Storytime Resources

This is an updated list that began with links to help with storytime planning collected from PUBYAC listserv members a couple of years ago. Thanks to all of you who spend some of your precious time writing and posting about your storytime ideas and plans, to the benefit of the entire library community. You rock.

This list contains storytime blogs, wikis, websites, and related resources, plus preschool planning sites for songs, crafts, and activities. It was last updated February 2012, when 19 new sites were listed and 17 blogs & wikis added to the Storytime Search Engine. Yahoo! (Ed 9/13: I am currently actively looking for new blogs to add!)

If your own blog is not here, or you have a favorite that’s not on this list, please let me know!

Searching the Resources

This search box is a Custom Google Search. I have set it to search through all the sites listed in the Blogs, Wikis, and Sites categories below. The few sites in those categories that are not included for logistical reasons are noted with an asterisk. If you notice your site is not being included properly in the search results, please let me know and I’ll look for a fix.

Tips for using the search: this is the free version, so there will be ad sites listed first in your results. We have noted a fair amount of duplication in the results. Anne at So Tomorrow suggests that you include “storytime” in your search (eg, “pigs and storytime”), to weed out posts with book reviews. If you have any feedback or other search suggestions, please leave me a comment somewhere!

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STORYTIME BLOGS AND YOUTH SERVICES BLOGS

1234 More Storytimes

Abby (the) Librarian

Awesome Storytime

Beyond the Book Storytimes

Busy Crafting Mommy

CarolSimonLevin–Program Palooza

Deb’s Design

Delectable Dabbling

Future Librarian Superhero

Hi Miss Julie!

Jbrary: Tune In for Storytime Success

Jean Little Library

Laptime and Storytime

Librarian Lisa’s Storytimes

Library Noise

LibrErin

Loons and Quines @ Librarytime

Marsha’s Writing and Crafts Cubbyhole

Melvil Dewey’s Giant Mustache

Miss Alison is Blogging!

Miss Mary Liberry

Mother Reader (a set of ABC storytime plans)*

Ms. Hegna’s Story Room

Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

Natasha the Artsy Librarian

Notes from the Story Room

Passionate Librarian

Pop Goes the Page

Preschool Storytime Crafts

Rain Makes Applesauce

Read Rabbit Read

Read, Rhyme and Sing

Reading Rachel

Reading with Red

Recipe for Reading

Sarah’s Storytimes

SLC Book Boy

So Tomorrow

Story Window Storytime Blog

Story-time with Jen

Storytime ABCs

Storytime Katie

Story Time Secrets

Storytime Share

Storytime Source Page

Storytime Sparks

Storytime with Miss Brianna

Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends

Storytime with The Library Lady

Storytimeland

Storytiming

Sunflower Storytime

Tiny Tips for Library Fun

Valleystorytime

What Happens In Storytime…

You Can Do This at Your Library!

YS Princess’s Ideas, Resources, and Reviews

STORYTIME WIKIS

Esther Storytimes

J Librarians’ Wiki

Kids Count in Public Libraries

Miss Katie’s Story Time Wiki

Storytime by Bridget

STORYTIME SITES

Bayviews ACL Storytime

Harris County Public Library Storytime

King County Library System Books to Grow On*

Mid-Hudson Library System Story Hour Resources*

Perry Public Library Storytime Themes

DATABASE

ELSIE: Early Literacy Storytime Ideas Exchange

SONGS

Bus Songs

Kididdles

Nancy Stewart

Sing a New Song

Songs for Teaching

SONG & RHYME VIDEOS

Jbrary: Tune In for Storytime Success

Johnson County Library 6 by 6

Storyblocks

FLANNELBOARD RESOURCES

Art Felt

KidzClub: Stories and Props

South Central Flannelboard Factory

PRESCHOOL PLANNING

123child.com

The Best Kids’ Book Site

Can Teach Songs & Poems

Everything Preschool

First School Preschool Themes and Lesson Plans

Hummingbird Educational Resources

Mother Goose Pages

Preschool Education

Preschool Express

Step by Step Theme Pages

THREE FIVE MOST EXCELLENT PRESCHOOL LEARNING BLOGS

Childhood 101

No Time For Flash Cards

Not Just Cute

Pink and Green Mama

Teach Mama

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23 Responses to Storytime Resources

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  4. Melissa, thank you for the excellent resources. I am just starting out and I love sharing and giving ideas to other librarians and storytellers.

  5. Amy says:

    What a great collection of resources! I’m honored to be a small part of it – you know, I’m just winging it here, but if there is not already a conference where all us storytime people can get together and have fun, exchange ideas and meet irl, there needs to be one. Can you imagine?? The power in a conference like that would be almost enough to cure the energy crisis!

  6. Melissa says:

    Thanks, Amy! And I think a national storytime conference would ROCK.

  7. Thank you for this compilation of exceptional resources. This will beneficial for both parents and teachers. Storytelling, crafts and art projects are fun and enjoyable activities the kids will surely love. A national story time conference is a great idea where all people who love storytelling can gather, exchange brilliant ideas and most of all, to have fun.

  8. Vicki Kouchnerkavich says:

    Mel, thanks for this awesome resource. I follow many blogs, but don’t have one of my own. Using Google Reader to keep track of my blogs is a great tool. I am participating in a Blog breakout session for the Michigan Library Association Spring Institute next month, along with the creators of: 100 Scope Notes and So Tomorrow. This will be a great list to share.

  9. Lissa Rogers says:

    Holy Cow! This is an amazing list! Thank you so much for all you do. I have taught preschool for 20 years and this has been so much fun. Thanks for all the hard work. This is such an invalubable resource!

  10. Danielle says:

    This is great! Thanks for all the additional inspiration and ideas!

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  13. Julie Holmes says:

    Thanks!! I feel like I just came back from the best Storytime Workshop ever! It is so nice to have new ideas to add to my standbys!!

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  15. Sandy Wallick says:

    Thanks for including my blog. I also find Storytimes Online useful with lots of different themes. It’s at http://youthliterature.com/index.html
    Keep up the great work and thanks for starting Flannel Friday–it’s been so helpful and inspiring.

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  17. Keba Ballard says:

    What a wonderful tool for children’s librarians. I look forward to exploring. Thank you.

    keba

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  19. Ingrid says:

    Girl, you know I’d love to be included.

  20. Kristen Lohr says:

    Hi Mel, we would love it if you could add our story time blog: Let the Wild Rumpus Start (www.libraryvillage.blogspot.com)!

    Thanks!,
    Kristen

  21. Amy says:

    Raises hand. Waves it around. “Ooo…. ooo… pick me!” :)

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