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Dear Zoo Flannel Board

Hi Guys,

With summer winding down, we’re all starting to get back into storytime mode at the library. Because I’ve only been a Children’s Librarian for a little over a year now, my storytimes take quite a bit of planning since I am doing everything from scratch. Today was my day off and what with it being hotter then blazes out, I thought I’d watch a movie and start a new flannel board.

After deciding that my first Family Storytime would revolve around zoo animals, I knew I just had to create a flannel board based on the lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell.

In this book a child writes to the zoo to send them a pet. The zoo replies with box after box of animal that isn’t quite right. Too big, too scary, too tall, too hoppy. Until they find a pet that is just right.

This is the perfect picture book for a flannel board. The story has repetition, which is great for the little ones. It’s also short, which keeps the kiddos from losing interest. The animals are ones you can act out or make sound effects as you show them. Finally, I love the reveal! Building up the suspense and playing up what’s in the box until you finally make the big reveal.


This one was pretty easy to do. I free handed the drawings, although I’ve seen some pretty good templates on Pinterest if anyone is interested. I do need to invest in some more fine tipped Sharpies. I couldn’t add the “From The Zoo” tags with the ones I had.

My plan is to set up all the boxes on the flannel board, in order, before storytime. I’ll report back and let you know how it goes.

Close up slideshow of the flannels below:

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That’s all for now!


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