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Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 13

Last storytime of 2020! (Except Noon Year’s Eve of course!) I realized that this set of Toddler Storytimes were designed a bit younger than where I normally aim for the audience of this program (developmentally, the stories and rhymes feel more for 18-30 months than 24-40 months), but I think it was a good change of pace. I have plenty of materials gathered for preschool storytimes in January–I’m excited to try that age range again–plus all of the storytime specials in the middle. 2020 has been a lot to handle, but I am really glad I had an opportunity to immerse myself in storytimes. Storytimes have always been part of my job, but I’ve never put so much of a focus on them. I started as a youth librarian without any regular storytime of my own for a few years, and beyond courses in library school, I didn’t really start paying attention to storytime planning until I took on a weekly storytime about two and a half years ago. 2020 gave me a chance to reprioritize my time, and I’m glad that I’ve been able to curate programs, content, and materials for a variety of ages with so much intentionality. Now, 2021 and beyond, please bring us more diverse books ideal for storytime and developmentally appropriate for all ages, but especially toddlers.

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Don’t make a big deal out of speech mistakes. There is no need to correct your child. Instead, repeat the correct pronunciation. Correcting your child can make them less likely to try new words.

Book Recommendation: I Love Me! by LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss

Song: Jump with Me! by Bobs and Lolo

Fingerplay: Mr. Rabbit

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Retelling: Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

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Action Rhyme: We Clap and We Stop

Magnet: Five Little Sailboats

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Manipulative: Stuffed Animal or Toy
Little Red Wagon by Olde Town School of Folk Music

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 12

More toddler fun! This week’s book retelling was a bit of a struggle for me…I didn’t think about how many rhymes are in One Red Sock. I figured it out eventually, but this was the first storytime video in a while where I took a frustrating number of takes. Though, another benefit of virtual (for me) is that I probably wouldn’t have been willing to try this particular story in person due to the heavy memorization–but now that I’ve done it a few (more than a few) times, it will be easier to use again in the future.

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Point out connections between books and your child’s “real” life. For example, after you see the picture of a carrot or an umbrella in today’s book, talk about seeing them in our story when you see the items later in real life.

Book Recommendation: Is That Wise, Pig? by Jan Thomas

Song: Baby Shark by Pinkfong!

Fingerplay: Tiny Tim

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Retelling: One Red Sock by Jennifer Sattler

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Action Rhyme: Open, Shut Them

Magnet: Little Monster, Little Monster

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Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 11

Hello again toddlers! Lots of fun activities planned for the last few stoytimes of the year. I get to jump into preschoolers once more in January, and I’m excited to get another few weeks with slightly older viewers. The human world is a mess, but storytimes are consistent.

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Notice and build on your child’s interests. Look at what they point at, when they make a new facial expression, or how they use their body to show excitement. Put their action into words: “Yes! That is a dog. Listen to the dog bark.”

Book Recommendation: Don’t Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup

Song: Clap Your Hands by The Alana Banana Show

Fingerplay: Snowflakes & Icicles

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Retelling: Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont

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Action Rhyme: Do You Like to Jump Around?

Magnet: Walking Through the Jungle

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Manipulative: Shakers (Let’s All Shake Our Shaker Eggs by Miss Jamie From the Farm)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 10

Some more spooky storytime stories and rhymes this week! I’m back to baby storytime in November, but I’m already searching for more to retell with toddlers in December! If you ever want to watch these live, we have three live storytimes a week on the Westerville Public Library Facebook Page on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 9:30 am. My next storytime is for the babies on Tuesday at 9:30 am.

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Make up your own words to familiar tunes to create silly songs. Let your child choose unique animals for “Old McDonald Had a Farm” and unique actions for “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

Book Recommendation: The Ghosts Went Floating by Kim Norman (abbreviated)

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Song: Can You by The Wiggles

Fingerplay: Five Little Pumpkins

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Retelling: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

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Action Rhyme: Horns and Fangs

Magnet: Five Little Bats

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Manipulative: Shakers (If All of the Raindrops by Old Town School of Folk Music)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 9

A handful of “spooky” storytime additions this week, mixed in with some old favorites. I have a lot of great new material for upcoming baby and toddler storytimes from the book Move, Play, Learn by Alyssa Jewell.

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Toddlers need to move, so don’t worry if they act out stories or just skip, romp, or tumble as you read to them. They may be moving, but they are listening.

Book Recommendation: Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed by Bill Cotter

Song: The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner

Fingerplay: Dance Your Fingers Up

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Retelling: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

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Action Rhyme: Put Your Claws

Magnet: Little Spider, Little Spider

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Manipulative: Scarves (Song: Shake Freeze by Little Maestros)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 8

I am so excited for October toddler storytimes! Get ready for leaves, monsters, and more things fall and spooky. No weekly storytime next week. I wish I could say I was out on vacation, but things are never that simple. You will get to read all about this Saturday’s Pete the Cat storytime though!

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Use those finger muscles! Practice fingerplays and small motions like picking up small foods, crumpling paper, and holding crayons.

Book Recommendation: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Song: The Monkey Dance by The Wiggles

Fingerplay: Ten Roaring Monsters

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Retelling: Brown Owl, Brown Owl, What Do You See? (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle)

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Action Rhyme: Leaves on the Trees

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Magnet: Five Little Owls

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Manipulative: Shakers (Song: Jumping Jack by Laurie Berkner)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 7

Last week of toddler storytimes until October and then I actually get to do a few fall/spooky activities! I’ve only done baby storytimes during the fall season before, and I always preference age appropriateness and literacy skills over themes, so I’ve never really looked at fall-themed activities. So much to sprinkle into toddler time! I basically have those storytimes already planned with the amount of stuff I’ve saved…

I do want to look for more toddler books generally, and more specifically, diverse toddler books. Some of my diverse baby books could overlap with this age, but I really want to find more content ideal for toddlers. So many of the great diverse books being published now are solidly preschool or are essentially books for babies (baby body parts, baby faces starring diverse babies). A lot of toddler books that I enjoy star animals–I need to expand that.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Introduce new vocabulary to your child during imaginative play. Use the big words AND the small words. Use as many words as you can.

Book Recommendation: Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

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Song: Animal Freeze Dance by Kiboomers

Fingerplay: Little Mousie Brown

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Retelling: Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

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Action Rhyme: I’m a Little Dump Truck

Flannel: Marco the Polar Bear

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Manipulative: Stuffed Animal (Song: Put Your Baby in the Air by Caspar Babypants)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 6

First time filming in the building, which was a little bit of an adjustment. It is nice to get back into the toddler groove for a while, though I am missing the simplicity of having a long stretch of the same storytime. At the end of summer session, I ran with preschool storytime for about 6 weeks, allowing me to build on activities and more intentionally look at growth and skill development. Only three weeks with toddlers doesn’t give quite the same amount of time, and since a lot of our storytime presenters have different styles, I know that when I come back to this age in October, its a little more like starting over than flowing from what happened before.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Read books with excitement and anthusiasm–this can be much easier with books that encourage silly actions, voices, or behaviors. Try being extra silly! Nothing is over-the-top to your kid.

Book Recommendation: Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

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Song: Jelly in the Bowl by Kiboomers

Retelling: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

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Action Rhyme: This is Big Big Big

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Magnet: Little Snail

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Manipulative: Scarves (The Freeze by Rainbow Songs)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 5

Hello toddlers! For the rest of the fall, I am in a rotation between toddler and baby storytimes (plus a once a month Saturday special!). I will have to do some reassessment on my content for toddlers–this was the age where I ran long the most often, and part of that is not having quite as solid of a routine as I did for babies and preschoolers (and wanting to squeeze so much into just 30 minutes!).

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip: Singing with your kids is key to early literacy development. It helps kids break down the smaller parts of words. If you aren’t comfortable singing, try rhyming books or books with a great rhythm.

Book Recommendation: Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig

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Song: Hot Potato by the Wiggles

Flannel: Five Ferocious Lions

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Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands Up High

Retelling: Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (flannel)

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Manipulative: Shakers (Leap Frog by Jazzy Ash)

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty

Virtual Toddler Storytime: Week 4

My fourth (and final) virtual toddler storytime this week! Next week we are on to preschool!

I had quite a bit of fun with this age range. My baby storytimes tend to focus on the 12-24 month crowd because of their size and tendency to dominate the program, so this was just a small nudge up that allowed me to use slightly longer books and activities with more motions. I’m bouncing all over the place age-wise now that we are sticking with virtual programs for a bit, moving into semi-regular preschool storytimes and a return to baby storytime in June.

These virtual storytimes have been really helpful for my storytime repertoire–I came into libraries as the only youth librarian in a large department who wasn’t presenting a regular weekly storytime. I filled in and did outreach, but there is so much more to learn week-to-week. I was suddenly tossed into baby storytime knowing nothing other than that babies have large heads and don’t respond when asked a question, but I was able to get my footing with that age range and figure out a program structure that worked well for me and that the parents (and littles) enjoyed. Being able to dig into some of the older age ranges consistently is letting me explore and discover new (to me) content in a great way.

Background: While my library is closed during the COVID pandemic, we are hosting five virtual storytimes a week, livestreamed through our Facebook page. While those livestreams are deleted soon after they are complete, we are also making YouTube clips of select elements of our storytimes that our patrons can view anytime they would like–and that I can share with all of you!

More Toddler Storytime Content:

Find additional storytime content at the links below:

Storytime Resources (includes all storytime outlines)
Virtual Toddler Storytimes
Virtual Baby Storytimes
Virtual Preschool Storytimes
Virtual Family Storytimes (including themed special events)
All Virtual Storytime Outlines

Toddler Storytime Intro Song & Rhyme

Early Literacy Tip & Book Recommendation: Crunch the Shy Dinosaur by Cirocco Dunlap

Song: Can You? by the Wiggles

Fingerplay: Here is the Beehive

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Retelling: White Rabbit’s Color Book

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Manipulative: Stuffed Animal Play

Closing Song: The Popcorn Song by Laura Doherty