Dogs: Toddler Storytime

Last Tuesday, we told stories about dogs!


Books We Shared

The Dog Book by Lorenzo Clerici is a fun metafiction that had everyone shouting “Wake UP!” and “Good dog!” As kids are prompted to interact with the illustrated dog, the illustrations change.

I Love Dogs by Barney Saltzberg is a simple exploration of all the things that make dogs lovable.

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!

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?

We sang this nursery rhyme while setting up a challenge to find the dog behind the shapes!

Where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can be be?

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.

Open, Shut Them

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open, shut them
Open, shut them
Place them on your lap, lap, lap

Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
right up to your chin, chin, chin

Open up your little mouth but….
DO NOT LET THEM IN!

Goodbye Friends (song in sign)

Click here for video:  Goodbye Babies (Friends) 

Goodbye babies, goodbye babies
Goodbye babies, 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.

“Clap Everybody and Say Hello” from Sally Go Round the Sun by Kathy Reid-Naiman.

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


Video We Shared

We watched the episode “Spot Cleans Up” from the DVD Discover Spot based on the books by Eric Hill.

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. I’m sure the dog would enjoy hearing a story together with a toddler or baby!

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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