We Recommend

Youth Department librarians field questions from parents and educators everyday - these are some of the most popular topics.  Looking for something not included here?  Ask us.

  • Planning a Storytime/Circle Time

    Storytimes expose young children to books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and other literacy-based activities. By incorporating early literacy skills like phonological awareness, narrative skills, and letter knowledge into storytime, we can help children on their path to learning to read. These resources will help you plan an early years storytime for a group of children under the age of five.

    Grow-a-Reader bags

    These thematic bags for ages 0-5 contain books, activities, rhymes, a CD and puppets you can use for a storytime. They are specifically designed to help children get ready to read and you can borrow them for three weeks.

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    Watch and listen to songs, rhymes, oral stories, and book reviews for baby storytimes, toddler storytimes, and preschool storytimes. Videos are organized into thematic playlists, such as hello and goodbye songs, diaper changing songs, and fingerplays and tickles.


    King County Library System Songs and Rhymes

    This outstanding collection of songs and rhymes can be browsed by theme or song title. Almost all songs include a video featuring a librarian singing and demonstrating hand movements.



    Storytime Katie

    Includes a thematic list of storytimes, a detailed list of storytime resources, and flannel board patterns and pictures. Librarian Katie also gives her feedback on what worked and what didn't in her storytimes with kids.



    And make sure to ask us in the Youth Department! We plan multiple storytime programs each week and can help you with:

    • Selecting age-appropriate read aloud books
    • Recommending rhymes and songs
    • Tips on how to incorporate early literacy messages
    • Finding additional planning resources

  • Starting a Book Club

    Whether you want to start a parent-child book club or a book club for kids, there are many benefits to reading with a group:

    • sharing thoughts and feelings about literature in a meaningful context
    • practicing reading strategies such as making predictions, asking questions, and connecting the book to the real world
    • when kids read aloud favourite passages, they improve their oral reading skills and expression
    • when parents or teachers help kids start a club, they act as literacy role models

    Pragmatic Mom: How to Create a Great Kids' Book Club

    This mom knows her stuff! She goes over all the practical details of planning a book club for kids, such as book suggestions, snack ideas, and sample activities to do after reading a book. She includes 20 sample activities for high-interest children's books you can take and use at home immediately.


    Seattle Public Library Book Group How-Tos

    This guide is more suitable for older children who are ready to start a book club on their own. Includes how to choose a good book for discussion and how to think of good discussion questions.