Many preschoolers are interested in their local parks and environments, so frogs can be a great choice for a storytime theme. Often they can see frogs in the wild in many areas near their homes. For a craft project, make these frog paperbag puppets. Be sure to sing the fingerplay “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.”
Also see the previous Frogs storytime ideas pages from August 2003.
App: Franklin Frog, Nosy Crow.
Anderson, Peggy. TIME FOR BED, THE BABYSITTER SAID. In this short rhyming story, Joe won’t go to bed.
Bateman, Theresa. THE FROG WITH THE BIG MOUTH. In this South American folktale, a frog brags about what he can eat with his wide mouth.
Colandro, Lucille. THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A FROG! The audience will sing along to this new take on a traditional cumulative song.
French, Vivian. GROWING FROGS. In this blend of fact and story, a mother and daughter observe the metamorphosis from egg to tadpole to frog.
Gray, Kes. FROG ON A LOG? In this cartoonish rhyming tale, the audience will call out the pictured item, because it will rhyme with the animal featured.
Kalan, Robert. JUMP, FROG, JUMP! The audience will call out the title phrase each time it is repeated in this cumulative tale. Also available as a Big Book.
London, Jonathan. FROGGY GETS DRESSED. Froggy struggles to get dressed to go out to play in the snow in this hilarious book that invites participation.
Mack, Jeff. AH HA! The two words in the title are all the text needed for this hilarious participatory tale of a frog dealing with danger in the pond.
Petty, Dev. I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG. Two frogs discuss the merits of being a frog in this hilarious, simple story that would also work as a puppet show.
Stein, David Ezra. TAD AND DAD. Tad wants to sleep with Dad but keeps him up all night.