Toddler Storytime: Writing

Sorry it took me so long to post this! My daughter was sick, so I was out a lot this week.

Last Tuesday’s storytime was about Writing, one of the five early literacy skills your child needs so that they can start school ready to learn how to read. Since learning about shapes and playing with writing instruments are two great ways your toddler can get practice with this skill.

Our letter of the day was W:

W felt board
That’s a killer whale at the bottom, but it’s hard to see against the similar black background.

Our first book, Andrew Drew and Drew by Barney Saltzberg, is a book in the tradition of Harold and the Purple Crayon–it’s about a boy who loves to draw, who starts with a line and ends with “magic”!


After that we read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis. I chose this one because it has a lot of shapes and a lot of imagination!

not a box

We told a story about shapes at the playground, and reunited the baby shapes with their mommies and daddies:

Shapes at the Playground felt board

We played with bubbles, and sang Bumpin Up And Down in my Little Space Shuttle, Open Shut Them, and Here is the Beehive.

We watched Harold and the Purple Crayon on DVD. The book is a classic but it’s kind of nice to watch a film version instead now and then.

Don’t forget: June 3 is our last class and registration for the next session (with Miss Marie) starts June 10th!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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