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Pets Storytime Books

My Pup by Margaret O'Hair

Thumpy Feet by Betsy Lewin

Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge

What Pet to Get by Emma Dodd

Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid

Matilda's Cat by Emily Gravett

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

The Stray Dog by Marc Simont

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell


Announcing the Silver Bells!

The Silver Bells are 25 picture books from the last 25 years, still in print as of summer 2013, that the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee consider to be excellent representations of the Bell Awards Selection Criteria.

CLEL Bell Award Nomination: Count the Monkeys by Mack Barnett and Kevin Cornell

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett and illustrated
by Kevin Cornell has been nominated for a CLEL Bell Award for Play.

Here's what the nominator said about the book:

ABC's and 123's Storytime Books

ABC vs 123 by Mike Boldt

The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Here Come the 123's by The Might Be Giants (Music CD)

Alligator Alphabet by Stella Blackstone

Creature ABC by Andrew Zuckerman

Shout! Shout it Out by Denise Fleming

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Z is Moose by Kelly Bingham

LMNO Peas and 123's by Keith Baker

Let's Count Goats by Mem Fox

Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Strickland

Big and Little Storytime Books

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Small, Medium and Large by Emily Jenkins

My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac

Big, Bigger, Biggest! by Nancy Coffelt

Octupus Opposites by Stella Blackstone

A Pig is Big by Douglas Florian

Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner

Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield

Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist

Animal Opposite by Petr Horacek

Back to School Storytime Books

Back to School

Wow! School! by Robert Neubecker

Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

I Don't Want to Go to School by Stephanie Blake

Foxy! by Emma Dodd

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGhee

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Clothes Storytime Book Theme

Whatcha Gonna Wear

Ella Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Too Purpley! by Jean Reidy

New Socks by Bob Shea

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett

Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathon London

Mo's Stinky Sweater by David Bedford

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Zorro Gets an Oufit by Carter Goodrich

Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Deeney Murguia

What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd

We All Scream for Ice Cream - Happy Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, so as the month comes to an end here's a story time theme that will leave you craving ice cream!


  • Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
  • The Sundae Scoop by Stuart Murphy
  • Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons
  • Ice Cream by Elisha Cooper

Rhymes and Songs

Noises and Sounds Storytime Books

Onomatopoeia Storytime Books

Roar! A Noisy Counting Books by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb

Clip Clop by Nicola Smee

Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti

Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash by Barbara Odanaka

Hiccuping Hippo by Keith Faulkner

Who Hoots? by Katie Davis

Crunch, Munch by Jonathan London

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood

Storytime Music

Wow!  I got lots of great responses about music in storytime.  This is going to be a longer post than usual because I wanted to highlight great songs from each artist that was mentioned.  Please comment below to add you favorites!

Jim Gill:

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