Happy Birthday Flannel Friday!

To celebrate Flannel Friday’s 4th Birthday I am hosting a guest post from fellow flannel friend Katie. This adorable flannel story is going to the top of my to-do pile! Thank you to Katie for the delightful post and for introducing me to these cute books. Thank you to Flannel Friday for all of your awesomeness. To find out more about Flannel Friday check out our blog, Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page. This week’s Guest Post Palooza Birthday Roundup is being hosted by Mollie at What Happens in Storytime…

And without further ado, here’s Katie:

Hi!  My name is Katie and I am a Youth Services Librarian in the Chicago-land area.  Flannel Friday has inspired some great programming ideas for me, so I wanted to be able to return the favor as part of the Flannel Friday Birthday Celebration.  Thank you to Anne for generously hosting my post on her blog!  I hope that I do itsybitsymom justice :)

 This flannel set is based on the board book Slow Snail, by Mary Murphy.  The simple text and bold pictures were just begging to be turned into a flannel story.  ​With spring (hopefully!) just around the corner, this is an awesome story to include in a spring, insect, or backyard animal theme.
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2015 Mock Caldecott – Better Late than Never!

Trying something a little new… a bit of a Story Time re-think… re-vamp… some of our Wiggleworms who are approaching (or have just hit) the age of FIVE are not having FUN with a couple of our routines, which just won’t do! So this week (well, it was a few weeks ago – I am still catching up here!) we tried reading more than one book in a row *gasp* cut back on our songs and chants, brought back the craft… and it worked great. Sometimes a change is as good as a break and in this case we have had both, haven’t we?!?

The 2015 Caldecott Awards for the most distinguished American picture book for children were awarded earlier in the week, but the Wiggleworms didn’t know that  – so I selected FIVE books that had been on many other Story Time short lists, including the book that won this year’s award. After a brief explanation of the awards we decided we would have our own vote.

Here are the books:

BOOK: Nana in the City
by Lauren Castillo
Nana in the City

This sweet and gentle book shows a beautiful relationship between grandmother and grandchild. Set in New York City the artwork is stunning and the story is very sweet.  The kids loved the cape and were very attentive. Continue reading

Wacky Wednesday 2

Wacky Wednesday Deux!

We’re back! Thank you for your patience! A few weeks ago we held our second Wacky Wednesday program! So fun! 

Our weekly activities include: Opening Song, GAME CUBE!, BANANA BREAK!!! and Closing Rhyme & Song

And here is what we did for Wacky Wednesday Deux!

BOOK: Chalk
by Bill Thompson

I love this clever book – and it is beautifully drawn. There are no words, but the pictures tell the story of a group of young kids who discover a bag of sidewalk chalk at the playground. The kids soon discover this magic chalk makes their drawings come to life. I had our group of Wiggleworms read the book to me – which they were delighted to do. Younger ones needed some specific direction via questions, but the almost 5 crowd was REALLY good at retelling the story! Continue reading