Storytimes

Letter “O” Storytime

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This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series.

Books to Read Aloud

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Oopsie-Do by Tim Kubart

Reading for Early Literacy Tips

  • This book asks the question “What do you say?” for the reader. Encourage children to answer with “Oopsie-do.”
  • When the main character stumbles and falls, point out her red cheeks and tears and ask, “How do you think she feels?” and “Can you make a sad face?”

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Octopus Escapes by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

Reading for Early Literacy Tips

  • This book contains lots of short sentences and verbs. Ask children to act out some of the simple verbs like “sleep,” “roll,” and “peek.”
  • On the “Swim away, fish” page, ask the children to repeat, hurriedly, “swim away, swim away!”
  • Reinforce the rhyming aspects of the story by emphasizing ending sounds.

Additional Letter “O” Books

The Opposites Zoo by Il Sung Na

Owl Love You by Matthew Heoux and Wednesday Kirwan

Flora and the Ostrich by Molly Idle

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Little Owl’s Orange Scarf by Tatyana Feeney

Activities

“The Owl”

A rhyme for toddlers that encourages them to make that “oo” sound at the end.

“The Owl”
The owl’s eyes open wide at night. (make round owl eyes with hands and act out.)
He looks to the left, he looks to the right.
He turns his head around and around,
And then he makes a scary sound.
(Whoo, Whoo)

Where is the Octopus?

This is a very simple little storytime game. Ask the toddlers to close their eyes and count together to 5. While they count, hide an octopus puppet somewhere on the storytime table. Then, ask them “Where’s the octopus!?” We did this several times. It encourages following directions and counting skills.

“O Opposite Shoes”

So many opposites start with the letter “o”- “out/in” “open/shut” “old/new”. Here is a cute action rhyme to practice “o” sounds and opposites.

“O Opposite Shoes”
Old shoes, new shoes
In shoes, out shoes
Two shoes, one shoe
Up shoes, down shoes

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