Reading Together

***Reading Together is a sampling of books I’m currently reading aloud to my 3-year-old toddler, Lorelei, and newborn baby, Mira. I work in the children’s room of a public library and am always bringing home stacks and stacks of books to share together. Old and new. These are our current favorites. Some of which have been […]


Adventures as Annie: Midnight on the Moon

The last Magic Tree House Adventures session of the year took place on the moon! If you’re not familiar with Magic Tree House Adventures, it’s a library program that I conduct for kids ages 5 & up. Each session focuses on one book from the popular Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne which […]

Adventures as Annie: Twister on Tuesday

This was one of the best adventures yet! In April, Magic Tree House Adventures went back in time to the 1870’s and witnessed one of mother nature’s most incredible and dangerous phenomenons- a tornado! Kansas is known for it’s tornadoes (thank you Wizard of Oz), and we are currently in prime tornado season, so I […]

Garden Storytime

Finally! Warmer weather. Some of my favorite picture books are about gardening and we’ll soon be free of the last frost date. The Old Farmer’s Almanac estimated Lawrence, Kansas be 50% frost free by April 7, but mother nature had another plan. It’s going to be a late start for planting this season, but we […]

Adventures as Annie: Pirates Past Noon

In March, our theme for Magic Tree House Adventures was Pirates Past Noon. Arr!!! Magic Tree House Adventures (you can view past programs here) is a monthly library program for kids ages 5 & up in which each session is themed around one of Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House books.  This month, we walked […]

Tournament of Kids’ Books 2013

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Tournament time. March Madness season is upon us, and in a college basketball town that means one thing… Lawrence, Kansas, home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks, goes gaga for brackets and basketball. In the children’s room of the Lawrence Public Library, it also means it’s time […]

Seeing Things

Snowy dawn. Warm spot. Bookworm business. Local reading. Accessorizing. Book bracketology. The confused Christmas Cactus. Paper stars for little pockets. Not going anywhere. Of late… Starting from the top. Kansas has seen quite a bit of snow this month. It’s been so cold recently that L and our cats take comfort in sitting on the […]

Adventures as Annie: The Knight at Dawn

Magic Tree House Adventures is BACK! Thank you to everyone that has emailed and/or commented about the previous programs. I loved hearing your feedback. For those of you who are new here, Magic Tree House Adventures is a monthly public library program for ages 5-8. Each session is themed around a book in the Magic […]

Olympics Storytime

The opening of the Olympic Games is this Friday! To celebrate we had our own Olympics celebration at storytime yesterday. We read books about competition, good sportsmanship, and London, where the 2012 Olympics are being held. First I held up a picture similar to the above image and I asked the kids if they knew […]

Summer Book Hook: Beginning Chapter Books

It’s Week 4 of the Summer Book Hook: 10 Weeks of Recommended Reads for Kids! This week’s focus is beginning chapter books. This category of books has been annihilated by the kids at the library so far this summer. The shelves are almost completely bare. Beginning chapter books, young fiction readers, early chapter books… all […]