I’ve used a bunch of books in story time recently that don’t quite relate to any sort of theme, so I thought I’d just compile a list with mini reviews of them. Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson and Will Hillenbrand I used this book around my birthday, as it is all about Grandpa making an enormous […]

I love using scarves with toddlers, and I recently learned a new rhyme that I’ve been loving. I’ve actually done it a few times without the scarves and it works well that way, too. POPCORN KERNELS (to the tune of Frere Jacques) Popcorn kernels, popcorn kernels (wave scarf over head) In the pot, in the pot […]

This fall I did a transportation story time for preschoolers. I ended up doing this with a few different groups. Everyone loved the books, although the illustrations in Who Is Driving? worked better for a smaller group where everyone could see the details. Go-go Gorillas was a hit, as always. I have the kids spin […]

When I’m planning story times, I often page through my favorite story time blogs for ideas. The few I check most frequently are: Storytime Katie (I especially love that she has a Themes page) Miss Meg’s Storytime Future Librarian Superhero (also has a Themes page!) Read Sing Play (especially good for younger story times) Of course, […]

I had done snakes with some of my preschool groups already, for the Lunar New Year and for summer crafts, but I hadn’t gotten the chance to read Small Green Snake. So I decided to pair it with The Secret and do a snail craft. Books shared: The Secret by Lindsay Barrett George Small Green Snake by Libba Moore Gray The […]

I got this wonderful idea from a colleague at another branch in my system. Basically, you use chalk to color salt and then use it to make sand art. I already had some chalk, so I bought a bunch of salt (I estimated one container of salt would fill about 2 bottles). I bought some […]

I’m always looking for new ideas for my weekly drop-in art program. Usually I look for projects that are relatively easy, low mess, and low cost. This yarn bowl project was low cost and pretty easy, but it definitely wasn’t low mess. But it was loads of fun! Here’s how we did it. (By the […]

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