Tuesday, July 16, 2019


It has, so far, been one of the hottest weeks of the year. Who doesn't want to spend the day cool by the ocean when it heats up?

Row, Row, Row Your Boat - Jane Cabrera
The Pout-Pout Fish - Deborah Diesen
This is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean - Kevin Sherry

Repeat Activities:
1. Whale Behind the Pail (from previous Water storytime)*
*This time I hid several other ocean themed flannels behind the pails. Sometimes the kids find what I am hiding so fast or they can see a piece of it peeking out. They thought it was hilarious to find a fish or a seashell instead of the whale they thought they were going to see.

New Activities:
1. Slippery Fish with sign language (see Jbrary's video of it for the song + signs)*
*I shortened the song and only sang the fish, octopus, and shark verses but we sang it twice through.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Watermelon, strawberries, bananas, oh my! This week our theme is all about fruit!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
The Watermelon Seed - Greg Pizzoli 
What's a Banana? - Marilyn Singer
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR - Don and Audrey Wood

Repeat Activities:
1. Five Big Strawberries (from previous Fruits and Vegetables storytime)
2. Bananas Unite (from previous Fruits and Vegetables storytime)

New Activities:
1. Apples and Bananas (Jbrary's version)
Surprisingly, I have never sang the whole version of Apples and Bananas at a storytime before. I decided to sing the song at our preschool storytimes this week using sign language for "eat", "apples", and "bananas". The kids thought it was HILARIOUS!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019


It is very fitting for the 4th of July holiday that we are learning about the new theme of parades this week!

Pugs in a Bug - Carolyn Crimi
Dinosaur Parade - Shari Halpern
A Parade of Elephants - Kevin Henkes
Baby Parade - Rebecca O'Connell
The Night Parade - Lily Roscoe

*The activities I did for this particular topic was dependent on the book*

Repeat Activities:
1. Wheels on the Bus (I used this flannel after "Baby Parade" or "Pugs in a Bug")
2. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (I used this flannel after "The Night Parade") (from previous Night storytime)
3. Elephants in the Bathtub (I used this flannel after "A Parade of Elephants") (from previous Bathtime storytime)
4. Five Dinosaurs Went Out to Play (I used this flannel after "Dinosaur Parade") (from previous Dinosaur storytime)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


It has been done before and it is always a fun storytime week when we do movement! The kids get up even more than they usually do and get their wiggles out. And there are SO many different songs and activities to do at this type of storytime - the options are limitless!

Don't Push the Button! - Bill Cotter
Fly! - Karl Newsom Edwards
Everybunny Dance! - Ellie Sandall
Can You Make a Scary Face? - Jan Thomas
Wild One - Jane Whittingham

Repeat Activities:
1. Bananas Unite! (I have used this song in MANY storytimes! It is WONDERFUL for so many different topics. See Jbrary for the dance and lyrics.) 
2. Wheels on the Bus 

Thursday, June 6, 2019


Last week, while I was on vacation, my library assistants presented storytimes about the Zoo. My plans were very similar to a Zoo theme I did several years ago.

This week, as we kick of Summer Reading, we did the theme of SPACE to coincide with Collaborative Summer Library Program's theme this year of Universe of Stories.

Life On Mars - Jon Agee
I Want to Be an Astronaut - Byron Barton
If I Were an Astronaut - Eric Braun
Where is the Rocket? - Harriet Ziefert

Repeat Activities:
1. If You're Going to the Moon (from previous Space storytime)
2. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (from previous Space storytime)

New Activities:
1. Rocketship Run - Laurie Berkner Band*
*So, not necessarily a new activity per se, but we had a new flannel that I made with Mr. Keith last month. We played the song this week for the Space theme and are using it weekly over the summer at our Preschool storytimes! 

2. Where is the Rocket? 
I actually used the book as an activity. I had the kids make their hands into rockets and I used a flannel rocket. I paper-clipped some of the pages together but we used our "rockets" to do the activities on some of the pages. The kids loved it!

Thursday, May 16, 2019


While I am away on vacation next week, our theme will be flowers! We have not done a storytime yet about flowers so I will share my plans!

The Tiny Seed - Eric Carle
What Does Bunny See? - Linda Sue Park
Counting in the Garden - Kim Parker
Bloom Boom - April Pulley Sayre
This is the Sunflower - Lola M. Schaefer

Repeat Activities:
1. Five Pretty Flowers (from previous Garden storytime)

New Activities:
1. Using a new flannel of Planting a Rainbow, we are singing the Gardener Plants the Seeds from a previous Garden storytime.
2. Flower Pot Matching Game
One of my previous Library Assistant's made this a couple years ago. At the time I did not use it but it could work at a preschool storytime. I am not sure where she found the idea but she planted "seeds" in each of the pots with their help. Then, they matched the correct flower to its pot. They also counted and worked on colors so, all-in-all, it is a fun game that works on several different skills!


Similar to vacations or transportation, but this week we talked about travel. I felt it was appropriate since I am about to go on vacation AND summer is when a lot of the kiddos will be going on trips!

My Car - Byron Barton
The Airport Book - Lisa Brown
Calling All Cars - Sue Fliess
I Love Vacations - Anna Walker
Penguin on Vacation - Salina Yoon

Repeat Activities:
1. Traffic Light
2. Pilot Behind the Airplane (from previous Vacation storytime)

New Activities:
1. Five Little Seashells*
Five little seashells, lying in the sun.
Along came ____, and took this one home.

*I used a line from a previous seashell flannel but simplified it. I'm not great at memorizing lots of lines of flannels so the more repetition and the simpler they are the better! I used puppets and had them pick up a seashell off of the flannel board.