I’m not the biggest Neil Gaiman fan. That is not saying I do not enjoy his books or graphic novels or children’s books! *braces as a few rotten tomatoes make contact*
I say that because I JUST found out about All Hallow’s Read today!
Simply put on the newly minted tradition’s FAQ page:
All Hallow’s Read is a Hallowe’en tradition. It’s simply that in the week of Hallowe’en, or on the night itself, you give someone a scary book.
Halloween being my favorite holiday, the inclusion of books in the mix is a major plus.
Oh Neil! You love us librarians!
What I have enjoyed this week in story time is taking the time to slow down and let the children speak. Story time is not time for prim and proper behavior.
One child during a story time raised her hand. I told her she didn’t need to do that, that she could just tell me what she wanted. She told me how someone she knew, who looked like me, told her that when she felt happy she needed to write in her happy journal and when she was sad she needed to write in her sad journal. I could have told her I wanted to start story time and couldn’t take questions. I could have lost that connection.
Flipside, you get moments when a child says “My daddy said what the heck!”
Both are valued in different ways by myself, but both children got an equal message:
I want to hear your voice.
Image from Goodwill Librarian on Facebook.