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 either followed or preceded 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

When I lead preschool storytime, I gear my content for ages 3 to 5. Our program lasts for about 25-30 minutes.

Family Storytime

Come one, come all! All ages are welcome to family storytime, which lasts for 20-30 minutes (depending on the average age of the crowd).

Special Storytimes

Occasionally I present other storytimes, such as outreach to schools, summer reading visits, sensory storytimes, special program storytimes, etc.

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:

baby toddler  preschool  family school age

Browse Storytimes & Activities by Type:

sensory    outside    virtual

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:

Authors

Alphabet

Baby Animals

Baking

Bathtime

Bears

Bedtime

Birds

Birthdays

Bodies

Boxes

Bugs

Clothes

Colors

Dance

Dinosaurs

Dogs

Eggs

Fairy Tales

Fall

Families

Farm

Feelings

Fire Safety/Community Helpers

Food

Hats

Lost and Found

Love

Monsters

Ocean/Beach

Opposites

Outer Space

Owls

Pets

PLAY

Rain

Shapes

Spring

Toys

Transportation

Trees

Weather

Winter

Zoo/Wild Animals

I also like to present flow storytimes – storytimes that focus on connections between activities rather than revolve around a single traditional theme. You can find these flow storytime plans by clicking here.