Storytime Spotlight: Bedtime for Families


Last week was a super fun theme… bedtime!  I could not believe how many great books there were to choose from.  Here’s what I wanted to read with my family crowds this time around:

Welcome/Opening Songs:

This time around I wore fuzzy slippers and brought my teddy bear to story time.  As always, the kiddos loved my silly getup- they guessed right away we were doing a bedtime storytime that day!

  • “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
  • “Shake My Sillies Out”
  • ECRR Focus: Play

Letter of the Day: D

Transition: Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down.

Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around.

Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head.

Dance them on your knees, now put them into bed!

Book #1: Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora

This was a fun little repetitive book- the kiddos enjoyed closing their eyes and then naming *cough*shouting*cough* what was on each page.  Also it was another opportunity to talk about how easy it is to incorporate play into a family’s everyday routine!

Action Song: This is the Way We Get Ready for Bed (scarf song)

 This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face.
(rub scrunched scarf on face)
This is the way we wash our face,
When we get ready for bed.

…wash our toes
…wash our knees
…wash our tummy

…crawl under the covers


Credit: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes

I of course fell asleep after crawling under the covers and the kiddos had to wake me up.  Silly me.  :)

Alternate Action Songs: Waking Up in the Morning and Sally Go Round the Sun (stretchy band songs)

The second family storytime I used the stretchy band (my new favorite thing).  It’s great for bringing in the parents and getting them engaged as well!  We sat down and stretched while we sang…

Waking up in the morning

Sun’s up in the sky.

Waking up in the morning

Time to rise and shine.


Everybody stretch back.

Everybody stretch way back.

Everybody stretch back.

It is fun to greet the sun!

Waking up in the morning

There’s a full day ahead.

Waking up in the morning

Time to get out of bed.



Credit: Eric Litwin and Michael Levine

Then we stood up and skipped around a bit.  :)

Book #2: Rock-a-Bye Romp by Linda Ashman

This is such a fun and silly book to sing along with!  I think this one was the kid’s favorite.

Book #3: I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen

The first family time I had a slightly older crowd, so I read another longer silly story.  We had lots of fun crossing our arms and pouting when saying “I’m not sleepy!”  This one got a lot of chuckles from the adults in the room!

Flannel: Little Moon, Little Moon (guessing game)

To tie into our ECRR Play focus, I whipped up a little color recognition guessing game for the flannel board.


Little moon, little moon, hiding in the sky.

Is that you behind the blue cloud I spy?

(repeat with other colors)


credit: inspired by Anne at So Tomorrow

pattern: available here

Craft: Decorate Your Own Pajamas

I absolutely adored this story time theme.  There’s so many great books and so many different directions you can go with it- teddy bears, bath time, etc… Looking forward to doing this one again someday!

Would you like a copy of all the resources I gathered for this plan?  Click below!


Flannel Friday: Little Moon, Little Moon

This little game went over really well with the family crowd this week- I even caught a mom taking a picture so she could recreate it at home!  Our weekly theme was all about Bedtime and our Every Child Ready to Read focus was Play, so I made a little flannel that worked well with both.  It could also go with an outer space theme.



Little moon, little moon, hiding in the sky.

Is that you behind the blue cloud I spy?

(repeat with other colors)


credit: inspired by Anne at So Tomorrow

pattern: available here

Don’t forget to check out the rest of this week’s inspiration over at What Is Bridget Reading?  Have a great weekend!  (Now that I’m on break for a week from grad school I might actually get around to posting the full plan for once… stay tuned!)

Full plan is up and ready for your viewing pleasure here!

Final Flannel Friday Post: Crazy for Cars

And last but not least, I added these cute little cars and some rhymes to my transportation theme repertoire:


Here’s one fun rhyme you can do…

Driving around in my little red car,

Driving around in my little red car,

Driving around in my little red car,

Zoom, zoom, zoom!

(repeat with other colors)


Credit: Storytime Katie

Pattern: click here

And another one!

Black road, black road, what do you see?

I see a red car looking at me!

Red car, red car, what do you see?

I see a blue car looking at me!

(repeat with other colors)

Colorful cars, colorful cars, what do you see?

Children and their families, that’s what we see!


Credit: adapted from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle

Pattern: click here

*Note: thinking about spicing this up next year with other things that go (e.g. blue truck, yellow copter, etc).

And there you have it!  Glad I have a little break coming up soon.  I absolutely adore story time, but I also have mountains of homework (that I tend not to do in favor of making fun flannels).  Hopefully my next week off story time duty will help me catch up!

Many thanks to Kate at Felt Board Magic for hosting this week’s round up!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Flannel Friday: Singing About Sailboats

Happy Flannel Friday (again!)  As I mentioned in my last post, I made three different flannels this week.  Although I didn’t end up using this one, I’m definitely saving it for later themes this summer.  Plus it’s super adaptable and can be used with a few different rhymes!



Here’s the first rhyme I had ready to go…

Sailing along in my little red boat,

Sailing along in my little red boat,

Sailing along in my little red boat.



Credit: Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes

Pattern: click here

And another one!

Five little sailboats out at sea,

Sailing along as fast as can be.

The wind picked up and they started to rock.

So the blue one said, “I’m going back to the dock!”

(repeat with other colors and count down, until…)

Now there’s no little sailboats out at sea.

Looks like lots of room for you and me!


Credit: original lyrics, inspired by Kidssoup

Pattern: click here

See you soon with one more installment and the full plan… and don’t forget to visit Kate at Felt Board Magic for the rest of the round-up!

Flannel Friday: My Friend Duck

Happy Friday my friends in flannel world!  Hope your summer reading is going well.  Not only are we crazy busy, but our story times have gotten even bigger too.  This week I had so much fun with one of my favorite story time themes ever- things that go!

I actually made three flannels this week (because I love this theme SO MUCH I really couldn’t decide which ones I wanted to do.  Oh, librarian problems…) This first flannel was a HUGE hit with the preschool crowd.  Many thanks to Sandy at Storytime Sparks for the fabulous idea!

my friend duck

Here’s how it goes:

My friend duck

Is hiding behind a truck.

Is my friend duck

Behind the red truck?

(repeat with other colors)

If NO:

No, that’s not duck

Behind the red truck!

That’s… (cow/horse/sheep/etc).


Credit: Storytime Sparks

Patterns: click here for trucks

farm animals from Carson-Dellosa’s Early Years Everyday Patterns, or alternates available at My Cute Graphics

Sandy has another cute rhyme for uncovering the other animals after finding duck, but we just stopped and started over when we found him.  We also patted our knees to the rhythm, which seemed to help the kiddos catch onto the rhyme faster.

Many thanks to Kate at Felt Board Magic for hosting this week’s round up!  See you in another post with some more fun flannels and with the whole story time plan.  :)

Flannel Friday: If You See a Little Monster

Back real fast with another fun flannel!  This one went over really well with my toddler crowd.  Many thanks to Mel for hosting the round-up this week!  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the round-up here.

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First I laid out all the monsters and we talked about which one was smallest, biggest and medium-sized.  Then we patted our knees to the beat and sang away!

tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

If you see a little monster, if you see a little monster

If you see a little monster, wave your hand hello!

If you see a medium monster, if you see a medium monster

If you see a medium monster, wave your hand hello!

If you see a great big monster, if you see a great big monster

If you see a great big monster, run away and hide!


Credit: adapted from Artsy Toddler Storytimes

Pattern: click here

Alternate: check out the free fun monster clip art at My Cute Graphics

Flannel Friday: I’m a Little Monster

A HUGE thanks to K Leigh over at Storytime ABC’s for the inspiration for this one!  When I saw her adorable polka dot monster I knew I needed one too.  Here he is…

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And here is her adorable rhyme (with some actions added):

I’m a little monster friendly and bright (point to self, then point to smile)

I won’t give anyone a fright (shake head and wave finger no)

I love polka dots but I have none (hold hands out palm up)

So step right up and give me red ones (hold up red polka dot)


I’m a little monster friendly and bright (point to self, then point to smile)

I won’t give anyone a fright (shake head and wave finger no)

I love polka dots but I only have some (hold hands out palm up)

So step right up and give me orange ones (hold up red polka dot)


(repeat with other colors)


I’m a little monster friendly and bright (point to self, then point to smile)

I won’t give anyone a fright (shake head and wave finger no)

I love polka dots and now I have lots (hold hands out palm up)

Thank you for my colorful spots!

Credit: Storytime ABC’s

Pattern: click here

Alternate: check out the free fun monster clip art at My Cute Graphics

This was my flannel for preschoolers this week.  I’ve also got one for toddlers, which you can check out here.

Many thanks to Mel for hosting the round-up this week!  Check out the rest of the round-up here.

Top 10 Tuesday: Books for the Beach… or the Back Porch!

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If you’re like me, you love reading on the beach!  (Also if you’re like me, you’re a poor grad school student who must settle for the back porch).  Whether you’re heading for the great outdoors or staying home this summer, make sure to check out this week’s link up at The Broke and the Bookish.

I should preface this post by saying some people like to read dark and scary thrillers by the beach.  I am NOT one of those people!  I like my beach reads to be more lighthearted, heartwarming, and/or humorous and witty.  There’s enough drama and darkness in everyday life without bringing it on vacation!  Without further ado, here’s some of my favorite go-to authors and (in my opinion) their best books to read by the beach:


5 Go-To YA Authors:

  • John Green
  • Ann Brashares
  • Sarah Dessen
  • Megan McCafferty
  • Deb Caletti

5 Go-To Adult Authors:

  • Liane Moriarty
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • Erin Hilderbrand
  • Sophie Kinsella
  • Emily Giffin

Agree?  Disagree?  Who’s in your book bucket this summer?

Flannel Friday: Five Hungry Babies

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Thanks Laura for hosting Flannel Friday this week over at Library Lalaland!  After hitting up the round up, don’t forget to check out the Flannel Friday websitePinterest, or Facebook page.

This week our storytime was all about babies!  I was kind of bummed that we missed out on doing this during mother’s day, but it was still a blast.  The preschoolers especially got into this little diddy- which I thought of in the shower while I was hungry for breakfast!  Here goes…

5 hungry babies rolling in the crib (roll hands)

Mama picked up one and put on his bib (pretend to put something over head)

She fed him a bottle and she patted his back (pat knees)

BURP went the baby and then took a nap! (lay hands against face)

repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1

No more hungry babies wanting to be fed.

Mama gave a sigh and tiptoed to bed (creep fingers on knees)

She crawled under the covers and she closed her eyes (lay hands against face)

She started to snore but then a baby cried- WAAAH!


Credit: Original

Pattern: click here

Hopefully I’ll see you all tomorrow with the full plan!  (That is, if my mountain of grad school homework doesn’t collapse and kill me first).  Have a great weekend!

Top 10 Tuesday: Time After Time

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I am so excited to link up this week with all the other awesome bloggers for Top 10 Tuesday at The Broke and the Bookish!  Part of being a good reader is reflecting.  I admit this is not something I always take the time to do- a lot of times I’m in a hurry to cross a book off my list and move on to the next one.  That’s why I was so excited to have to sit back and do some soul-searching for the link up this week.  Without further ado, here’s the Top 10 Books I feel differently about now that time has passed.

1.  The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I used to love these books.  I still do, for the most part.  But then Lois Lowry released Son, the final dystopian title in the series that started with The Giver.  One of the things that intrigued me the most about the book was that it explores the concept of confronting violence and evil with nonviolence and empathy.  When Son first came out I read an interview given by Lois Lowry about it, and I haven’t been able to shake her words from my mind.

“I thought [The Hunger Games] was well done, but I was troubled by the fact that it was about children killing children. I can’t get past that for some reason. Kids seem to be quite blasé about that, but it seems to indicate something deeply wrong with our culture.”

Definitely changed my perspective a bit!

2.  Lurlene McDaniel

I’m ashamed to say I gobbled her novels up like candy when I was a teenage girl!  Now I know there’s so many better titles out there for teens wanting to read romantic fiction- such as Sarah Dessen, for example.

3.  Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Yes, it’s a wee bit lengthy and the introspection can be a bit over the top, but I really loved this tale of an escaped Australian convict on the run.  Plus it’s full of epic words of wisdom, such as…

“Happiness is a myth.  It was invented to make us buy things.”

So when I saw a sequel was coming, I was understandably excited and nervous.  The Mountain Shadow continues the story but unfortunately not with the same caliber.  It’s not bad, it’s just not nearly as good.  I try to not let its flaws overshadow the first book.  Some days I even succeed!

4.  You by Caroline Kepnes

Why did I read the sequel Hidden Bodies?  You was so different.  It was spooky and special and somewhat beyond words.  In the words of Stephen King,

“Never read anything quite like it.”

You just can’t do something like that twice (no pun intended)!  Unless if you’re J.K. Rowling, of course.  Everyone else needs to stop ruining good things with sequels.

5.  The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

Speaking of authors who actually can write a good sequel or or two or ten, next up is the ultimate saga for serious fantasy fans.  For those who don’t know, Robert Jordan tragically died before he could finish his work and Brandon Sanderson was hired to finish the job.  Now I have nothing against Sanderson, but obviously from that point on it just wasn’t the same.  Now I can’t start reading the series without thinking of the last few books and cringing.

6.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper E. Lee

Yet another situation where I wish I hadn’t read the so-called sequel.  Because it’s really not a sequel.  Go Set a Watchman is more like the very very rough draft of To Kill a Mockingbird.  While it’s pretty fascinating to think about the evolution of a novel from start to finish, Go Set a Watchman pretty much ended my adulation of Atticus and destroyed the dreams of my childhood.

7.  The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Just to be clear, I NEVER liked these books!  To be fair, I did try to read them.  Twice.  I always got stuck during New Moon.  By the time Bella threw herself off the cliff to catch her boyfriend’s attention I was pretty ready for her to die, too.  However, my initial dislike has turned into something more like outright disgust/borderline hatred/probably unresonable antipathy as time goes on.  To the point where I’m tempted to forcibly weed them from the library collection.  (I mean, we all know how hard backpacks are on books, right?  It’s entirely plausible for each book in a series to sustain water damage at the same time… darn teenagers!)


I remember being a teenage girl.  It was hard enough without books like Twilight trying to teach me that my only value lay in having a boyfriend.

*cough* Moving on now…


8.  Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

I used to love this book, as I love most everything by Jodi Picoult.  But that was before I was a teacher, before twelve people were murdered while watching a movie less than half an hour away from my workplace, before I married a man in law enforcement and learned more than I ever wanted about crime in America.  While I normally admire Picoult for tackling tough subjects, something about this novel left me feeling like she was cashing in on a controversial subject without due respect and care.  The characters were cliched, the similes felt like they were being pulled from her teeth… not at all up to her usual standard!

9.  The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

If you’ve ever been in education, then chances are you’ve either read or heard about this book.  Talk about a paradigm shift!  This book totally changed the way I taught reading.  I was so excited to see Donalyn Miller one year at a conference… and then… SHE BASHED THE ANIMORPHS SERIES!  Could you do anything worse to a child of the 90’s?!  Needless to say, I took great offense at this slight to my first science fiction love.  As time goes on I still can’t read the book without remembering that terrible moment.  :(

10.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

You know, not every impression changes for the worst.  I first tried to pick this tale up in middle school but wasn’t enchanted.  Later when I saw the movie would be coming out, I decided to re-read it and fell absolutely in love.  Plus I wanted to be able to complain to my hubby the whole movie, “That’s now how it was in the book…”

No complaints about the addition of Orlando Bloom, however!  We could all use a little more Legolas in our lives, can’t we?  :)