Preschool Storytime Ideas
Digging up Vegetables
A great “digging” theme is vegetable gardening. Even city kids can help at the urban garden, or plant windowsill parsley or basil. For a craft activity, make watercress eggheads.
Bracken, Beth. HENRY HELPS PLANT A GARDEN. Toddler Henry helps plant a vegetable garden.
Child, Lauren. I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO. Lola won’t eat vegetables until older brother Charlie makes a game of it.
Ehlert, Lois. GROWING VEGETABLE SOUP. Bright saturated color collages illustrate this simple look at vegetable gardening.
Fleming, Candace. MUNCHA! MUNCHA! MUNCHA! The farmer tries everything to prevent rabbits from eating his vegetable garden.
Florian, Douglas. VEGETABLE GARDEN. A family plants a vegetable garden in this very brief story.
French, Vivian. OLIVER’S VEGETABLES. Oliver gets to pick any vegetable from Grandfather’s garden, but he must eat it for dinner.
Hicks, Barbara Jean. MONSTERS DON’T EAT BROCCOLI. Bright colored collage illustrations and a rhyming text show the Monsters (children) learning to eat their veggies.
Lin, Grace. UGLY VEGETABLES. A little girl is ashamed of her mother’s garden, full of Chinese vegetables, until she eats the soup made from those vegetables.
Lobel, Anita. TEN HUNGRY RABBITS. The concepts of counting and colors are covered in this story of gathering vegetables for a soup.
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. LITTLE PEA. Pea must finish his candy for dinner before he can eat his spinach dessert.
Yaccarino, Dan. THE LIMA BEAN MONSTER. Rejected vegetables pile up until they turn into a monster and take over Sammy’s town!
Young, Cybele. A FEW BITES. Viola uses imaginary play to get her younger brother Ferdie to eat his vegetables.