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Flannel Friday Roundup for Jan. 27, 2012

Good morning #flannelfriday-ers! Please leave a link to your posts in the comments here and I will edit them in throughout the day.

This week on our Facebook page, Kay has challenged us to leave comments on all the Flannel Friday posts.  It might take me a few days, but as Barney Stinson would say, "CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!" We would love if even non-bloggers left us a little comment love to feed our weary blogger souls in the middle of a dreary winter's day.

In other FF news, we'd like to thank Anna for talking up our little group to her fellow Wisconsinians (Wisconsonites? Wisconsinganders?) on the YSS blog this week.  It is almost enough to make me forgive Wisconsin for trying to pretend it is the Mitten State, when everyone knows that it's Michigan. Stick to the cheese thing, Wisconsin. Everyone likes cheese. Except maybe vegans. Also, happy 175th birthday this week to Michigan! Woohoo. She doesn't look a day over 174.

In other Michigan news, the Michigan Library Association has the schedule for its 2012 Spring Institute online. This is our 2-day conference for youth librarians, which is Ann Arbor this year. Speaking this year are Chris Crutcher, Donna Jo Napoli, and Eric Litwin of Pete the Cat fame. My fellow Michiganders Gary Schmidt and Johnathan Rand are also keynoting. Those are some talented folks! Anyone planning on attending?

Speaking of mittens, if you have a huge stack of felt ones then you will love Teach Preschool's ideas for felt board mitten math. If only math was always this adorable, right?

On to today's roundup... 

First things first---let's give a warm Flannel Friday welcome to our first time posters Lissa at tickle the clouds, who is counting 5 Little Snowmen and Danielle at A Bad Case of Books who has Two Little Elephants for you. Can't wait to see more from them in the future (no pressure!).

In other wintery treats, Katie at Storytime Secrets has a colorful mitten rhyme for you, while Alison's Three Little Kittens have lost theirs. Oh no! Linda at Notes from the Story Room is promoting poetry with a charmingly illustrated (reminds me of Lauren Child) version of Shel Silverstein's "Snowball". Cate at Storytiming is thinking along the same lines with her "Hey, Mr. Snowman," inspired by a previous Flannel Friday post. Even more snow flakes come courtesy of Katie (from storytime Katie) who has actually stitched together "Five Little Snowflakes". And all this snow wouldn't be anything without a few penguins, would it? So good news! Kay at Storytime ABCs has you covered with There Was a Little Penguin.

Sarah at Read it Again is looking forward to Groundhog Day with her "Groundhog's Shadow". Just after that will be another February holiday and Meghan has you covered with "Six Little Valentines" over at Busy Crafting Mommy. In the mood for more celebrating? Kari at My Storytime Life is serving up a big piece of Birthday Cake. Yummy!

The weather is always a popular topic this time of year, as it's probably either already snowing or going to be shortly, so I have an appreciation for Library Quine's beautiful pieces of all kinds of weather. She promised to share the patterns next week, so stay tuned for those.

Erin at Falling Flannelboards shares the folder story "Cinderella's Rat". In other rodent posts, In the Children's Room has an adorable version of "Little Mouse," which is the one flannel I think every children's librarian needs in his or her collection. Another storytime classic is "10 in the Bed" and Tracey has adapted it to be "5 Bears in the Bed," a very cute idea for anyone planning a stuffed animal sleepover. Speaking of stuffed animal sleepovers, Mary from Miss Mary Lieberry has a flannel version of the older picture book Lisa Can't Sleep.

Katie at Recipe for Reading is calling "ALL ABOARD!" for her "Riding in My Trains" song. Meanwhile, see what happened when Mollie called it quits on her attempt to make a squirrel flannelboard. Find out what happened by reading Definitely Not a Flannel Friday Post.

And I've got a little game I made up--"Little Worm's Hide and Seek"

If I have missed you, please accept my most sincere apologies!  Just leave a comment and I will include you as soon as possible. Thanks! 

Flannel Friday can also be found on Pinterest. Archives and future schedule are right here. 


  1. I finally started feeling better so I worked on my blog post. I still need to tweak a few things but I didn't want to miss the roundup so here it is~

  2. Thanks for adding me. The round-up looks fantastic this week. Thank you for taking on the daunting task of putting it all together. I hope to be able to host a round-up after I get a few more blog posts under my belt. Have a lovely day!


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