Nuts About Books!

Hey Guys,

It’s fall, so that means it is time for a few new displays. I’ve been a little strapped for time recently and the change in seasons have snuck up on me. So I did a quick and dirty bulletin board and I will probably be re-purposing some old displays as we enter October.

I’ve been seeing a lot of squirrel picture books lately and I thought, hey, we see a lot of squirrels in the fall so a squirrel display it is.

Simple display with some acorns and our bookish squirrel!



That’s all for now!



My Many Colored Capes: Folder Story

Hi Guys,

I have a superhero themed storytime coming up and I always like to incorporate some type of flannel or prop into the program. After doing some digging online, I have to say that I was so impressed with a folder story I found on Storytime Katie’s, Flannel Friday. Adapted from Carissa Christner’s script, this wonderful story was turned into a quick and easy folder story, so of course I just had to create my own.

Not wanting steal any images, I drew my own super hero on a colored manila folder. I then cut out the cape so that as I switched the paper in the folder, the cape would seem to change colors. I taped the words onto the back of the folder and ta-da! Such an easy addition to any storytime!

My Many Colored Capes

By Carissa Christner, 2009

My cape of bravery
Goes over my head
It makes me feel bold
And its color is __________ (red)

My cape of honesty
Makes villains speak true
And chases out lies
Its color is ___________(blue)

My cape of fairness
Conquers those who are mean
It makes me feel strong
And its color is _________ (green)

My cape of calmness
Makes me feel mellow
It quiets the world
And its color is ____________(yellow)

My cape of wisdom
Helps me to think
And solve tricky problems
Its color is __________(pink)

My favorite cape
Gives me a nice glow
Its all these great colors—In a RAINBOW!!!

I like to include some type of interactive element to my stories, so between each of the stanzas of the story, I created a sign and the kids will yell: Up! Up! And… AWAY!


We’ll see how it goes! I’ll let you know in my next storytime post!

That’s all for now!



Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Back to School Days!

Pretty proud of this one guys! Came up with this idea all by myself. The kids have been killing me with requests for Diary of a Wimpy Kid books all summer; more so than usual. So I figured I needed to do some sort of Wimpy Kid display and voila:

I picked some poses of the wimpy characters out of the books and put my freehand skills to the test. I made sure to laminate everything so they last longer but the darn laminater crinkled my Diary of a Wimpy Kid sign. Was salvageable but still super annoying.


Anyway, hope you all enjoy!

That’s all for now!


Mary Had A Little Lamb: Lap Theater

Hi Guys,

I am going to be doing a back to school themed storytime in a little bit and I wanted to think of a different type of prop to use for the rhyme, Mary Had a Little Lamb. I really didn’t feel like pulling out all my flannel, so I looked around and found a few printables of Mary and her lamb and thought I could do something with popsicle sticks and cutouts.

And what I ended up with is a lap theater, puppet box hybrid!


Basically, I took a sturdy box and cut one of the sides off:


I then wrapped everything with green construction paper and used a razor blade to put slits in the top of my box. This was one hell of a thick box and my razor blade skills were sub-par. Maybe you guys can come up with a better way to do this. Because my slits are so wide, my puppets won’t stand on their own. So I will need to create some sort of stopper so they don’t slide through when I am not holding them. I’m leaning toward those small rubber hair-ties.


For my puppets, I used printables I found online, thanks Storytime Katie and Making Learning Fun, and colored them in before laminating and attaching to popsicle sticks. I printed and colored two of each so the images show on both sides. The teacher I drew myself. I couldn’t find an outline I liked.

I made a: Mary, Lamb, Teacher, Children Laughing and a School House.

My plan is to say the rhyme and present the characters in my lap theater as I go. The way I have the slits, I can move the puppets from side to side. I’ll need a little practice but hopefully it will all work out.

There are quite a few versions of Mary Had a Little Lamb out there. Because my theme is back to school I am going to go with this one:

Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
its fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day,
school one day, school one day,
It followed her to school one day,
which was against the rules.

It made the children laugh and play,
laugh and play, laugh and play,
it made the children laugh and play,
to see a lamb at school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
but still it lingered near.

And waited patiently about,
patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about,
till Mary did appear.

“Why does the lamb love Mary so?”
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
“Why does the lamb love Mary so,”
the eager children cry.

“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know.”
The lamb, you know, the lamb, you know,
“Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,”
the teacher did reply.

Hopefully, this will be a fun and different prop to use in storytime. I’ll let you know how it goes!

That’s all for now!


When we READ we GROW!

Alright guys, I’ve had my rocket ship bulletin board up long enough. It was time for a new one and I figured I’d better do something with plants or growing things before fall creeps up on me. And so we get: When we READ we GROW!


I’ve been really into incorporating some 3D elements into my displays lately and I saw on Pinterest someone who used books as flower heads. I thought this was a really neat idea, so I tried to think up how else I could make bookish flowers 3D.

20170804_125306To get the stems, I just crumbled up about half a sheet of green paper and only stapled at the tops and bottoms. For the pots, I cut out long rectangles of brown paper, folded over the lips and then took the bottom two corners and taped them together to form a slanted pot shape. When you staple the pots down, you have to do it from the inside of the pot.


The books and butterflies were done the same way. Quick staple in the middle and then take your ends and push them in a bit to make the page/butterfly pop–staple when satisfied, right at the end of the paper.

Overall, this was a quick display, with minimal artistic flair needed. Came out pretty good if I do say so myself!

That’s all for now!


Scat the Cat

Oh man guys, I was looking for some fun new storytime ideas today and I became obsessed with this folder story Scat the Cat.

I’m Scat the Cat. I’m sassy and fat.
And I can change my colors ~ (snap) ~ just like that!

This was SOO easy to make. Just take a manilla folder, cut out your cat, tape/paste your plastic wrap on the inside of the folder, decorate and viola!

Whatever color paper you put in the folder will make the cat a different color.

I took the words from

Once there was a little black cat. (Hold up the file folder showing the black cat.) He was a magic cat because he could change his colors ~ (snap fingers) ~ just like that. All he had to say was:

CHORUS:     I’m Scat the Cat. I’m sassy and fat.
                      And I can change my colors ~ (snap) ~ just like that!

       One day Scat decided he was tired of being black. He wanted to be a new color so he said: CHORUS. (Remove the black sheet of paper to make the cat blue.) And he changed blue! Scat went down to the pond to look at himself in the water. Unfortunately, he fell in, and he couldn’t swim. Timmy Turtle came along and helped Scat get back on shore.

       Scat decided he didn’t want to be blue any more, so he said: CHORUS. (Remove the blue sheet of paper to make the cat red.) And he changed red. He went walking down the street, and everybody started laughing at him. “Whoever heard of a red cat!” they said.

       Scat decided he didn’t want to be red any more, so he said: CHORUS. (Remove the red sheet of paper to make the cat yellow.) And he changed yellow. Scat went walking in the woods, and who did he run into but his cousin Leo the lion. “Grrrrrr!” roared Leo. “I’m the only cat who can be yellow.”

       Scat decided he better not be yellow any more, and he quickly said: CHORUS. (Remove the yellow sheet of paper to make the cat green.) Scat wanted to play with his brothers and sisters in the grass. He tried to play with them, but he was green like the grass, and they couldn’t see him.

       Scat decided he didn’t want to be blue, or red, or yellow, or green, so he said: CHORUS. (Remove the green sheet of paper to make the cat black.) Scat knew that being himself was the best thing to be. And do you know what? Being yourself is the best thing you can be, too. Because there’s nobody else exactly like you. And I like you just the way you are!

I cannot wait to use this folder story in my next storytime!

That’s all for now!


Family Storytime: Summer Time Snacks

For this storytime, I wanted to focus on all the yummy snacks we get to eat over the summer. Especially, with fourth of July coming up where we get to pig out on all these delicious treats.

Here’s what we did:

I usually start with many of the same warm ups:

  • Song – Top of the Morning
    • This is a good song to warm up with because we stretch all the parts we will be using in storytime. Eyes, arms, legs, mouth, nose.
  • ASL – Hello Friends
    • I like to use sign language in my story time. We go over the signs for: Hello, Friends, Time and Say. Thanks to Jbrary for this one!
  • Song – Hokey Pokey
    • Once we were warmed up we did a little hokey pokey to shake things up.

From here we get into our theme.41zqronjptl-_sy343_bo1204203200_

  • ASL – Food/Eat, More, Ice Cream, Summer
    • I like to teach my my kids a few American Sign Language signs at the start of every storytime. This helps foster communication and with a large deaf community in our town it’s a great tool to have.
  • Movement Rhyme –  Two Green Apples

Way up high in an apple tree

(Raise Arms High)

Two green apples smiled at me.

(Big Exaggerated Smiles)

So I shook that tree as hard as I could,

(Pretend to Shake tree)

And down fell the apples. Mmmm, they were good!

(Rub Tummy)

  • Story – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle’41b16y3md8l
    • A colleague of mine has this one in lap theater format. I borrowed it for this storytime.
  • Song – We’re Going on a Picnic by Raffi
    • This is a fun little song to give my voice a little break. And picnics are fun!
  • Flannel / Movement Exercise – Ice Cream Scoop
    • The kids use their fists, one for the cone and one as the ice cream scoop and we count as we add ice cream to the cone. 20170624_155814

First we need a cone, Nice and crunchy

Then we need some ice cream, Sweet and yummy,

Scoop ’em on; stack ’em on’ Up to the sky

We love ice cream; my, oh my!

First comes vanilla, Cold and sweet

Then comes chocolate A delicious treat.

Here’s some strawberry; Orange sherbet, too,


One scoop, two scoops,

Three scoops, four

We love ice cream Let’s have some more!

A super-duper scooper cone Just for you!

  • Story – The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli 51chadzju3l-_ac_us218_I used my Alligator puppet to tell this story. He had a felt watermelon to eat and at the end he “spits” a seed (crumpled ball) into the audience.
  • Game – Stoplight freeze dance
    • I created red, yellow and green circles on popsicle sticks.
    • When I held up the green, they’d drive their cars. Yellow and they would drive in slow motion. Red and they would have to freeze in place.
    • I showed them in different orders and at different paces to make it more fun. A freeze dance for cars!
  • Movement Rhyme – Banana’s Unite
    • This is the silliest, cheerleader-esq, movement rhyme

Bananas unite (place arms over head) 
Bananas split (open arms and place at sides) 
Peel banana, peel, peel banana (move to left) 
Peel banana, peel, peel banana (move to the right) 
Bananas to the left (circle arms to the left) 
Bananas to the right (circle arms to the right) 
Peel it down the middle and (uh) take a bite (grab and pull from out in front of you) 

  • Story – Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems51lnloyjufl-_sx348_bo1204203200_
      • Ice cream is an iconic summer snack, so of course I had to include it. I also had cut outs of Elephant and Piggy from a display I did a while back, so I thought I could pin them up when I do this story.


  • Song w/ Shakers – Mr. Sun
    • We just shake our shakers and dance. By this point in storytime we just need to dance!

img_20160514_152037Finally, I always end with the same three things:

  • Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It
    • I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.
  • ASL – Goodbye Friends
    • We learn to say goodbye in ASL and use the same signs and song as our hello.
  • Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
    • I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.

How’d it go: This one went pretty well. A decent crowd with lots of little, little ones this time. Everyone put up with my use of the lap theater for The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which I feel like I need three hands for, and fun was had by all. We got a little fidgity toward then end and could have used another song. Other than that a good storytime.

That’s all for now!