Category: Flannel Friday

Moo! by David LaRochelle

Moo! by David LaRochelle

moo cover Have you seen the book Moo by David LaRochelle (and the brilliant pictures by Mike Wohnoutka)?

It was published by Walker Books for Young Readers in 2013.  It is now my favorite story time book (tied with If You’re Happy and You Know it by David Carter).

The Story:  Cow is out in the pasture when he sees Farmer put a For Sale sign on a snazzy red convertible.  Cow decides to take the car for a stroll.  Things happen.

Why it works:  There are four words in this book: Moo. For Sale. Baa. The rest is context in conjunction with the pictures.

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Five Birds on the Line

Five Birds on the Line

As I was preparing a bird story time for this season, I was looking through our flannel boards. I must have been in the F’s because I started saying

Five Birds on the Line

I looked for this flannel, and we didn’t have one. Huh. Here is the rest of my conversation with myself:

Five Birds on the line / Feeling very fine. One flew away, What do they say?

Hmmm, what do they say?

chirp chirp chirp chirp

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Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

wffmtmrc smallA: Invisible Friends and Professional Development.

Let me explain.  In the summer of 2011, I was at the Iowa State Fair.  I had my phone out and I was checking my twitter feed.  Back then, Flannel Friday was mostly a community on Twitter.  It was a Friday and I wanted to check and see the different posts that were flying that week.  One of my friends said, “Oh, put your phone down and stop playing with your invisible friends.”  Little did he know.

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What Flannel Friday Means to Me: the Round-up

What Flannel Friday Means to Me: the Round-up

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 Welcome to the round-up!

Next week we celebrate the second anniversary of Flannel Friday.  How are we celebrating?  By doing what Flannel Friday does best: this will be a regular “share your stuff” week.

However, in preparation of turning two, this week we are exploring “What Flannel Friday means” to each of you.  If you don’t  have a blog and want to share some love: you can do so in the comments below.

Regular Flannel Friday Posts:

Cate from Storytiming presents Feed the Cookie Monster.

Jane from Piper loves the Library has two posts today.  She’s putting the No is Snow (where it belongs in my opinion) with sNOw! sNOw! sNOw!

Katherine at Fun with Friends at Storytime is bringing us the sun with Here Comes the Sun…Flower.  A welcome theme after this long winter.

Kay at Storytime ABCs is Celebrating Dr. Seuss this week.

Lena from SixCranberries is celebrating Flannel Friday with Love is in the Air.  Lena is one of our international bloggers, she’s from Canada.  She’s getting married soon and wanted to share the joy with some chickadees.  Good luck!

Lisa from Libraryland is presenting Little Cloud by Eric Carle.  Stick around because Lisa has  second post in the next segment…

Mollie from What Happens in Storytime has dual posts this week as well. She’s sharing  Blue Bird Blue Bird.  Personally, I love all things bird and find this simple and cute.

Mrs. Shaia at Thrive after Three has a post that was inspired by a So Tomorrow post: Arthur’s Nose

Sarah at Read Rabbit Read is sharing Five Giant Pumpkins.  Stay tuned for her second post…

Special posts exploring the role of Flannel Friday in our lives (aka What Flannel Friday Means to Me)

See if you can catch the theme:

Amanda explains her relationship with Flannel Friday with a guest post on So Tomorrow’s blog.

Amy at catch the possibilities  explores what Friendship means.

Anna at Future Librarian Superhero shares her journey developing a PLN (new term for me).

Anne at So Tomorrow has something to say about Flannel Friday

Bridget at What is Bridget Reading gives us her Flannel Friday history.

Jane at Piper Love’s the Library talks to her diary of her love of FF.

Jen from Jen in the Library is one of our newest bloggers and sums FF up nicely.

Kendra at Read Sing Play explains her Flannel Friday journey and she has pictures!

Katie at Story Time Secrets is inspired by Flannel Friday…

Linda at Notes from the Story Room gave us a visual explanation and renewed her FF history.  It has a kitty.

Lisa at Libraryland shares her thoughts on Flannel Friday.’

LQ, our intrepid Scottish FFer, at Loons and Quines, has a wonderful visual represetation of Flannel Friday (think Wordle)!

Mary from Miss Mary Liberry has decided Flannel Friday means a whole Freakin lot to her….

Melissa at Mel’s Desk discovers what it means to find a hometown.

Mollie in What Happens in Storyime didn’t really have a blog until Melissa challenged others to join in the FF fun!

Sarah at Miss Sarah Storytime has an Ode to Flannel that cannot be missed!

Sarah at Read Rabbit Read has something to say about Flannel Friday….

Tracey from 1234 More Storytimes is letting the F words fly!

I’m Sharon and this is my blog.  I explain what I mean about Invisible Friends.

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Getting ready for What Flannel Friday Means to Me!

Getting ready for What Flannel Friday Means to Me!

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Will you be participating in next week’s special Flannel Friday round-up?

It’s in preparation of the second anniversary of Flannel Friday (3.15.13). We’ll accept flannel posts in addition to posts that reflect the importance of Flannel Friday to your professional and online life.

  • If you don’t have a blog and want to share What Flannel Friday Means to Me (e.g. you), we have bloggers who are willing to guest host you. Let me know and I can set you up with someone.
  • If you have a blog and will be participating and would like a little blog bling (though not the sparkly kind), refer to the code on the right side of this blog.
Announcement: What does Flannel Friday Mean to You?

Announcement: What does Flannel Friday Mean to You?

What does Flannel Friday mean to you?

Anyone who’s been a part of FF for even the shortest time always talks about the sense of community in our little band of storytellers.  Is that why you like FF?  Is it the bounty of ideas you’ve come across? The virtual library of flannel board ideas on Pinterest?  What exactly does Flannel Friday mean to you?

The second anniversary of Flannel Friday is coming in mid-March.  I’m hosting March 8th’s round up and we’re going to do something a little different; we’re asking you to answer that question.  If you’d like to be a part of this special round-up, but don’t have a blog, we can group you up with someone who does have a blog and would be happy to host you as a guest.

Leave a comment here on this blog or on the Facebook page, and we will set you up with someone who is willing to host your comments.  Be creative: make a video, take pictures.  We’re a group of 450+ librarians, care givers, teachers and others who care about bringing the joy of literature to children.  Let’s celebrate it.

 

My Froggy Valentine by Matt Novak

My Froggy Valentine by Matt Novak

My Froggy Valentine by Matt Novak.  Even the book is fun.

Lot of cut outs with the book... it's fun, but can easily be flannelized:
Lot of cut outs with the book… it’s fun, but can easily be flannelized:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the story of a princess looking for her true love.

This is the princess.  And her tower...

This is the Polly. And her tower…  Will she ever meet her perfect prince?

 

 

 

This is her current set of options:

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… Four frogs came to find out …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first frog promised if Polly kissed him, he would turn into a prince.

{mmmwah}

Poof …

I am the prince of all trolls!  Happy Valentine's Day!
I am the prince of all trolls! Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t think you’re right for me,” said Polly, and…off he hopped.  Polly kissed the next frog who promised her he’d turn into a prince.

{mmmwah}

Poof …

I'm the prince of all goblins!
I’m the prince of all goblins!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t think you’re right for me,” said Polly, and…off he hopped.  Polly kissed the next frog who promised her he’d turn into a prince.

{mmmwah}

Poof …

I'm the prince of all hairy beasts.  Happy Valentine's Day!
“Let me guess, you’re the prince of all hairy beasts?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t think you’re right for me,” said Polly.  And off he hopped.  By now, Polly was very frustrated.  She was certain that she’d never find the perfect prince.

“What about me?” asked the fourth frog.

{mmmwah}

Poof …

My perfect match, the prince of all frogs.
“My perfect match, the prince of all frogs!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m guessing they lived hoppily ever after. 

Find this book, it’s worth it!

 

Flannel Friday this week is a Valentine’s Day Special and is being hosted Miss Sarah Storytime.

Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza

Gingerbread Story Time Extravaganza

The community where I work has a very active downtown association.  They hold a big, festive event the weekend after Thanksgiving.   And we’re involved in the kick-off.  We hold 2 simultaneous storytimes (one in the library’s meeting room and one in the children’s services program room).  Afterwards the crowd meets on the street (temporarily closed by the police) where Mrs. Claus rides a fire truck behind a marching band. They walk down Main Street for a block to the train station where Santa is welcomed and they light the tree.

Don’t you love it?  There is a small-town feel smack dab in the middle of suburbia.  The whole downtown is focusing on gingerbread this season.

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