Preschool Storytime Ideas
For Asian-Pacific Island Month in May, hold a Hawaii-themed storytime, complete with goldfish crackers and pineapple juice! This storytime is good for nearly all ages: preschool, school-age, or family storytimes.
There are lots of craft ideas: shark paperbag puppets, paper flower leis, or paper quilts made to resemble the one in LUKA’S QUILT. The easiest paper lei is made with simple xeroxed flowers strung on a shoelace or piece of yarn, with one-inch pieces of plastic drinking straws used to separate the flowers. Check here for more craft ideas.
Guback, Georgia. LUKA’S QUILT   When Tutu (grandmother) makes a Hawaiian-style quilt, Luka wishes for a more colorful one.
Fellows, Rebecca. A LEI FOR TUTU   Nahoa looks forward to Lei Day, until Tutu gets sick.
Rattigan, Jama Kim. DUMPLING SOUP   A family eats foods reflecting their Hawaiian, Korean, and Japanese cultures.
George, Jean. DEAR KATIE, THE VOLCANO IS A GIRL   Science and folklore mix in this story of Katie and her grandmother.
Samuela, Barbara. ALOHA, DOLORES   Dolores and her cat Duncan enter a contest to win a trip to Hawaii.
Feeney, Stephanie. A IS FOR ALOHA   An alphabet book celebrating Hawaii; unfortunately the photos are in black and white.
Williams, Laura. TORCH FISHING WITH THE SUN   Makoa worries about his aging grandfather.
Tune, Suelyn C. HOW MAUI SLOWED THE SUN   A pourqoui story about the long days in Hawaii.
Mohan, Berverly. PUNIA AND THE KING OF THE SHARKS   To get lobsters, Punia must outwit the sharks guarding their cave.
Rumford, James. ISLAND BELOW THE STAR   Five brothers, each with a special skill, sail to Hawaii.
Takayama, Sandi. SUMORELLA: A HAWAII CINDERELLA STORY   Mango Boy is teased for being skinny, so he dreams of becoming a Sumo wrestler.
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.