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Storytimes open a new world of possibilities for children by encouraging a love for books and reading. Create your own storytime – anytime you want – with these charming books and activity sheets for kids! And don’t forget to check out our Ten Tips For A Successful Storytime below!

DEAR BOY,

by Paris Rosenthal & Jason Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam

FRESH PRINCESS

by Denene Millner, illustrated by Gladys Jose

LAMBSLIDE

by Ann Patchett, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

THAT’S WHAT DINOSAURS DO

by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald

A NORMAL PIG

by K-Fai Steele

HOW TO READ A BOOK

by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

CECE LOVES SCIENCE AND ADVENTURE

by Kimberly Derting & Shelli R. Johannes, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE

by Ashley Franklin, illustrated by Ebony Glenn

HOW TO WALK A DUMP TRUCK

by Peter Pearson, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu

YOU MADE ME A DAD

by Laurenne Sala, illustrated by Mike Malbrough

TURTLE AND TORTOISE ARE NOT FRIENDS

by Mike Reiss, illustrated by Ashley Spires

A CURIOUS MENAGERIE

by Carin Berger

Storytime is the perfect way to engage with kids and get them excited about reading. There are so many ways to a host a storytime, but if you need help getting started, we have a few tips to help.

TEN TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL STORYTIME

  1. Be excited! Kids will be enthusiastic about the books and activities for storytime if you are, too.
  2. Mix it up! Have a variety of activities in case your listeners are excited to do more.
  3. Create a space. A special rug or couch will let kids know where storytime is happening.
  4. Read ahead. Pick out tricky passages/words or details/questions you want to share.
  5. It’s storytime! Come up with a catchphrase, song, or opening number to let kids know when it’ll start.
  6. Speculate. Ask kids what they think the story is about based on the title/cover and talk about those predictions at the end.
  7. Slow down. Take a few breaks to point out details and to make sure kids are following the story.
  8. Talk about it. It’s always fun to see how kids react to the story, so ask them questions.
  9. Get up and move! After sitting through storytime, kids might be eager to get on their feet – so remember to move and stretch.
  10. Reflect! Once storytime is over, think about what worked and what you want to change for next time, especially if it’s with the same group of kids.