Families: Interactive 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



It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle*
Mix It Up! by Herve Tullet
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia*
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson*

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Rock and Roll Playground*

Featured Track: #2 Jump Up (It’s a Good Day)*

Flannelboard: “Dear Zoo”*

Flannelboard: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus”*

Props: “Green Says Go”*

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:

  • ABCs
  • Dance Your Fingers Up
  • Everyone Can March*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom*

How It Went

For my last Family Storytime (another staff member is taking over for the spring), I decided to go all out and do really high energy, interactive picture books and activities. I let each child put up a “No!” on the flannelboard during the Pigeon and encouraged everyone to get up and move and be excited. Since we were up and moving so much, I got through three books! That is a family storytime miracle for me!

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