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DIY Digital Storytime: Native American Lore

We've been at it for a few weeks now, and hopefully you're getting the hang of the great digital literacy resources the library has to offer, like Bookflix.  All you need is your library card and a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an Internet connection.  If you ever get stuck, please feel free to ask a librarian!

Native American grandfather- illustration from Knots on a Counting Rope

This week we'll be using Tumblebooks again, as well as a new resource:  Storyline Online.  Storyline Online features actors, such as James Earl Jones, reading favorite storybooks, as well as an Activity Guide for each book.

Follow along below for a fun storytime.  In keeping with the Big Read, we’re focusing on the Frontier days all February long.

This week’s theme:  Native American Lore

Knots on a Counting Rope cover image

In Knots on a Counting Rope, Boy-Strength-of-Blue-Horse asks his grandfather to tell him the tale of the night he was born.  A fierce storm raged that night and the boy almost died, but he survived and has become stronger each day through the challenges he has faced.  Before you read, introduce your kids to the word of the dayreins – leather straps a rider uses to control a horse.

Make your own Counting Rope

Give each child a piece of yarn or sting and invite them to tie as many knots as they'd like in it.  Practice counting the knots together.  If you're working with older children, you can practice counting by 5's or 10's.

Cover image of When Turtle Grew Feathers

When Turtle Grew Feathers is a Choctaw folktale where the rabbit got tricked!  This story is on Tumblebooks, but you can also get to it by clicking on the book cover above.

For more Native American lore, try some of the books below:

Have a topic you’d like to see featured in DIY Digital Storytime?  Tell us in the comments below.

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