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Archive for May, 2012

New books for storytime

Sorry folks, I know it has been a while, but Summer Reading Club and conference prep is eating up all my time! Here are some new books to share..

Zoom Rocket Zoom by Margaret Mayo
Great informational book for preschoolers. Zoom into space with cheerfully colored astronauts and learn how rockets, space shuttles, and more work. Perfect addition to the transportation storytime!

Split! Splat! By Amy Gibson
Lots of silliness in this book, which features rain, puddles, and mud. Take advantage of the rhymes to reinforce those letter sounds, and get the kids up to pretend splash and stomp.

Night Knight by Owen Davey
This book could simply be described as a bedtime adventure in shades of orange and brown, but those obsessed with dragons and castles will see the fun here. You may have to spend lots of time exploring the illustrations.

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur by Judy Sierra
This book could easily have been a didactic tome for preschoolers. Instead, Judy Sierra has made manners fun and illustrator Tim Bowers has made the dino into a pink-spectacled T-Rex with attitude. Lots of opportunities for your storytime crowd to TALK on every page as they answer questions. Similar in feel to Yolen’s “How do Dinosaurs” books.

Demolition by Sally Sutton
Do you know any boys that squeal with delight when they see a bulldozer or a backhoe? This book will make them very happy. Play with the rhymes and the onomatopoeia for a super-fun (and noisy) storytime.

  Dancing with the Dinosaurs by Jane Clarke
This TV-show spin-off gives you the opportunity to get up and dance. It is silly fun, and    a  cute way to add some PLAY into your storytime.

 Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman
Practise your best robot voice and the kids will love this simple story with bright    illustrations. Great for letter ‘B’ day.

Blue Sky by Audrey Wood
Not much of a story, but the illustrations and the concept make great filler and a perfect jumping-off point for some book related art.

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
Great for Spring storytimes, as well as nature, colors, and bears. When baby bear sees yellow, it is the warm sun. When he sees green, it is a new leaf. You get the picture. Ask the children to guess the answer before you turn the page, helping to develop those early prediction skills.

You are a Lion by Taeeun Yoon
Add some activity to your storytime with this yoga book. Simple poses and a guessing game make this an easy and fun way to introduce movement.

Exciting news for Flannel Friday!

Introducing the Flannel Friday website!

As you know, Anne at So Tomorrow has been an amazing manager and archiver
of Flannel Friday information for the past year. Anne and her husband are
expecting their first baby in June (congratulations Anne!) so we wanted to
give her a break from Flannel Friday during her maternity leave. So this
spring, Anne and Mel from Mel’s Desk and a small group of old and new
Flannel Friday-ers worked to create a new web home for Flannel Friday.

Here’s the link!

The new site will be the home of the Round Up Schedule, the archives, FAQs
about Flannel Friday, information about how to get involved with Flannel
Friday, and links to help new members get started with social networking
and blogging. There will also be a link to the week’s Round Up, but the
Round Up will continue to be hosted on individual blogs. We’ll just point
to each Round Up from the site.

Refining the Round Up Procedure

The Flannel Friday community has grown continuously over the year, with new
bloggers, new Round Up Hosts, and new members every week on Facebook,
Pinterest, and Twitter. We are building an amazing community and are
grateful to each and every one of you for your participation and
enthusiasm. As the group has grown, you’ve probably noticed that so have
the Round Ups! We’ve seen an inevitable increase in missed links and
general confusion as the Round Ups are compiled. We thought that the launch
of the new site was a great opportunity to take a page from other round ups
in the blogosphere and establish one single method for building the Round
Up each week.

This information will be in the FAQs on the new site, but here’s our new
strategy in a nutshell:

Every week the Round Up Host will publish a “placeholder” post for the
Round Up on the host blog at 10pm EST on Thursday.
Each blogger who wants to participate in the Round Up will make a comment
to the Round Up post with the link back to their Flannel Friday post by
10pm EST on Friday.

This will be the only place to post links for the Round Up! This way the
Host won’t have to worry about checking Facebook or Twitter as well.
If a blogger can’t make the 10pm EST deadline on Friday, we’ll ask that the
post be held for the next week’s Round Up.The Round Up Host will gather links from the Round Up post comments throughout the day, and publish the Round Up at the end of the day.

We hope this will make the Round Ups easier to create and easier to
contribute to! We’ll look forward to your feedback over the next few weeks.
Sharon @ReadingChick at Rain Makes Applesauce has the Round Up this week,
5/11, so she’s going to try out the new procedure with us and see how it

If you have questions or comments, don’t hesitate to share them via the new
Flannel Friday email: flannelboardfriday [at] gmail.com.

Thanks for all you do to to make Flannel Friday more than a blog event–but
a great community too. Here’s to the next great year of Flannel Friday!

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