Storytime sessions at The Kiosk have been a lovely part of our development over the last six months. We have had Grandpas, big sisters, actors, Mums and friends taking part reading and singing to our younger fans. Whether they come for the stories, the milk and biscuits, the songs or the giant Cookies remains to be seen, but come they do, rain and shine!
We thought we'd celebrate Christmas at storytime by compiling a list of great Christmas books for children. Everyone has at least one that has to be dug out each year, and read on the magical night before Christmas. We'd love you to suggest any that you love and bring them along for us to read at Storytime. Here are some you may already know:
It is very hard not to like Mog, the well-meaning but troublesome cat who makes Mr Thomas shout “bother that cat!” every few minutes. Judith Kerr's illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to this brilliant story about the mischief that Mog unintentionally causes over Christmas.
Lucy and Tom's Christmas
Shirley Hughes' story about the excitement of getting ready for Christmas, and her wonderful drawings are just magical. Although it was written almost 30 years ago, it is a timeless reminder about how fantastic Christmas can be. And it contains a lovely line about Tom getting very excited, and rather cross, and having to go out for a walk with Grandpa to calm down, which often seems rather pertinent during tired and over-excited Christmas Day afternoons with small children.
This is a new book for 2012, but destined to be a classic. Written by National Treasure Richard Curtis, it is the story of twins, one good and one, less good, and the consequences of some unexpected good behaviour:
“This really had been Charlie's naughtiest year yet. What with the eating-a-whole-box-of-chocolates incident. And the glue in the DVD episode. And the ice -down -the -back -of -the -teacher's -dress -moment. And the WORSE things.”
We await your suggestions eagerly - you can comment below on our blog, or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/RussellParkKiosk, or tweet us @KioskAtThePark. Alternatively, just turn up to Storytime on Monday at 9.30 with a Christmas Book.
Christmas songs to sing with children are always welcome too, we're warming up for a Very Musical Christmas!