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Monthly Archives: August 2012

This post isn’t directly linked to one picture book, but it focuses on a craft idea for preserving your child’s school-year memories.  I had a conversation with a parent in a program this past week about how difficult it is to keep all the things that her child makes, and I told her about this grocery bag book that I made for my son, that was featured on Scrapbook Memories TV several years ago.  You can find the project instructions on the show’s website here.

Be sure to watch the next video post below for a school-year pencil box craft project!


For directions on how to make this simple pencil box craft for holding your child’s school-year memories, check out my book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children available at Cardz TV Stamps!


One of the cutest, most inexpensive ways to make handmade fingerpuppets is with a glove, some Velcro, and diecuts or Cricut shapes.




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Simply attach one side of the adhesive-backed Velcro to the fingers of a colorful gardening glove, and the other side of the adhesive-backed Velcro to the back of five diecuts or Cricut shapes.  Shapes are easily added to, and removed from the glove.  No need to make a new glove for each fingerplay, simply re-use with different diecut shapes.

See the Songs & Fingerplays tab at the top of the page for songs & fingerplays that can be used with the gloves in the slideshow.

*All animal fingerplay pieces can be made with the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge.

The art of Eric Carle is colorful, fun, and easily recognizable.  It is amazing how simple it is!  The artist methods used by Eric Carle in his books is easy to replicate– even for kids!  For a few quick and easy ideas for celebrating Eric Carle’s picture book artwork, watch my video, and stay tuned in the coming days for more Eric Carle kids’ craft ideas!

Thanks for watching!



I love this version of Eric Carle’s My Very First Book of Numbers!  When I taught preschool, I used it all the time in my classroom, so I decided to make my own version of  split-paged book for my students to use.

You can find the instructions for my split-paged scrapbook in my book, The Ultimate Guide to Scrapbooking with Children, which is available for purchase at CARDZ TV STAMPS!

*Project dimensions

*Covers: 7  1/4″ x 8  3/4″

*Inside pages: 7 x 4 1/4″

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

I am sure that this has happened many times before, but I am absolutely smitten with this book!  A friend at the library discovered it, and brought it to my attention (thanks, Sarah!).  It is stunning– not only visually, but also in words and sentiment.  I knew from the first page that I most own this book.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

The first three lines read:

“Morris Lessmore loved words.

He loved stories.

He loved books.”

This is my book.  I might not have written it, or drawn the pictures, but it is mine.  If you love picture books, read it, and make it yours, too.

I love, love, love the Pete the Cat books!  So much, in fact, that I am planning a “Pete the Cat” program dedicated solely to the books that are written by Eric Litwin, and illustrated by James Dean.

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes    Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

If you are a teacher or librarian looking for a book character to follow you through the school year, Pete might just been your man… urh, cat.  Pete’s a groovy cat, complete with guitar in hand, and adapts to new situations and problems that pop up by staying cool, and rocking on.  Pete’s “stay cool” attitude is a great example for young children who are going through new experiences, such as beginning school for the first time.

To kick off the school year, begin with Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes.  In this book, Pete starts a new year of school in his new school shoes.  Pete visits all the areas of his new school– including his classroom, the library, the lunch room, and the playground– all while rocking it in his school shoes.  Pete stays cool even in unfamiliar surroundings through keeping a positive attitude– as Pete says, “It’s all good”.

Follow up with Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes.  You can really have fun with this one!

The newest book in the Pete the Cat series is Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons… watch for a great “button up” craft based on this book in the series… coming soon!

Craft Foam Shoe Pattern Pete the Cat