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STORYTIME VIDEOS

We hope you will use these videos to create a storytime experience at home.  We’ve included eight categories of interactive storytime elements from welcome songs to closing rhymes with a few favorite rhymes and songs for in between.  We’ve included everything you need except the books.  We hope you have some of those at home, so you can set up a cozy reading time with the children in your care and use our videos to supplement the experience.It’s Storytime at Home! Use our search tool to find your favorite songs and activities and sing along with us!

Click here to view all the Storytime Videos on one page.

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Fingerplay: Cinco Petitios with Amelia
All Storytime Videos, Fingerplay, Spanish Languagestorytime-video fingerplay spanish-languageamelia
Welcome Song with Laurie All Storytime Videos, Welcome Songstorytime-video welcome-songlaurie
Fingerplay: Five Little Kittens with Theresa All Storytime Videos, Fingerplaystorytime-video fingerplaytheresa
Brief Storytelling: Hey Diddle Diddle with Laurie All Storytime Videos, Brief Storytellingstorytime-video brief-storytellinglaurie
Brief Storytelling: Trip Trap with Marie All Storytime Videos, Brief Storytellingstorytime-video brief-storytellingmarie
Action Rhyme: Hello Toes with Marie Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videomarie
Participatory Song: Tick Tock with Whitney
All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songwhitney
Action Rhyme: The Farmer Plants the Seeds with Rose Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videorose
Participatory Song: I Had a Little Turtle with Melody All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songmelody
Participatory Song: Wiggle and Stop with Marie All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songmarie
Participatory Song: I Wake Up My Hands with Angelina All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songangelina
Closing Song: The More We Get Together with Laurie All Storytime Videos, Closing Song/Rhymestorytime-video closing-songlaurie
Welcome Song: If You Want To Read a Book with Evie
All Storytime Videos, Welcome Songstorytime-video welcome-songevie
Participatory Song La Araña Pequiñita with Amelia (in Spanish)
All Storytime Videos, Participatory Song, Spanish Languagestorytime-video participatory-song spanish-languageamelia
Action Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock with Evie
Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videoevie
Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands Up High with Whitney
Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videowhitney
Brief Flannel Story: Little Miss Muffet with Theresa All Storytime Videos, Brief Flannelstorytime-video brief-flanneltheresa
Participatory Song: Plant a Little Seed with Rose All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songrose
Fingerplay: Five Plump Peas with Marie All Storytime Videos, Fingerplaystorytime-video fingerplaymarie
Closing Song: Tickle the Clouds with Theresa All Storytime Videos, Closing Song/Rhymestorytime-video closing-songtheresa
Flannel Story: Bluebird at My Window with Rose All Storytime Videos, Brief Flannelstorytime-video brief-flannelrose
Brief Flannel: We Dove In the Ocean with Melody All Storytime Videos, Brief Flannelstorytime-video brief-flannelmelody
Brief Storytelling: Los Pollitos with Amelia (in Spanish)

All Storytime Videos, Brief Storytelling, Quieting Rhyme, Spanish Languagestorytime-video brief-storytelling quieting-rhyme spanish-languageamelia
Participatory Song: Standing Like a Tree with Angelina

All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songangelina
Brief Flannel: Five Fast Rockets with Melody All Storytime Videos, Brief Flannelstorytime-video brief-flannelmelody
Brief Fingerplay: Here is a Bunny with Tessa
All Storytime Videos, Brief Storytellingstorytime-video brief-storytellingtessa
Action Rhyme: Pat-a-Cake with Evie
Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videoevie
Brief Flannel: When Cows Get Up in the Morning with Tessa
All Storytime Videos, Brief Flannelstorytime-video brief-flanneltessa
Action Rhyme: Ten Little Fingers with Laurie Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videolaurie
Action Rhyme: Hello Toes with Theresa Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videotheresa
Participatory Song: I’m a Little Teapot with Laurie All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songlaurie
Quieting Rhyme: Open Shut Them with Tessa

All Storytime Videos, Quieting Rhymestorytime-video quieting-rhymetessa
Welcome Song: Hello Friends with Whitney
All Storytime Videos, Welcome Songstorytime-video welcome-songwhitney
Participatory Song: Popcorn Kernels with Whitney
All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songwhitney
Fingerplay: Heart with Angelina All Storytime Videos, Fingerplaystorytime-video fingerplayangelina
Action Rhyme: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes with Melody Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videomelody
Fingerplay: Here is the Beehive with Whitney
All Storytime Videos, Fingerplaystorytime-video fingerplaywhitney
Brief Storytelling: Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary with Rose All Storytime Videos, Brief Storytellingstorytime-video brief-storytellingrose
Brief Flannel: A Mi Burro with Amelia (in Spanish)
All Storytime Videos, Brief Flannel, Spanish Languagestorytime-video brief-flannel spanish-languageamelia
Participatory Song: Pimpón es un Muñeco with Amelia
Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videos, Participatory Song, Spanish Languageaction-rhyme storytime-video participatory-song spanish-languageamelia
Quieting Song: Roly Poly with Marie All Storytime Videos, Quieting Rhymestorytime-video quieting-rhymemarie
Fingerplay: Three Little Monkeys with Evie
All Storytime Videos, Fingerplaystorytime-video fingerplayevie
Fingerplay: Ten Fat Peas with Rose All Storytime Videos, Fingerplaystorytime-video fingerplayrose
Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands on Your Head with Theresa Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videotheresa
Participatory Song: Hurry, Hurry, Drive the Firetruck with Tessa
All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songtessa
Participatory Song: Bubble Bubble Pop with Tessa
All Storytime Videos, Participatory Songstorytime-video participatory-songtessa
Closing Song: Goodbye Friends with Angelina All Storytime Videos, Closing Song/Rhymestorytime-video closing-songangelina
Closing Song: Up, Down, Turn Around with Evie
All Storytime Videos, Closing Song/Rhymestorytime-video closing-songevie
Action Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds with Angelina Action Rhyme, All Storytime Videosaction-rhyme storytime-videoangelina
Fingerplay: Tres Pecesitos with Amelia
All Storytime Videos, Fingerplay, Spanish Languagestorytime-video fingerplay spanish-languageamelia
Welcome Song: Good Morning Song with Melody All Storytime Videos, Welcome Songstorytime-video welcome-songmelody

WCLS at Home: Let's Practice

LET’S PRACTICE: We are dedicating each day of the week to one of the five practices developed through the American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Every day we will post a prompt to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages to give families concrete ideas for practice.

Monday: Talking

Let's Practice Talking

Talking with and around young children helps build vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the easier it will be to sound them out when the time comes. And talking builds narrative skills, helping children understand how words and sentences fit together to tell stories and impart information.

  • Let’s Practice: Playing

    This week’s theme: Fall

    Make a pile of leaves and jump in it! See how high you can toss them in the air. Crunch them up in your hands.

    We’d love to see you Practicing! Share a photo or video of your little ones Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing and Playing with your followers on Instagram. Be sure to mention us (@wclslibraries) and use the hashtag #wclsletspractice. We won’t see your posts if your account is private, but your friends will and we hope they will start practicing with us too.

Tuesday: Singing

Let's Practice Singing

Singing involves sounding different syllables on different notes, helping children understand how words can be separated into smaller parts. And many songs include rhyme and meter, giving children experience with the patterns of language.

Wednesday: Reading

Let's Practice Reading

Reading to children allows them to associate books and stories with closeness and intimacy, making it an especially treasured activity. And reading near and around children lets them see how reading operates, and know it is valued by the important adults in their lives.

Thursday: Writing

Let's Practice Writing

Writing helps children understand that words on the page originated as someone else’s thoughts and ideas. Practicing writing can include both handwriting, building fine motor skills with a pencil or crayon, and composition, arranging alphabet blocks or magnetic letters into words.

Friday: Playing

Let's Practice Playing

Playing builds bonds between parent and child, supporting all of the other practices (and making life happy, to boot). Creative play fosters healthy imagination, preparing children to dive into other people’s stories, and create stories of their own.

Let us know how the Five Practices are helping you and your young children get ready to read!

Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read is a project of the American Library Association designed to help young children build early literacy: what they need to know about reading before they learn to read. The program identifies five practices that families can engage in with their young children to gain knowledge, build skills, and develop enthusiasm about reading. By talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing, regularly and intentionally, families can pave the way for success in school and a lifetime of reading enjoyment.


ONLINE RESOURCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS

We are hard at work finding online resources for our Early Learners while the libraries are closed. We will be updating this page with new resources as they become available. 

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25 Live Nature Cams
Audible Free Audiobooks for Kids and Teens
Cincinnati Zoo Showcases Animals on Facebook Live
Get Moving and Practice Mindfulness with GoNoodle
Keep Your Kids Engaged with TumbleBooks
Popular Actors Read to Your Kids at StoryLine Online
Sing with Our Kids
YMCA Home Fitness Class Videos for Free

LIBRARY RESOURCES FOR EARLY LEARNERS

Books

Toddler girl with picture book

Take a look at some of the handy booklists we have built right into the library catalog.

Our whopping selection of books (board books, picture booksnonfiction booksbeginning reader books) means kids can fill their homes with the sort of literary variety to inspire a lifelong love of reading. Choosing just the right picture book is a critical decision (“Read it AGAIN!”) and we love helping you find the perfect books for you to read aloud (over and over and over).

Mother and child at Toddler Time

Programs

Programs for toddlers and preschoolers give families a place to come together to learn, play, and share in the joy of story. Read more about our variety of storytimes or check our calendar to find a storytime near you!

Girl with puppets

Play

For our youngest patrons, the library is a place of discovery. Early Learning Centers in every library provide opportunities for imaginative play, encouraging skills that lay the groundwork for later success in school.

Learn more about the WCLS response to COVID-19.
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