Tuesday, May 15, 2012


These two storytime blogs from amazing children's librarians in Chicago really put my blog to shame ;)
 (though, if I'm lucky enough to get a full time children's librarian position, I'll aspire to make mine as involved as their blogs).

 They have great ideas for flannel boards, including something they call "Flannel Friday." They also make their own boards and include resources, tips, and templates. Included are action rhymes, activities, songs, stories, and books to pair with the flannel boards. 




Monday, May 14, 2012

Craft Website


This website is a great resource for craft projects for toddlers and preschool age children. The blogger is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She has a whole curriculum of lesson plans and does a craft with her daughter every day. They cover letters, transportation, holidays, weather, etc. using an assortment of stuff.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


A patron at Peninsula told me about this book yesterday. I just read it. It's really cute! It's about two kids who have done everything and are so bored. Finally, they decide to do....nothing! But nothing always turns into something. There's a lot of fun illustrations that shows them using their imagination. It would make a fun read-a-loud and I'm sure would get the kids laughing. It's also easy to relate to. 

Another idea I just had would be to do a remake of Stone Soup, one of my favorite tales. While there are many good picture books illustrating the tale, it would be fun to do on our own, with the kids acting out. One idea would be to have a big pot and cut-outs of ingredients that each kid could drop in. They can then come up with their own ingredients, using their imagination. Or, maybe make a flannel board and do it that way. It could also be a good memory exercise, to have everyone reiterate what each kid put in before putting in their own. Hopefully I'll get to try it one day!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

How Many Ways Can You Wiggle?

A patron at work was just reading this to her two boys and it sounded adorable! It shows all different ways you can wiggle. This would be great for storytime, as it gets the kids moving! :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cute Cat Back

This book looks very promising for storytime, though I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet. It's a book of opposites with rhyming text. Apparently, parts of the sentence are actually left off to leave room for the kids to jump in. Normally the librarian would have to pause and let kids jump in, but this really does the work for you :p


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Keba Keba wa...."

I bought Keba Keba years ago when I saw the Murakami exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It's a cute story with bright, graphic illustrations, about this creature called Keba Keba who decides to share all his wonderful colors with objects and nature. In the end, he is all white and transforms into a cloud, floating away, watching over everyone and everything. My copy has english next to the Japanese kanji. I'm sure most kids have never heard of it and the story is very  reminiscent of Rainbow Fish and the Elmer series. It would be fun to read Keba Keba during storytime and pair it with the aforementioned titles.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Dooby Dooby Moo~ *sings*

Mary Ellen just told me about this book. I read it at the desk and it was soooo cute! She used it at her school; I believe the teachers helped act it out for the elementary school kids as she read it aloud. The Principal of her school, who has a good voice, sang in the background. She said it was a huge hit! I would love to do this with a group of kids sometime and maybe even have them take turns acting it out if we have time.