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Storytime Success

Infants

Developmental characteristics

  • Recognizes and looks for familiar voices and sounds
  • Explores objects by touching, shaking, banging or mouthing
  • Babbles expresively as if talking
  • Imitates sounds, facial expressions and actions made by others

Advice

  • It is never too early to begin reading to a child. Hearing the rhythm of stories, even as a newborn, is both soothing and important for developing literacy
  • If it is too difficult to hold both baby and book, then just tell stories that you know. Use hand motions, facial expressions and baby's toys to "illustrate" your story
  • Speak clearly and expressively. Even if they don't understand all the words of a story, you are conveying meaning through emotion
  • Repeat sections when the child shows interest
  • Ask questions about the story. (ex: What color is that house?

Theme — Frogs

Books

For Toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years)

For Preschoolers (age 4-5 years)

Theme — Food

Books

Poems/Fingerplays

Theme — Farm

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

Activities

Try one of the farm art pr

Theme — Family

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

Activities

  • Craft: Create a Family Mobile.

Theme — Autumn

Books

Theme — Dinosaurs

Books

For Toddlers (age 18 months-3 years)

For Preschoolers (age 4-5 years)

Theme — Colors

Books

Theme — Bugs

Books

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

Theme — Bedtime

Books

For Infants (birth-17 months)

Theme — Bears

Books

Poems/Fingerplays

Songs

  • "The Bear

Valentine's Day

Thanksgiving

  • The First Thanksgiving This site from Scholastic tells what life was like for both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag around the Plymouth Colony of 1621.
  • The History of Thanksgiving This site from the History Channel tells the origins of our Thanksgiving rituals.

St. Patrick's Day

Fourth of July - Independence Day

Halloween

Halloween Books

Earth Day

Classic Books for Older Readers

LocationAuthorTitle
J 398.238 AES Aesop's Fables
J Fiction ALCOTTAlcott, L.M.Little Women
J Fiction ALEXANDERAlexander, L.The Black Cauldron
YA Paperback AAndersen, H.C.Andersen's Fairy Tales
J 398.235 PHI The Arabian Nights
J Fiction ATWATERAtwater, RichardMr.

Finding Good Websites

Start with a site you trust

where someone has selected the links especially for kids:
  1. Canton Public Library Kids Pages
  2. Internet Public Library

Ask yourself the following questions

Who
  1. Can you tell who the author is?
  2. Can you find out more about the organization/author?
  3. Does the site tell you how to contact the author?
  4. Does the site have any official approval?
What
  1. Are there any errors on the page?
  2. Does the author give their information sources?
  3. Is the page well organized and complete? (Not "under construction")
  4. Is the topic fully covered?
Why
  1. Does this person/group have something to gain by making you believe one way about an issue?
  2. Is this person/group trying to sell you something?