Letter “P” Storytime


This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series.

Books to Read Aloud


Pigs in Pajamas by Maggie Smith

Reading for Early Literacy 

  • This book is basically a letter “p” tongue twister. The repetition is great for alphabetic knowledge and phonological awareness.
  • Ask simple questions during the story and pause to allow time to answer:
    • Do you like pizza?
    • Have you played with a piñata?
    • Can you count the pigs on this page?
  • Ask the children to mimic some actions mentioned in the book, such as wiping their mouths and yawning.

pet this book

Pet This Book by Jessica Young and Daniel Wiseman

Reading for Early Literacy 

  • Use your hand to point out the large words on the pages.
  • This book has many animals in it. Occasionally ask the children “What’s this animal?” before revealing it through the text.
  • Similarly, the illustrations are colorful and very simple. Occasionally ask the children “What color is x animal?”
  • This book lends itself to asking children to use hand motions and gestures to follow along with the story. Pause and give them time to act out the story.

Additional Letter “P” Books

Pretty Princess Pig by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Pumpkin Party! By Maudie Powell-Tuck

When Pigs Fly by James Burks

Puppy Pool Party! By Seth Casteel

Pirates in Pajamas by Caroline Crowe


Pink Shapes

I love to do hide and seek games for toddlers. Asking “Where is? or “Who is?” questions over and over helps with language and communication skills! For this activity, I had 5 small boxes with a pink shape taped to the front. Under each box was a different animal puppet. After “finding” each animal, we named it and made its sound together.

“Pretty Pink Shapes”
Pretty pink circle, pretty pink circle,
Who’s under the pretty pink circle?
(Repeat with pink square, triangle, rectangle, and diamond)

“Pizza Man”

I found this from the wonderful Storytime Katie. When I change lyrics to common songs, we always sing the original version first to get everyone comfortable with the tune and help children with recognition.

“Pizza Man”
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, pizza man (clap hands)
Make me a pizza as fast as you can (shake finger)
Roll it (roll)
Toss it (pretend to toss in air)
Sprinkle it with cheese (sprinkling motions)
Put it in the oven (pushing motion)
And bake it fast, please!

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