I usually have trouble with finding good readaloud books that work in large groups for holidays. They usually tend to be really slow and wordy. Which is why I love "Frankenstein Doesn't Wear Earmuffs" by John Loren, it's now one of my go-to books for Halloween--it's quick and the pictures are large and gorgeous. Feel... Continue Reading →

Mike Boldt always has a great humorous touch to all of his books, and "Find Fergus" is no exception. In this book, Fergus the bear tries to hide from the viewer, only he's really bad at it. Based on the suggestions of the narrator, he tries to find a better hiding spot on the next... Continue Reading →

I heard about impact stories in passing while attending ALA Annual in July 2022. Since then, I feel it can be a game changer to how you not only handle story time, but also marketing, outreach, and just how you see yourself in the library. Think of impact stories as just a positive survey, or... Continue Reading →

Interactive books are so fun to do, since they're so easy to translate to storytime.  "Don't Push the Button" is one of my favorites, and I usually bring it out at least once a semester.  I usually don't like doing crafts after storytime, so I try to find alternatives for activities we can do after... Continue Reading →

After reading "Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug" by Jonathan Stutzman,  everyone got to make baby T-Rex Finger puppets!  Kids can color their dinosaur however they want, then put their fingers through the holes, and practice giving T-Rex hugs!! You can download a copy HERE for FREE.  For my storytime, I printed these on... Continue Reading →

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 with artwork by Greg Pizzoli is another great... 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 →

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