Photo Diary: Storytime Tools

This month, we asked to see your storytime tools. That’s your bag of tricks, physical or metaphorical, that you gather around you so that you’re ready for anything once storytime begins. Here’s what you ninjas had to share!

From Abby Johnson:

This is my setup for baby storytime, the whole shebang--the chair where I sit, the table where I keep my books & props, the teal tub of toys and the basket where I keep board books for our reading time.

This is my setup for baby storytime, the whole shebang–the chair where I sit, the table where I keep my books & props, the teal tub of toys and the basket where I keep board books for our reading time.

Where I stow my felt pieces--in the order that I'll need them so they're in each reach.

Where I stow my felt pieces–in the order that I’ll need them so they’re in each reach.

A close-up of my little table. I have a stack with the books/rhymes I'll be doing (in the order that I'll need them). On top of the stack is my storytime plan and the handout with all the words to the rhymes. In the box I keep the puppet we'll be using and my tambourine. You can see the CD player in the back and then behind the table, we have our bells and the bag with our scarves.

A close-up of my little table. I have a stack with the books/rhymes I’ll be doing (in the order that I’ll need them). On top of the stack is my storytime plan and the handout with all the words to the rhymes. In the box I keep the puppet we’ll be using and my tambourine. You can see the CD player in the back and then behind the table, we have our bells and the bag with our scarves.

From Angela Reynolds:

All ready for Milk & Cookies Tablet Time in Nova Scotia!

All ready for Milk & Cookies Tablet Time in Nova Scotia!

From Brooke Rasche:

Pillows & quilt for my infant storytime set-up. It's perfect because it keeps everyone corralled and makes it a more intimate storytime.

Pillows & quilt for my infant storytime set-up. It’s perfect because it keeps everyone corralled and makes it a more intimate storytime.

Setup

I include the song wall in all of my storytimes so the parents know the words to the songs. It really helps with participation.

I include the song wall in all of my storytimes so the parents know the words to the songs. It really helps with participation.

I use cushions with my toddlers. It helps direct the parents to sit with their children and stay engaged the entire storytime!

I use cushions with my toddlers. It helps direct the parents to sit with their children and stay engaged the entire storytime!

From Sue Jeffery:

The basket under the chair is how my story times get planned (and where I can keep things out of sight during story time).  Everything goes into the basket all week long and then I carry it into the room and spread out.  I have emergency teddys in case the toddlers want to grab my felts while I am story telling.  On the table are my bluetooth speaker, sample craft, stamp for everyone's hand, felts for the week, and a parent handout for reference.  On the other side we have my books, uke, feltboard, and in the little basket are Mr Potato Head felts to play with after.  The tapestry in the back represents all of Virginia Hamilton's life and works - as she is a local author.  The bunny teddys are thematic for this week.

The basket under the chair is how my story times get planned (and where I can keep things out of sight during story time). Everything goes into the basket all week long and then I carry it into the room and spread out. I have emergency teddys in case the toddlers want to grab my felts while I am story telling. On the table are my bluetooth speaker, sample craft, stamp for everyone’s hand, felts for the week, and a parent handout for reference. On the other side we have my books, uke, feltboard, and in the little basket are Mr Potato Head felts to play with after. The tapestry in the back represents all of Virginia Hamilton’s life and works – as she is a local author. The bunny teddys are thematic for this week.

My craft tables set up and my display with thematic books and my parent newsletters.

My craft tables set up and my display with thematic books and my parent newsletters.

From Shelley Black Holley:

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From Amy Koester:

My weekend storytime tools include a variety of books--more than I'll need, for flexibility--a CD player, my song cube, and my ukulele; egg shakers; and an assortment of toys for free play time.

My weekend storytime tools include a variety of books–more than I’ll need, for flexibility–a CD player, my song cube, and my ukulele; egg shakers; and an assortment of toys for free play time. Also, I always have tissue on hand for storytimes. Even if my allergies aren’t acting up, it’s still pretty much a guarantee that at least one kiddo will have a runny nose.

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