Notes from Story Time

Notes from Story Time Blog


The Lion and the MouseFables and other traditional stories are great to read with your child, and you can tell them in different ways. As you read the wordless picture book The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney, you might want to use the text of the story from the Library of Congress’ free database at This shows that words of one version of the story work with the illustrations from another version and that words and pictures have meaning.

Perfect Pitch Not Required

Hush Little Puppy
Singing increases children’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds in words. This helps prepare them to decode words when they are learning to read. So sing with your child often, even if you do not have perfect pitch.

Many popular children’s songs have been turned into illustrated books that you can read/sing along with your child! Check them out in the nonfiction section: J 782.

Jumping and Learning

Girl jumping ropeJust remember, getting your child ready to read is as simple as “talk, sing, read, write, and play.” Have fun by singing a jump rope rhyme! You don’t need a rope; you can just have fun jumping!

Ice cream soda,
Lemonade punch.
What kind of food
Will I have for lunch?
A, B, C, D, E…

The letter you stop jumping on is the first letter of your lunch food! Talk about what kinds of food start with that letter, and what food your child likes.

What’s Happening in This Story?

That's (Not) Mine by Anna KangAs you read That’s (Not) Mine by Anna Kang, talk to your child about what is happening in the illustrations. By talking about what is happening, children learn that there is a beginning, middle, and end in a story.

Fingerplays for Fine Motor Skills

Marc Brown's Favorite Finger RhymesDigital literacy is the ability to understand, evaluate, and use information when it is presented by a computer, tablet, or other digital media. With so much technology present in the world, It is important to navigate technology alongside your child. Learning to write or navigate a tablet takes practice and fine motor skills. Fingers need to learn how to hold a pencil and tap the right image on the screen during interactive apps. By using his or her hands to act out this rhyme, your child is practicing coordination and fine motor skills.


Dance Your Fingers

Dance your fingers up

Dance your fingers down

Dance your fingers to the side

And dance them all around.

Dance them on your shoulders

Dance them on your head

Dance them on your tummy

And put them put them all to bed.