Thrive After Three

Engaging programs to keep kids coming back to the library

Mr. Shark

My Mr. Shark puppet has a life of his own. He swims to Connecticut for the spring, then returns to the Caribbean for the fall and winter months. (When my … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · 7 Comments

Little Beaver and the Echo

Amy MacDonald’s Little Beaver and the Echo is a sweet story about friendship. After crying for a friend, he hears from across the pond that someone is also looking for … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mouse’s First Snow

I love Lauren Thompson’s Mouse series. They’re the perfect size for my 2s. I pretty much made the entire series in flannel stories so the children can match up what … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Using Scarves with Stories

Scarves are one of my favorite manipulatives to use in storytime (Future Librarian Superhero loves them, too!). In addition to using them with music and freeze songs, you can use … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 2 Comments


You can make flannel pieces, or use puppets for this silly story. In David Ezra Stein’s story, Joey hops out of his mommy’s pouch for the first time. Of course, … Continue reading

November 2, 2013 · 1 Comment

Wide-Mouthed Frog

This story is so funny. There are many versions out there, but Ana Martin Larranaga’s is my favorite. Big Wide-Mouthed Frog approaches different animals and asks them, “Who are you … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Tweak Tweak

A newer picture book by Eve Bunting is a sweet tale about an elephant asking his mother questions about how he is different from other animals. Every time Elephant has … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Buttons

I love Pete the Cat, and so do my storytimers. I was so inspired by all the FFs out there that made Pete stories, I decided to try my own. … Continue reading

September 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Busy Little Squirrel

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri is a nice story to introduce the season of fall. It’s a simple story that I’ve made into a flannel board. I’ve also … Continue reading

September 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Little Mouse’s Big Secret

This is one of my favorite fall stories. Unfortunately the illustrations are too small to use in storytime. So I worked up a way to use this story with puppets … Continue reading

August 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

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