One of my most successful (and annual) programs is called Books and Smores. (I updated the program to Milk & Cookies Club with a quicker snack.) It’s a winter read-aloud program for K-6th graders. During Friday afternoons during the months of January and February, you can find forty children hanging on every word of a story while they snack on a no-bake, peanut-free treat. Attendance doesn’t dwindle over an eight-week period, and children ask me about it the rest of the year!
Here is the recipe: (The Show Me Librarian has a good one that takes less time here.)
You’ll need: (makes 50 snacks)
- Honey Maid graham crackers (Fresh Stacks are the perfect size)
- Honey Maid chocolate graham crackers (you’ll have to break these in half)
- Butter Knife
1. Spread a thin layer of Fluff on the honey graham cracker (these are stronger than the chocolate crackers).
2. Place chocolate graham on top (sugar side down on top of Fluff layer).
I always choose a chapter book that can be read independently. I do this for a couple of different reasons: sometimes children are sick and miss a program, and sometimes the library is closed for a snow day. I like mixing the different ages because the older children are good at modeling behavior for the younger ones. Also, I sometimes have an older child read aloud.
Here is a list of titles you can use:
- Stuart Little
- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series
- Toys series by Emily Jenkins
- Pippi Longstocking
- Mary Poppins
- Paddington Bear
- Ramona series
- Sideway Stories series
- Horrid Henry
- Alvin Ho
- Winnie the Pooh series
- The Great Brain series
- Homer Price
- The Moffats
- Encyclopedia Brown
- Jack Plank Tells Tales
- Here Comes the Bus!
- Half Magic
- Little House series
- Stories Julian Tells
- Little Eddie
- Nanny Piggins
- The Adventures of Miss Petitfour
- Teddy & Co.
- Making Mistakes on Purpose (Ms. Rapscott’s Girls sequel)
Recently I have written grants to get funding so each child gets to keep a paperback book of the chosen title. More books in the home, means more potential for success!
Which title would you read aloud?
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