Books, Reading and Libraries Storytime Lesson Plan

Books, Reading and Libraries Storytime Lesson Plan

National Children’s Book Week is in May! November is Family Literacy Month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! September is Read-a-New-Book Month!

National Library Week is in April!


A big surprise for Little Card by Charise Mericle Harper, Candlewick Press, 2016.

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss, Arthur A. Levine Books, 2001.

The book with no pictures by B.J. Novak, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2014.

Dinosaur vs. the library by Bob Shea, Disney/Hyperion Books, 2011.

Duck's vacation by Gilad Soffer, Feiwel & Friends, 2015.

Duncan the story dragon by Amanda Driscoll, Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.

How to read a story by Kate Messner, San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 2015.

I'm not reading! by Jonathan Allen, Boxer Books, 2013.

I will chomp you! by Jory John, Random House, 2015.

A library book for Bear by Bonny Becker, Candlewick Press, 2014.

Library day by Anne Rockwell, Aladdin Books, 2016.

Lola reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn, Charlesbridge, 2012.

Look! by Jeff Mack, Philomel Books, 2015.

The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara, Roaring Brook Press, 2014.

Otto the book bear by Katie Cleminson, Disney-Hyperion Books, 2011.

Please, open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.

Read to Tiger by S.J. Fore, Viking, 2010.

Roger is reading a book by Koen Van Biesen, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2015.

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2013.

This book just ate my dog! byRichard Byrne, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.

We are in a book! by Mo Willems, Hyperion, 2010.

Where are my books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015.


Abby's Alphabet Soup – Ralph’s World’s The Rhyming Circus CD (2:37)

Along for the ride – The Okee Dokee Brothers’ Can You Canoe? CD (3:37)

Book worm – Johnette Downing’s Wild and Woolly Wiggle Songs CD (2:15)

I love reading – Fabulous Lemon Drops (2:00)

Nose in a book – The Not-Its! Raise Your Hand CD (3:01)

The rhyming circus – Ralph’s World’s The Rhyming Circus CD (3:02)


The Accident” by Barry Louis Polisar

Fingerplays & Action Rhymes

Five little books, accessed 3-31-16

Here is my book, accessed 3-31-16

Read, read, read your books, accessed 3-31-16

The more we get together/read together, accessed 4-20-16

This is the way we read our books, accessed 3-31-16

Art Project

Mini books, accessed 3-31-16

Bookworm bookmarks, accessed 3-31-16

Another kind of bookworm bookmark, accessed 3-31-16

Bookworm bookmark craft idea, accessed 3-31-16


The book with no words, excerpts read by the author, accessed 3-31-16


Big books – impress the kids with one of these giant books (you don’t even have to read it!)

(Book)worm doll/puppet, accessed 4-20-16

Henry (book)worm puppet, accessed 4-20-16

Every Child Ready to Read Skills and/or Practices

Print Conventions/Awareness: The steps to properly reading a story are numbered one to ten in How to read a story (Messner). Print awareness here also promotes early numeracy.

Background Knowledge: Kids know how tigers normally behave and will find Tiger’s silly, attention-grabbing antics hilarious in Read to Tiger (Fore).

Letter Knowledge: With only two short, distinct words in the text, Look! (Mack) can be used to help kids learn letters.

Vocabulary: Bonny Becker’s books about Bear always have sumptuous language. A library book for bear doesn’t disappoint, with words such as “excessive,” “huffy,” and “commanded.” Briefly define a word or two you think kids might not fully understand as you read.

Phonological Awareness: Rhyming books such as My pet book (Staake) promote the awareness of the smaller sounds in words -- a skill kids need when learning to read.

Sing: Open each storytime with the same welcome song and end each storytime with the same goodbye song. This helps kids understand transitions and the routine also gives them security and comfort.

Talk: Talk about what it would take to convince your storytime listeners to read a book along the lines of what it takes the protagonist in I will not read this book (Meng) to actually read the book.

Read: The book with no pictures (Novak) states the rule of books—grown-ups have to read all the words no matter what. Even if it means they embarrass themselves. Repeatedly.

Write: Have kids use their fingers to trace the letter of the day in the air.

Play: Please open this book! (Lehrhaupt) breaks down the fourth wall, imploring readers to open—and keep open—the book to save the animals inside.

Possible Asides to Parents & Caregivers

You don’t need an alphabet book to talk about letters. With any book you are reading together, let your child look for the first letter or any of the letters in his or her name.

Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress

Domain: Language, Literacy and Communications:

Language comprehension

Social conversation

Vocabulary and syntax


Motivation, engagement

Phonological awareness

Letter recognition

Concepts of print

Comprehension of narrative text

Storytime Implemented for 2- & 3-year-olds

Storytime brought to you by the letter L (or B)

Read to Tiger (Fore)

“More we read together”

“I love reading” with maracas/egg shakers

Five little books

Please open this book! (Lehrhaupt)

“Nose in a book” with maracas/egg shakers

“The more we get together/read together”

“Here is my book”

The book with no pictures (Novak)

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