Hi, there! I’m the Katie behind “Storytime Katie” and if you’re on this page, I’m assuming you want to know a little more about me!
I’m an Early Literacy Librarian, working at a library in the Chicago suburbs. While I specialize in ages 0-6, I work in a collaborative work environment where I also get to work with school-age kids and teenagers. At my library, I lead a team that includes two early literacy staff members and am also the point person for all matters of storytime!
I’m super passionate about connecting kids with books they love, getting kids excited about the library, early literacy, making flannelboards, and creating the best storytimes that I can.
A few of my favorite books to read in storytime are: “I’m Not Cute” by Jonathan Allen, “Higher Higher” by Leslie Patricelli, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin, Jr., “Old Bear” by Kevin Henkes, “From Head to Toe” by Eric Carle, “Dog’s Colorful Day” by Emma Dodd, “My Heart Is Like a Zoo” by Michael Hall and absolutely anything by Mo Willems.
In my spare time, I read over two hundred books a year of mostly YA fiction, and really enjoy watching the same TV shows that my teen patrons do. (Any “Vampire Diaries” fans out there?) I also love to make art — scrapbooking and painting are my two favorites.
You can also find me blogging for the ALSC blog monthly about storytimes & flannelboards, on Twitter gabbing away about librarianship, and pinning new storytime ideas on Pinterest. If you want to contact me by email, please feel free to at simplykatie [at] gmail [dot] com, though I have to warn you that I am potentially the worst person ever at responding to email. For a speedy answer, Twitter works best!