We’ve created this page to connect with our story time community while the library is closed. Reading to your children every day and engaging them in rhymes, songs, and stories is one of the best things you can do to help them grow into readers. We’ll post some story time favorites here, along with some new content to try out while you’re home together.
Also, be sure to check out our own story time songs and rhymes on the Louisville Public Library's YouTube Channel!
Start your day with a roar by singing along to this dinosaur song by Laurie Berkner.
Mama saves the day in this fun read aloud of Ten Little Dinosaurs by Mike Brownlow.
Prepare to get silly in “Upsy Down Town” with Soundplay Australia!
What’s a Gruffalo? This clever mouse will tell you! Enjoy the book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler read by Michelle Obama.
Llama llama in red pajamas. Parents, can you relate to this bedtime drama? Read by the late, beloved author Anna Dewdney.
This lively song by Laurie Berkner has all of the things kids love; pushing buttons, riding the elevator, and pretending to be animals. Get ready to dance like a dog, a cat, a cow, an elephant, and an alligator, “Snap! Snap!”
What’s for dinner tonight? If you’re having tacos, this song is must! “Guacamole on my chin? Guacamole on my chin!” Fun for preschoolers and families.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle. Enjoy this silly story told by Miss Dana of Jbrary.
Jim Gill is simply our favorite. This musical fingerplay called “One From the Left” is a fun way for young children to practice fine motor skills and develop hand-eye coordination.
Speaking of fine motor skills, playdoh is a playful way to strengthen kids’ hands for holding pencils and crayons. Check out this homemade recipe. Step 1: Read the recipe with your child and point to the words. Step 2: Teach them the names of the ingredients and tools you’ll use (Yay, vocabulary!) Step 3. Make the playdoh together. Step 4: Play! Get out lids, spoons, cookie cutters, and other interesting items to press into the dough.
Want to learn more about the stages of scribbling, drawing, and writing? Zero to Three is an excellent resource on early childhood development.
It’s officially spring! Enjoy this colorful, animated version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Watch more stories by using your library card number to log in to TumbleBooks.
Do goldfish take baths? No! That’s silly! Swim and dance along to Laurie Berkner’s “The Goldfish” song.
Are your kids missing the fish tank at the library? We know it’s often the highlight of their visit. Here’s a fun fish flannel story to sing in the meantime. And rest assured kiddos: We hooked the fish up with an automatic feeding solution to keep them swimming until our return.
Get those hands squeaky clean while singing this song about hand washing!
We love this soothing “I Love You” song in Spanish, French, and English. Best paired with a snuggle and a nap.
Are the kids getting antsy at home? Get them marching around the kitchen to “The Ants Go Marching” sung by Soundplay Australia and accompanied by guitar.
Repeat after me: This version of Boom Chicka Boom is fun for the whole family. Did you know children develop early literacy skills while moving in rhythm to the beat of a song? DO try this at home.
Talking to children and pointing to pictures as you read is a great way to boost their early literacy development. Watch this quick 3 minute video to see how.
This one is catchy and easy to learn. Put a baby in your lap and try out the Baby Hop.
This IntelliDANCE video, Shoe a Little Horse, pairs whole body movement for young children with rhymes. The movements often assist your baby in crossing the midline, an important mind and body skill that develops throughout early childhood. Learn more about crossing the midline.
We’ll leave you with this crowd pleaser. Get those little hands ready for some roly poly action: