Have you heard of Brightly Storytime?

Brightly is a website created by Penguin Random House. I am so grateful to my colleague for sharing it with me! It has some incredible resources and book lists, often with some slightly older titles that I've missed in my orders! They cover all ages - even grownups! I subscribe to their email list and I [...]

The Whole Book Approach Workshop

I had the opportunity to visit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art recently for a workshop on the Whole Book Approach, a concept created by one of my Simmons' Professors, Megan Dowd Lambert. The workshop was full of librarians, teachers, daycare facilitators and home schooling parents - some from many states away! It [...]

Author Storytime with Anna Staniszewski

We are so, so lucky because a children's bookstore recently opened in our hometown! I am still kind of in shock about it. It's in a beautiful old house and has lots of little rooms and nooks to discover! It's called Enchanted Passage and if you ever are in the area and have a chance [...]

Toto the Tornado Kitten!

This little girl read the book beforehand and was SO excited to meet Toto! She brought him some food to donate to the local pet shelter. For those of you who are not familiar with the story, Toto was found in a tree as a newborn kitten after surviving a tornado that swept through Western [...]

Story Time ~ ART

  My computer is on it's way out, but it appears to be working now so I'll try to get a post in! Here are my story time plans....which my dog just stole off the table and my husband had to bribe her with a treat to get it back. The paper is a bit [...]

Easter Story Time

Yup, it's definitely past Easter. Trying to catch up on my Story Time posts! Holiday picture books are tough to find - especially for 3-year-olds. They have the tendency to be on the longer side. The kids did pretty well with the two I chose: The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen and [...]

Earth Day Story Time!

Skipping the Sunday Quiz to post my Earth Day story time I held this past week for April Vacation. I had about 20 people come, which is a good turnout for such a beautiful day! I kept this one pretty simple. I read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and we made "litter bugs" for our [...]

Story Time – Down on the Farm!

Ah, the Farm. Parents are always asking their toddlers what the cow says or what the chicken says or what the horsie says. And there's lots of great farm-themed picture books and songs to choose from. For this session I read Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka, Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and The Red Hen [...]

Snow-Themed Story Time

Well, today was about 72 degrees so I feel strange posting about my story time on snow, but here it is... Opening Song My Hands Say Hello (Click here for a previous post on this song w/ words) Books            Snowmen at Night is a book I use pretty much every year because [...]

The Hello Song Turns Inappropriate….

I have been using a song to start off my 3-5 year old story time called "My Hands Say Hello," which I found on Abby the Librarian's awesome blog. The song goes like this, waving your hands in the air: (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell) My hands say hello My hands [...]