Family Storytime: Books!

Our preschool storytime on Saturday, May 2 was all about books.  First we sang the song “Clap Your Hands” and then read the book Lottie Paris and the Best Place by Angela Johnson and illustrated by Scott M. Fischer.  It’s a story of two kids making friends through their love of books and libraries.

Lottie Paris
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For the next book, I told the story using puppets.  I Took My Frog to the Library is a funny classic by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Blanche Sims.  The girl in the story brings all kinds of outlandish animals to the library who mess it up in various ways, until finally the exasperated librarian begs her to leave her animals at home!

Click on the picture to find it at a library branch near you!
Click on the picture to find it at a library branch near you!

We sang “Shake Your Sillies Out” and then did a fun felt board activity where the children helped me fix the animals’ talk bubbles so that they say the right words!

Animal Sounds felt board mixed up




We also had some help from animal friends as we read Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke.  It’s a story about a bunch of barnyard animals who come to the library looking for something to do, but who can’t make their requests understood by the librarian who does not speak Horse, Cow, Goat or Pig.  This is a book I always like sharing again and again because I think kids can relate to the animals’ frustration!

Book Book Book

Click the picture to find it at a library branch near you!
Click the picture to find it at a library branch near you!

We watched a video telling of the story Petunia, a book by Roger Duvoisin.  from the DVD Crazy Hair Day, which you can check out from the Central Library.  It’s a story about a goose who assumes she knows everything just because she carries around a book.  But after advising her barnyard friends into one disaster after another, she realizes that it’s not enough just to carry a book–to be wise, you have to read it!



We finished off with one of my favorite action/movement songs, “If I Was a Bird.”  I hope everybody had a good time and that you all got to pick up some free comic books from the children’s desk!

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian working in the Children's Room at the Pasadena Central Library. I purchase juvenile nonfiction books for all sites, juvenile Spanish books for all sites, and juvenile DVDs for the Central Library. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including Lucha Libros, writing workshops, and STEAM/science programs. I also do 16 weeks of Infant/Toddler Storytimes each year. 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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