Story Hour Resources


Theme based crafts, songs, and fingerplays

  • Activity Idea Page - Theme based lesson plans.
  • A to Z Teacher Stuff - Created by teachers for easy access to thematic units, lesson plans, printable worksheets and much more.
  • Art Activities - Bright Ring Publishing brings you free art activities from author MaryAnn Kohl.
  • Best Kids Books Site - Combines craft ideas, books, fingerplays and storytime theme ideas.
  • Crayola Ideas - Search ideas by grade, subject, theme, and/or Crayola product.
  • DLTK Printable Crafts - Printable crafts and coloring pages, listed by theme.
  • Everything Preschool - Over 30,000 educational activities for preschoolers.
  • First School Ideas - Preschool themes and lesson plans. Several in Spanish
  • Hennepin County Library (Birth to 6: Book Lists, Early Literacy, Spanish, Storytimes)
  • Hummingbird Site - Free downloads and lesson plan ideas from Hummingbird Educational Resources.
  • The Idea Box - Activities, crafts, recipes for crafts and for kids, games and songs
  • Kaboose - Includes a craft finder, recipes and online games.
  • Kididdles - Listen to the melody of your favorite kids or print lyrics and sheet music.
  • Kizlcub - You can print everything on this site (PDF) and be ready to go. The Flashcard section even includes an MP3 file for letters and words.
  • Northern California Librarians Ideas Suggested books (most are annotated), activities and crafts compiled by Penny Peck.
  • Preschool Express - An extensive site developed by author Jean Warren. Geared toward Toddlers and Preschoolers.
  • Step by Step Storyhours - Programs by theme containing booklists, fingerplays, songs and crafts.
  • Toddler Icon - Wiki by James Thomas

How to Conduct Story Hours

Special Needs Story Hours

  • Esther Storytimes - Wiki of storytime ideas, listed by theme.
  • Storytime Sparks - from Library Palooza
  • MML Crafts - Listed by theme
  • Harris County Public Library Storytime Plans - Infant, Toddler, Preschool, School-age and Bilingual
  • Bayviews ACL Storytime Ideas - Website from Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California. Listed by theme.
  • Story Window - Wilmette Librarians (Illinois) Blog, shares suggestions for age-appropriate books, rhymes, songs, and crafts.
  • Storytime Snapshot - Storytime plans/resources for Toddler and K+.
  • Storytime Source Page - Includes books, songs and flannel kits for Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten.
  • Mother Reader - ABC storytimes: books and rhymes for each letter.
  • Tiny Tips for Library Fun - Blog about Youth Services programs and services.
  • Storytime with Miss Brianna - Storytime plans for Birth and Pre-K. Includes a songs and rhymes Index page.
  • Mel's Desk - Includes Youth Services programs and services; storytime plans for Birth; early literacy; Weekly Storytime Songs page; and My Baby Storytimes page.
  • Miss Mary Liberry - Book reviews and stories about Pre-K storytime, early literacy.
  • Storytime Kids - Book and media reviews; Youth Services programs and services; storytime plans for Toddler, Pre-K; early literacy; Storytime Songs; Fingerplays and Activities page.
  • Storytime Share - From Saroj Ghoting, author of Early Literacy Storytimes. Includes early literacy books and extensions linked with early literacy tips.
  • The Passionate Librarian - Book reviews; Youth Services programs and services; early literacy; rhymes and fingerplays podcast page. Much more.
  • Dog Therapy - Program for children in which, local therapy dogs are brought to the library and children read to them, one on one.



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