Preschool Storytime Ideas
Preschoolers like robots just as much as school-age children, probably due to the many movies and TV shows featuring robots. For a craft activity, make one of the recycled robot craft projects listed here.
Barnett, Mac. OH NO! OR, HOW MY SCIENCE PROJECT DESTROYED THE WORLD. A little girl builds a robot for the science fair, but it soon runs through town because she forgot to program it to follow the command “Stop!” Bright illustrations and a very brief text make this appeal to a wide age range.
Cali, Davide. MAMA ROBOT. A boy imagines building a robot to take the place of his mom, who is always working. Of course, the robot doesn’t have the important qualities his mother has.
Carlson, Nancy. START SAVING, HENRY! Henry learns to save his money, so he can purchase the toy robot he wants.
Carrick, Paul. WATCH OUT FOR WOLFGANG. A mother robot sends her three robot sons out into the world in this spoof of The Three Pigs.
Czerneciki, Stefan. LILLIPUT 5357. A yellow robot looks for a safe place to play in this story filled with onomatopoeia. The illustrations feature old toy robots used in the collages.
DiPucchio, Kelly. CLINK. No one wants to buy Clink, a toy robot that doesn’t do anything special, until Clink meets a small boy.
Joyce, William. ROLIE POLIE OLIE. Rolie the robot lives on a planet where everything is round. This rhyming tale, based on the Disney TV series, shows Rolie going about a typical day.
Kirk, David. NOVA THE ROBOT FIXES HIS SPACESHIP. In this board book, Nova relies on his pet robots to fix his spaceship.
Lester, Helen. WODNEY WAT’S WOBOT. Wodney receives a robot that can speak for him because Camilla bullies Wodney due to his speech impediment.
Marshall, James. SPACE CASE. An alien robot lands on Earth on Halloween.
Rigg, Jo. RUSTY ROBOT. Die-cuts and plastic jiggly eyes are a feature of this rhyming board book, about a robot and his friends.
Scieszka, Jon. ROBOT ZOT! Robot Zot and his companion Bot battle household appliances.