We all have our storytime favorites. After 8 years as a children’s librarian, I have a selection that I return to again and again that always work in front of a preschool crowd.
1) Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf is Not Around by Rueda The animals in the forest are scared of the wolf until they find out what he is really hungry for: pancakes!
2) Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. I can’t stand any of Feiffer’s other children’s books (Daddy Mountain is especially awful to me), but Bark, George may be the best preschool read a loud ever written.
3) Rattletrap Car by Root. This is a longer book than I typically use for storytime, but my interpretation of the sputtering and stuttering sounds of the broken down car trying to make it to the lake always makes people smile. A perfect book for summer.
4) Hi Pizza Man! by Walter. Ok, the lady dressed in furs is a little weird, but the downward spiraling ridiculousness of this book always makes an audience laugh. Meow meow, pizza kitty!
5) There’s A Shark In the Park! by Sharratt. Featuring awesome rhymes, repetition, and a dad with 1950’s hair, this book works every time.
6) Go Away Big Green Monster! by Emberley. Message of the book: you can defeat your monster. I would read this every week for storytime if it wasn’t already so super popular among the parents.
7) The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Wood. Share the strawberry or you’ll get eaten by a bear! A great message for kids!
8) Little Pea by Rosenthal. About a pea that detests eating candy for dinner (“plech!”). A very a-pea-ling book!
9) What? Cried Granny by Lum. This may be my favorite read a loud of all time. The industrious, indefatigable, Granny is determined for Patrick to go to bed! Really punch those “Whaaaaat?”s to put the book over the top.
10) Whose Mouse Are You? by Kraus. Over 30 years later and this book is still kicking. Every time I read it, the audience goes “Awwww” at the end. Very sweet!