Books and Libraries Storytime

At the beginning of every school year, I always do a “books and libraries”-themed storytime for both my toddlers and my initial Kindergarten outreach.


for the tots

Chicken Storytime by Sandy Asher

Book! Book! Book! By Deborah Bruss

Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea

Llama Llama’s Little Library by Anna Dewdney

Book! By Kristine O’Connell George

for the kindergarteners

How to Read a Story by Kate Messner

If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! by Elise Parsley

The New LiBEARian by Alison Donald

Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol


“Five Little Books”

For this activity, I made 5 flannel books and I took 5 blank library cards and turned them into flannels as well! Each time we counted down, I had a child come up, handed them their “library card” and they “checked out” their book by sticking their library card on the flannel board and taking a book flannel with them back to their seat. At the end we all came and stuck out books back on the flannelboard.

“Five Little Books”
Five little books at the library
Five little books as great as can be
Along comes (name) with their library card
to take one home and read!
Four little books…
Three little books…

“The Books at the Library”

As children’s librarians are want to do, I just changed the words to a classic children’s song.

“The Books at the Library”  
(to the tune of “Wheels on the Bus”)
The books at the library go flip, flip, flip
flip, flip, flip – flip, flip, flip
The books at the library go flip, flip, flip
all day long

The librarians…go shhh, shhh, shhh
The computers…go click, click, click
The Launchpads…go tap, tap, tap*
The children…go read, read, read

*At my library we have Launchpads, educational tablets that patrons can take home for seven days. If you have special materials, throw them in the song! It’s a fun way to promote your services!

“Books Can Be About…”

I made up this little poem and gathered puppets and books to go along with each line. As I read each line, I held up a corresponding puppet or book.

“Books Can Be About…” 
Books can be about the anything
Come with me and you will see!

Books can be about lions that roar!
Books can be filled with dinosaurs!

Books can take you to the moon.
Books can be about balloons!

Books can be about things are real,
Or books can be about talking seals!

Books can take you to the fair.
Books can take you anywhere!

“Rock-a-Bye Book”

This one is great for teaching about caring for library books! I took this one straight from BPC School Library, but I did change “bookie” to “book.”

“Rock A Bye Book”
(Sung to the tune of Rock-A-Bye Baby)
Rock-A-Bye Book,
I’ll be your boss
When I’m with you,
You won’t get lost
When I turn your pages,
I’ll use lots of care
And back will come book,
for more kids to share!

“Walk Around the Library”

One of my favorite activities in Kids’ Yoga Storytime is “March Around the Zoo.” So, I changed the words here to “Walk Around the Library,” where we discover everything the library has to offer!

“Walk Around the Library”
Walk, walk, walk around the library.
(Repeat this line in between each verse”

I see a book about snake
And he looks really scary!

I see a book about an eagle
Much bigger than a canary!

There’s a book about a cow
And he’s living on a prairie!

There’s a book about a butterfly
How beautiful and merry!


As crazy as it may seem, a “books and libraries” theme isn’t the easiest, especially if you want to keep the toddlers active and moving. However, I find that it is a very great introduction when going to my Kindergarteners for outreach. It gives me a way to talk about the library in fun and engaging ways. My favorite book I read to the tots was Book! Book! Book!; it has lots of fun farm animals so you can make sounds and use puppets! My favorite for the Kindergarteners was If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don’t! I’ve read this one for several classes now, and it is always a hit!


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