Certainly the most popular readaloud that has a flea as a character is The Napping House. There are a few other stories with fleas, and you can add a few dog stories, too. Be sure to sing Boom, Boom, Ain’t It Great to be Crazy. For a craft, you can make a dog paperbag puppet with a little puffball flea.
Those titles marked T will be suitable for a Toddler Storytime as well as the traditional preschool storytime.
Wood, Audrey. THE NAPPING HOUSE. T A cumulative story about the various family members who pile onto a bed. Also available as a Big Book and flannelboard.
Edwards, Pamela Duncan. ED & FRED FLEA. Brothers Ed and Fred are fleas that live on a dog.
Lionni, Leo. I WANT TO STAY HERE! I WANT TO GO THERE! A FLEA STORY. Like The Country Mouse and the City Mouse, two fleas part ways because one likes to travel, and one likes to stay home.
Lish, Ted. THREE LITTLE PUPPIES AND THE BIG BAD FLEA. In this spoof of Three Pigs, three puppies build their houses out of flimsy materials, so soon they are invaded by fleas.
Downey, Lynn. FLEA’S SNEEZE. T Animals noises, repeated sneezing, and a rhyming text make for a humorous barnyard story.
Emberley, Ed. THE WING ON A FLEA. T A book about shapes.
Ward, Jennifer. THERE WAS A COYOTE WHO SWALLOWED A FLEA. T A twist on the cumulative tale, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, this is set in the Southwest.
Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library