…storytime, books, and ideas


Here are a few new storytime books, plus a resource book for teachers, parents, and library staff.

Lullaby (for a Black Mother)  Poem by Langston Hughes aa lullaby

Lovely retro illustrations turn this poem from 1932 into a nice book to share at baby storytime. The rhythm of the words is soothing, as are the twilight-colored acrylic pictures. Add some poetry to storytime—after all, language is one of the main reasons we read to those babies!

Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer

Can a shark and a minnow be friends? In this undersea fantasy world, they sure can. A fun little tale of friendship just right for ocean-themed storytimes.

The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

From the creators of “The Gruffalo” come this picture-book rendition of the Alfred Noyes poem, the Highwayman (though the Highway Rat is not nearly as grim as the original). Rat steals from the woodland creatures until outsmarted by a duck. The poetic verse is a good way to add rhyme to your next rodent-theme storytime!

Ol’ Mama Squirrelaa rat b David Ezra Stein

Mama Squirrel defends her babies from predators with a Chook Chook Chook! Young nature lovers will enjoy chanting along with you and Mama Squirrel as she saves the day (and her babies).



Read, Rhyme, and Romp by Heather McNeil

This is a book all about reading aloud, with a whole bunch of ideas on early literacy skills and activities. Recommended for librarians, teachers, parents – anyone who works with young children.  Written by a a readstoryteller, this book has lots of tips for using language and extending the picture book. Great resource!

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