Storytime Resources

(also see Storytime Routines and Preschool Library Curriculum pages)




Kiz Club Story Props

A variety of props to use while telling stories. I also use these for retell and reader's theater. The props are available in color and black & white.
(Keisa Williams)
(Note: Look for the nextarrow.pngarrow at the top to see more pages of story props.)

Story Props

More Story Props!
Story Props

Story Sticks

Printable story props to use for retelling. Paint sticks work well with this project.
Story Sticks for Popular Books

Fingerplays, Rhymes, and Songs

King County Library System (WA) has an awesome collection of fingerplays, rhymes, and songs to add to your storytime repertoire. They are listed in order by theme, and alphabetically. Many of the entries (the ones in red) link to a YouTube video, so you can see a children's librarian performing the rhyme or song. Very cool! (Regina Hartley)
KCLS Fingerplays, Rhymes, and Songs

Dianne de Las Casa's Fun and Easy Handmade Tales

The Stubborn Turnip is one of my favorites to share K-5. The kids LOVE it! You MUST buy her book and invite her to your school. (Keisa Williams)

Check out her blog: The Story Connection
Follow her on Twitter: @storyconnection
In case you want to do this story as a puppet show. Puppets are available here:
Black & White
Purchase her book on Amazon

Kididdles for Children's Songs & Lyrics

This site has song pages and lyrics for 2,000 children's songs. You can search alphabetically or by subject. Many of the songs have audio files with them, so you can hear the melody, too! Look for the music note next to the song name. There are also printable music sheets of popular children's songs, if you are so inclined! (Regina Hartley)

Mimi's Motifs Stuffed Props

Judy Freeman always recommends Mimi's Motifs for tons of great puppets and props that correspond to favorite stories. Check out the Storytelling Apron ! (Susan Eley)
Mimi's Motifs

Storytime Suggestions

If you don't already follow Elizabeth Bird's A Fuse #8 Production blog on the School Library Journal website, you should go there immediately! Her June 22, 2010, post introduces her
NEWStorytime Suggestionfeature. You can share your suggestions with her and even see her in action (see link at right). Priceless. July 7 post was Rhyming Dust Bunnies. She shares it all--book info, props for the book, related crafts, video of her reading the book, and more. (Note to self: Must procure Rhyming Dust Bunnies, and soon.) (Regina Hartley)
June 22, 2010 post
Storytime Suggestions: A Fuse #8 Production
Here is a collection of all of the Fuse #8 Book Reviews

Questions For Reading

Use these questions while reading a book. Place a post-it in your book as a reminder to ask the questions or make a poster for yourself as a visual reminder to question students during readalouds. These questions were collected by my fabulous 4/5 team at Monarch Academy. One 5th grade teacher uses this on a "Reading at Home" page on her wiki. (Keisa Williams)
Questions for reading

Little Red Riding Hood Finger Puppets

Before or after you read the story, show this short animation of Little Red Riding Hood. Then have students retell the story in small groups. Instead of using the finger holes, I laminated the puppets and placed them on a Popsicle stick. My kids LOVE this activity. Also view more stories here.
(Keisa Williams)
Little Red (PDF)
Goldilocks Story Puppets
Crocodile Puppet

Mrs. Pancake

Fairytale Printables

Mrs. Pancake is a great site for all kinds of printables for the classroom. This one has printable masks that can be used during storytime or for reader's theater. These are also great to add to displays or to use as a story sequencing resource. (Keisa Williams)

SurLaLune Storytime

A public children's librarian's personal reference notebook of storytime ideas.
SurLaLune Storytime

Going On a Bear Hunt Printables

This is a FUN SONG to sing with your little ones. Great way to teach prepositions and adjectives too!
Print these and use them on a felt board to help tell the story.

The Michael Rosen version is great, but make sure you have students repeat each line after you. Here an example of someone doing it w/ preschool students:

Lyrics here...alter them as you wish to fit how you want to sing the song with your students.
(Keisa Williams)
Going on a Bear Hunt Printables
Blog about using the printables as well as other ideas
Bear Hung Art Project (Bulletin Board idea)
Emergent Reader Book Printable
Bear Hunt Lap Book
Bear Hunt Story Printables
Brown Bear Puppet Story Retelling Pieces

Children's Songs & Nursery Rhymes has the largest collection of children's music on the Internet - with lyrics, videos, and music for 2,114 kid's songs and nursery rhymes. (Keisa Williams)

Library Storytime Blog

"This is a blog for children's librarians, teachers and educators in general who frequently facilitate storytime groups and music and movement programs with children." (Keisa Williams)


Storyblocks is a project of Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, working in partnership with Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Services. It is a collection of 30-60 second videos designed to model to parents, caregivers, and library staff some songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for early childhood. Each video clip includes helpful early literacy tips to increase caregivers’ understanding of child development and pre-literacy needs. (Keisa Williams)

Go Away Big Green Monster PPT

Powerpoint verision of the story, Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Big Green Monster PPT
Story Props for Go Away Big Green Monster
  • Use this with students to retell.

Fabulous Books Wiki

This wiki is an extensive resource for fabulous read alouds! Check it out when you're stuck for a story time selection, or for readers' advisory ideas! (jamie camp)
Fabulous Books

Letter-Themed Activities for Storytimes

PreSchool Express

I just discovered PreSchool Express, by Jean Warren. One of her great areas is Alphabet Station. For those times when your storytime theme is a letter of the alphabet, this site has lots of activities. The individual letter activities (link at right) gives bucketloads of ideas for art, games, activities, movement, language, writing, science, and snacks! The Music & Rhymes Station is also a great resource for storytime rhymes for preschoolers. (Regina Hartley)
PreSchool Express, Alphabet Station
Individual Letter Activities (PDF links)

Letter-Themed Activities and Book Ideas for Storytimes

No Time for Flashcards
Books, crafts, activities, songs, and more, in alphabetical order and Letter of the Week! No Time for Flashcards is a very rich site to give you lots of ideas for working with preschoolers through elementary in the library.
external image IMG_2289.JPGWant to do a letter craft to go along with your story? Each picture takes you to instructions for making the crafts featuring that letter.
(Regina Hartley)
No Time For Flash Cards

Vocabulary Activities

From the Free Reading website. These lessons are set up like Text Talk lessons.
Vocabulary Activities

Silly Librarian's Storytime Resources

A variety of book selections, activity ideas, coloring sheets, music, etc. (Keisa Williams)
Storytime Resources
Flannel Friday Pinterest
Lots of great ideas on this Pinterest Board for Flannel Board stories/patterns. (Nancy Alibrandi)
The Library Doors by Tony Buzzeo
Tony Buzzeo's The Library Doors is a wonderful introduction to the library set to the familiar tune of"The Wheels on the Bus." If you can't carry a tune, sing along with our principal, Bill Carozza, and a first grade class: The Library Doors.
The Library Doors

Stories and Rhymes Resources

Resources to use with popular stories and rhymes. (Keisa Williams)
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