Category Archives: Grade School Stories

What I’ve been up to

Oh my, it’s been too long since I’ve posted! Which also means I haven’t been doing very many storytimes lately. :(

I am currently subbing from time to time at the desk in the Kidspace at Gail Borden Public Library… where I also volunteer to cover storytime every now and then. I’m on the lookout for a part-time library job/new storytime home where I can regularly do storytimes again.

Meanwhile, I’ve also been writing and submitting children’s books (mostly picture books but also a wacky lower middle grade book… all with a thread of silliness, of course). I’m really enjoying the process and the journey… and I hope that one day I’ll be able to get published and read my own book at storytime!

I am also leading a series of “Story Theater” classes for Grades 1-3 at Gail Borden’s South Elgin Branch Library March 27-29, 10:30 – 11:30 am. We’re going to make stories come alive through storytelling and interactive theater games. It should be a lot of fun!

I keep saying that I’ll post more and then I don’t, so I won’t make any promises! But I do hope it won’t be as long until my next post. Best wishes!

The Ghost with the One Black Eye

I’ve mentioned before that I am a fan of storyteller Priscilla Howe… Today for a local round-up of kiddie library staff, I shared one of her hilarious “baby” stories, a silly campfire tale about a baby who WANTS HER APPLE JUICE! and a black-eyed ghost that stands in her way. It’s called “The Ghost withContinue Reading

Happy 100th Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

I don’t usually post anything here other than storytime plans, announcements, and the occasional booklist or early literacy tip (and even those posts have been rare lately! Sorry; I am still on hiatus**), BUT I have to come out of the woodwork to declare my love for Beverly Cleary and to wish her a veryContinue Reading

Hoppy Bunny

Twice a month, I visit ESL families to do an hour long program with them. Sometimes, we do storytimes with a craft, sometimes we do writing workshops, sometimes we do mini-lessons, etc. Here is my Bunnies Outreach Family Literacy Visit from last week. (FYI: I will be doing a slightly different bunny storytime again atContinue Reading

Book Care

For a family literacy visit last week, we read stories and talked about book care. And, we made some really fun monster bookmarks to help us take care of our books! OPENING: Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (Pete Seeger) PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by KarenContinue Reading

Festival Fun!

I had a blast today at the first Larsen Park Storytelling Festival! It was great seeing the other storytellers perform. I have some new stories that I want to learn now!!! The audience was wonderful, too I hope that I can participate in more events like this! (Have I used enough exclamation marks?!) Stories told:Continue Reading

Larsen Park Storytelling Festival

I will be performing in a storytelling festival next Tuesday at 12 pm in Lake in the Hills, Illinois. My sure-to-be-silly stories will be geared towards 4-8 year-olds. Come and enjoy this family summer program! More information about the event can be found here.

Story Love I

Ack! I am behind in blog posts! I guess that’s what happens when you’re in the midst of preparing for and starting SUMMER READING! Last month, I did a couple of Books/Reading/Story Love storytimes. The following is one I did for my ESL family literacy group. The kids range from pre-K to age 8, soContinue Reading

It’s Frosty Cold Out!

BRR! Come in to the library where it’s nice and warm… and listen to some fun winter stories! So far, I’ve done this storytime (some variation of it) with 3 preschool groups, 2 kindergarten classes, and a family literacy group. I’m also planning on using it for my regular Panera storytime and my new storytimeContinue Reading

Five Golden Songs

On the fifth day of December, Ms. Jennifer gave to all… FIVE GOLDEN SONGS!!!!! At yesterday’s Lincoln Story League (our local kiddie librarian idea swap), I shared five Silly Librarian approved action songs… Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me from Pete Seeger: Children’s Concert at Town Hall (live version) (Additional verses added here.) Let everyoneContinue Reading