Thrive After Three

Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library

Shark in the Dark

To celebrate Flannel Friday’s Shark Week I made a sequel to one of my kid’s favorites…Shark in the Dark. Nick Sharratt’s series is out of print and insanely expensive from … Continue reading

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Crunch and a Munch Flannel

I love Emma J. Virjan’s new beginning readers series, Pig in a Wig, that I had to flannelize the latest installment! The new book, What This Story Needs is a … Continue reading

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Moon Might Be Milk

Lisa Shulman’s The Moon Might Be Milk is sadly out of print. But the story can still be used in puppet form if you can’t get your hands on a … Continue reading

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Puppet Costume Story: Using You Can Do Anything, Daddy!

I decided to make costumes for my pirate puppet so I can use it to go along with one of my favorite stories, You Can Do Anything, Daddy! by Michael … Continue reading

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Tic Tac Toe: Sneaky STEM

My scavenger hunts and other passive programs are so popular, I thought I’d mix it up a bit with a new game. This non-fiction game includes Steve Jenkins’ Just a … Continue reading

May 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Cookie Decorating for All Ages

I do an annual cookie decorating program that’s a huge hit in my community! I usually do it in the winter and have a winter theme, but you could do … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Magic Bag: Spring Edition

About four years ago I started using a “Magic Bag” with a winter story, All You Need for a Snowman (it was actually my first Flannel Friday post!). Since then, kids … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 6 Comments

Up, Down & Around

For the spring I decided to make a flannel set to go along with Up, Down & Around by Katherine Ayres. I used my die cut machine to cut out … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · 2 Comments

Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? Puppet Story

Eve Bunting’s Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? is Seuss-esque and perfect for puppet storytelling! I used a cheat sheet Have You Seen My New Blue Socks, my puppet bin, … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Milk & Cookies Club

For the past several years I have a done a very successful winter read-aloud program for K-6th graders after school called Books and S’mores. The after school hour slot frees … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

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