I was in the mood for some John Scieszka after I decided his "True Story of the Three Little Pigs" will be next week's story time and Story Action Pod. Seriously, the Story Action Pod is popular beyond what I would have imagined.
And I really do think it's great, since it furthers my philosophy as a librarian that libraries are, anymore, THE place to promote family and foster community IRL.
And I guess it (among other resources at our library, most of which I had zero hand in creating but am loving to see things come to fruition) helps validate my opinion that seriously, in all sincerity and reality, I truly think from the deep down bottom of my heart that all parents want to do well by their children. Whether they have the opportunity for meaningful family interaction is another whole story. Because of this, I love inviting families along to a program [which is basically, at the moment, my family story times] or watch them use the resources we have at our library to start conversations about literacy and books. And I love run on sentences that amount to jack [and using brackets as parentheses to screw everyone up.] (You're welcome)
Yeah, I'm a nerd.
Anyway, "Squids Will Be Squids" is a pretty great book. A hilarious morality play, though one better suited for higher elementary kids than lower. Maybe 3rd grade, late second grade: one each day out loud during breakfast or after lunch. Some may scoff at reading aloud to older kids but by the time they get to that age it's just like telling a good joke. As long as you're demonstrating proper prosody you're actually benefiting the kids too. Maybe, in the library sense, read one right before a weekly activity starts. Younger kids aren't the only ones who like repetition.
In conclusion, Mr. Christopher Walken in perhaps the greatest SNL skit of all time: