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World Book Night 2012 Video


I had the opportunity to be a World Book Night giver this past April.  I just received an email with a link to a World Book Night video of highlights from that day.  This is a great video that shows clips of books being given all around the United States.  What a great experience!  Keep World Book Night in mind for next year and plan to apply to be a book giver!

Summer Reading 2012 Storytime Brainstorming


Busy planning Summer Reading 2012! I have seven weeks of Summer Reading.  So far I have come up with the following storytime themes:

  • Wishes and Dreams
  • Owls
  • Friendly Monsters
  • Blast Off to Outer Space
  • Bears and Caves
  • Pajamas and Bedtime
  • Fairy Tales

I have started planning craft ideas for each theme.  This is what I have so far…

Wishes and Dreams…
A shooting star

I used a pattern I found in one of my resource books Big Book of Patterns (excellent book).  I had to draw on the face because the pattern did not have it on there, but I thought the face was cute!  Attached to a stick it makes a nice shooting star the kids can fly around and make a wish on!





Flying Owl

 Made this owl based on a great pattern by Sunflower Storytime!








Friendly Monsters
I am still working out a craft for this theme.  Will be posting my storytime plan soon!

Blast Off to Outer Space
Rocket hand puppet


The back of this rocket is actually an envelope we sealed and then cut in half.  We glued it to the rocket.  The kids can put their hands in the envelope and fly their rockets around!  I will post another description soon that goes into more detail.

Bears and Caves
Bear Mask (picture coming soon)

Pajamas and Bedtime
Still looking for an idea!

Fairy Tales
What Fairy Tale storytime is complete without a magic wand?!

Star pattern is from Storytime Magic.










I am still working on these so keep in mind some look undone!

Wishes and Dreams
There Was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star (based on the book by Charise Mericle Harper).

I found the pattern through Storytime Magic.  Some of the pieces are colored and some are made out of poster board.










A Home for Mr. Owl
 The flannel is based on the story is actually A House for Birdie by Stuart J. Murphy, but I thought I could adapt the flannel for an Owls theme.   I got this great idea from Cate at Storytiming.  I actually used this originally for a “Homes” theme, but it can be used for Birds and of course, Owls.  Cate at Storytiming narrowed her version down to three birds, which worked really well for the length of the storytelling.





Friendly Monsters
Check out my flannel board Go to Bed Monster! based on the book Go to Bed Monster!  by  Natasha Wing.

Blast Off to Outer Space
Five Rockets In Space

Rhyme coming soon!










Bears and Caves
Going on a Bear Hunt (picture coming soon)
Three Little Bears Puppet Show (coming soon)

Pajamas and Bedtime

Fairy Tales
Rapunzel Puppet Show (coming soon)
Frog Prince Puppet Show (coming soon)

One of the best resources I have found for planning Summer Reading 2012 is the resource book Storytime Magic.  It has great patterns and ideas for crafts and flannel boards that work well with the Dream Big…Read! theme and are quick to put together–a good thing when you are short on time!

Summer Reading 2012 Illustrations


Brian Lies is the Summer 2012 promotional materials illustrator!

If you haven’t checked out his books yet, look for them at your library.  They are perfect for our theme “Dream Big…Read”.   His “Bats” series would be a great addition to a “Night Creatures” story time!  Bats enjoy ballgames, the beach and the library as much as the rest of us!


BallgameBats at the Ballgame

Image DetailBats at the Library

Image DetailBats at the Beach


For more information on Brian Lies and his other great books, check out his website at  You can even download his “Bat Hymn” song (sung to the tune of The Battle Hymn of the Republic)!

Valentine’s Day Bulletin Boards

Valentines Day

Based on the book My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall.  Inspiration also came from Kay Leigh, Lisa Springer and her library staff, and Sarah Hay!

One of our volunteers was kind enough to cut out hearts for us at our local elementary school–the school has been generous enough to let us use their Ellison die cut machine.  She folded a piece of construction paper in fourths and cut out the heart.  When she unfolded everything, we ended up with a solid heart, another thin cut heart and a type of heart stencil.  We used the heart type stencil for the border on this bulletin board.  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Riding In My Train!

This is the call for all story timers to take a ride on the wonderful world of trains!  So began this weeks theme for story time.  I created a flannel board that got all the kids involved.  Enjoy your time on the railroad with this fun activity and check out my post Trains…ALL ABOARD!  for more story time ideas.



“Riding In My Train” (Tune was Ten Little Indians)
I’m riding in my little ______ train
Riding in my little _____ train
Riding in my little _____ train
Chugga-Chugga, Toot, Toot!

We moved our arms like train wheels and raised our arm to sound the train whistle at the end.  I traded out the different color trains on the board as we sang.  I printed out a train pattern on different colored paper, cut it out, put a small piece of velcro on the back so I could use it on the flannel board and…voilà, an easy flannel board activity! has great links for train coloring sheets and patterns.

I adapted this song from storytimekatie’s rhyme Drivin’ In My Car.  It is a great action rhyme/song–use it for a Cars theme or for a Colors theme as she did!





  “Oh What a Miracle”  Walter the Waltzing Worm

Mr. Mouse was hiding  in the story time box dressed as a train conductor.  In fact, he was hiding  in a large train conductor’s hat…and he had one for me to wear as well!


This was a last minute find, but a great one.  Lots of animal noises for the kids to have fun with and kept them guessing as to what Meeow was making–a train out of little chairs!

Tag Board Story

Told as a tag board story instead of reading the whole book because it was a bit too long for the crowd I had.


“The Wheels on the Train” (to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)

1. Conductor on the train says “all aboard”
2. Whistle on the train goes toot, toot, toot
3. The Wheels on the train go clickety-clack
4. The Crossing Gates go clang, clang, clang
5. People on the train go bumpety-bump 


This was a great book to get all the kids involved.  Every time I read “clickety clack” I had the kids say it with me and clap their hands.  It was a great book as you can really start out quiet, get really loud and then get quiet again.  Loved it!


“Riding In My Train” (Tune was Ten Little Indians)
I’m riding in my little ______ train
Riding in my little _____ train
Riding in my little _____ train
Chugga-Chugga, Toot, Toot!

We moved our arms like train wheels and raised our arm to sound the train whistle at the end.  I traded out the different color trains on the board as we sang.
I adapted this song from storytimekatie’s website!  It is a great action rhyme/song I have also used it for cars as she did.

Prop Story

The Animal Train 

Not really sure where the story came from exactly.  I found it in a random folder!  I will keep you posted once I figure out the source.  Basically the story is about a train who happens to pick up many NOISY animals along his journey.   He happens to pick up a sheep, a pig, a cow, a duck and a chicken.  As he picks up each animal the train gets louder and louder until they reach their destination.  The paper I found with the story was very simple, just basically the train picking up the animals and going through a tunnel.  Of course, I embellished quite a bit and definitely played up on the animal noises.  The kids were happy to join in!  I made stick puppet masks and put an elastic at the bottom so I could fan the pieces out as I told the story.


We ran out of time so I went right into the craft!


A super simple craft!  I drew a basic train and printed it on stock paper.  I cut  paper towel rolls for wheels (with slits in the wheels so I could slide them on the train).  The kids simply colored and then played!