STEAM Storytime: Stars!

Image credit: How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel, 2004).

New job, new program! Our STEAM Storytime is targeted for 3-6 year-olds. It happens on a Monday afternoon and we read at least one nonfiction book and end with a hands-on experiment. For the month of March, we’re traveling to outer space! Read on for the first week’s program.

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Caldecott 2018 predictions

It’s that time of year again where I start feverishly reading as many picture books as I can to come up with my top titles for The Randolph Caldecott Medal, which is awarded to “the most distinguished American picture book for children” of the year preceding its announcement. As is tradition, I will nominate seven titles below that I’m cheering for this year.  Continue reading “Caldecott 2018 predictions”

Storytime: Bravery!

It has been a busy month as I prepare for the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in February. I’ve been so busy reading and reviewing that I’ve been mostly MIA. This plan is the last storytime I shared at my branch before transferring into my new position. I had planned on doing all my favorite books but then, perhaps in light of MLK Day, I decided to focus on bravery. We all could use some of that right now.

For information about my approach to storytime, check out this post.

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Postcards to Mousie Brown

Little Mousie Brown
Little Mousie Brown outside her home, sporting a chic scarf a coworker knit for her.

After a Little Mousie Brown puppet became a staple in my storytime routine, I got an idea: What if she started receiving a postcard at every storytime? Many wonderful people on Facebook and Twitter played along and agreed to send mail to the puppet. My coworkers delivered the postcards using a really cute Pack Rat hand puppet. The exercise ultimately would have been better for older kids but, hey, it was too much fun not to share! Read on for the messages Little Mousie Brown received.

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Looking Back on 2017

Image credit: Miguel and the Grand Harmony by Matt de la Peña, illus. Ana Ramírez (Disney Press, 2017)

We did it! It’s almost 2018. That means this blog is almost one year old, so I’m reflecting back on the year’s posts. If I had to choose one word or phrase to describe the year, I’d choose “Oh gnome you don’t!” because (a) the current administration, (b) this delightful board game entered my life, and (c) I really don’t know how I managed it all and am still learning how to say no.

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Program-And-Tell: Drag Queen Storytime

Image credit: My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis, illus. Suzanne DiSimone (Aladdin, 2010)

It’s been a while since I last posted but, hey, I crossed off another professional goal on my list and brought Drag Queen Storytime to all three of our locations last month as evening storytimes! Read on to see what we did and how we did it. I can’t wait to try again next year.

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