Toddler storytime

From Bethany Templeton at the Saugus (MA) Public Library:

“Toddler Storytime (is) for children between 18 and 24(ish) months.  We have some older kids, and most attendees are about two years old.  It runs every week, no registration required, and lasts 25-30 minutes.  We usually have 8-12 children with parents or grandparents.”

Sample program




10 Fingers

I have ten fingers, and they all belong to me! (wiggle fingers)
I can make them do things—would you like to see?
I can shut them tight (make a fist)
I can open them wide (spread fingers out)
I can put them together (clap)
And then make them hide. (hide hands behind back)
I can jump them up high (jump to the ceiling)
I can jump them down low (jump to the floor).
I can fold them like this (fold hands together)
And lay them just so. (put hands in your lap)


Birds by Kevin Henkes


I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot, short and stout.
Here is my handle, (hand on hip)
Here is my spout. (other hand pointing away from body)
When I get all steamed up, I will shout:
“Tip me over, and pour me out!” (lean to “spout” side)


Little Birds

Fit actions to words

Little birds, little birds, jump up and down.
Little birds, little birds, twirl around.
Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me.
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees.
Little birds, little birds, peep peep peep.
Little birds, little birds, sleep sleep sleep.
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves.
Little birds, little birds, sit down please.


A Good Day by Kevin Henkes


Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds, (hold up both pointer fingers)
Sitting on a hill. 
One named Jack, (wiggle one finger)
One named Jill. (wiggle the other finger)
Fly away, Jack! (hide first hand behind back)
Fly away, Jill! (hide other hand)
Come back, Jack! (bring first hand back to front)
Come back, Jill! (bring other hand back)


Not Say a Single Word

(Fit actions to words)

Can you hop, hop, hop like a bunny?
Can you run, run, run like a dog?
Can you walk, walk, walk like an elephant?
Can you jump, jump, jump like a frog?
Can you swim, swim, swim like a goldfish?
Can you fly, fly, fly like a bird?
Can you sit right down, and fold your hands,
And not say a single word?


Cock-a-Doodle Moo by Bernard Most


Little Bird

Fit actions to words

I saw a little bird go hop, hop, hop.
I told the little bird to stop, stop, stop.
I said, “Little Bird, how do you do?”
But he waggled his tail, and away he flew! 

Flannel board

10 Fluffy Chicks

5 eggs and 5 eggs, and that makes 10.
Sitting on top is mother hen.
Cluck, cluck, cluck—what do I see?
10 fluffy chicks, yellow as can be!

Closing: thank you

My hands say thank you with a clap, clap, clap.
My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap
Tap, tap, tap
I roll my hands around and say, “Good bye!”