Storytime Blastoff

Posted on August 30, 2017

by Patti L

Music, movement, stories, laughter – storytime is no longer the quiet, listening-based activity it was when you were little. Preschool kids and their adult companions are encouraged to move and groove, read and sing, because …

  • It’s a fun bonding experience between caregiver and child.
  • These activities develop the early literacy skills necessary to succeed in Kindergarten.

Our experienced children’s librarians also offer adults tips on how to incorporate talking, singing, reading, writing and playing into their preschooler’s day. Most of the Toledo Lucas County Public library branches and Main Children’s library offer storytimes for preschool children, ages newborn to 6 years. Where can you find free entertainment and educational activities for your young child? At your library!

Fall Schedule of Storytimes

Toledo Lucas County Public Library storytime offerings are posted on the library homepage under programs. If registration is required, there will be a link to register. You can also pick up printed schedules at branches offering storytimes.

Early Literacy eMedia

Parent and educator tested, kid approved: animated picture books, audiobooks, comics, eBooks, movies, and activities for early skill building for Pre-K through Kindergarten. To access these great resources, visit our eMedia page.



Watch and listen to an animated picture book and read a related non-fiction book in nine categories. Some books are available in Spanish. Puzzles extend the fun.

For a quick overview of BookFLIX, check out the video below or visit the Scholastic News Room.

hoopla for kids

hoopla Kids

Thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and movies are instantly available on mobile devices, laptops, or pc. Parents can sign in and turn on Kids Mode in preferences. For a quick overview, check out the hoopla for kids Look Book.

Did you know Sesame Street is on hoopla!

Overdrive for Kids

Overdrive Kids

eBooks and eAudio for babies through middle school readers. Find read-along titles, beginning readers, award winning fiction, and nonfiction for researching school projects.

Check out the video below to learn more about Overdrive for Kids.

Read-aloud Picture Books

Here’s a list of tried and true librarian favorites to read aloud to your child.

Chicken story time / by Sandy Asher ; illustrated by Mark Fearing

Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher

Storytime in the library becomes increasingly chaotic as first one chicken then a whole flock joins in and the librarian must come up with a creative solution so that everyone can enjoy the story.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe / Jane Cabrera

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe by Jane Cabrera

This variation of the nursery rhyme features a chaotic household of children and pets who live in a shoe, and who know how to repair broken furniture, remake work clothing, and reuse and recycle.

Lullaby for little one / Dawn Casey ; illustrated by Charles Fuge

A Lullaby For Little One by Dawn Casey

Sharing a last game at the end of a lovely day filled with laughter and fun, little Bunny and Big Daddy Rabbit are joined by their woodland friends until little Bunny tires of all the hullabaloo, prompting a special lullaby by Big Daddy Rabbit.

Leaps and bounce : [a growing up story] / Susan Hood ; illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Leaps and Bounce : A Growing Up Story by Susan Hood

Illustrations and rhyming text follow a small group of tadpoles as they undergo a change, from tiny, tailed swimmers to leaping frogs.

Please, open this book! / by Adam Lehrhaupt ; pictures by Matthew Forsythe

Please, Open This Book! By Adam Lehrhaupt

The animals appearing in a book, excited to be “saved,” beg the reader not to close them in again.

What to do if an elephant stands on your foot / by Michelle Robinson ; pictures by Peter H. Reynolds

What to Do if an Elephant Stands on your Foot by Michelle Robinson

Advises the reader on how to handle encounters with various animals in the jungle, where a mistake while avoiding one can attract the attention of another.

Milo is not a dog today / Kerstin Schoene, Nina Gunetsreiner

Milo is Not a Dog Today by Kerstin Schoene

Milo the dog loves to pretend. He goes on a journey looking for someone who understands his creative imagination. But the other animals only like to play with their own kind. When Milo pretends to be like them, they just laugh. Eventually he meets Cleo the snail who also loves to pretend. Milo and Cleo become fast friends.

Ol' Mama Squirrel / David Ezra Stein

Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

Ol’ Mama Squirrel has raised many babies and kept them all safe from predators, but she may have met her match when a determined grizzly bear threatens to eat her entire family tree.

I won a what? / by Audrey Vernick ; illustrated by Robert Neubecker

I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick

A young boy tries to win a goldfish at the carnival and ends up with a far bigger prize.

Pirate's lullaby : Mutiny at Bedtime / by Marcie Wessels ; illustrated by Tim Bowers

Pirate’s Lullaby: Mutiny at Bedtime by Marcie Wessels

A little pirate stages a mutiny to avoid bedtime.

Also available in eBook.

Featured Image Credit: Checkout the Library (Photo by: Airman 1st Class Philip Bryant, public domain).

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