As mentioned in an earlier post, I am finally sharing my library-themed storytime for the preschool set.
I’ve done this storytime for groups taking a field trip to the library and as an outreach visit. Depending on the books used, it can be done with toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary students.
Wolf! by Becky Bloom; illustrated by Pascal Biet
When a hungry wolf stops by a farm to prey on the barnyard animals, he is impressed by their reading skills and decides to learn how to read himself. Preschool, Elementary
I Love My Little Storybook by Anita Jeram; illustrated by the author
A little bunny describes the magical world she visits when she reads her favorite book. Preschool
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Lola and her mother visit the library every Tuesday for storytime and to check out more great books. Toddler, Preschool
Beatrice Doesn’t Want To by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Beatrice is reluctant to visit the library with her brother Henry until she discovers storytime. Preschool, Elementary
Read It, Don’t Eat It! by Ian Schoenherr; illustrated by the author
A group of not-so-conscientious animals demonstrates how NOT to take care of a library book. Preschool, Elementary
Wild about Books by Judy Sierra; illustrated by Marc Brown
When a bookmobile stops at the zoo by mistake, the librarian turns all the animals into eager readers. Preschool, Elementary
But Excuse Me That Is My Book by Lauren Child; illustrated by the author
Brother and sister pair Charlie and Lola visit the library, where Lola is a little perturbed that her favorite book, which she always checks out, has been chosen by someone else. Preschool, Elementary
“The Library Song” by Tom Chapin (Just for Kids)
“The Books I Like to Read” by Frances England (Fascinating Creatures)
“I Love My Library” by Lunch Money (Dizzy)
“Here Is My Book”
Here is my book (hold hands out in front of you with palms together)
I open it wide (open hands like opening a book)
To read all the stories (look at hands to “read” them)
That are inside
This flannel story is similar to the “Little Mouse” flannel that can be found in multiple resources. In that flannel, you hide a mouse behind houses of various colors and have the children guess where the mouse is hiding. In this version, I hide a bear, which I call “Book Bear”, behind one of eight book-shaped flannel pieces and have the children find him. We’re fortunate enough to have a die cut machine at my library, so I used our book shape die cut to make eight book pieces, each a different color.
Before I begin the flannel with the children I explain to them how it works, hiding the bear behind one of the books as I talk. Then I place the books on the flannel one at a time, being careful not to let them see which one has the bear behind it. After the books are all on the board, I go through the colors with the kids and then let them start guessing. With each guess, I point to the particular book, and ask them, “Is Book Bear behind the (insert color) book?” Then we chant together, “Book Bear, Book Bear, are you under there?” Then I pull the book off to reveal either a blank space or Book Bear. I usually try to finagle the game so that Book Bear is under the last book I remove. This flannel story (and its many variations) is ALWAYS a hit, and kids of all ages love it.