Dogs: Preschool Storytime

On Saturday, we told stories about dogs!


Books We Shared

In Frankie by Mary Sullivan, Frankie is a newly-adopted dog who is trying to get to used to his new home, while Nico, another dog already living in the house, resents Frankie for playing with his toys and lying on his bed. Nico doesn’t want to share. Frankie figures out how to make his own fun and develop his own collection of stuff, until his owner comes home with lots of stuff just for Frankie! Now the question is, will Frankie share with Nico?

In The Very Very Very Long Dog by Julia Patton, a sausage dog named Bartleby keeps getting into trouble because he is so long, he can’t keep track of his rear end! Fortunately, his friends are there to clean up the mess and make for him a very “STEAM” solution to his problem.

In A Cat is Better by Linda Joy Singleton and illustrated by Jorge Martin, we hear a feline’s opinion on the subject of dogs. But in the end, the cat can’t argue with the fact that, when you’re scared or blue, a dog is nice to have as a friend!

Puppet Story

Bark, George

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer is a classic about a dog who keeps making the sounds of other animals, until a veterinarian discovers that he has all kinds of animals in his stomach. Instead of showing the book (with its slightly scary illustrations) I used a dog puppet to tell the story, and at the part where the vet pulls animals out of his stomach, I had some felt animals hidden up the “sleeve” of the puppet.

Flannel Boards We Shared

Dog’s Colorful Day

We used the flannelboard to talk about colors with a story based on Dog’s Colorful Day. We added spots to the dog and counted them as Dog encountered spills of paint, drops of ice cream and smudges of mud!


Action Songs & Bounces We Shared

We share a lot of songs, bounces & rhymes during storytime!
You’ll find lyrics/words to those songs & rhymes we shared without CD accompaniment here.

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Goodbye friends, it’s time to say goodbye.


Music from CDs We Shared

Children love to sing and dance to music.  Here are some of the songs/bounces on CD that we used in storytime.

“Song in My Tummy” from The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band.

“Bingo” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music.


Video We Shared

We watched “No Roses for Harry” from the DVD Harry The Dirty Dog, based on the book by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.


Barks and Books

If you’d like to join us for Barks and Books and read with some real live dogs, we have volunteers from the Humane Society coming on Saturday at 11 am, with their adorable and gentle dogs. It’s great for encouraging kids who are already learning how to read and need the practice, but I’m sure the dog would enjoy hearing a story together with a prereader!


Continue the Fun

Here are some more books about dogs to check out at your Pasadena Public Library Branch:

AnnMarie Hurtado

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, STEAM Careers in Pasadena, and other STEAM/science programs. I teach 1-2 sessions of Infant/Toddler Storytime 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, 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras.

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