Preschool Storytime Ideas
In September, there is a day designated for Grandparents’ Day (I think every day should be Grandparents’ Day). Preschool storytime is a perfect time to celebrate grandparents, as many of the caregivers who bring children to storytime are the grandparents. For a craft, a simple greeting card would be nice. If you would like something more elaborate, make photo refrigerator magnets for the kids to give to grandparents as a gift. Instructions are available at: www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Grandparents-Day-Crafts-for-Kids.html
Wood, Audrey. THE NAPPING HOUSE. The snoring granny is an important part of this cumulative story.
Wells, Rosemary. BUNNY CAKES. Max bakes an earthworm cake for his grandmother.
Ackerman, Karen. SONG AND DANCE MAN. With Stephen Gammell’s Caldecott Medal illustrations, this Grandpa is a great tap dancer.
Busse, Sarah. BANJO GRANNY. Owen’s grandmother travels a long distance to visit him, so he can hear her play the banjo.
Marshall, James. RED RIDING HOOD. The classic folktale told in a brief, humorous version, where granny and Red survive the wolf’s attempts to make them a meal.
Butterworth, Nick. MY GRANDPA IS AMAZING. A child describes his amazing grandpa, in this brief story with cartoon illustrations.
French, Vivian. OLIVER’S VEGETABLES. When Oliver stays a week with his grandparents, he eats vegetables picked from the garden.
Woodruff, Elvira. CAN YOU GUESS WHERE WE’RE GOING? Grandfather promises a great time while Jack guesses where they are going – and it turns out to be the library!
Douglass, Barbara. GOOD AS NEW. Can Grandpa fix Grady’s teddy bear, so it as “good as new?”
Lum, Kate. “WHAT!” CRIED GRANNY: AN ALMOST BEDTIME STORY. Granny builds a bed, sews a pillow, and makes everything her grandson needs for his overnight visit.
Buckley, Helen. GRANDFATHER AND I. In this story featuring an African-American grandfather, a child describes how his grandfather is a wonderful companion because he isn’t in a hurry.
San Leandro Public Library