Star of the North Storytime Plan


Nominated titles for the current year can be found on the MN Star of the North Picture Book Award site.

2015-16 Nominees:
Draw! by Raúl Colon, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Philomel Books, 2013.
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014.
The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert, Beach Lane Books, 2014.
It's an Orange Aardvark! by Michael Hall, Greenwillow Books, 2014.
Penny and her Marble by Kevin Henkes, Greenwillow Books, 2013.
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, Balzer + Bray, 2013.
Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Readers to Eaters, 2013.
Blizzard by John Rocco, Disney/Hyperion, 2014.
Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.


"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star"
"Read a Book" --Learning Station, Rock and Roll Songs That Teach (3:58)
"Hail! Minnesota" (1:39)

Fingerplays/Action Rhymes

Reach for a Star, accessed 9/30/15
The Wiggles --Storytime Katie, accessed 9/30/15


Flannel board: Four Little Stars --Storytime Katie, accessed 9/30/15

Art Projects

Constellations, accessed 9/30/15
Craft Stick Stars, accessed 9/30/15
Sparkler Firework Craft, accessed 9/30/15
Wishing Wand, accessed 9/30/15

Every Child Ready to Read Practices/Skills

Write: Draw (Colon)

Talking and Background Knowledge: nonfiction books like Brave Clara (Markel) and Farmer Will Allen (Martin)

Possible ECRR Asides to Parents & Caregivers

We know that kids need to learn how to do a lot of stuff, and learn complicated things like feelings, manners, and abstract concepts. Often, we turn to books to help us explain and introduce these kinds of things to kids. But in between the "lessons," make sure to make time for books that your kid just enjoys-- or books that are new to your family, well written, have interesting illustrations, or just "jumped out" at you on the shelf. Motivation plays a large part in a lifelong enjoyment of reading!

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Domain: Language and Literacy Development
Emergent Reading
Emergent Writing

Storytime Implemented

Welcome: Talk about what an award is, and how we'd see what our favorite book was today
Book: Gaston (DiPuccio)
Fingerplay: Reach for a Star
Song: Hail! Minnesota
Flannel board: 4 Little Stars
Book: Draw (Colon)
Song: Read a Book
Book: It's an Orange Aardvark! (Hall)
Activity: Vote by hand raising for the favorite book
Optional craft: Sparkler Fireworks

Further Resources

Every Child Ready to Read
Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress
Minnesota Star of the North Picture Book Award
Valuable Initiatives in Early Learning that Work Successfully (VIEWS2)

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