Thursday, February 24, 2011

Reading aloud a book with no words.

Where's Walrus?Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage
(Scholastic, 3+)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Last weekend we had an event with the author in my store and I had to read it aloud for storytime. Read aloud a book with no words. I was a little nervous to say the least, but it ended up going great. The kids were engaged and participating. There was a big discussion about can-can dancers and feathers in one's hair and about how many of the kids had been to Central Park. Really the illustrations speak for themselves in a lot of ways and I can't recommend it enough. I hope others will choose it for storytime too. I promise you won't be disappointed.

In addition, Stephen Savage drew walrus pictures with the kids and then we had a great scavenger hunt for the walrus all around the store. It ended up being a really successful event. I was surprised at how well everything went, particularly the hunt where a different kid found each walrus and we only had one set of tears. It was really an awesome day.


  1. How did you read it? Just describe the situations on the page?

  2. It was more of a discussion than a read. I'd turn to the page and ask the kids, "Where's Walrus?" and they'd point him out and I'd ask about his hat and where he was and what the zookeeper was doing. Definitely not one for the baby crowd, but it was really fun. I'd totally do it again.

  3. I wish I could have been there. BTW, I found you on Twitter. My kids' book website is I think your blog is great.

  4. Hi! I'm here via your mom's blog and am excited to read more about your adventures in storytelling. I've recently started working at an independent bookstore and am eager to find/share new ideas and great children's books for our story time program. Thanks for sharing what looks to be a great blog!