Storytime: Library

(September 2014)

Topics: Library! I did this theme to welcome kids back to the regular library storytime schedule.

Place: Fayetteville Free Library




Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea – This book was fun for working out our excess energy. We got to ROAR with dinosaur until he visits the library, where he manages to hold in his roars for the entire storytime.

Lola at the Library (board book) by Anna McQuinn – For the preschoolers, I used the board book version of this story, which is a bit shorter than the picture book version. It talks about a little girl, Lola, who visits the library, checks out books and attends storytime.

It’s A Little Book by Lane Smith­ – This is the board book version of It’s a Book. This version is shorter and doesn’t have the word “ass” at the end, in reference to the donkey character who doesn’t understand what a book is for. It’s especially fun and crowd pleasing if you act out the different scenarios (ie “Is it for quacking?”).


Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss – The farm animals are bored, so they decide to visit the library to check out a book, but when they get there, the librarian can’t understand them. It’s fun making the animal noises and the kids thought it was funny to think about horses and goats in the library.

It’s A Little Book by Lane Smith­

The Plan: 

Sing: Hello Song

Flannel Board/Rhyme: Five Little Books

Five little books at the library,
Five little books as great as can be.
Along comes (name) with her/his library card
To take one home and read.
(Credit: Storytime Katie)

Read: Dinosaur vs. The Library/ Lola at the Library 

Rhyme: Alphabet Beat

First clap your hands. Then stomp your feet.
Everybody do the alphabet beat.
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,
Wave your arms high. Swing your arms low.
The alphabet beat is the way to go.
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b
Move to the left. Move to the right.
The alphabet beat is way out of sight.
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c
Now give a high five to a nearby friend.
The alphabet beat has come to the end!

Rhyme: Read, Read, Read a Book (Tune Row Your Boat)

Read, read, read a book,
Travel anywhere,
Worldwide, you decide,
A book will take you there.
Read, read, read a book,
Beginning to the end,
What a way to spend the day,
A book’s a special friend!

Play Activity: Find the Bookworm

Using the same felt books from the Flannel Board rhyme above, we played “Find the Bookworm.” I hid our little worm behind a book and let the kids guess which one. We chanted “Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm, hiding in a book; Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm, where should we look?”
(Credit: itsybitsymom)


Read: Lola at the Library/ Book! Book! Book!

Sing: If You’re Happy and You Know It, Read a Book

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands
Stomp your feet //  Read a book (put your hands together and then open them, as if opening a book)

Read: It’s a Little Book

Play Activity: Smartplay Library

For our play activity I used the props from our Smartplay library, which include board books, pretend library cards, pretend librarian name tags, a book scanner and a book drop. The kids got to take turns being the librarian and checking out books!


Sing: Goodbye Song