I will admit that blogs are my go-to resource to get started. These people have real experience in the field. Plus, they tell you what works and what doesn't.
- Let the Wild Rumpus Start
- Mel's Desk (Check out all of her themes!)
- Read Sing Play (I really like her rhyme page)
- What Happens in Storytime
Looking for Baby Books?
I am one of those people who like it when people show me books that have worked. These two blogs have great lists that are up-to-date.
These are my favorite at the moment, but there are plenty of other great reference works out there.
Mother Goose on the Loose by Betsy Diamant-Cohen
This is one of the original great programs for babies and young children. It is chock full of rhymes and plans with ready-to-go programs.
Finger Folk by Marilyn Lohnes
While the plans in here are for older kids (ages 2+), the patterns for the felt board pieces are perfect for count up and down rhymes. I like using them with a glove or a lapboard.
The Very Ready Reading Program by Sue McCleaf Nespeca
This first binder is for ages 0-24 months and they are planning on coming out with two more next spring. Twenty different quality baby story time plans are included, plus handouts for the parents and notes for the presenter. While it is expensive, it is worth at least checking out.