Storytime

About My Storytimes

My storytimes have changed A LOT over the past four years and three library systems! Here’s what they generally look like these days:

Baby Storytime

My baby storytime lasts for 15-20 minutes and is followed by play time. We read a short book or two, bounce around and sing lots of songs. I try to keep many elements consistent each week and gear my activities towards ages 0-24 months. Here’s a sample baby storytime outline with more information about how I plan.

Toddler Storytime

My toddler storytime lasts for about 20-25 minutes and is followed by play time. We read two books and include lots of opportunity for movement! I select books, flannels and other activities based on what’s developmentally appropriate for 2 and 3 year olds.

Preschool Storytime

I do not regularly lead a preschool storytime anymore. When I did, my storytime was geared for ages 3 to 5, lasted for 30 minutes and was followed by a craft.

Family Storytime

Come one, come all! All ages are welcome to family storytime, which lasts for 25-30 minutes and is followed by play time.

Special Storytimes

Occasionally I present special storytimes, such as outreach to school-agers, summer reading visits, sensory storytimes, stuffed animal sleepovers or family fun nights.

Stay and Play vs. Learning Through Play

Each library system I’ve worked with has taken a different approach to play after storytime. When I refer to Stay and Play, I’m talking about unstructured free play time. When I refer to Learning Through Play, I’m talking about a more intentional approach. In Learning Through Play, staff interact with children and caregivers using an intentional assortment of toys designed to support various types of play.

Regular Storytime Songs & Rhymes

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Browse Storytimes & Activities by Age Group:

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Browse Storytimes & Activities by Early Literacy Skill:

Background Knowledge

Concepts of Print/Print Awareness

Narrative Skills

Letter Knowledge

Phonological Awareness

Print Motivation

Browse Storytimes & Activities by Theme:

Alphabet Series

Baby Animals

Baking

Bathtime

Birthdays

Bears

Bedtime

Birds

Bodies

Boxes

Bugs

Clothing

Dance

Dogs

Fairy Tales

Fall

Families

Feelings

Fire Safety/Community Helpers

Food

Go With the Flow (storytimes that flow rather than focus on a single traditional theme)

Hats

Lost and Found

Monsters

Ocean/Beach

Opposites

Owls

Pets

Rain

Space

Spring

Transportation

Trees

Weather

Zoo Animals