Preschool Storytime Ideas
Hawaii – Revised
Make paper Hawaiian leis as shown here ; I separate each flower with a one inch cut from a plastic drinking straw, which is easy to thread onto the yarn.
For a movement activity, do a variation of “The Hokey Pokey,” and other great activities offered by Sharon Navarro of the Moreno Valley Public Library. See her outline here.
Feeney, Stephanie. A IS FOR ALOHA. An alphabet book celebrating Hawaii, with black and white photos.
Fellows, Rebecca. A LEI FOR TUTU. Nahoa looks forward to Lei Day, until Tutu gets sick.
Guback, Georgia. LUKA’S QUILT. After Tutu (grandmother) makes a Hawaiian-style quilt, Luka wishes for a more colorful one.
Joosse, Barbara. GRANDMA CALLS ME BEAUTIFUL. Grandma tells a favorite story about her granddaughter.
Kono, Erin. HULA LULLABY. A young girl sleeps on mother’s lap in this brief rhyming book.
Martin, Rafe. SHARK GOD. A brother and sister are imprisoned by a king, but because they freed a shark caught in a net, the Shark God comes to their rescue.
Rattigan, Jama Kim. DUMPLING SOUP. A family eats foods reflecting their Hawaiian, Korean, and Japanese cultures.
Samuels, Barbara. ALOHA, DOLORES. Dolores and her cat Duncan enter a contest to win a trip to Hawaii.
Takayama, Sandi. SUMORELLA: A HAWAII CINDERELLA STORY. Mango Boy is teased for being skinny, so he dreams of becoming a sumo wrestler.
Williams, Laura. TORCH FISHING WITH THE SUN. Makoa worries about his aging grandfather.
Also see the previous Hawaii storytime ideas page from August 2003.