Odd Friends — Preschool Storytime

Have you ever been friends with a giant monster?  How about a robot or a stuffed animal?  Or a pig or a duck?  Friendship comes in all packages–even seemingly odd ones.

To find the books in our library, click on the title.


The Pig on the Hill by John Kelly

The pig lives all alone in a house on top of a hill. He’s very happy with his quiet life. He has his books, his tidy tidy house and a lovely view.Until one morning he opens the curtains to find a duck has taken up residence on the tiny pinnacle of rock outside his window.

Wilfred by Ryan Higgins

When Wilfred, a big, hairy, and lonesome giant, enters a town full of tiny bald people, he finds only one friend but that proves to be enough when the other townspeople trick him out of his warm hair.

No Fits, Nilson! by Zachariah OHora

Amelia must continually remind her gorilla friend, Nilson, not to have fits, especially when they are running errands with her mother, but sometimes Amelia stomps and growls, too.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

While trying his best to help a penguin that has shown up at his door, a boy journeys all the way to the South Pole, only to realize that the penguin was never lost.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

Draw & Tell

“Man’s Best Friend”

adapted from Melting Activities Tell and Draw Stories

Once upon a time, there was a young man.  One day, as he was taking a very early morning stroll around the park, he was attacked by bees!  Not knowing how to rid them, he jumped into the lake.  Because he was afraid of the bees, he stayed until the sun rose.  When he finally left, he was so hungry that he ran home and fried up two eggs.  Since he was REALLY hungry, he also had two strips of bacon… and shared them with his best friend.  Who is his best friend?  HIS DOG!


We watched “Promises Promises” from Clifford the Big Red Dog Best Buddies.  Emily Elizabeth, Clifford, and his friends learn the importance of keeping promises.

Preschool Storytime, Central Library 12/28/13

Jane Gov

Jane is a Youth Services Librarian at Pasadena Central Library. She purchases YA books for the library system and maintains the teen booklist, online resources, and webpages. She oversees Teen & YA programs including Summer Reading, Advisory Board, Zine, book reviewers, Teen Mental Health Initiative, and volunteers. She also coordinates the library's Innovation Lab, STEAM Kits project, and Young Readers League. She also conducts a few kids events and storytimes. Jane is a contributor to VOYA Magazine and a YALSA Board member.  A majority of her free time is spent with her two corgis Tyrion and Gimli. She tweets as @missjanegov.

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