Fictional Talking Bears Storytime

Fictional Talking Bears Storytime

What started as, I assume, a joke response on twitter to storytime theme ideas has morphed into one of my new favorite storytimes:
Fictional Talking Bears Storytime!

I took Glam Librarian’s response and ran with it!  I began storytime by asking the kids what they knew about bears– they growl, are big, have fur, etc– and then asked them if they knew of any real  bears that talked.  They didn’t.  So I told them that today we would be reading stories about bears that talked.  These were called fictional stories, because it isn’t real.  Sometimes in our make believe stories bears do talk.

And, it was super fun picking books for this theme…some of my favorite books include fictional talking bears!

Fictional Talking Bears Picture Books

Baby Bear Counts One
Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff
I Want My Hat Back
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
This was probably the favorite of the day…by both the parents and the kids! Everyone laughed at that ending
Bear Snores On
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman
I really take any opportunity to read a book from this series!
The Terrible Plop
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, illus. by Andrew Joyner

For our songs we just did our normal Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau. If we don’t do them both than I will have requests!

In past bear themed storytime I have done this flannel story from Mel’s Desk
bear flannel

For our craft we of course had to make our own fictional talking bears– puppets! I used the template from East Coast Mommy.  I explained that for the older pre-schoolers they could try and cut their own and that since these are fictional bears they can be any color!

Bear Puppets

All in all, this was a GREAT storytime–  up there in my favorites with the teeth theme!  This storytime really forced me to have unique conversations with the group using new language and talking about new concepts.

Invention Storytime

Invention Storytime

Invention Storytime

Invention Picture Books

Anything is Possible
Anything is Possible
by Giulia Belloni, illus. by Marco Trevisan
Rosie Revere Engineer
Rosie Revere
by Andrea Beaty, illus. by David Roberts
Al Pha's Bet
Al Pha’s Bet
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illus. by Delphine Durand
Oh, Ducky! A Chocolate Calamity
Oh Ducky!: A Chocolate Calamity
by David Slonim

I actually only read the Anything is Possible and Rosie Revere, Engineer because they were all pretty lengthy books and I was losing the attention of my preschoolers. This storytime theme would work a lot better with the 5+ crowd (I had mostly 3 & 4 year olds). That being said, It was a really fun one and it was a fun challenge.  This would also fit really nicely in a STEM storytime theme.

Invention Songs & Rhymes

This theme was a little bit harder to find songs and rhymes for…

source, sung to “twinkle, twinkle, little star”

Invent, invent, inventors
Cameras, robots, radios
There’s the wheel and telephone
They are all your inventions
Invent, invent, inventors
Thank you for your creations

I also did a version of this shadow guessing game from Storytime Secrets

If anyone has any other great invention songs or rhymes that would work for storytime please leave them in the comments below!

Invention Craft

I was planning on doing the marshmallow and toothpick thing with this but since I have a young pre-school crowd I thought it might be more eating of the marshmallows and the idea would go over their head a little bit.  So, instead we decorated boxes!  These were just plain brown mini treasure chests we had leftover from something else.

Other Picture Book Ideas:

Papa’s Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming, illus. by Boris Kulikov
Now & Ben: the modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin
Oh No! Or, How my Science Invention Destroyed the World by Mac Barnett, illus. by Dan Santat
Inventor McGregor by Kathleen T. Pelley

Flannel Friday: Vegetables

Flannel Friday: Vegetables

This weeks Flannel Friday was part of my Vegetable Storytime.Vegetable Storytime Flannel Friday | Miss Meg's Storytime

kind of used the song from PreSchool Alphabet but really adapted and changed it to fit with my group. I handed out one veggie to each kid in the group (I usually have about 10 in attendance) and when their veggie was called they came and put it in the bucket and stirred it.  This was the song we sang:
Stir it, Stir it
Until it’s hot!
Come put the _____
in the pot!

Vegetable Storytime Flannel Friday | Miss Meg's Storytime

On my outreach visits I didn’t bring the bucket and we just used the plastic baggie instead and they shook it up.

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated in FF and it is good to be back!

Flannel Friday this week is hosted by Lisa at Libraryland.


Introducing: Maker Monday

Introducing: Maker Monday

Maker Monday Blog

Hey, there!  Holly from Let the Wild Rumpus Start, and I have started a new project: Maker Monday!  We are hoping that this new roundup will help youth services librarians (that work with kids of all ages), discover, share, and learn about cool things that other librarians are doing in their ‘maker’ programs.  Making can be anything from hard technology with raspberry pi and sphero, to soft technology like knitting and sewing, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), painting, using tools, building, creating…. the list goes on and on.  The maker movement focuses on process (while also getting a pretty neat product usually), and exploration with open ended questions.  Essentially we are teaching kids how to become content creators, rather than only content consumers.

Anyways– head on over to the Maker Monday blog to see our September roundup and to learn more about how you can be featured.

Vegetable Storytime

Vegetable Storytime

Vegetable Storytime | MIss Meg's Storytime

Last weeks theme for story time was vegetable’s!  This was an especially fun one for me to plan because my partner and I are part of a farm share this summer/fall and I have been trying so many new vegetables that we may not have ever tried just going to the grocery store (I can now confidently say I am not a big fan of beets but will eat swiss chard any day)… What better way to share my new knowledge than with the little ones at preschool storytime?!

I started storytime by asking the kids their favorite veggies… The most popular answers were carrots and corn!

Vegetable Picture Books

Creepy Carrots
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, illus. by Peter Brown
Eating the Alphabet
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Rah Rah Radishes
Rah, Rah, Radishes by Apil Pulley Sayre
This is a great one for learning about new vegetables
Vegetables in Underwear
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

Vegetable Songs & Rhymes

tune:Mary Had a Little Lamb

We are pumpkins, big and round
Big and round, big and round
We are pumpkins, big and round
Seated on the ground.

We are string beans, green and fine…..
Growing on a vine.
We are onions, round and white….
We make soup taste right.
We are carrots, orange and long…
Help us sing our song.
We are cabbage, green or red….
See our funny head.
We are corn stalks, tall and straight….
Don’t we just taste great.

Every week we have to do Icky Sticky Bubble Gum & The Goldfish Song. I actually attempted to only do one of them this last week and had a parent remind me that we hadn’t done Icky Sticky Bubble Gum yet.

We did also have an extension activity that I will post about later this week as part of Flannel Friday.

Vegetable Craft

It was a no-brainer for my to do vegetable stamping this week!  It wasn’t as great and fancy of a finished product as last weeks painting but the process was really great and it prompted a lot of discussions about colors and vegetables with the caregivers and children. I had mushrooms, celery, and potatoes available.  I cut shapes into some of the potatoes.

Vegetable Stamping | Miss Meg's Storytime

Vegetable Stamping | Miss Meg's Storytime

Also, I mentioned that I was doing a vegetable storytime to a coworker and she made this table runner (featured on the top image in this post)!  How awesome is that!? <3 <3

Vegetable Storytime

Other Vegetable Storytime Ideas

I previously blogged about a fruits and veggies storytime
as well as had a flannel friday/extension activity

What Happens in Storytime | Storytime- Fruits and Vegetables

 Verona Storytime | Vegetable Story Time- Toddler

Preschool Alphabet | Vegetables

Storytimes and More | V is for Vegetables…and Other Garden Things!

Perry Public Library Storytime | Eat Your Peas Please! [pdf]

Thrive Thursday Placeholder- Oct 2015

Thrive Thursday Placeholder- Oct 2015


Here is the placeholder for the October 2015 roundup of school-age programs!  Please comment on this post with a link by September 30th to be included in the October 1st roundup!  If anyone needs a place to guest post their awesome school-age program also comment and I can get you set up to post it here on Miss Meg’s Storytime.

I am looking forward to seeing the awesome submissions!!

Fall Storytime

Fall Storytime


One of my goals this year was to do more outreach and finally after SRP I was able to dedicate more time to actually doing this.  Before the summer I had advertised daycare storytime’s on the library facebook page and attended an at home daycare workshop to present but got little response.  I then decided to post about it on the local parent facebook page and got some interest! This month was the first month I went to multiple daycare’s (and still have a couple left) and FALL was our theme.  I also did this for pre-school storytime.

Fall Picture Books

It's Fall
It’s Fall by Linda Glaser
Red Leaf Yellow LeafRed Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
Fall Mixed Up
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka, illus. by Chad Cameron
Fall Leaves Fall
Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall, illus. by Shari Halpern

These were all really great books but my two favorites would have to be Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf  and Fall Mixed Up!  

Fall Songs & Rhymes


These flannels made an appearance in my Fall storytime last year but they were so well received (and easy to take to outreach visits) that I brought them out again!  We talked about the colors of the apples, how many there were, and the letters in the word APPLE.  This set was great for both the little and older ones because there were so many different things we could talk about.  I also did this rhyme from Storytime Katie:

Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)

This was actually the only activity I did other than the books for my outreach groups.  A lot of it was getting to know the kids and their ages.  For the in- house storytime we sang The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner and Icky Sticky Bubble Gum by David Landau.

Fall Craft

I found this craft on La Classe Della Maestra Vaelntina via pinterest.  I am not fluent in spanish so I couldn’t read much of the post but I got the main idea from the pictures. The q-tips were great for working on our fine motor skills & the parents loved the finished products!

Fall Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Fall Craft | Miss Meg's Storytime

Other Fall Storytime Ideas:

I did a post last fall that had other ideas down at the bottom but here are some more that were not on the original list!

ALSC Blog: Fall for a Good Storytime
Sturdy For Common Things: Fall Storytime
Sunflower Storytime: Fall & Halloween (tag)
Verona Storytime: Fall Story Time: Toddler
Jbrary: Fall or Autumn Storytime (playlist)

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