Storytime and Early Learners: Storytime "Kits"

Missing storytime? Us too! On this guide you will find thematic storytime "kits" for pre-school aged kids as well as resources for babies, flannel stories, singalongs, and more! Simply choose the tab that meets your need and enjoy!

Storytime "Kits"

Below you will find thematic storytime "kits" that pull together books from hoopla and other resources available on the internet. Check out a book, watch a video, sing, dance, create, and then talk about what what you thought about the whole thing! 

Penguins

cover image of A Penguin Story
Read: The Chilly Penguin
Read: Flora and the Penguins
Read: The Little Penguin
Read: The Penguin Friend
Read: Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere!
Read: A Penguin Story
Read: Pierre the Penguin
Dance: Penguin Dance
Create: Paper Bag Penguin
Investigate:

  1. Can you waddle like a penguin? How fast can you go? 
  2. Would you rather be a penguin or a bird who can fly? How come?
  3. Would you like to live outside on the ice like a penguin?


 

Rainbows

planting a rainbow book cover
Watch: Planting a Rainbow
Read: Elmer and the Rainbow
Read: How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow
Read: Reena's Rainbow
Dance: Awesome Rainbows
Sing: The Rainbow Song
Sing: Rainbow, Rainbow
Count: Five Little Raindrops
Create: Rainbow Cloud Craft
Investigate: 

  1. Can you remember what all the colors of the rainbow are? Can you draw a rainbow?
  2. What is your favorite color and why?
  3. What is at the end of the rainbow? 

Beach

Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? book cover

Read: Sandy Feet! Whose Feet?
Read: ABCs at the Beach
Read: Chu's Day at the Beach
Read: Sally Goes to the Beach
Read: Sand Sister
Sing: Going to the Beach Song
Sing: The Goldfish (Let's Go Swimming)
Sing: The Waves on the Beach
Dance: Baby Shark
Create: Paper Plate Beach Ball
Investigate:

  1. What is your favorite thing to do at the beach?
  2. Have you ever ate sand? What were you thinking?
  3. What does the ocean smell like? 
  4. What can your find at the beach? 

 

Farms

Barnyard Boogie book cover

Watch: Farmer Duck
Watch: The Little Red Hen
Read: Baa Baa Black Sheep 
Read: Barnyard Boogie 
Read: To Market, To Market 
Sing: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Dance: Four Kids Chicken Dance
Create: TP Roll Spring Chicken
Investigate:

  1. What sound does a cow make? A pig? Make other farm animal sounds! How many can you make?
  2. Pretend you're riding a tractor on a farm! What does it sound like? What do you see?
  3. What can you find at a farmer's market? What if you go in winter? In summer?

Dessert

Arnie the Doughnut Book Cover

WatchArnie the Doughnut  

Read: Rude Cakes 

Sing: Popcorn 

Create: Draw a Cupcake 

Investigate:  

  1. What is your favorite dessert and why?
  2. Play with measuring cups and filling them up. What cups are bigger? Which are smaller? How many times do you need to use a smaller cup to fill up a bigger cup?
  3. How did Pigeon feel when the duckling got a cookie? Did his feelings change? 

Hot Dogs Vs. Tacos

Watch: Dragons Love Tacos 

Read: Hello, Hot Dog 

Read: This is a Taco! 

Dance: Pop See Ko 

Investigate: 

  1. do you prefer hot dogs, tacos...or SPAGHETTI?
  2. Have you ever had breakfast for dinner? Would you eat pancakes, eggs, or cereal?
  3. Take a poll, ask your friends and family what their favorite dinner is. Can you create a chart to display your information?

Frogs

cover image of mctoad mows tiny island
Read: Frogs
Read: Frogs
Read: McToad Mows Tiny Island
Read: Frog and Friends
Read: Frog in a Bog
Read: Frog and Toad are Friends
Read: Frankie Frog and the Throaty Croakers
Read: Frog or Toad
Read: Toad has Talent
Watch: By Mouse and Frog
Watch: The Story of the Dancing Frog
Sing: Five Green and Freckled Frogs
Investigate:

  1. What does a frog say?
  2. Can you jump like a frog? How high can you jump? How far?
  3. Would you like to eat flies? How come?

Butterflies

cover of book dinosaurs roar butterflies soar
Watch: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Read: Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar!
Read: Ranger Rick: I Wish I was a Monarch Butterfly
Read: Elmer and Butterfly
Read: A Butterfly is Patient
Read: Butterfly Counting
Read: From Caterpillar to Butterfly
Read: An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth
Sing: The Butterfly Dance for Children
Create: Coffee Filter Butterflies
Investigate:

  1. What are some differences between Butterflies and Moths? 
  2. Can you fly like a butterfly? 
  3. Would you like to be a butterfly? Why or why not?

Birthday

book cover of I Got a Chicken for my birthday
Read: I Got a Chicken For My Birthday
Read: Elmer's Birthday
Read: Bear's Birthday
Read: Birthday Cake
Read: Boa's Bad Birthday
Read: I Want TWO Birthdays!
Watch: Happy Birthday, Make a Wish!
Sing: The Birthday Song
Sing: Birthday
Dance: Celebrate
Create: Make a Cupcake
Investigate: 

  1. What is your favorite flavor of cake? 
  2. Do you like cake or cupcakes better?
  3. What is your birthday? Do you know what year? How old are you?
  4. What is your favorite birthday activity and why?

Rain

Rain by Linda Ashman book cover

Read: Rain 
Read: Mud Puddle 
Read: When Will it Rain? 
Watch: Rain, Rain, Go Away 
Sing: Little Raindrops Falling Down 
Sing: Singing in the Rain Song
Sing: It’s Raining Jellybeans
Sing: It’s Gonna Rain
Count: Five Little Raindrops
Create: Rain Cloud Craft 
Investigate:  

  1. Do you like it when it rains?
  2. Do you notice any animals come out when it rains?  Hint: ribbit ribbit! 
  3. Where does the rain go after it falls?

Dogs

Bark George by Jules Feiffer book cover

Watch: Bark, George 

Read: Such a Good Boy 

Read: Go to Sleep Monty! 

Sing: BINGO 

Create: Draw Dogs and Cats 

Investigate: 

  1. If you could have any pet what would it be?
  2. What other sounds do animals make? 
  3. If you had a dog, what tricks would you like to teach it?

Dinosaurs

Read: Counting Dinos 

Investigate: 

1.  How many of your foot prints do you think can fit inside a dinosaur foot print?  

2.  Would a dinosaur be a good pet? Why or why not?  

3.  Did you know that modern day birds are relatives of the dinosaurs from long ago? Look at some birds and see if you can see dinosaur-like characteristics. 

Colors

cover image of green is a chile pepper
Watch: Sky Color
Read: Dumptruck's Colors
Read: Green is a Chile Pepper
Read: Mouse Paint
Read: Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!)
Read: Spicy Hot Colors / Colors Picantes
Read: Steam Train, Dream Train Colors
Sing: de Colores
Sing: The Color Song
Create: Exploring Colors Activities
Check out physical library books too!
Investigate:

  1. What is your favorite color and why? Ask other people about their favorite color too. Draw a picture for them in their favorite color!
  2. What happens when you mix colors? 
  3. What colors are in the rainbow? Can you draw a rainbow?

Shapes

box shapes cover
Read: Big Box of Shapes
Read: Sea Shapes
Read: Lots of Dots
Read: Round is a Tortilla
Read: Shapes
Read: ABC Shapes
Watch: The Shape Story
Sing: Do You Know the Circle Man?
Sing: Do You Know What Shape This Is?
Create: Shape Crafts
Investigate:

  1. Can you make a circle with Your fingers? A triangle? Any others?
  2. Find five shapes in your house today. Can you find more?
  3. What is your favorite shape? 
  4. If you had to draw your self using shapes, which shapes would you use? Is your head a circle? A triangle? A square? What about your legs? 

Bears


Read: A Bear and His Boy
Read: Bears! Bears! Bears!
Read: Bears Don't Eat Egg Sandwiches
Read: Goodnight Already!
Read: Mother Bruce
Read: One Very Big Bear
Sing: Bear Song
Sing and move: The Bear Hunt Song
Move: Do the Bear Walk
Create: A Woven Bear Craft
Investigate: 

  1. What is your favorite type of bear and why?
  2. Do the bear walk. Do bears move fast? Do you think you're as fast as a bear? 
  3. If bears don't eat egg sandwiches...what do they eat?

Gardening

My Garden by Kevin Henkes book cover

Watch: My Garden 
Read: Flower Garden
Read: There's a Pest in the Garden! 
Read: Lola Plants a Garden 
Watch: The Tiny Seed 
Sing: Storytime Singalong: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Fingerplay: Dig a Hole
Sing: There's Something in My Garden
Create: Playtime Crafts: Nature Bracelets

Investigate:

  1. Get a paper towel a little wet and place it in a plastic ziplock bag. Then, put a pinto bean inside the paper towel. Tape the bag to a window that gets sun. Check the bag every day, and add a little water if the paper towel gets dry. What happens to the bean? 
  2. Look at some flowers for a little while. Did you see any insects or animals visit the flowers? What kinds? Why are they visiting the flowers
  3. What are the colors of some flowers you know? How many can you think of ?   

Space

Watch: Gravity 

Read: Space Mice 

Sing: Rocketship Run  

Sing: Rocket Ship 

Investigate:  

  1. Do you think there are aliens? What do they look like? Draw or create one out of craft supplies.
  2. Build a rocket ship out of a old box. What will you take to outer space?
  3. You're on the moon! moonwalk around the living room (make an obstacle course with your couch cushions and anything else you have on hand).

Ice Cream

what can you do with a paleta book cover

Watch: Picking an Ice Cream Flavor    

Investigate: 

  1. What animal does ice cream come from? 

  1. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?  

  1. Do you eat ice cream when its cold outside?