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Crowdsourcing Storytime a Success!

Here's an update on my #crowdsourcingstorytime post from last week: It was a smashing success. I want to thank everyone so much for helping me out, special shout-outs to my fellow Michigander Vicki and Melissa for sending loads of ideas. I was worried people would think I was lazy or uncreative, but if you thought that--you kept it to yourself! And I thank you for that. Please note that Mel's craft ideas are her own design and she is being very generous in sharing them with my blog readers. Contact her if you have any questions about use and permissions (ie. copyright restrictions).

Here is our 6-week overview

Week 1- Cars & Trucks 
Dinosaurs in Cars"
 My Dump Truck felt board, (from Storytime Magic #397 here)
 That's How by Christoph Niemann
 I Stink by Kate McMullan
The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler
 Craft Idea: On the Road traffic signs and cars (by Mel) and Road Trip map (drawn by me--don't laugh!)

Week 2- Silly Stories 
Soup Opera by Jim Gill  (acting out with puppets) 
Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin
I'm Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems (2-person read aloud) 
 Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson
 Moose in Love feltboard
 Banana by Ed Vere
 Craft Idea: Silly Necklace (by Mel) 

Week 3-Animals Part 1 
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
 A Girl and Her Gator by Sean Bryan (acting out with a puppet) 
 Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks
 Bark, George by Jules Feiffer) 
Craft Idea: Animal headbands (by Mel) 

Week 4- Animals Part 2 
15 Animals
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett (inspired by this storytelling idea
 There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (acting out with a puppet) (2-person read aloud) 
 I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry (feltboard) 
Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
Craft Idea: Draw yourself with Elephant and Piggie (using page 12 from the E&P Teachers Guide

Week 5- Circus/Zoo 
Dear Zoo 
Monkey & Me by Emily Gravett
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
and ZooBorns by Andrew Bleiman
We will also make fireworks in a glass, which is my all-time favorite summer thing. 
Craft Idea: Gone Fishin' Carnival Game (I suggest printing this one on cardstock, if available).  We are a little short on books, but I am planning on making it up for it with some fun props and ideas from the last time I did a circus storytime (4!! years ago in my first ST gig). 

Week 6- Jumping and Shouting Thanks Tracey for the idea!
5 Green and Freckled Frogs
"Jumping and Counting" by Jim Gill
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming
 Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka (2-person read aloud)
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade

Jump! by Scott Fischer (if I can find enough puppets, will probably copy this idea
 Craft Idea: Can You Make a Scary Face? activity sheet from Simon & Schuster (page 2; there are also lots of fun ideas based on Rhyming Dust Bunnies, which I know is a favorite of some of my readers). 

I am still open to some book suggestions, if anyone has a favorite not listed here! Thank you everyone for sharing and I hope that these books & crafts are useful to you. I have some books on hold and will be going through new additions to our collection looking for new gems, 


  1. Mini Racer by Kristy Dempsey is a good new one for your transportation theme :)

  2. Thanks, Miss Morgan! I will try that one too. :)


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