Bring on the books! Brentwood Elementary School’s stellar staff hosts a literacy event for their kiddos every year, so we decided to plunge into the pages with them. Three books, a handful of chocolates, and several standees later, we were ready to open the doors for a night of fun!
The school scoured the bookshelves for spectacular reads and landed on three winners:
- The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach – A tall tale about a bear lost in a park who happened upon a scrumptious sandwich.
- Ivan – The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate – An incredible anecdote about a gorilla who went from a mall attraction to a free-roaming zoo animal—drawing the public’s eye along the way.
- My Sitter Is a T-Rex! by Paul Orshoski – A funny fable about a T-Rex gone babysitter. Hilarious adventures unfold!
"Story walks" were set up down the hallways so families could stroll and read each book page-by-page. Every hall had a different book, making banners perfect for keeping stories straight. And at the end of each was a fun surprise: photo ops!
Ivan – The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla
The library served as the perfect space for Ivan. With two settings – shopping mall and zoo – we had quite the scene to set. Challenge accepted!
We transformed the art room into a picnic in the park. A couple sets of our Happy Campers Forest Trees fashioned a fast backdrop. Next, we personalized a bear standee – something the school can use again and again since their mascot is a bear. More tissue grass for the ground, as well as a blanket and basket, topped off the look and added a pop of color.
My Sitter Is a T-Rex!
A spare classroom effortlessly became a home-like setting for the unlikely sitter. A few strips of flat paper = instant living room walls. And nothing says "cozy" like a fireplace. Three-dimensional and three feet tall, this prop is essentially two cardboard boxes taped together—such a cinch. Next, we adorned Ms. T-Rex with pearls and a handbag to boot. Add in a rug, chair, and a few simple decorations and we were ready to step into the story.
What a blast! Books came to life and the students were all smiles. The best part is that so much of the decor can be reused for things like a themed classroom, reading nook or school play.