Family Storytime Spotlight: Night Sounds

For every post I share a new storytime plan, I'm also going to try and share a plan from last year at my former library system. We had so much fun that I never got around to blogging about! Here's a plan I presented with a mixed-age family group when our monthly focus was phonological… Continue reading Family Storytime Spotlight: Night Sounds

Storytime Spotlight: Lost and Found

I'm prepping a Lost and Found storytime for 2020 and realized I never blogged about it in 2018! This is one of my all-time favorite storytime themes. Many young children experience separation anxiety and this theme gives us a safe space to explore those feelings. Also, who hasn't felt the anguish of losing a beloved… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Lost and Found

Storytime Spotlight: Animals on the “Moove”

Have you ever noticed how many transportation books have great sounds? And how many animal books have great sounds? Well, during our latest phonological awareness focus month, I put these two together and tried a new storytime plan: animals on the "moove!" Here's how it went with my regular mixed-age Saturday storytime group. *Sing: Good… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Animals on the “Moove”

Storytime Spotlight: GadZOOks! Animals on the Loose

Wanted to share my last day ever with my Saturday storytimers! This group is so very near and dear to my heart. We've been together for almost a year and a half now and it was SO HARD to say goodbye this weekend. I know I'll meet new families and build new relationships when I… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: GadZOOks! Animals on the Loose

Storytime Spotlight: Costumes & Camouflage (Animals in Disguise)

It's that time of year again! Costumes and candy assault the eyes down almost every aisle. (Actually, my local stores already started putting out Christmas items...) Anyways, I don't like to read holiday books in storytime. Storytime Underground has a great post about Checking Holidays at the Door if you're curious why. At the end of the… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Costumes & Camouflage (Animals in Disguise)

Storytime Spotlight: Facing Fears in Family Time (Twice!)

Oh hey, just here with another fun storytime post featuring monsters! I got a lot of mileage out of these materials - I ended up running through this storytime with five different groups at four different branches! Here's how it went with my regular mixed-age Saturday storytimers and another Family storytime group at the same… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Facing Fears in Family Time (Twice!)

Storytime Spotlight: Celebration Sounds

Last week I posted about my new party hats flannel, so this week I wanted to share them in storytime action! This was a smaller group than usual (less than 20 kiddos) and, although we had our usual wide range of ages, everyone in the group had been storytiming with me for at least six… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Celebration Sounds