Families: Books

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Book, Book, Book by Deborah Bruss*
Elephant’s Story by Tracey Campbell Pearson
My Book Box by Will Hillenbrand*
Where Are My Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi*

Early Literacy Tip
It’s important for children to have a good feeling for book-sharing time. Remember that you don’t need to finish a book in one sitting. If your child’s not in the mood, close the book and come back to it.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: “The Bossy E”*

Featured Track: #5 More Books for Me*

Flannelboard: Five Little Books*

Folder Story: Alpha-Gator*

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Ants Go Marching
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree
  • Green Says Go
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • Two Little Blackbirds
  • Way Up High in the Apple Tree
  • *

How It Went

What a great storytime! The kids REALLY enjoyed today’s music selection, so I recommend that you add THE BOSSY E to your list of storytime music. They also really loved Alpha-Gator which I got from Flannel Friday’s Nik! I pushed my group today and read three books — I probably should have skipped My Book Box since we were starting to get antsy, but they still did fine. “Five Little Books” with puppets is another sure-fire crowd pleaser!

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