Resources File

Jump and Jive: Storytimes for Two to Five-Year-Olds

(Reminder: Be sure to bookmark this page for easy future reference.)

Week 1


Bauer, C.F. 1993. New Handbook for Storytellers. Chicago. American Library Association.

Bauer, C.F.2000. Leading Kids to Books Through Crafts. Chicago. American Library Association.

California Department of Education. 2006. Infant/Toddler Learning and Development: Program Guidelines. Sacramento. California Department of Education.

California Department of Education. 2000. Prekindergarten Learning: Development Guidelines.. Sacramento. California Department of Education.

California Department of Education. 2008. California Preschool Learning Foundations V.1. Sacramento. California Department of Education.

Ghoting, Saroj Nadkarni and Diaz-Martin, Pamela. Early Literacy Storytimes @ your library: partnering with caregivers for success. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006.

Jones, E. and G. Reynolds. 1992. The Play's the Thing: Teachers' Roles in Children's Play. New York: Teachers College Press.

Parlakian, R. 2001. The power of questions: Building quality relationships with families. Washington, D.C.: ZERO TO THREE.

Powers, S. and  Lerner, C. 2000. Learning and growing together tip sheets: Ideas for professionals in programs that serve young children and their families. Washington, D.C. ZERO TO THREE.

Shore, R. 1997. Rethinking the Brain: New Insights into Early Development. New York, Families and Work Institute.

Trelease, J. The Read-Aloud Handbook 6th Edition. Penguin, 2006.

Early Childhood Websites

American Academy of Pediatrics

Committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. General information related to child health or more specific guidelines concerning a pediatric issue,

Building Baby's Brain: What Parents Can Do

Informative article by University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement

The Center for the improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA) is a national center for research on early reading, representing a consortium of educators from five universities (the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the University of Southern California, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Georgia)

Children and Families Commission of Orange County

Kid builders is a two-binder set. The first binder is for 0-2 years. The second binder is for 3-5 years. Kid Builder activities are an easy way to help your child grow in six areas: mind, words, body, relationships, safety, and health. All of these areas are important for your child to be healthy and ready to succeed in life.

Children's Home Society of California 

Offers a set of color brochures on assorted child development topics, developmental milestones wheel and growth charts. 

Family Communications

Child development and parenting information.  Set of brochures available through website on different development issues.

Family Place Libraries

Their mission is to increase the capacity of libraries to recognize their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development.

Jim Trelease

Author of the Read Aloud Handbook. Article: Media effects on infants and toddlers.

The National Academies Press

Article: Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success (1999) Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE)

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Helps to facilitate professional development and public understanding of early childhood education.  Includes article on technology and young children.

National Science Council on the Developing Child

A multi-disciplinary collaboration comprising leading scholars in neuroscience, early childhood development, pediatrics, and economics. 

PBS The Whole Child

The ABC's Of Child Development:Developmental Milestones for Your Child's First Five Years


Their mission is to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children. Excellent set of articles about oral storytelling and ways to share stories with different ages.

Washington Learning Systems

Evidence based programs that promote early literacy, language, cognitive, and social development.

Zero to Three

The nation's leading resource on the first years of life.

Early Literacy Websites

Colorin Colorado

This site is filled with useful information, strategies, activities, and resources for all teachers of ESL. 

ELF  Early Learning with Families

This blog is designed to share information, insights and resources among California libraries.


Incorporates the latest research into a series of parent and caregiver workshops to provide public libraries with vital tools to help prepare parents for their critical role as their child's first teacher.

Get Ready to Read

Get Ready to Read! (GRTR!) is a national initiative to build the early literacy skills of preschool-age children. GRTR!'s program vision is that all preschool children will have the skills they need to learn to read when they enter school. 

The National Center for Family Literacy

NCFL's mission is to create a literate nation by leveraging the power of the family. NCFL's work benefits families, teachers, programs, and communities by creating an understanding of low literacy and its impact on families; developing interventions that break the cycle of low literacy; developing effective tools for educators; providing resources for families to help them build literacy into their daily lives; and designing strategic programs for communities to provide literacy services to large numbers of families.

Multnomah County Library

Excellent example of website ideas for early literacy information.

National Institute for Literacy

The National Institute for Literacy provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth, and adults.  A good source for ordering free literacy brochures.

Raising A Reader

Their mission is to foster healthy brain development, parent-child bonding and early literacy skills critical for school success.

Reading is Fundamental

Their mission is to lead in the creation and development of national, regional and local collaborations and to focus on building strong community based children's and family literacy programs.

Reading Rockets

A national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.

Week 2


Faurot, K.K. 2003. Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns & Props That Bring Stories to Life. Chicago. American Library Association.


Soundy, C.S. 1993. “Let the story begin! Open the box and set out the props.” Childhood Education, 69:3, 146-149.

Puppets and Props

Book Props

Constructive Playthings

Puppet and prop resource


Puppet resource

Lakeshore Learning

Puppet and prop resource

Puppet Universe

Puppet resource

Wonder Brains

Educational games and activities that enrich intelligence in all areas of education including communication, problem solving, math, music, science and creative play. 

Puppet Scripts

Creativity Institute

Legends and Lore

Using Puppets to Encourage Homeschool Literacy

Week 3


Hap Palmer

Contains lyrics and activities to all of his music.

Songs for Teaching

Creative teachers can use music to teach content across the curriculum -- to students of all ages. We offer thousands of song lyrics, sound clips and teaching suggestions.


Useful Info & Parent Education, Itsy Bitsy Zone

Jalongo, M.R. 1996. “Using recorded music with young children: A guide for non-musicians.Young Child, 51(5), 6-11. 

Langfit, D. (1994) "Integrating music, reading and writing at the primary level." The Reading Teacher, 47(5), 430-431.

Marino, J. 1994. Sing Us A Story: Using Music in Preschool and Family Storytimes. H.W. Wilson.

McDonald, D.T. 1979. Music in Our Lives: the early years. Washington D.C. NAEYC.

McIntire, Jean M. "Developing Literacy through Music." Teaching Music, August, 2007, vol. 15:1, pp. 44-48.

Vardell,S.M., and J.M. Jacko. 2005. “Folklore for Kids: Exploring the Rhymes, Songs, and Games of Childhood.” Book Links, 14(4), 29-33.

Music CDs

Bean Bag Rock and Roll. CD. 2000.Kimbo Educational.

Berkner, Laurie. Waddaya Think of That? CD. 2001.

Greg & Steve On the Move. CD. 1983. Cypress, CA.

Greg & Steve Ready, Set, Move. CD. 2004. Cypress, CA.

Palmer, Hap. Can A Jumbo Jet Sing the Alphabet? CD. 1998. Northridge, CA.

Palmer, Hap. Can Cockatoos Count by Twos? CD. 1996.

Palmer, Hap. Early Childhood Classics. CD 2000. Hap-Pal Music. Topanga, CA.

Palmer, Hap. Getting to Know Myself. CD. 1972.

Palmer, Hap. Rhythms on Parade.  CD. 1988. Topanga, CA.

Palmer, Hap. So Big. CD. 1994. Topanga, CA.

Palmer, Hap. Sally the Swinging Snake. CD. 2001 Baldwin, NY.

Stewart, Georgiana. Action Songs for Preschoolers. CD. 2003. Kimbo Educational

Wiggles. Yummy Yummy. CD. 2003. Koch Records.

Splish Splash Bathtime Fun. CD. 1995. NY, New York. © Children's Television Network. 

Week 4

Dialogic Reading

Zevenberg, Andrea and Whitehurst, J. Grover. Dialogic Reading: A Shared Picture Book Reading Intervention for Preschoolers.

Readers Theater


Readers Theater scripts

Literacy Connections

Promotes literacy and a love of reading.

Getting Ready to Read with Readers Theatre

Readers Theater scripts

Literacy Toolbox


Sierra, J. 1997. The Flannel Board Storytelling Book.H.W. Wilson.

DLTK: Growing Together

Flannel board resource

Learning Wonders

Flannel Board Resource

Michigan Reads,1607,7-140-54574_26038_31186---,00.html

The Michigan Reads! program seeks to highlight the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary, and to recognize the vital role of libraries which provide access to quality books, programs and services to children and families that lay the foundation for reading and school success.


Bauer, C.F. 1994. Poetry Break. H.W. Wilson.

Carlson, A. 1999. Flannel Board Stories for Infants and Toddlers. Chicago, American Library Association.

Korbeck, S.1995. “Children's Poetry: Journeying beyond the road less traveled.” School Library Journal. 41 (April), 43-44.

Moran, K. 2006. “Nurturing Emergent Readers Through Reader Theater.” Early Childhood Education Journal. 33 (5), 317-323.

Silverstein, S. 1974. Where the Sidewalk Ends. New York. Harper Collins.

Vardell, S.M. 2006. Poetry Aloud Here: Sharing Poetry With Children in the Library. Chicago. American Library Association.

Prelutsky, J. 1980. Rolling Harvey Down the Hill. New York. Greenwillow Books.

Lansky, Bruce. My New Pet

Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.

Poetry Teacher

Stay and Play

J. W. Santrock, (1994). Child development (6th ed.). Brown and Benchmark Publishers, as cited in Children and Play (

Better Brains for Better Babies

Informative article by University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Constructive Playthings

Puppet and prop resource

Lakeshore Learning

Puppet and prop resource

The Nature of Children's Play

Informative article.

What Are Children Learning When They Play?

Informative article.

How Children Learn Through Play

Informative article.

Picture Books  (*indicates good title for puppet show)

A Mother for ChocoKasza
A Perfect Nose for Ralph*Breskin-Zalben
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear ClothingBarret
Bark George*Fieffer
Barnyard BanterFleming
Barnyard Song Gowler Greene
Big Fat Hen Baker
Big Red BarnBrown
Blue Hat Green Hat Boynton
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See Martin
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum Wheeler
Can You Make A Piggy Giggle? Ashman
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo Lewis
Crictor* Ungerer
Dear Zoo Campbell
Dinosaur Roar Stickland
Do Monkeys Tweet? Walsh
Dog's Colorful Day Dodd
Duck on a Bike Shannon
Each Peach Pear Plum Ahlberg
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed Chodos-Irvine
Feathers for Lunch Ehlert
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed Christelow
Froggy Gets Dressed London
Giggle Giggle Quack Cronin
Go Away Big Green Monster Emberley
Grandma and Me Katz
Hi Pizza Man Walters
Hide and Snake Baker
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Yolen
How Do I Put It On?* Watanabe
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More Beaumont
I Love Trains Sturges
I Went Walking Williams
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie* Numeroff
In the Small Small Pond Fleming
Is Your Mama a Llama? Guarino
It Looked Like Spilt Milk Shaw
It's Okay To Be Different Parr
Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawbery and the Big Hungry Bear Wood
Look Book Hoban
Monkey Face* Asch
Mouse Count* Walsh
Mrs. Honey's Hat Adams
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash Weeks
Napping House* Wood
Old Hat New Hat* Berenstain
One More Thing Dad* Thompson
Only Joking* West
Peek-a-Moo Cimarusti
Please, Baby Please Lee
Poppy the Panda* Gackenbach
Rattletrap Car Root
Sitting In My Box* Lillegard
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in A Ball Churchill
Spots, Feathers & Curly Tails Tafuri
The Cake that Mack Ate Robart
The Lion and the Mouse* Watts
The Long Nose Pig Faulkner
The Mitten Brett
The Monster at the End of This Book Stone
The Most Wonderful Egg in the World* Heine
The Seals on the Bus Hort
The Tail Who Wagged the Dog* Kraus
The Wide Mouth Frog* Faulkner
Tumble Bumble Bond
Very Hungry Catepillar* Carle
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt Metzger
Where's My Teddy? Alborough
What! Cried Granny Lum
Who Sank the Boat? * Allen
Whose Hat? Miller
Whose Mouse Are You? Kraus
Wolf's Chicken Stew Kasza

Links to YouTube Videos Shown in This Course

Puppet Song

Horse Song (

Puppet Rhymes

Horse Poem (

Little Mice Creeping (

I Went to the Zoo Today (

One-man Puppet Shows

Tail That Wagged the Dog (

Poppy the Panda (

Perfect Nose for Ralph (

Who Sank the Boat? (

Two-man Puppet Shows

Lion and the Mouse (Version 1) (

Lion and the Mouse (Version 2) (

Monkey Face (

Only Joking (

Old Hat New Hat (

One More Thing Dad (

Week 3 Video Demos

Do the Monkey (

Rock and Roll Freeze Dance (

Sports Dance (

Jump Down, Turn Around (

Shoo Fly (

Wipe Out (

The Circle Game (

Comb Your Face (

I Know a Chicken (

Tap Your Sticks (

Toss It High Let It Fly (

Itsy Bitsy Spider (

Teddy Bear Playtime (

Week 4 Video Demos

The Long Nosed Pig (

5 Pairs of Dirty Socks (

This Little Chick (

Dog's Colorful Day (

Blue Hat Green Hat (

Great Big Enormous Fish (

I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor (

My New Pet (