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Archive for October, 2011

Flannel Friday – Knock Knock


I made this flannel story at least 10 years ago, and it still looks good (and still works well in storytime).

I’m sharing this “oldie” because I still like to make flannel stories in this manner. Basically, I cut the background shape from one color of felt (I used white for this one), and then the details are made from fabric. If you are not a sewing person, find a friend or relative that does sew, and ask for their scraps. Or purchase cheap fabric in many colors to have on hand.I used a liberal amount of Elmer’s glue to attach the edges of the fabric, which not only holds them to the felt, but keeps the fabric from fraying.

The book that I adpated for this story, “Knock, Knock, Who’s There?”, by Anthony Browne (1988), is probably going to be hard to find. The basic premise — little girl is in bed waiting for her bedtime story, and an array of creatures knock on the door to ask to come in — screeching with, stomping gorilla, etc. At the end, it is Daddy with a cup of hot chocolate and a bedtime story, but she knew it was him all along… Kids can usually guess why she knew (hint: slippers).

You’ll also notice some cards in the corner — I typed the story onto index cards, which I taped to the back of my flannel board the first few times I told this story. Don’t need them now, but they sure were helpful in the beginning.

Here’s a close-up of one of the figures, so you can see the fabric details:

Knock, knock! Who’s there?


Storytime Books

Here are a few good books that I receommend for storytime. These are newer to our collection here at AVRL.


Tuck me in by Dean Hacohen – Kids love to help turn the page and tuck the little animals in.

Bandits– Johanna Wright – could be read in a slightly spooky tone for Halloween storytimes.

Dinosaur vs. The Library  – Bob Shea – Everyone loves dinosaurs, and the library….

A huge hog is a big pig : a rhyming word game – Francis McCall – Lots of fun word play in this one, with a great guessing game built right in.

Kitty’s Cuddles – Jane Cabrera – Sweet book for baby storytimes, with lots of animals and snuggles.

Plumply, dumply pumpkin  by Mary Serfozo – Great rhyming book for Halloween, just the right length and tone  for toddler time.

Rocking in my school shoes by Eric Litwin  Pete the Cat is back with new school shoes.

Find the song tune here.

Ten little caterpillars by Bill Martin (illustrated by Lois Ehlert) Add a little science to storytime!

Who said coo? by Deborah Ruddell  – Fun word play and another story that could be used with a spooky voice for Halloween storytime.


Those are some of the best that have crossed my desk in the past few weeks. Enjoy!


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