Resources for Planning Storytimes || Librarian Blogroll


Every one of our storytimes has a craft attached to it. It is beastly trying to find crafts that are age-appropriate. These are some of the sites that I find myself revisiting:


Yep, I make a lot of the flannelboards we use. I think I do a pretty decent job and I am always really excited about making them. I am constantly on the look-out for sites that have free flannelboard templates. Some of my favorites:

Fingerplays/Action Rhymes

One of the hardest areas for me — I don’t remember much past “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and nursery rhymes. So, I’ve got a lot of links to help me out:


I don’t look up a lot of songs because I have a pretty good memory from childhood. But every now and again, I find I need to refresh my memory on some of the verses. I use these links:


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.

8 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?

  5. Seanine Brady
    January 6, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Katie,
    Wondering if you do any workshops for library teachers? Please let me know if you are willing.

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