Today is the start of National Bookstart Week and with 2017’s theme being Let’s Explore Outdoors! it complements #30DaysWild really helpfully!
I picked up a copy of this year’s chosen book, Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall when visiting Lincoln Toy Library last week and since then have also spotted them in Boultham Library and seen Lincoln bookstore Lindum Books advertise that they have them in for people to pick up too.
The delightful rhyming tale gives ample invitation for active story listeners to “twist and twirl”, “wiggle and whirl”, bang their drum and sing-along with the bunnies who are revelling in the “perfect chance” to play while nobody is watching.
But when they discover someone is watching it’s time to run and hide!
Fortunately (spoiler alert!) the friendly fox proves a star performer and the rabbits continue their care-free frolicking with a new dancer in their group.
At Boultham Library they also had some supporting materials available to pick up – a sheet of rhymes and some bunny ears to pop out and wear.
The rhymes include Little Peter Rabbit, There’s a Worm at the Bottom of the Garden and Five Little Speckled Frogs (but not Sleeping Bunnies!).
We love a book with actions you can join in with – and Willow does seem to be partial to a bunny rabbit too – so I’m sure this is one we’ll read and enact many more times in the future.
June 5th, 2017: Today isn’t just day five of #30DaysWild and the start of National Bookstart Week, it’s also World Environment Day too! “On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too”. And if that weren’t enough I discovered today that June is the month for the Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge – “Giving up single-use plastics, whilst raising money to fight plastic litter”.