Makes my little heart go pitter pat…

14 Sep

Librarians don’t often get a ton of feedback that their storytimes are having an effect on the early literacy development of the children they “perform” for.  I hear, anecdotally, from the preschool teachers I work for that their students are more interested in books and going to the library, but I don’t often get that direct affirmation (except for the one time a parent told me her child went home and pretended to be me, making mom sit down as the “child” and listen to a story).

Today I got the best possible affirmation:

At the end of storytimes we “take a bow”, reciting this rhyme:

Our hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap (nuestros manos dicen gracias con un pas, pas, pas). [clap hands]

Our feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap (nuestros pies dicen gracias con un tas, tas, tas). [stamp feet]

Clap, clap, clap. Tap, tap, tap (pas, pas, pas. Tas, tas, tas) [clap and stamp]

Turn around (De una vuelta), [turn in a circle]

and take a bow (y agáchense) [bow]

We’d taken our bows, and I thanked the kids for being such good listeners.  One little girl piped up and said: “it’s because we love books!”

Oh, that’s the best thing I’ve heard in months.

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