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Preschool Storytime Ideas

Flannel-Board Book Storytime Ideas

Instead of our usual monthly theme for storytime, I want to offer this list of great books that can be made into flannel board figures. My favorite book on how to make a flannel board and use them in storytime is out of print, but you can try to see if on can be borrowed from another library if you don't have a copy: Mother Goose's Playhouse: Toddler Tales and Nursery Rhymes, with Patterns for Puppets and Feltboards by Judy Sierra, Folkprint, 1994. Flannel boards are an "old fashioned" but sure-fire way to liven up storytimes, especially toddler time or lapsit. Here is a list of popular picture books that adapt well to the Flannel Board format. Thanks to Teresa Salatino, Youth Services Librarian at the Cedar Mill Community Library in Oregon, for posting these ideas on the PUBYAC listserv.


  • ASK MR. BEAR by Marjorie Flack.
    (Make the animals and the potential gifts).
  • BARNYARD BANTER by Denise Fleming.
  • BROWN BEAR BROWN BEAR WHAT DO YOU SEE? by Bill Martin.
  • BUSY LIZZIE by Holly Keller.
  • CORDUROY by Don Freeman.
  • THE COUNTRY BUNNY AND THE LITTLE GOLDEN SHOES by Du Bose Heyward.
  • DOG'S COLORFUL DAY by Emma Dodd.
    (As you mention each animal, the child comes up with the piece).
  • DRUMMER HOFF by Barbara Emberley.
  • THE ELEPHANT IN A WELL by Marie Hall Ets.
  • THE ENORMOUS CARROT by Vladimir Vagin.
  • THE FAT CAT by Jack Kent.
    (kids remember the name of each character who gets eaten by the cat, as well as cat's refrain as he eats them).
  • FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS JUMPING ON THE BED by Eileen Christelow.
  • FREIGHT TRAIN by Donald Crews.
  • FROGGY GETS DRESSED by Jonathan London.
    (The kids get to put on his socks, boots, coat, hat, scarf).
  • THE FUNNY THINGS by Wanda Gag.
    (Make the tail on the animal so it can "grow" by making the tail separate and feed it through a slot on the body).
  • GO AWAY, BIG GREEN MONSTER by Ed Emberley.
  • GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown.
  • GOOD NIGHT OWL by Pat Hutchins.
  • GOSSIE by Oliver Dunrea.
  • HELLO, GOODBYE by David Lloyd.
    (opportunity for lots of participation).
  • A HOUSE FOR HERMIT CRAB by Eric Carle.
  • HOW DO I PUT IT ON? by Shigeo Watanabe.
    (I dress him "wrong" first, and then let the kids tell me how to do it -it's a favorite!).
  • IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE by Laura Joffe Numeroff.
  • IN A SMALL, SMALL POND by Denise Fleming.
  • IT LOOKED LIKE SPILT MILK by Charles Shaw.
  • THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW by Shirley Neitzel.
  • JESSE BEAR WHAT WILL YOU WEAR? by Nancy White Carlstrom.
  • JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT by Simms Taback.
  • JUMP, FROG, JUMP! by Robert Kalan.
  • JUST ENOUGH TO MAKE A STORY by Nancy Schimmel.
    (Make the tailor like a paper doll and peel off the layers as he remakes his coat, jacket, vest, etc.).
  • A KISS FOR LITTLE BEAR by Else Holmelund Minarik.
  • KNOCK KNOCK, by Anthony Browne.
  • LITTLE GORILLA by Ruth Bornstein.
  • THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING by Linda Williams.
  • THE LITTLE RED RABBIT WHO WANTED RED WINGS by Margaret Zemach.
  • LISA CAN'T SLEEP by Kaj Beckman.
  • LUNCH by Denise Fleming.
  • MASTER OF ALL MASTERS by Joseph Jacobs.
  • MAYBE A MONSTER by Martha G. Alexander.
  • THE MILLER, THE BOY & THE DONKEY by Brian Wildsmith.
  • THE MITTEN by Alvin Tresselt or Jan Brett.
  • MIXED UP CHAMELEON by Eric Carle.
  • MONKEY & THE CROCODILE by Paul Galdone.
  • MONKEY FACE by Frank Asch.
  • MOTHER, MOTHER, I WANT ANOTHER by Maria Polushkin.
  • MOUSE PAINT by Ellen Walsh.
  • MR. GUMPY'S OUTING by John Burningham.
  • MY RIVER by Shari Halpern.
  • THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING RED MITTEN.by Steven Kellogg.
    (hide each of the false alarms-sweater, boot, etc.-under the item connected to the activity. Have the mitten on the smallest sized snowman and layer larger,less-melted snowmen on top so that they can be peeled off to reveal the "mystery.").
  • THE NAPPING HOUSE by Audrey Wood.
  • ONE MONDAY MORNING by Uri Shulevitz.
  • "PARDON?" SAID THE GIRAFFE by Colin West.
  • PETUNIA by Roger Duvoisin.
  • PIGGY IN THE PUDDLE by Charlotte Pomeranz.
  • POLAR BEAR, POLAR BEAR, WHAT DO YOU HEAR? by Bill Martin.
  • SAM WHO NEVER FORGETS BY EVE RICE.
  • THE SINGING CHICK by Victoria Stenmark.
  • SPLASH! by Ann Jonas.
  • SPOTS, FEATHERS AND CURLY TAILS by Nancy Tafuri.
  • THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Beatrix Potter.
    (found the patterns in an old Copycat Magazine)
  • THE THREE BEARS by Byron Barton.
  • TOO MUCH NOISE by Ann McGovern.
    (kids make all the animal sounds and hold their hands to ears on the refrain "It's Too Noisy" which gets progressively louder each time).
  • THE VERY BUSY SPIDER by Eric Carle.
  • THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle.
    (kids identify and count each food and say the refrain).
  • WHO SANK THE BOAT? by Pamela Allen.
  • WHO TOOK THE FARMERS HAT? by Joan M. Lexau.
  • "YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS," SAID THE RHINOCEROS TO THE HIPPOPOTAMUS by Bernard Waber.


  • Stories by Various Authors:

  • Chicken Little
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip
  • Hickory Dickory Dock
  • Hush Little Baby
  • Little Red Hen
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Over in the Meadow
  • Stone Soup
    (is great for interactive involvement. Pass out vegetables and let each child bring up a vegetable as it is mentioned for the soup, although it's more fun to bring in pot, 3 stones and the actual veggies!)
  • There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • Wide Mouth Frog
  • The Teeny Tiny Woman
  • The Three Bears
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff
  • The Three Little Kittens
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • The Three Wishes
  • The Pancake

  • July 21, 2003


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