Adventures in Storytime

It was our first week of summer storytimes and we had a full house and loads of fun! Kids, even the older ones, seemed to have a good time with this theme. Looking for more books? Check out my Construction/Building booklist.

Theme:   Construction/Building   Ages:    0-6                   Early Literacy Focus:  Vocabulary



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I’m going to try to include a visual element in every storytime so I made a magnet set of the vehicles in “Macdonald” and plopped them on a magnet board as I read the story. After stories, parents and kids talked about and played with the pieces again. Double bonus!

Songs & Rhymes

“Shake Your Sillies Out” by the Wiggles

“The Elevator Song”

Humpty Dumpty

“The More We Get Together


The most popular stations were the craft stick houses on foam core and the bean table. If I were doing it again I’d do a second table for the craft stick houses and make an even longer streamer/bubble wrap tunnel.

Got a favorite construction-themed readaloud or activity? Share it in the comments!


Until next time, Book Lovers!

Picture Book Month, day 29!

The continued celebration of great picture books……


The comical illustrations and the snarky tone make this a good read for bigs and littles.



If your kids’ imaginations need jumpstarting, this is for them. Also, you’ll want to build all the cardboard things after reading it so start gathering now. Continue reading

Picture Book Month, day 21

Three books that prove in stories anything can happen!

I liked this one but wasn’t sure if younger readers would ‘get it’. They did and it was funny to see the mix of reactions from laughter to perplexity. At one storytime a four year old said to me with a ‘what in the world’ expression, “No one would actually tear their house down because they heard a noise.” Exactly. Continue reading

Picture Book Month, day 18

One of my favorites of the year. I smiled all the way through the first time I read this. With its rhyme, crazy illustrations and the ‘mystery’ of who broke the teapot (hint: it’s not who you think it is!) this one is a crowd pleaser.

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Picture Book Month, day 17

I love books where things get eaten! ( Cue Jaws music. . . . . .)

Tadpole’s Promise is a book everyone should know. What a surprise ending! When I did this in storytime I think the parents were more shocked than the kids. Hey, it’s the circle of life! Continue reading

Picture Book Month, day 16

Two of my favorite picture books that celebrate diversity. Picture books are an easy way of helping young readers understand diversity and acceptance. With the current state of things, this is more important than ever.


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