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Flannelboards are one of my favorite things about storytime. (It speaks to my crafty side. :D) While I do spend a fair amount of time on Pinterest finding new flannelboards to create, these are the sites that often offer tutorials and patterns for making your own.

Fingerplays, Rhymes, & Songs

In the beginning of my storytime journey, I spent a lot of time trying to find fingerplays, action rhymes, and songs to match my theme EVERY week. Since then, I’ve really entered into a rotation of tried-and-true favorites that best serve me and my patrons. Yay for repetition based learning!


Most of the time, I come up with themes by spending time in the stacks reading through picture books, but every now and again, I venture online to see what themes are common.


At one of my previous libraries, I did a craft project with each storytime. These were the days BEFORE Pinterest. Here are some of the sites that I found particularly useful:

15 comments on “Resources

  1. Julie Heaton West
    September 12, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Thank you for putting this together. I can’t tell you how much it has helped me. I just started at the library in January and became the Children’s Specialist(with no formal training).

    • Katie
      September 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

      Thank you! Congrats on your new position!

  2. Janelle Van Hook
    March 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    So I have a feeling your website is going to be an excellent tool for me. I Just got my first full-time position and I am going to be a Children’s Librarian and I am freaking out!

    • Katie
      March 24, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Congratulations on your full-time position! If you need anything, please feel free to reach out!

  3. claudia gaviria
    April 23, 2015 at 7:22 pm #

    Dear Katie: I usually don’t leave comments. Even though I have been following you for over 2 years and you are my go to for inspiration on books and songs for my daycare children, this is the first time that I publicly wanted to thank you and tell you how grateful I am for all the work, resources and love you share with all of us. God bless you!

    • Katie
      April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you, thank you for the comment. And especially: thank you for reading!

  4. Heidi Morgan
    November 3, 2015 at 8:09 am #

    Need a little help. I teach transitional kindergarten and am using a magnetic flannel board the adheres to my whiteboard. The pieces keep falling off while we are trying to interact with the story or lesson I am presenting. Any suggestions on how to keep the pieces from falling off?

    • Katie
      June 7, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

      I would check to make sure that the magnet backing is enough to support the weight of the piece. And then to make the magnetboard tilt on angle is possible to help the pieces stay up. Other than that, I only work with felt so I’m probably not the best person to ask.

  5. Michelle Hansen
    July 10, 2019 at 6:23 pm #

    I made your Little Mouse, Little Mouse flannel board and so many people want me to make one for them. I am helping with a boutique for the Orff National Convention in the fall. We are trying to raise money to provide scholarships for music teachers to get additional training in Orff. Is it o.k. for me to make these flannel boards to sell at the boutique? It really is a great cause.

    • Katie
      July 30, 2019 at 9:32 am #

      I can’t give permission because the template wasn’t mine to begin with. Sorry!

  6. Regina Hernandez
    August 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm #

    Your resources are awesome and I use them almost daily. Just FYI..Canton Public Library link does not work and Perry Public Library.

  7. Myriam
    November 6, 2019 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Katie, I live in the small rural mountain community of Monteverde Costa RIca. I have a 3 1/2 year old and my husband and I are avid readers. There are two community-type libraries in town. One is at the Quaker school (our son now attends this) and the other is a more recent small volunteer run community library. The children’s books are NOT in good condition (I am talking mold, ripped/missing pages, eaten by mice). As a country, while the literacy rate is 98%, over 51% of people haven’t read a book in the last 12 months. Books in Spanish are expensive and hard to come by. As you can imagine, all these factors lead to low rates of early reading. I am currently working on a couple of grants to see if I can’t launch an early reading book bundle program in the Quaker school preschool classroom. The idea is to do this as a pilot here and hopefully expand to the larger community. I have used your site before (a few years ago I volunteered a little to read stories to kids at the public library) and am very appreciative of the materials you have layed out. I am wondering if you might be willing to share the contents of the activity cards with me so that I can use them in the book bundles (aka not re-invent the wheel)? Anyway, anything you can share is greatly appreciated.

    • Katie
      January 7, 2020 at 9:34 am #

      Hi Myriam,

      I wish you the best of luck with your Book Bundles. Unfortunately, I do not have access to the activity cards anymore as I do not work at that library and was not allowed to take them with me. What’s on the blog is all that I have of them; hope that helps!

  8. Nancy Rodriguez
    December 6, 2019 at 2:16 pm #

    The following link under Fingerplays / Action Rhymes is not working

    Miami-Dade Public Library Nursery Rhymes

    it’s giving me an error message.

    • Katie
      January 7, 2020 at 9:38 am #

      Thank you for letting me know. I removed that link.

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