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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!

Image of a brown-haired woman wearing glasses sitting on a stone wall outside. (I’m smiling too!)

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 several 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.

Image of a brown-haired woman wearing glasses. She is standing in front of a pond and wearing farm animal finger puppets on her right hand. (Still smiling!) 

A few of my favorite books to read in storytime are: “Wow! Said the Owl” by Tim Hopgood, “Toot Toot Beep Beep” by Emma Garcia, “Clip-Clop” by Nicola Smee, “Thank You Omu” by Oge Mora, “Hooray for Hat!” by Brian Won, “The Mixed-Up Truck” by Stephen Savage, “The Rabbit Listened” by Cori Doerrfeld, and “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats.

In my spare time, you’ll find me knitting, playing the ukulele, embroidering, biking, writing, reading, listening to Taylor Swift or…playing the Sims. I’m also an aunt to seven kiddos who are six and under, as well as six dogs!

You can also find me 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!

43 comments on “Katie

  1. Betsy
    April 15, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Katie! I’m a big fan/user of your blog and I’m working on convincing the powers that be to organize our picture books into “neighborhoods” like your library. Do you have a list of all your “neighborhoods/streets” that you are willing to share?

    Thank you!

    • Katie
      April 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

      I’ve sent you the list in an email; I’ll be posting it on the blog in a few weeks, but wanted you to have it sooner!

  2. Sharon Grover
    May 5, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    A big thank you for the great rhymes I’ve used in my last two storytimes. The kids loved them as much as I did. You rock!

    • Katie
      May 11, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      You’re welcome!

  3. Andrea
    July 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Hi Katie- I love your stuff! Do you sell any of it? I’m a mom of 4 and a pre-k teacher-very busy!

    • Katie
      August 5, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      I do not sell any of my stuff, sorry! Right now I’m busy enough just doing my day-to-day job stuff.

  4. Lacey
    August 20, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    I recently recieved a grant and I am going to be doing something similiar to your Readers club. I wanted to ask you a few questions, would you mind? Thanks Lacey

    • Katie
      September 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      Hi Lacey,

      Apologies for missing this comment earlier! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: simplykatie [at] gmail [dot] com.

      Congrats on receiving your grant!

  5. KatiB
    July 5, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Hello Katie!
    My name is Kati and I work as a children’s librarian also! I have used your blog before to help me extend some of my story time plans, but I recently started my own blog so I knew I had to follow you! This blog is a wonderful wonderful resource for librarians everywhere! Thank you so much for sharing!


    • Katie
      September 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

      Thank you for reading!

  6. Jac
    August 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Katie, I love your website, thanks so much for all the resources. 🙂

    • Katie
      September 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm #

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Jamie Rexrode
    March 6, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi Katie, Thanks for sharing your ideas. I always think that if everyone had a good time during story time then I have been a success. I am glad to have found your blog. Your ideas will help make my story times more fun.

    • Katie
      March 15, 2015 at 12:55 pm #

      Thank you for reading!

  8. myfriendlucy
    April 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    I love “I’m not cute”. As a short, sometimes strongly opinionated but ridiculous person I have to defend my non-cuteness on a regular basis.

    • Katie
      April 24, 2015 at 10:22 am #

      I’m 5’3″, so I completely understand!

  9. Jan Garrison
    June 17, 2015 at 2:28 pm #

    I would like to do the ouch flannel board. What goes with the animals?

  10. Jane Whittingham
    August 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

    Hi there!

    I just referred an ECE student to your blog, and she was overjoyed and couldn’t wait to share it with all her classmates. She was running out of ideas for circle time themes, and she was thrilled to see your extensive list! Just thought I’d let you know that you really made someone’s day.

    • Katie
      September 15, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

      Thank you. Comments like this really make MY day.

  11. Sarah Metts
    August 19, 2015 at 7:59 am #

    Hello Katie!

    My name is Sarah Metts and I am starting my MLIS program this fall. I also work full time as a Bookmobile Assistant for the Outreach Department of the York County Library. (I also see that my peer mentor through the International Librarian Network also left a comment here! How cool!)

    I have your website bookmarked in a folder called Morning Coffee and you are at the top. I have used your story time ideas to try new things with my story times and as jumping off points to make something that’s my own.

    I had a questions about your posts and how you plan them out. How far ahead do you stay ahead of your posting schedule? In other words, do you write articles in groups to post throughout the week or even monthly?

    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas. I always look forward to Flannel Friday. 🙂

    All the best,

    Sarah M.

    • Katie
      September 15, 2015 at 4:54 pm #

      I’m…really far ahead. I took a week’s vacation in May and scheduled posts through the summer. This is really the first time I’m checking in on the blog since then.

      Thank you so much for reading! I love hearing that the blog is useful for other people.

  12. Sunny
    October 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    I’d like to pose a question to the many followers of this fantabulous blog–is anyone aware of either a YouTube short, app or other electronic source for showing fireflies? This will be used as a very brief sharing during toddler storytime. Here in the Pacific Northwest where fireflies are never seen, I want to give kids a clear view of how terrific this insect is. I’ve searched, but just haven’t landed on anything worthy of a 2 year old audience. Many Thanks!

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:24 pm #

      I don’t know of any, sorry!

  13. Emily
    October 6, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Katie, I use your stuff ALL the time. When I am stumped for themes or craft ideas (I’m not by nature a crafty person), you are my go-to blog. I wish there was a way I could credit you every time I use your stuff in storytime, so just wanted to say THANK YOU for sharing your excellent ideas.

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

      Thank you for reading!!

  14. Jessica
    February 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    Hi Katie!

    I am a library Storytimer for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, as well. I just love your website; it’s always my first stop when researching new ideas for a program.

    I’m going to be starting a new read-aloud program for children ages 0 – 11 at a homeless shelter soon. I was wondering if you had any tips/resources that you could offer.

    Thanks again for the wonderful work that you do!


    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

      Plan a lot of materials so you can adjust for the age of the group. With that large of a range, you’ll probably have to plan on a four-year-old level. Have the big kids be helpers. Good luck!

  15. Kathy Dejnowski
    April 11, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Hello Katie,
    I was wondering how long your Discovery Story time and Shake, Shimmy, and Dance Story Times are. Thank you,

    Kathy Dejnowski

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

      Discovery is scheduled for thirty minutes but can go up to an hour if the kids are still engaged and listening. Shake, Shimmy, and Dance is only thirty minutes.

  16. daviscooper
    May 6, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Hey there Katie – I have been ‘borrowing’ ideas from you since I started doing story times at my library over two years ago. Your blog is so helpful, especially when I am in a hurry and don’t have time to put it all together myself. I say, “Wonder what Katie would do?” Then I can check out your ideas and see what worked for you. It is a wonderful thing you are doing and I really am grateful that you share your ideas. 😀 Kel

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  17. Jessica
    December 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Hi Katie! I am a huge fan of your site, and have referred to it often since I started working in the children’s department of my library 2 years ago. You have wonderful ideas and I’m always inspired! I was recently given the go-ahead to put together 3 “parenting packs” inspired by your incredible ideas! I was wondering you would be willing to share your resource pages for parents that you include inside them? I am starting from scratch and am not really sure where to begin. I would give you complete credit. I would be soooo grateful! The packs that I chose to start with are…potty training for boys, potty training for girls and new baby in the house. I am so excited for patrons to get to start using these!
    Thank you for everything you do!

  18. Laura A
    April 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    Do you/would you share your activity pages you created for your parenting packs?

  19. Janice Behrens
    August 2, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Hi, Katie
    I’m an Editor at Scholastic, and I’d like to send you an email with some questions. Please send me an email if I can get in touch. Thanks.

    • Katie
      September 11, 2017 at 10:08 am #

      I sent an email!

  20. Katie B
    February 23, 2021 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi Katie,

    I am so happy I found this blog that you created. I am a Developmental Intervention Teacher working with children from birth to 3. Many of the developmental skills I work on are presented through songs, stories and back and forth play. Your blog is such an amazing inspiration. I love your creative themes and the awesome story titles to coincide with your themes.

    P.S. My name is also Katie 😀

    • Katie
      July 19, 2021 at 10:07 pm #

      A most wonderful name!

      Thanks so much for your comment and for stopping by!

  21. Barb Bussema
    September 9, 2022 at 9:23 am #

    Looking for you and what library you work at! I’m the children’s librarian at a public library in Kalamazoo, MI. I’ve always admired your blog and have used a lot of your ideas! I’ve got some questions about your Bookgarteners program!

    • Katie
      September 13, 2022 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Barb,
      You can either send me questions here at the blog, or to my personal email simplykatie[at]gmail[dot]com. Happy to answer them!

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