Favorite Story Time Things


Once upon a time, I was a baby librarian and a story time superstar. On our busiest days, I would do four or five story times a day. I’d recite fingerplays in my sleep and feel naked without a puppet in my hand.

Now, I do different kinds of presentations. More spreadsheets and fewer songs. But my favorite stories are still on my mind and someday I hope to read my favorites as a Mystery Reader in my son’s classroom!

Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller

Arnie the Doughnut can’t wait to be picked out of the bakery case. Things look up when Mr. Bing takes him home, until Arnie realizes they both have a different philosophy on doughnut guests.

While adorable illustrations and equally adorable, overly optimistic Arnie, this picture book makes me laugh just thinking about it. (Great for reading to kindergarteners and older.)

I Stink! by Kate McMullen

Ever wanted to impersonate a garbage truck? With this funny and aromatic book, you’re dreams will come true! (Great for the preschool crowd!)

Who am I?istink
I’ve got lights.
Ten wide tires.
No A.C., not me.
I’ve got doubles:
steering wheels, gas pedals, brakes.
I am totally DUAL OP.
Know what I do at night while you’re asleep?
Eat your TRASH, that’s what!

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

Whenmyluckyday Piglet knocks on Wolf’s door, the Wolf thinks it’s his lucky day since dinner has come to him! But when Piglet suggests Wolf makes him dinner to fatten him up first, we see that things aren’t quite what they seem in this hilarious, unlikely trickster tale. (Great for all ages!)



Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party by Bernard Waber

My favorite story times wouldn’t be complete without a funny puppet story–and Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover PartBearsiey was one of best. Bearsie Bear is tucked snug in his bed on a cold winter night, when he hears a knock on the door. One by one his friends are looking for a place to stay and Bearsie makes room in his big bed. But what will they do when Porky Porcupine shows up? (Another favorite for preschoolers and anyone with a sense of humor.)

Whether you perform story times or love reading to a child, what are your favorites that you don’t mind reading over and over again?

2 Responses

  1. Oh man, my kids would love that garbage truck book. We’ll have to look for that next time. Right now my kids are really into anything by Mo Willems and those are always fun to read. I like reading The Duckling Gets a Cookie?! Because 1.) Interrobang and 2.) The pigeon is so expressive. Gerald & Piggie are great too.

    My twins love Pete the Cat and while he may not be *my* favorite, there’s not much cuter than 4-year-olds shouting “Goodness, no!” So that makes it fun.

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