon Needs a Bath and When Your Lion Needs a Bath.
I had fun reading and discussing the other “bath” stories and the children had a few bath tales of their own! Julie, the children’s book manager, finished the session with bath time games and songs.
I love seeing my book for sale in their children’s book department!
Although it’s only March, my 4 year old grandson, Drake, announced there should be a Halloween version of If You Don’t Take a Bath! As my readers know, the consequences of not taking a bath aredire such as carrots growing out of your ears, bluebirds nesting in your hair, and frogs lingering between your fingers. Drake and his buddy, Sabine, have come up with “the Halloween horrors” of not taking a bath. Drake has bats flying out of your ears, yellow slime dripping between your fingers, and a spider web sticking on your belly button. Sabine thinks worms will crawl out of your ears, a spider will sit on your nose, and little skeletons will dance on your elbows. They have great creepy imaginations inherited from their mothers! A delightful way to enjoy this story is to make up your own silly or scary version with your little ones. It is quite humorous to hear what they imagine will grow out of your ears!
…..at Joyce Ellington Public Library in San Jose, CA
The children’s librarian, Karolina, invited me to host their evening “Pajama Story Time” with the theme of “Bath Time Fun”. Before reading my book, If You Don’t Take a Bath, we named all our body parts. While I read the book, amongst giggles and “oh’s”, they checked to make sure there was nothing growing or crawling on them! Next we sang songs to get the wiggles out.
Then I read another bath story, I Don’t Want to Take a Bath by Julie Sykes with my little friends helping me tell the story on the felt board. Karolina had a special surprise to end the evening with Bath Bubbles. All of us, children, parents, Karolina and me, had a great time!
Last week I enjoyed my “Author visit” to Beattie Elementary School in Fort Collins. It brought back fond memories of my primary teaching years and telling students this story 20 years ago. It is delightful to read my story to kids and see their funny responses to what might happen if you don’t take a bath! I am looking forward to more story time readings to children in schools, libraries, and bookstores.
I am pleased to announce that my local bookstores, Old Firehouse Books, and Clothes Pony & Dandelion Toys will now carry my book. If they don’t have copies in, they will be glad to order for you.