Friday, April 11, 2014

Flannel Friday: Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton


Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate, my Flannel Friday posts this month will be poetry, nursery rhymes, and the like.

This is my version of Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton. Her illustrations had such great lines that I enlarged them and then used them as my templates. I'm looking forward to using this set in storytime.

Anna has the roundup this week.


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting

Duck has lost his new blue socks. Have you seen them?

What I thought: I really like this story. We have a problem to be solved. That's a great set-up. I like the rhyming...it's like a tribute to Dr. Seuss, but manageable.  The illustrations are nice--muted colors and good use of white space.

Since writing the above, I've used this book in storytime (duck theme) and I loved it! I think next year instead of doing a Dr. Seuss storytime, I'll do a rhyming storytime in honor of him and use Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?

What is it with ducks & socks? Pair with Duck Sock Hop for a duck-tastic, sock-tastic storytime. Pair with I Want My Hat Back for a lost & found storytime.

Mollie over at What Happens in Storytime... has turned this book into a flannel board. I think I might follow suit.

Storytime Themes: Animals, Ducks, Socks, Lost & Found, Rhyming

(Illus. Sergio Ruzzier. Clarion, 2013)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Flannel Friday: Hickory Dickory Dock

Happy National Poetry Month! To celebrate, my Flannel Friday posts this month will be poetry, nursery rhymes, and the like.

This is another inspired by Flannel Friday post. I saw this idea on Mollie's blog and thought it would be a fun addition to my moose storytime. I used a coloring sheet as a pattern for the clock. The mouse came from Clker and the moose from a Google image search.

Anne has the round up this week.


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Our Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Sharon  (@readingchick).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy National Poetry Month 2014!

I know it's a day late, but April is one of my favorite months as it celebrates one of my favorite things...poetry!

I'm not doing any special programming in my libraries this year. I will be sharing poetry when I visit classes at a local elementary school this month.

You can explore all the poetry programs I've done here.

I was a 2013 CYBILS judge in the poetry category. I created an index of all my poetry reviews as a result. I have some new 2014 titles on order and hope to be reading and reviewing them soon.

For Flannel Fridays this month, I'll be sharing rhymes, poems, and the like that I have turned into felt sets for my flannel board. To see what I've already posted, check out the index of my Flannel Friday posts.

This year I decided to created a bulletin board poetry calendar (inspired by this idea)  in the kid's section. One poem for each day in April, all from books in our library collections. I'm hoping the end result will be the books featured checking out many times during the month.



Previous National Poetry Month Greetings on What Is Bridget Reading?:

Happy National Poetry Month 2009
Happy National Poetry Month 2010
Happy National Poetry Month 2012
Happy National Poetry Month 2013


Friday, March 28, 2014

Flannel Friday: Elephant Finger Puppets





 

Meet Elmer and Esmarelda, my elephant finger puppets. I used a free crochet pattern that is no longer available online to make them. The dress and sweater are of my own devising. One of these days, I'm going to make up a story for these two.

If you want to crochet some finger puppets, check out this page for free patterns.

Brooke has the roundup this week.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Flannel Friday: Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your Bone?

I borrowed this idea from Katie Fitzgerald over at Storytime Secrets. I was looking for an idea that would fit on my small flannel board. I used this idea for a dogs outreach storytime. The only piece I had to make for this set was the bone. I borrowed the others as follows:

Very fun game to play with the flannel board especially with preschoolers.



Katie has the round up this week.



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Our Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Sharon (@readingchick).

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Flannel Friday!

It's hard to believe that Flannel Friday is 3 years old and that I started participating not quite 3 years ago (May 6, 2011). Making felt sets is one of my new favorite hobbies. I also love interacting with all the great children's librarians who are involved with Flannel Friday.

Anne at So Tomorrow is our host for the special birthday roundup and she's asked us to reflect on the past three years of Flannel Friday wonderfulness and share favorite posts. I really liked how Lisa laid out her birthday post so I'm taking my cue from her.

Favorite Stuff I've Made 
Memory Game for 10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel 
"Goodnight Mummy" by Roger Stevens 
Fairy Tale Guessing Game

My Most Viewed Flannel Friday Posts
Pete the Cat 
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss 
"I Made My Dog a Valentine" by Jack Prelutsky
Let's Make a Snowman
5 Little Dragons
Pumpkins
The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle 
Blue Ted Said
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
5 Little Bats
5 Little Owls  
5 Little Teeth
5 Little Strawberries
5 Little Frogs
Clean/Dirty Pigs
5 Little Pandas
5 Little Airplanes
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Hot Air Balloons

Favorite Posts that Have Inspired Me
Gold Fish by Library Quine and Lisa
Bird Houses by Erin
"I Made Myself a Snowball" by Alison
Shark & Fish by Jane
Traffic Light Prop by Andrea
Cats by Kathryn
I Know a Wee Piggy by Lisa
Mix & Match Cinderella by Mel (This wasn't actually a Flannel Friday post, but I used it to make a felt set.)
Conejito by Mary

My Flannel Friday To Make List
Who Took the Cookies? by Thrive After Three
The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Miss Meg's Storytime
There Was an Old Man with a Beard by Library Village
Mouse Count by Miss Mary Liberry
Chameleons by Fun with Friends at Storytime

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Our Flannel Friday Fairy Godmother is Sharon  (@readingchick).