Interactive picture books are AMAZING to read during a story time, since they get everyone up and moving and just make the whole experience unforgettable.  In fact I compiled a list of my favorite ones that you can find here.  "Crunch The Shy Dinosaur" by Cirocco Dunlap is another great addition to any storytime lineup. ... Continue Reading →

Little Wolf is such a funny story and a great opportunity for a creative writing activity.  After reading "Little Wolf's First Howling" by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee, I had my kiddos write something silly in the word bubble that their own wolf could howl.  When time permitted, I would go around and... Continue Reading →

I started a new story time this fall called "Laugh Out Loud Stories."  It's basically a storytime where I tell my favorite funny stories and class visit books.  This week we're doing "Eat Pete!" by Michael Rex.  It's a great one for call and response (all the kids can yell out "Eat Pete!") and to... Continue Reading →

I've done several storytimes about body parts, but this is the first one I did solely about hands.  Eye hand coordination is obviously very important for a child's development, so I think I picked some great stories, rhymes, and an activity to help with that. Stories "High Five Animals!" just came out and it is... Continue Reading →

This one is kinda like my opposite storytime, which I'll write about later, but talking about size is another easy theme.  And talking about perception is a great way for kiddos to learn about how to more effectively communicate through classification.  So here's what I've used to talk about size. Stories "I'm the Biggest Thing... Continue Reading →

Identifying and learning colors is a huge part of early education, so here's a few of my favorite elements to use. Stories I think "Monsters Love Colors" was the first book I tried my cheat to make felts straight from the book.  And these ones turned out pretty good.  It involves mixing colors, so I... Continue Reading →

Using interactive picture books in a storytime is a great way to energize your program.  It doesn't just make books more fun, it's also educational.  For younger groups, it creates body awareness through movement, and for older kiddos, it teaches how to follow instructions in a group setting.  Oh yeah, and they're just really fun.... Continue Reading →

"Ah numbers--the letters of math."  Numbers are integral to any kids development, so a number storytime is a no-brainer.  Personally when planning stories and rhymes, I usually stick to the Number 5 as the largest number we talk about.  Little kiddos can usually understand the concept of small numbers, but anything past the Number 5... Continue Reading →

UPDATE: As another librarian pointed out, flannelboards can be considered fair use, but making coloring sheets of a individual's art would be considered a "derivative work" and probably infringing on copyright, depending on the situation.  So what I've actually done is gone out of my way to contact the authors of the two books I... Continue Reading →

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