January 10, 2015


Have you ever noticed how young children seem to be constantly repeating themselves? They try to stand, fall down, and try again. They build puzzles and blocks in the same ways, testing their knowledge and skills and learning from their mistakes. During childhood (and...

December 27, 2014


One of my favorite memories from my childhood is of my dad reading The Night Before Christmas to me and my brother during the holiday season. Whenever I read the story now, I hear my dad’s voice saying the words, and because we read it so many times, I can recite much...

December 9, 2014


Storytime today was a raucous and noisy affair, as it often is, but it was made more so by the inclusion of rhythm sticks into the mix. I had planned out a couple of activities to do with them and had one spontaneous activity - all of which turned out to be huge succe...

September 28, 2014

One tip I try to bring up often in storytime is the importance of repetition. In my baby storytime, for instance, we read two books, and one of those is the same every week. The babies and parents love it, they know what to expect, and it's a great way to bring up the...

September 6, 2014




Music is one of the most prolific and internationally understood components of the the human experience.  No matter what language you happen to speak, music communicates with you and makes you feel various emotions.  Think about the music in movies and TV shows, for...

August 1, 2014


Many of us use the same opening and/or closing song(s) in every storytime we lead.  This serves to create a familiar feel for the children who attend and helps provide cohesion from one week to the next.  Repeating songs and rhymes regularly in storytime gets those tu...

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