Peru Storytime Ideas
Peru has a unique culture and would be a fun theme for storytime. Partner with a local Peruvian organization if there is one in your community who can visit your storytime with clothes, toys, or other items that preschoolers can relate to. For a craft project, make one of these llamas to celebrate Peru’s most familiar animal: https://artsycraftsymom.com/llama-crafts-for-kids/ .
Dewdney, Anna. “Llama Llama” series. Choose one of the rhyming stories starring a little llama and talk about how llamas come from Peru.
Elya, Susan Middleton. La Princesa and the Pea. With Pura Belpre-winning illustrations that set the story in Peru, this rhyming reinterpretation of the classic tale is a joy.
Frith, Nicholas John. Hector and the Hummingbird. Set in the jungles of Peru, a bear is annoyed by his bird friend’s constant chatter.
Hamilton, Martha. The Stolen Smell. In this Peruvian folktale, a baker sues a poor man for stealing the smell of his bread.
Haworth, Katie. Petunia Paris’s Parrot. Petunia cannot get her new pet parrot to speak until she takes him back to Peru.
Manzione, Lisa. Let’s Visit Machu Picchu! Part of the “Bella and Harry” series of picture books about two chihuahuas who vacation with their human family.
Mitchell, Sara. Carlos and Diego: A Tale from Peru. A guinea pig and fox are caught eating a farmer’s crops.
Penny Peck, San Jose State University iSchool