2018 Year in Review: Interactive Picture Books

Interactive picture books are THE BEST for reading in storytime and talking to families about print motivation. Did I miss a great book from 2018? Have you tried one of these titles yet? Was it a smashing success or a flop? Please share! ⭐️= favorite 👎= nope ⭐️Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Greg Pizzoli If… Continue reading 2018 Year in Review: Interactive Picture Books

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2018 Year in Review: Wordless & Nearly Wordless Picture Books

Back again with wordless/nearly wordless picture books for storytime! I LOVE books with minimal text because they help kids build narrative skills, visual literacy skills, and best of all- they can be read in any language. 🙂 Did I miss a great book? Have you tried one of these titles yet? Was it a smashing… Continue reading 2018 Year in Review: Wordless & Nearly Wordless Picture Books

Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Little Mouse and Ended with a Noisy Night

Here's another fun flow storytime! Featuring my recent Mouse House flannel makeover in action. Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody & Say Hello Read: Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli This was actually my first time reading this book in storytime, because it's always bugged me that Owl is trying to sleep at night… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Little Mouse and Ended with a Noisy Night

Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Birthday and Ended with Some Animals

We've all been there, right?! This is how I picture you reacting: But in this case the tagline does not refer to my actual 30th - I'm talking about our recent storytime! 🙂 I took a weekend off for my birthday and came back to storytime with some cake and candles in tow. Here we… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Birthday and Ended with Some Animals

Storytime Spotlight: On the Go (Family Time)

I love talking about transportation in summer or round the holidays because many of my families are traveling! The week after our storytime about Going Places, we talked about how do you get to places, anyways? Where do you walk? Where do you drive? Why? Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Bread & Butter Read: Giant… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: On the Go (Family Time)

Storytime Spotlight: Going Places (Family Time)

Inspired by Jbrary's recent post on Storytime Themes vs. Storytime Flow, I've been challenging myself to start with a book and go from there. When you start with a book, it's much easier to include picture books with diverse representation. Plus, it allows me more room to breathe! Creative freedom! More flexibility and spontaneity in… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Going Places (Family Time)