Friday, December 06, 2013

National Cookie Day

We celebrated National Cookie Day (December 4) at our story times this week.  After our regular story time activities, we enjoyed a variety of cookies (we don't normally serve snack, so this was a special occasion).  If you missed out on National Cookie Day, no worries. Any day is good for enjoying both cookies and good books.

The Cow Loves Cookies  is a great read aloud for both a cookie-themed or farm-themed story time.  Farmer feeds the horses their hay, chickens their feed, and pigs their slop, but only the cow gets to enjoy a cookie.  Farmer and Cow have a beneficiary arrangement, which is charmingly revealed at the story's conclusion.  

If you're going to do a cookie story time, you have to include If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.  This story of a cookie-loving (and easily distracted!) mouse and his long-suffering human friend is always fun to read aloud. 

A simple cookie takes many hands to create, from the sugar cane harvesters to the grocery store clerks stocking the shelves. This may be a short read aloud (one or two sentences per page), but it conveys a message of global connectivity, community, and diversity that can be appreciated by a wide range of ages. 

This is a funny take on the classic call and response game (Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? "X" stole the cookies from the cookie jar! Who, me? Yes, you! Couldn't be! Then who? "Y" stole the cookies from the cookie jar...) featuring the inquisitor Skunk and his gang of animal friends. This was too long to read to my toddler story time, but older children will get a kick out of it. 

If all this talk of cookies has made you hungry for cookies, check out our cookies cookbooks.  

Did you know that December 8 is Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day? I posted about time-traveling books on the ALSC blog in honor of the occasion. 

Jennifer Schultz, Youth Services Librarian, Fauquier County Public Library 

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