Letter “Q” Storytime

This lesson is a part of my ABC Storytimes series.



Books to Read Aloud

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Quiet, Loud by Leslie Patricelli

Reading for Early Literacy Tips

  • There are plenty of opportunity to ask children to mimic actions from the story: stomp like you are in grown-up shoes, say “clash, bang” with the drums, etc.
  •  One very fun activity that could be incorporated into this story is when the book discusses rainstorms. Pause the story and “make a rainstorm” by rubbing hands, snapping, patting knees, and stomping feet.

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The Queen’s Hat by Steve Antony

Reading for Early Literacy Tips

  • This book uses the words “swish,” and “swoosh.” Ask children to wave their arms along with these words.
  •  Some words in this book are written largely, or written in a shape to lead the reader’s eyes. Point to these words when reading.
  •  Ask the children to point and count the Queen’s Men on some of the pages.

Additional Letter “Q” Books

Click, Clack, Quackity Quack by Doreen Cronin

Queen Dog by Bridget Heos

Be Quiet, Mike! By Leslie Patricelli


“Quietly, Loudly”

I found this rhyme via Yogibrarian. We put our fingers to our lips and whispered during the “quietly” part of the rhyme, and stomped and clapped for the loud verses.

“Quietly, Loudly”
Quietly, quietly not a sound
I’m listening and I’m listening
As I look around
No sounds as I nod (nod)
No sounds as I clap (clap)
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap (tap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap (stamp and clap)
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap
All that noise, well fancy that!

“Quickly, Slowly”

I found this rhyme from Northport-East Northport Public Library. I used snail and mouse puppets.

“Quickly, Slowly”
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
Up the wooden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
’Round about the house.

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