Books, Reading and Libraries! – Toddler Storytime

Happy National Library Week!  All our toddlers and caregivers who came to storytime were celebrating without even knowing.  I used our theme this week to honor it.

SONG: Now it’s Time to Say Hello*
taken from jbrary

MOVEMENT:  “Wake Up Toes” from Morning Magic by Joanie Bartels

Open Shut Them*


Book by GeorgeLola Loves Stories by McQuinn
10 am: Book! by Kristine O’Connell George, illustrated by Maggie Smith
11 am: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

MOVEMENT: “Reach for the Ceiling” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

10 Books Flannelboard cropped name
10 Pigs

Wiggleworm, Wiggleworm
Wiggleworm Wiggleworm Flannelboard cropped name
(taken from itsybitsymom – Thanks for sharing this great idea!)

Hide the worm behind one of the books before you start.  Then say this rhyme:

Wiggleworm, wiggleworm, hiding in a book.
Wiggleworm, wiggleworm, where should we look?

Then ask for the color of the book and look under to see if the worm is there!

We played this two different ways – first I recited them rhyme, had the kids tell me the color of the book, and we peeked underneath.  Repeat until the worm was discovered.  After that, the worm wanted to hide in another book and, without the rhyme, I just had the kids tell me different colors to look under.  I played stupid asking if blue was green, etc.  It was fun both ways!

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

Books Always Everywhere by Blatt
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt, illustrated by Sarah Massini

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass

peppa pig school bus trip dvd
“The Library” from Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip

MOVEMENT: Now it’s Time to Say Goodbye taken from jbrary


Four Friends Together by Heap Baby Bear's Books by Yolen Lola at the Library by McQuinn i like books by browne Books for Me by FliessBaby's First Word Stories Nighttime DVD

Book: Four Friends Together by Sue Heap
Book: Baby Bear’s Books by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Book: Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Book: I Like Books by Anthony Browne
Book: Books for Me by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Mike Laughead
DVD: “Iggy’s Book” from Baby’s First-Word Stories: Nighttime
Flannelboard: Five Little Books

Storytime Katie: Flannel Friday – Five Little Books
YSO Storytime: Libraries
Rebecca Person – Atlee Branch, Pamunkey Regional Library: Five Little Bunnies Flannelboard, Snuggle up with a Book
What Happens in Storytime: Flannel Friday – Five Little Books

Reading books about books and reading seems pretty meta.  This was a fun theme with lots to do.  The kids seemed to enjoy the Wiggleworm flannelboard – and, of course, they always have fun when they are smarter than you are (like with the color naming).

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  43 people      11 am: 41 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

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