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Hibernating…

I am feeling a little sad today, knowing that storytime is starting up again… without me. I’ve had the best group over at the Randall Oaks Branch Library in West Dundee, Illinois these past couple of years, and I already miss them lots! I know that Ms. Susan will do an excellent job.

I have left my job at the library, and I am going on a storytime hiatus for a bit. Among other things, I am planning on focusing on some writing projects. (I have a few picture books and a chapter book that I’m working on!) I would also like to work on this blog a little, maybe finally adding some more videos, book talks, new look… Feel free to check in on me here!

I hope that come spring or summer, I’ll start doing some storytelling events again. I LOVE STORYTIME!

Until then, I’ll be hibernating and thinking about happy memories…

Photo by Mike Greene

Photo by Mike Greene

Snowy Days are soon to come

Last Friday, I enjoyed doing a 20-minute toddler storytime for my nephew Jackson’s class at Crystal Lake Montessori School! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1 (Story Cards): Oh! by Kevin Henkes Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.) Song/Fingerplay:Continue Reading

December Stories

More Golfview Family Literacy Fun! Happy Holidays, everyone Opening Song: “Put Your Finger in the Air” from Pete Seeger: Children’s Concert at Town Hall (live version) Read-aloud #1: You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow Flannel: Rudolph! Rudolph! Read-aloud #2 (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard CowdreyContinue Reading

Missing Storytime?

Man, this is one long storytime break! Storytime at Randall Oaks Branch Library doesn’t start back up until Monday, January 5! HOWEVER… There’s going to be a Family Dance Party at Randall Oaks on Monday, December 15 at 10 am. There will be music, instruments to play with, and more! It’s sure to be aContinue Reading

Bad Wolf?…or…Good Wolf?

More storytime fun with the Family Literacy crowd at Golfview Elementary! Today, we played around with the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, and other wolf stories. And, the wolf wasn’t always the bad guy! Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me Read-aloud #1: Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by RachaelContinue Reading

Halloween Fun

Our last fall storytime ended with a bang! Lots of Halloween fun… including kids previewing their cute costumes We’re now on break until January 2015… I will miss everyone! Happy Holidays! Keep reading! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid ofContinue Reading

Monsters don’t scare me (again)!

Last week at pajama storytime and this week at my Randall Oaks storytime, I repeated my “Monsters don’t scare me!” storytime. I added in dancing with scarves to “Monster Mash” (from Kidz Bop: Halloween Party). It was a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Next week is our last week of the fallContinue Reading

Sloths Hang Out in the Rainforest

It’s World Rainforest Week… and October 19 is Sloth International Day… so I found it appropriate to do a Sloth/Rainforest Storytime. Plus I had sloth socks and a sloth puppet that I wanted to show off! As the kids gathered for storytime, I showed them fun pictures of real sloths from A Little Book ofContinue Reading

Bear Season

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October Stories

I’ve started a new school year with Literacy Connection ESL families at Golfview! The families enjoy learning and practicing English by participating in these for-all-ages storytimes. Opening Song: “Hands Are For Clapping” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song Read-aloud #1: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall *Fingerplay: Apples Read-aloud #2: Creepy Carrots! byContinue Reading