March 10th is the "International Day of Awesomeness", which I decided to use as a segue to introduce some awesome new picture books. (In reality they weren't brand new, both having been published in 2020, but with the pandemic shutdowns and changing jobs I didn't see them until the end of the year, and hadn't had a chance to use them until now.)
As always, I started off with a hello song, and introduction, and a lead-in song before reading the first book, Bunny Overboard by Claudia Rueda. This is the third book in her series of interactive "Bunny" books, and I love using these kind of interactive books in storytime where the narrator of the story directs the reader to do things to help move the story along.
In this story, bunny is going out for a day of sailing, and the audience is directed to do things like blow to make wind for the sails and rock the book to make waves. It's not only fun, but also introduces some nautical vocabulary, like bow & stern and port & starboard. I do wish the colors in the illustrations were a little more saturated; I don't feel the softened, almost pastel, tones work as well for a group read-aloud.
I followed that with a flannel board counting rhyme using bunnies:
This would be great for a movement storytime, or anytime you have a group with some wiggles to work out, or a sluggish group that needs waking up. I also like the addition of color and shape concepts.